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posted: 6/12/2012 10:37 AM

Vernon Hills High School hosts two summer theater classes for children

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Phil Johnson, aka MooNiE the Magnif'Cent and a headliner at the Bristol Renaissance Faire for more than 20 years, will present two theater education classes at Vernon Hills High School this summer.

These classes are designed to give children interested in performing an idea of what theater is all about.

In Building a Group Show through Improvisation (ages 12-14), June 13-14, students will play a series of theater games that will engage their imaginations through improvisational play.

Using direction from the instructor, the students will create an original performance piece within the time of the class.

The stories and ideas created by the students through their play, in conjunction with the various props and toys, will teach cooperation, listening and the joy of creation with the given materials and circumstances.

In Build and Structure an Original Solo Performance Piece (ages 15-18), June 18-21, MooNiE will introduce students to a variety of circus skills and will give instruction and direction in putting together a short performance piece of their own.

Using group and individual coaching, students will receive instruction to create an original work using skills they may already possess, as well as new skills they will learn in the class.

The target length of the original piece will be two minutes. Students will learn confidence, be encouraged to use their imaginations in their creations, and engage in cooperative group discussions.

Registration is required. Visit to register online or call the Community Education office at (847) 932-2176 to register by phone.

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