Students learn from pro actors at‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ workshop |

Students learn from pro actors at‘Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ workshop

All photos courtesy of Lake Dillon Theatre Company; text by Krista Driscoll
Courtesy of Lake Dillon Theatre Company
Courtesy of Lake Dillon Theatre Company |

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company presented “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” based on the tale by Mark Twain, on Saturday, July 19, at the Dillon Amphitheatre as part of its 2014 Summer Youth Workshops. Prior to the performance, students in the workshop were able to interact with some of the actors from “Big River,” a professional theater production running concurrently at the Lake Dillon Theatre.

“The students were all very curious how these professional actors got their start, specifically when they began and what steps they took to become professional actors,” said Tim Pare, director of education for LDTC. “It was really exciting to hear that the actors started acting when they were around the age of all of the students.”

Pare said the actors also talked about being respectful and professional at all times because you never know when you may encounter someone again.

“The actors also discussed fun stories about mistakes on stage, dealing with stage fright, forgetting lines — all topics that hit very close to home for our young performers,” Pare said. “The actors also got to watch some of the work that the students prepared. Seeing the actors’ responses helped encourage the students to really go for it, which is a great lesson to learn young.

“We always encourage the students to have fun, to make mistakes and to develop their own personal love of performing. The students also learned, most importantly, that no part is too small, no job should be taken for granted and that working professionally as something you love is possible.”

For more information on Lake Dillon Theatre Company workshops and performances, visit, or call (970) 513-9386.

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