Week-long theater program in Crystal Falls teaches character

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CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - Crystal Theatre has teamed up with Missoula Children's Theatre for a week-long performing arts program.

Kids learn their lines and rehearse for "Gulliver's Travels."

At the beginning of the week the kids are cast as characters and by the end of the week they've gained character--the kind that counts.

"I just love the sounds of having them here, and being excited to be here,” said Crystal Theatre Manager, Angie Dohl.

Trained theater professionals from Missoula Children's Theatre out of Montana travel to different cities to teach kids about the arts.

"The only way that theaters are going to survive, is by getting young people involved and young people feeling comfortable coming in theaters,” said Dohl.

This week's play is "Gulliver’s Travels." It takes a classic story and puts a twist on it.

The week-long theater workshop is open to grades 1 to 12. The kids learn how to act, dance and sing. They even form lasting friendships.

"It's so important. The arts are so incredible crucial to all children because it just allows them to express themselves in a way that I think so many other things don't,” said Missoula Children's Theatre Tour Actor and Director, Ariel Baron.

The program is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Copper Country Arts Council. It is also sponsored by Tall Pines of Amasa. Thanks to these sponsors, there is no fee for the students to participate.

Two shows will be held: Friday at 7:00 p.m and Saturday at 2:00 p.m at the Crystal Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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