KU News Release


April 15, 2011
Contact: Marisa Bregman, Lied Center, 785-864-2722

Third-graders to go behind the scenes at Lied Center and area arts organizations

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LAWRENCE — The Lied Center of Kansas, in cooperation with Adventures in Imagination, USD 497 and the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas, will present 3rd Grade Theatre Arts Day, an opportunity for students to explore the performing arts, on Friday, April 22.

Students from area schools will have the opportunity to go backstage at four Lawrence-area arts organizations — the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Community Theater, KU theatre department and the Lied Center. Third-graders will learn about aspects of theater arts at each location, including make-up, costuming, movement, lighting and sound.

“We all look forward to 3rd Grade Theatre Arts Day, now in its third year,” said Lied Center Director of Education Anthea Scouffas. “Having the students here all day exploring what goes on behind the curtain is something we look forward to each year. Knowing there are even more third-graders at the KU theatre department, Lawrence Arts Center and Lawrence Community Theatre also exploring the performing arts makes this day one of great collaboration, fun and learning.”

Throughout the day, groups of students will navigate through six workshops in morning and afternoon sessions. The workshops and artists involved include dance/movement led by Molly Gordon, Lawrence Arts Center dance instructor; puppetry led by Spencer Lott, Paul Messner Puppets and recent KU theatre graduate; and technical theater led by Ann Hause, Lied Center technical director, Andy Hause, Lied Center associate technical director, and Erika Eden, Lied Center assistant technical director.

Last year, more than 150 third-graders from Sunflower, Woodlawn and Kennedy elementary schools visited the Lied Center and the KU theatre department to learn about the arts.

The program is presented in part by the Kansas Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


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