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Registration For Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s Spring Children’s Theater Taking Place Saturday

Spring productions include Disney’s Lion King, Jr and High School Musical Jr.

Chapin, SC (James Bowers) - Irmo and Chapin residents whose children have a performing spirit and talent for acting can sign them up for the spring theater program at Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission’s parks. Registration starts tomorrow, November 4 at 8:30 a.m. and can also be done online at icrc.net. You can also call or visit either Crooked Creek Park or Seven Oaks Park in the Irmo area. Staff will be onsite tomorrow to assist with registration. The fee for participation is $175 which covers production costs, costuming, lighting and licensing.

Children involved in the program may participate in the production of play adaptations of two Disney movie blockbusters. They are the Lion King, Jr. and High School Musical, Jr. Both performances will take place in the spring of 2018.

Due to high interest in participation, registration is only for casting in one of these plays. Those wishing to be part of the other production may enter a “WISHLIST” to do so, though their acceptance into the second cast is not guaranteed. An additional $175 fee will be charged if the child does participate in the second production.

Again, space on each cast is limited so there may be a waitlist for those who register later in the day. After one week the theater company will determine the room in each production and check the wait and wish lists to fill casting needs.

Participation in dramatic arts can be beneficial to children, according to ICRC’s Jennifer Riddle. “It really encourages them to put themselves out there, which can help confidence," Riddle said. “When they learn the basics of performance at a young age, it helps them with their acting when they reach their teens, and that’s why the high school drama programs are so strong.” Riddle says many students who have come up through the ICRC theater program have gone on to major in theater at college. She also touts the friendships that are made through ICRC’s programs.

Rehearsals for the productions are once a week, to reduce the demands on the young actors’ already busy lives. The plays themselves are around an hour long, which Riddle says is an appropriate length for the audience and cast alike.

Lion King, Jr is scheduled for March 16-18, 2018 at Irmo High School. High School Musical, Jr. is slated for May 4-6, 2018 at Midlands Technical College’s Harbison Theater.

For more information or to register, call Crooked Creek Park at (803) 345-6581 or Seven Oaks Park at (803) 772-3336.

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