Taking the Stage at a Young Age

One Mom’s Story 

by Meg Hinshaw, parent & SummerStage ’11 assistant for Harriet’s Secret

For the past two years, our 9 year old, Caitlin, has participated at Stone Soup Theater. It has been a wonderful experience. We discovered SST through a blurb in our school newsletter, and decided to have Caitlin audition for a play, Snow White, the Truly Tall Tale. It was one of the best decisions we made. Caitlin’s Grandma Jean Doran Wellnitz was an actress in the 1930’s and 40’s and we were thrilled she wanted to follow in her footsteps!
Last summer, Caitlin participated in a SST camp under the direction of Eve Hammond. The camp had kids from ages 7 to 14. Even with this wide age range, kids became good friends. Each child was to audition for a part he/she was interested in and I was very impressed by the encouragement and camaraderie shown by the kids.
In this one week camp, which I assisted, I was amazed at how this group of kids could come together and perform the production, Harriet’s Secret. I learned so much from Eve! She used games and interactive play to bring feelings and expression out of each child. These were fun, yet useful tools for each character’s part.
If your child has an interest in the arts, specifically, drama, I would recommend SST for an educational stepping stone into your budding actor’s future!

Click HERE for more information about our

youth conservatory  programs.

Contact Education Director, Arlene Martinez-Vickers HERE

or by phoning 206.633.1883.

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