Darien Arts Center's Theatre Department is gearing up for another wonderful semester of theatrical fun. Classes are starting now but there is still time to sign up.

Children can join a Creative Theatre class for second, third and fourth grades that will go beyond the world of normal storytelling by combining puppetry, mask, and theatrical movement such as clown and mime to approach the classic "The Ugly Duckling" in a brand new way.

Join the Musical Theatre Ensemble class for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh grades as they travel to another magical land in "OZ." This is a comedic musical based on Frank L. Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz." This class will perform in the DAC Weather Stone Studio on Saturday, June 18.

The Theatre Department also offers drama classes for all ages. The Myths and Magic class allows preschoolers a chance to begin to discover their creative roots and does so with a combination of music, movement and imagination. Beginners Drama is a class for akindergarten and first-graders and will explorethe magical world of Dr. Seuss with an in class performance based of "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" The Drama for Young Actors I class for performers in second through fourth grades takes a trip to the wild side with an adaptation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." All of the theatre classes are designed to foster confidence, encourage creativity and imagination through physical exploration and fun.

Founded in 1975, the Darien Arts Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing visual and performing arts programs and events for the community. The DAC offers educational programs in dance, visual arts, theatre and music and performances, by the Darien Players and the Cabaret Theatre. The organization is funded by private donations, tuition fees and ticket sales.

For more information, call 203-655-8683 or visit arts.darien.org.

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