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Odyssey Theatre offers fun online theatre workshops for youth this summer

Odyssey Theatre is providing creative activities for youth to learn and experience theatre arts from the safety of their own homes. Working with youth is nothing new for Odyssey – we have trained over 350 aspiring artists through our annual youth apprenticeship program, the only one like it in Eastern Ontario. This year, Odyssey is re-formatting its popular Youth Apprenticeship Program for online learning, as well as offering new Mask & Puppet Making Workshops for kids.

“We are answering the question on everyone’s mind – what to do with your kids this summer in a world of social distancing?  These unique and imaginative theatre workshops will be a fun and safe way to spark the creativity of our future artists.” says Laurie Steven, Odyssey Theatre’s Artistic Director.

Professional Theatre Workshops for Youth

Over 12 sessions in August, well-known Ottawa theatre director, actor and creator Eleanor Crowder will lead theatre enthusiasts ages 15-19 in an online version of Odyssey’s Youth Apprenticeship Program. Students will enjoy workshops in performance, design, writing, Commedia dell’Arte and more with Crowder and guest theatre artists from Odyssey. Apprentices will complete creative projects in their area of interest and create a performance online for family and friends.

This program is free to participants. Applications will be accepted until June 30th and the program runs July 30 – August 26, 2020.

Marionette and 3D Mask Making Workshops

Odyssey is renowned for its signature masks and puppets, and kids are known for their love of arts and crafts.  Odyssey’s mask designer, Clelia Scala will bring these two worlds together in two unique workshops for children in mask and puppet making. Kids will spend hours of fun letting their imaginations take them to mythical worlds and acting out stories with the fun characters they create. Space will be limited so kids can interact directly with Clelia and parents can join the workshop for free.

Children 5 to 7 years old (and a parent/caregiver) will make and bring to life ant and grasshopper marionettes to animate an Aesop’s fable. The Ant and Grasshopper puppet workshop takes place on Tuesday, July 7th at 1pm, the last day to register is June 23rd.

For young people 8-12, Greek mythology will spark their imagination with a step-by-step session in building a 3D mythical beast mask such as a Minotaur or a one-eyed Cyclops. The Mythical Beast 3D mask workshop, is also a fun event for the whole family and takes place on Tuesday, July 14th at 1pm, the last day to register is June 30th.

About Odyssey Theatre

Odyssey Theatre is Canada’s award-winning mask and movement theatre and Ottawa’s premiere professional summer theatre.  For over three decades we have stirred imaginations with extraordinary plays that include epics, comic fantasies, satires, tragedies, and madcap comedies rooted in Commedia dell’Arte.  Our stunning performances weave masks, puppets, music, dance, and ritual.  We are excited yo celebrate our 35th year with A Virtual Odyssey, a rich online theatre series made possible with the support of the Ottawa Community Foundation, The Danbe Foundation, and the Crabtree Foundation.

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