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Huntington High School hosts youth theater classes

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 06:41 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Helen Freeman, who teaches speech and debate and theater at Huntington High School, has such a bug for what she does, regular school hours aren't enough.

Freeman, with the help of some of her high school students, hosts youth theater classes each Monday evening in the high school's auditorium. Classes are an hour long and start at 5:30 p.m., first for children 3 to 6 years old, then for 6 to 11, and lastly for ages 12 and up.

She said they engage in some silly activities but all are meant to make the children feel comfortable on stage and with new people. Even if they don't develop a desire to perform, Freeman said they build self confidence and character.

Currently, the younger children are working on improvisation, while the older children will be doing a short play.

The cost is $10 per class or $40 for four sessions. The next class is Monday, Feb. 11, but the classes follow the Cabell County Schools schedule, which means no class on Feb. 18 because of the observance of President's Day.