By Marissa Hatlen
Northern Sky Theater in Peninsula State Park held its annual Creative Kids Day last week, inviting children ages 6-16 to half-day theater workshops. Participants learned the basic tools of the trade, as well as a song and dance from one of Northern Sky Theater’s productions; this year they immersed themselves in fifties slang and line dancing for Oklahoma in Wisconsin. Kids at Creative Kids day also get a backstage tour and the chance to act onstage alongside Northern Sky’s cast. According to Anne Bernschein, Marketing Director and Volunteer Coordinator, by the time they perform for parents at the end of the day, the students have been fully immersed in the world of theater.
That inspiration doesn’t stop at the end of the session, either. Bernschein says the exciting hands-on experience with the production company’s actors, props, and art often encourages attendees to come back year after year or even dive into theater later in life. This year’s intern at Northern Sky, John Brotherhood, got his start in theater through Creative Kids Day, and now plays Billy in Oklahoma in Wisconsin. To learn more about Northern Sky Theater and their shows, you can visit http://www.northernskytheater.com/.