This new and unique youth theater course will take a select group of young actors and teach them important theater fundamentals as they work on rehearsing and performing an acclaimed work, Hush: An Interview with America. During these 10-classes , students will explore ensemble work, spoken word, character development, physical movement and Capoeira. At the end of the course, the piece will be staged for two performances in different Gainesville locations.

This course will be capped at 15 students between the ages of 10 and 16 and classes will take place 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays for five weeks starting October 1. Classes will be held in person at the Hippodrome Theatre. As we ensure both a fun and safe environment for participants, we will be following CDC guidelines and recommendations including  face masks, social distancing and frequent sanitization of surfaces.

About Hush: An Interview with America: A lion roams across the country. An anchorwoman bursts through a TV screen for a bite of apple pie. The FBI lurks in the microwave. A lamb wanders the Illinois countryside searching for her mom. A father is dizzy from trying to keep up with his little girl who’s quickly growing up. And under an apple tree in her backyard in the small town of Hush, Kansas, a twelve-year-old “woman” named Maggie Parks is at the whirling center of it all. Why does Jana Roberts think there’s a story here? A BIG story. And why does Maggie Parks become the talk of the nation? This play is about the wild ride of growing up, about struggles of fathers and daughters, and about inner vision and personal voice. Hush, which received the Outstanding International Plays for Young Audiences award from ASSITEJ, was co-commissioned by Childsplay and Metro Theater Company.