West Virginia University’s Community Theatre Program is currently registering students, ages 5 to 17, for fall and spring classes at the Creative Arts Center. The program gives young people from Morgantown and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in all aspects of theatre and to gain self-confidence by performing on stage.

Registration for all classes will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the WVU Creative Arts Center main lobby (look for the balloons).

The fall and spring classes includeThe Orphan Trainfor ages 9 to 11. This is a fully mounted production of the classic play by Aurand Harris, which brings to life the stories of homeless children on their journey from the streets of New York City to the Midwest in 1914. Eight stories unfold, each a memorable surprise. All areas of the craft of theatre will be explored, including acting, voice, movement, scenery and costumes. There are roles for the experienced actor, as well as those making their acting debut. The instructor is Jamie Bosley, a senior currently working toward a BFA in puppetry and children’s theatre at WVU .

Also scheduled for the fall and the spring isDestiny’s Garden of Princesses, Knights and Fantastical Adventurefor ages 7 to 10. Students in this class enter the realm of imagination, fairy tales and wonder, as they experience a mystical land with castles, magicians, jesters, kings and queens. They will experience wearing crowns, spectacular costumes and makeup during a fantasy creation that includes sword fighting and talking animals. This adventure will end with a prepared performance for family and friends on the last day of class. The instructor is John Lewis, a graduate student in the WVU elementary education program.

Acting for Young Artists,for ages 8 to 17, is being brought back again this year by popular demand. This training for up-and-coming actors includes improvisation exercises, mask/clown work, monologue and scene study, text analysis, and audition preparation. Classes are structured to help students develop confidence as well as performance and presentation skills. The class will culminate in a mini-performance demonstrating skills learned.

Voice and Movement for Young Artistsis for ages 8 to 17. This training for up-and-coming actors includes improvisational exercises, speech and dialect work, exercises to free and relax the voice, vocal warm-up exercises and movement related to making the best of the speaking voice. These classes are also structured to help students develop confidence, performance and presentation skills. There will be a special bonus price for students who take bothActing for Young ArtistsandVoice and Movement for Young Artists.

Do you have a young child bursting with the desire to perform?Theatre Games for the Budding Artist,for ages 5 to 7, is the perfect opportunity. This class will include theatre activities that enhance collaborative, communication and performance skills through acting, voice, improvisation and puppetry. The class will culminate in an event of group activities with family and friends led by the young artists.

Fall classes begin Sept. 18 and will be held each Saturday through Dec. 4. Spring classes begin Jan. 8 and will be held each Saturday through March 5. Costs vary from $80 to $150 per child, depending on the class. Students who cannot register on Sept. 11 may register by calling the WVU Division of Theatre and Dance at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3120. Late registration will be accepted throughout the week of Sept. 13.