Tallgrass Theatre Company is excited to offer Seedlings children’s theatre programming in conjunction with West Des Moines Parks & Recreation. The Seedlings program is led by experienced theatre professional, Maranda Turner. Who has a wide range of children’s theater, education, and performance experience.
Summer 2022 Programming with West Des Moines Parks and Rec
Fabulously Funny Fairy Tale Plays (6/20-6/24)
Campers will enjoy becoming classic storybook characters with
a little twist. This camp will focus on stage directions, character development, and fun.
Campers will play acting games and have time to catch up with friends. Final performances
will be Friday 6/24 at 7pm (for am class) and Saturday 6/25 at 10am (for pm class) at
Tallgrass Theatre at 2019 Grand Avenue, WDM.
Acting Games & Stage Basics (7/11-7/15)
This camp is specially designed for younger actors who are dipping their toe into the world
of theatre or campers that love improv and acting games. We will learn stage directions,
how to be heard and seen by the audience, and how to feel comfortable on stage all while
making friends and playing creative games. You will definitely want to send lots of water and
a nut-free snack for this active camp.
Understanding a Play Camp (7/11-7/15)
What is the plot? Where and when does the play take place? Does that change the
characters? These are all good questions young actors should be asking themselves, and
this camp will help them do it. We will use fractured fairytale scripts to explore plot, setting,
and characters and perform the shows at the end of the week. A lot of fun activities and
social time is scheduled, too. Final performances will be Friday 7/15 at 7pm (for am class)
and Saturday 7/16 at 10am (for pm class) at Tallgrass Theatre at 2019 Grand Avenue, WDM.
Stage Craft Camp (8/1-8/5)
We will explore how the magic happens on stage from behind the curtain. Campers will
get to learn about and create props, costumes, and lots of other fun things. This is a
crafty, messy camp for kids that want to get their hands dirty, so please no fancy clothes
or shoes. For the performance, students will need to wear all black because they will be
our backstage ninjas doing shift changes and keeping everything going smoothly. Final
performances will be Friday 8/5 at 7pm (for am class) and Saturday 8/6 at 10am (for pm
class) at Tallgrass Theatre at 2019 Grand Avenue, WDM.
We Are So Dramatic Camp (8/1-8/5)
In this camp our young actors will get to perform scenes and monologues that will be presented in a showcase-style performance. Fun activities and trying out different scripts will allow campers to experience a variety of performance styles. Maybe your very serious child will discover they love physical comedy, or the class clown might find that they can bring an audience to tears with a heartfelt drama. Monologue work will come in handy as campers start to audition for plays or move onto IHSSA contests. Final performances will be Friday 8/5 at 7pm (for am class) and Saturday 8/6 at 10am (for pm class) at Tallgrass Theatre at 2019 Grand Avenue, WDM.