WANT TO GO?
Children's Theatre open house
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: 1007 Bigley Ave.
INFO: www.ctoc.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Inside a huge old warehouse on Charleston's West Side lurks a dragon looking for warm-blooded humans.
Actually, it's Smaug's head, a prop from Children's Theatre of Charleston's recent production of "The Hobbit," hanging around the group's workshop space. You can see this impressive prop and many other theatrical elements from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday when Children's Theatre hosts an open house to share its facilities and talk about its latest endeavor, The Theatre Project.
"This open house is really for everyone," said LeeAnne Rheinlander, vice president of Children's Theatre's board of directors. "Lots has changed with our workshop space and initiatives in the past few years, and we are excited to share what's going on."
Children's Theatre of Charleston, now in its 81st season, is a nonprofit organization focused on sharing "the total theatre experience" with children and families.
The open house is a public event welcoming anyone who wants to learn more about how to become involved with the group. Board members will be present to answer questions about the organization, and adults and students may pick up applications for production work like direction, musical direction, costumes and set work.
Visitors to the open house can view scrapbooks from old plays, a slide show of performances and other aspects of the theater as well as walk through the set room and wardrobe areas. The showcase of the open house will be The Theatre Project, a new initiative for students in the eighth through 12th grade.
Teens accepted into The Theatre Project commit to volunteer with Children's Theatre during the 2013-14 season. They will be guaranteed 30 hours of community service that may be fulfilled by serving as a leader for audition workshops, working stage crew for productions, doing workshop clean ups, serving on committees or helping with events and classes.