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Lake Dillon Theatre Company begins 2016 Youth Education Series

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The Lake Dillon Theatre Company (LDTC) begins their 2016 Youth Education Series with the spring workshop, "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales."

"The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" takes several well-known stories and derails them in this adaptation of the quintessential children's book of fractured fairy tales. Though the characters may be familiar, every twist and turn tells a completely new story. Everything from "Chicken Little" to "The Gingerbread Man" gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies and enough stinky cheese to go around.

"This is an exciting play because the characters in this play are so different from their traditional fairy tale counter parts," said Tim. D. O'Donnell, LDTC's director of education, in a statement. "This play provides an opportunity for students to use their imagination and work on improvisation and vocals skills to create and develop new versions of well-known characters."

YOUTH THEATRE WORKSHOPS

Established in 1993, the LDTC Youth Theatre Workshop is a youth educational program designed to offer local students the opportunity to experience the theater and performance process. However, it is not just about performing on a stage. Performing arts experiences also produce positive academic and social effects.

"We've found that students who participate in our workshops gain the confidence needed to speak in front of other people," said O'Donnell, "The workshops stimulate and improve decision making skills, the ability to develop relationships with others and most importantly, help the students build confidence in themselves and their abilities. The skills our students develop are transferable to everything they do, and make them more active members of their families and society."

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Summit High School senior Cait McCluskie said theater and music education allows young people to work together, create friendships and express themselves creatively.

"I have learned teamwork, communication skills, and above all, how to be myself," she said. "I know now to never be afraid of what others think and to always follow my own path."

The LDTC's Spring Youth Workshop runs from March 8 to May 21 for youth ages first grade through ninth grade. Classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30–6:30 p.m., ending with a full production at the Lake Dillon Theatre on May 21. The LDTC is offering scholarships to students for this program. For more information, please contact director of education O'Donnell by calling (970) 513-1151 Ext. 106 or email timo@lakedillontheatre.org.