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Rise Up! 5-Day Children's Theater Pop-Up Class

  • 10 Aug 2020
  • 14 Aug 2020
  • 5 sessions
  • 10 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 11 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 12 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 13 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • 14 Aug 2020, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (MDT)
  • Virtually, via Zoom


  • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday, August 10th through Friday, August 14th.

    Zoom links will be emailed out to all participants prior to August 10th.

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Ignite your child’s imagination and join us online for an adventure into the woods of body, mind, and spirit! 

From August 10th to 14th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, the McCall Arts and Humanities Council will be offering a five-day theater-immersive training centered on folktales, fairy tales, and other strong archetypes. Classes will meet virtually, via Zoom, for a unique theater experience.*

In this new format and under the tutelage of veteran Children’s Theater director Dawn Kolden, “Rise Up!” students will practice their best voice, learn a traditional Māori song, write and delve into their own folk/fairy tales, and practice audition techniques. Best suited for ages 9 to 15. Cost: $80/student.

Please email McCallArtsHumanities@Gmail.com with any questions or scholarship requests. *Zoom links will be emailed out to all participants prior to August 10th.

About the instructors:

Dawn Kolden holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching Theatre/Drama from University of Alaska Southeast and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Theatre and Education. After being actively involved in Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre’s Summer Arts Rendezvous for nine years, Dawn relocated to McCall, where she quickly immersed herself in MAHC Children’s Theater, directing The Little Prince, The Lion King Jr., and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Dawn encourages the magic of imagination in the Library Arts at Donnelly Elementary School through reading with feeling and expression.

Born and raised in New Zealand to immigrant parents from the South Pacific, Missouri Smyth studied piano under the Royal Schools of Music, and graduated from BYU-Hawaii and University of AK SE with degrees in English, Music, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. An Alaskan resident since 1988, she has been actively involved in the Juneau Arts Community dedicating her life to working with young people, serving as the Artistic Director of the Alaska Youth Choir—a non-profit children’s community chorus dedicated to excellence in choral music, musical theatre, and string orchestras. A mentor, colleague, and dear friend of Dawn Kolden's, Missouri is currently a music teacher with the Juneau School District.

K. Brian Neel has been amazing audiences around the world for over twenty years. From his dynamic, highly physical performance style to his award-winning directing and published writing, Brian is sure to captivate and inspire. While still a student at the University of New Mexico Brian began working with the physical improvisation company, Kings' Elephant Theater. Since then he has performed and directed at numerous Seattle area theaters and toured for eight years with the Seattle Mime Theatre, and ten years with Magic Circle Mime—regarded as one of today's premier family attractions, uniting the concert orchestra with visual theater. He has also created eight solo theatre pieces which have toured the US, Canada, and Australia. Brian resides in Seattle.



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