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Thunder River takes acting to class

John Colson
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE ” For local youth hoping to become actors and actresses ” including those who do not speak English as their native language ” Thunder River Theater Company in Carbondale is bringing acting classes into the schools.

TRTC is now enrolling students for its after-school and evening drama programs, which feature after-school classes for elementary and middle school students, and a special evening class for high school students.

And, this fall, TRTC is offering a new “ESL Through Theatre” class, aimed mainly at students whose primary language is Spanish.

The theater company’s educational programming is supported in part by grants from the Colorado Council on the Arts and the Rotary Club of Snowmass Village, according to TRTC Director Lon Winston.

All classes are eight weeks long and begin the week of Oct. 1. Middle school classes will be from 3:45-5 p.m. Mondays. Classes for elementary students will be from 3:45-5 p.m. Tuesdays. High school classes will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Winston characterized the high school classes as a “special acting workshop … for the serious acting students looking to expand their craft.” The workshop will culminate in the eighth week with an audition with Winston and his associate director, Valerie Haugen, which Winston called “a 20- to 30-minute, one-on-one coaching session to help develop the student’s work for future auditions.” The student’s audition work will also serve as an audition for the new TRTC Teen Theater Company, he said.

The “ESL Through Theatre” class will meet from 3:45-5:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3. This class will offer instruction in acting for the theater, using plays, poems and folk tales from Latin American authors presented in both Spanish and English for class development. The class will conclude with students performing their selected works in both languages.

Those interested in the English language classes should call instructor Carrieann Angrisani at 309-1120. Those interested in the ESL classes should contact and Dr. Richard Lyon at 945-1492.

For general information about TRTC, contact Winston by e-mail at or call 963-8200.

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