Our Theater Workshops showcase student actors ages 8-18 and teach them to shine!
Based on the book"Alices Adventures in Wonderland"
by Lewis Carroll
Directed by Missy Slaymaker-Hanlon
Produced by Craig David Rosen
The Ridgefield Theater Barn prides itself on providing entertainment for all ages. 10 years ago Missy Slaymaker Hanlon had a vision to increase children’s theater in the area and wanted to include instruction so that the children can learn more about theater and the process of putting on a show. She also wanted to provide children with acting lessons and coaching and felt a workshop for children would give them the opportunity to learn as well as perform. When we first started the program we had two casts of 20 children. Our most recent workshop of Shrek Jr. had FOUR casts and a wait list of children anxious to be a part of TBK. Many children have been with the workshop program from the beginning and have learned stage management, properties management, hairstyling, make up, lighting and scenic design in addition to performing. We look forward to teaching future generations of actors, directors, stage managers, and designers for years to come.
Missy Slaymaker Hanlon (Director/Instructor) has dedicated the last 25 years to curriculum development in the field of theatrical instruction for young performers. An actress herself, Missy began performing in earnest on the New Fairfield High School stage (Class of '87!), interned at the regional theater, The Candlewood Playhouse, as a performer and as assistant producer of their children's theater series - and completed her Bachelor or Arts in communications and Theater Arts from Western Connecticut State University. Very much a local girl, Missy has taught and directed in Brookfield, New Milford, Ridgefield, Pawling and all over Westchester. Focusing teaching musical theater and the acting process in age appropriate lessons - Missy's program "The Theater Barn Kids" in Ridgefield Connecticut has just completed its tenth year. Missy lives in Brookfield with school teacher/musician husband George and two theatrical sons: Spencer and Chase.
Craig David Rosen (Producer) A New Fairfield resident for 12 years, Craig has been doing theater for 4 decades. Shortly after moving to CT, Craig joined the Ridgefield Theater Barn, and directed and produced many shows there. He was on the Board of Directors and later became Chair of the Artistic Committee and held that position for several years. Craig has two children who are currently involved with the TBK in Ridgefield. He is a former member of the New Fairfield BOE and an active community volunteer and children's advocate.
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