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Theatre Student Selected for Prestige Internship

Theatre Student Selected for Prestige Internship

Theatre major Lydia Benkert has scored a great summer internship at the Children's Theatre Company. Her proud professor, Karen Libman notes, "The Children's Theatre Company is perhaps THE premier US Theatre for Young Audiences. This is a very competitive internship." The Children's Theatre Company is located in Minneapolis, MN. Children participate as both actors and audience members. The recipient of the 2003 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the theatre has many programs which include a season of family shows throughout the year,Theatre Arts Training, literacy programs like Neighborhood Bridges which goes into school surrounding the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Lydia writes, "I will be working with Theatre Arts Training which is an education program that includes classes and camps throughout the summer. There are a variety of classes and camps for children from ages 3 to 18. My internship will run from June 13 until August 6. I will be working with all of the different age groups. The main program is with 6th-8th graders on a 3-week intensive program, where we will work on and perform the show Honk! We will do everything from memorizing lines to costumes in this short 3 weeks. This is the perfect internship for me since I would like to be involved in the education side of theatre whether that is with children or in some other form of Applied Theatre." Lydia admits she is "incredibly excited and confident that this internship will help shape my professional career." In the Fall, look for Lydia in her hat as the Stage Manager for the 2011 GV Shakespeare Festival touring show, Bard to Go, as she continues her studies in theatre at GVSU.

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