Arts & Science Center to offer Theater Tech School

Thanks to a grant from Synergy Forum Inc., the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas is offering free admission to Theater Tech School on Friday through Sunday, with additional sessions on July 10 and 20.

The schedule of sessions includes:

• Lighting — Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Scene painting — Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

• Costumes — Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.

• Flyrail — July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Strike — July 20 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The goal of Theater Tech School is to teach a new generation the technical arts of lighting, costumes, scenery assembly, hanging, and flying, scene painting, running crew, theater safety, and strike (the word “strike” means to strike the set or take everything apart and either travel the show to the next venue or to put it all away).

The goal of Theater Tech School is to utilize the Arts & Science Center’s theater facility to teach anyone who is interested in learning about the technical end of theater and might have wondered where to start. These workshops are open to volunteers of all ages and participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

This is an opportunity to participate in theater pre-production. The summer musical, Fame, Jr., is sponsored by Simmons First National Bank and all of the Theater Tech School workshops will be working to create the magic that makes theater possible.

Tickets are on sale now for the musical at or by calling 870-536-3375. Student tickets are only $5 each and groups of 10 or more are also discounted to the $5 per ticket rate.

Lenore Shoults, ASC executive director, said, “The technical end of theater is really all about tinkering around to find creative solutions, every show requires unique problem solving. This is one of the reasons why theater provides such a great arena for exercising critical thinking skills.”

The Arts & Science Center will combine tinkering and theater to offer another creative opportunity, “TinkerFest Meets TheaterFest,” which is scheduled for Aug. 1-2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

“TinkerFest Meets TheaterFest” is sponsored by the Arkansas Discovery Network which is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, and sponsored locally by Central Moloney, Inc.

The ASC is located at 701 S. Main St.