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‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

  • Trapeze classes will be open to the public Aug. 2, as part of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop program at the Academy at Charlemont. Submitted photo.

    Trapeze classes will be open to the public Aug. 2, as part of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop program at the Academy at Charlemont. Submitted photo.

  • The trapeze is set up at the Academy at Charlemont for students of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Submitted photo.

    The trapeze is set up at the Academy at Charlemont for students of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Submitted photo.

  • Trapeze classes will be open to the public Aug. 2, as part of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop program at the Academy at Charlemont. Submitted photo.
  • The trapeze is set up at the Academy at Charlemont for students of the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop. Submitted photo.

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont.

As part of this year’s program, there will be a day of flying trapeze lessons open to the public on Aug. 2. Two lessons will be offered: One from 10 a.m. to noon and the second from 12:30 to 2:30. The cost is $30 per student, with a maximum of 10 people to a class. Those interested should sign up early, by calling Nora Bates at the Academy at 339-4912.

The Hilltown Youth Theatre workshop began its fifth season this week, with 50 students, ages 11 to 18 who will get three weeks of acting, voice coaching and movement training from theater professionals, culminating in an outdoor, traveling production of “King Arthur” from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9.

They will also learn about prop, makeup and set design.

The program is led by Drama Director Jonathan Diamond, with additional performing arts instructors from Double Edge Theater, Chrysalis Theatre, the Academy at Charlemont, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble and other area theatre groups.

“The Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop’s mission is to build supportive creative communities and to put on great shows,” said Diamond. He said the workshop “is both an opportunity for experienced performers to expand their imaginations and hone their craft. It provides newcomers ... a wonderful introduction to the world of theater that our hilltowns have to offer.”

New this season, he said, is a training session on “Girls, Leadership and Theatre.” Also, participants will see a special evening preview of Double Edge Theatre’s “Sharazad: A Tale of Love and Magic, then meet with the Double Edge ensemble for a discussion afterward.

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