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Piper Theatre Announces Kids Workshops and Summer Shows

Piper Theatre Workshop offers creative events for kids and teens looking to act, write or film.

Piper Theatre Workshop, directed by John McEneny (of M.S. 51), has returned for their 12th summer of theatre, film and music events for children and teens.

Kids enrolled in the workshops will get hands-on experience creating their own full-scale theatre and film productions. Check out their introduction video.

Two-week programs for ages 7 to 11 years (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), while four-week programs for ages 11 to 17 years (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Workshops are held at the , Washington Park and M.S. 51 culminating with fully costumed and staged performances outdoors at OSH and at the .


Starlings: (ages 7 to 11) features productions of “Folk Tales of Russia or West Africa,” “Shakespeare for Beginners” and “The Tempest or Twelfth Night.”

Drama: (ages 11 to 14) features productions of “Pinocchio,” “James and the Giant Peach” and “The Winters' Tale.”

Film: (ages 13 to 17) gives kids the chance to write, shoot and edit their own film.

Musical: (ages 13 to 17) participants will perform “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.”

Advanced Drama: (ages 14 to 17) participants will perform “The Government Inspector.”

Also, Piper Theatre Productions has announced their 12th season of free outdoor shows, to be held at the Old Stone House on Fifth Avenue, between Third and Fourth streets.

“Xanadu,” Piper’s first musical production, will be performed on July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. The self-aware comedy, based on the 1980s cult classic film, will have music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Auditions for actors will be held on April 9 and 10, from noon to 8 p.m.– rollerskating is a must.

Also coming up this summer is “The Island of Doctor Moreau,” on July 7, 14 and 21 at 8 p.m. The stage adaptation of H.G. Well’s science-fiction novel will include the creative work of Piper alums Chris Cariker, Aaron Novak, Sean Phillips, Vasile Flutur, Michael Buffer, as well as an original soundtrack by Lucas Syed.

Piper is also looking for new playwriting talent with the Piper Play Series this summer. Ten one-act plays will be selected from a pool of submissions dealing with “the complicated lives of young people,” aged 11 to 20.

The deadline for submissions is March 30, and then artistic director John McEneny and Associate Director Phillip Suracci will pick their top ten to be performed on June 15, 16, 17 at BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange on Fifth Avenue.

The ten plays will then be narrowed down to three, to be performed on July 18 before a panel of judges and audience. There, one will be selected as the winner for a $500 prize.


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