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The Actors Conservatory Theatre: Loving Literature From The Stage

By Elisha Neubauer

"Theater for all," is the mission which The Actors Conservatory Theatre of Lewisville, Texas lives and breathes by.

Created in 1999 by Joe Ann Brooks, the theatre has grown, changed, and adapted over its 18-year course. The goal of the theatre was to encourage children to foster their knowledge of history, classic novels and authors, and to experience the world in their own right. Brooks wanted the community's youth to develop a love of reading as well as the performing and visual arts.

The theatre is unique in the sense that it strives to take the prohibitive things about theatre out of the equation. This includes keeping participation costs very low and offering parts to all who audition.

"We find roles for everyone where they can succeed and have an onstage experience," Amy Coates, Artistic Director, said. "I enjoy watching children discover new things about themselves. I love watching them let go of inhibitions and try new things."

When it comes to theater, Brooks believed that most good stage productions got their start in good literature and/or literary devices. It is because of this root that Brooks found it was a useful tool in instilling a love of literature in the young.

"Literary interest at an early age builds a life-long love for reading," Coates said. "We want children to relate their stage experiences back to their literary roots."

According to Coates, this relativity engages them to explore other pieces and themes of literature.

Of course, creating a love of literature is not the only goal behind The Actors Conservatory Theatre. They aim to provide children with a solid foundation in confidence that can be carried with them into the future.

"We believe that experience both on and off stage at our theatre helps build confidence and life skills that can be used in all avenues ones' life might travel," Coates said. "We offer opportunities in theatre to children who are challenged in different ways as well as those who are more main stream. We pour into them all and watch them grow as performers and people."

The theatre offers a selection of camps, classes, and academy courses for the youth looking to pursue a deeper understanding of the world of theater. Cast and crew are comprised of auditioning individuals in a variety of age ranges. Adults are welcome to audition, although are not guaranteed a role.

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