Do you have a child interested in acting or theater? Tarleton State University’s Theatre Department will offer classes this spring on the Stephenville campus for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Starting Jan. 20, the Lil’ Theatre at Tarleton will offer Saturday classes from 9 a.m. to noon in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Students will learn about acting, rehearsing, costumes, stage make-up and scenic painting. Classes conclude April 29.

As part of the course, students will prepare for a public performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29.

“Lil Theatre at Tarleton’s mission is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience multiple facets of theatre—acting, basic set and costume design, and painting—all under the guidance of Tarleton theater faculty and majors,” said Prudence Jones, associate professor of theater and technical director.

Last spring, 30 children participated in the classes. They produced a play directed by senior theatre major Morgan Hill entitled Storyville, which was performed for an audience of 150 guests. The play consisted of different fairytales. 

Tarleton theater students were responsible for directing a different story, rehearsing with the children and teaching theater topics. For example, one student taught about sound playback, recording of voices and digitally changing the recording. Another taught about using different emotions on stage to portray various characters, Jones explained.

“Clearly, working with Lil’ Theatre allowed Tarleton theater majors hands-on experience, such as using quick problem solving skills and learning different acting and directing techniques that are needed in connection with young actors.”

Cost per child is $60. For more information, contact Jones at 254-968-9669 or email to register in advance.