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Genesis Children's Theatre Brings Excitement and Positivity to Children Involved

By Courtney Clark

Plano is home to Genesis Children's Theatre, a theatre that produces plays performed by children and teens. Programming is selective, focusing on shows that teach life lessons and remain family-friendly. Voted Best Children's Theatre by the readers of Plano Magazine, Genesis is a top-notch children's theatre with excellent directors and instructors.

Artistic Director Megan Demsky started Genesis in 2010 with her mother. "We felt that we had something to offer," Demsky says of their decision to open the theatre. "I grew up in children's theatre, and by association, my mother did, too. I loved performing and I still do." Armed with a background in children's theatre and a genuine interest to spread the joy of performing arts, Megan and her mother decided to open Genesis.

"I truly wanted to help young performers discover the potential that was inside of them", claims Demsky.

In only six years, Genesis has been quite successful. Class sizes remain small with single casting productions, the competitively-priced tuition covers everything (costumes to special production t-shirts, for example), and families are not required to purchase tickets, find or purchase costumes, or volunteer. Past shows have included the likes of The Music Man, Jr.; Wily Wonka, Jr.; and Les Miserables, School Edition.

The Children's Theatre would not be successful without the people involved in the production. Although parents are not required to volunteer as we previously mentioned, many of them choose to do so! Demsky always says "energy begets energy," meaning that positive energy attracts positive energy. She describes Genesis as a hub for positivity cultivated by the staff and shared with children. Families are drawn to the nurturing and fun environment, and children become passionate and driven about theatre.

Besides productions, Genesis also offers academy classes. Beginner classes are for younger students while college-level classes are for the advanced. Enrollment is limited to more effectively teach students on an individual level. Younger classes, or production classes, aim to get children comfortable on stage and working with a group, Demsky says. The aim of the class if for children to have fun, learn basic acting skills, and practice their memorization skills.

"Getting children to play onstage with the same imagination as they have on the playground is the goal," she explains. But at any age and at any class level, the goal is to teach a multitude of applicable skills including thinking quickly, working with a team, meeting deadlines, exhibiting excellent communication, and more.

Genesis Children's Theatre is a nonprofit organization that encourages children of all ages and personalities to step out of their shells and find a place in the theatre. The nurturing, positive environment is not only fun, but also changes lives. As Demsky says, "To be part of that journey is an absolute blessing."

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