MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon Players, soon celebrating its 50th year of bringing entertainment and theatrical education to Knox County, will offer two nine-week acting workshops over the summer, Tuesday nights from June 18 through Aug. 13. Two workshops will be offered, one for ages 7 to 12 and a second for ages 13 to 17. At the conclusion of the program, each group will present a showcase on Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Knox County Memorial Theater.

The 7- to 12-year-olds will be taught by Aaron and Hannah Paulley, who combined have more than 35 years of experience working with and teaching kids. From short skits to full-length plays and musicals, they have been leading children’s groups in churches and communities for the majority of their lives. This workshop will focus on theatrical basics, creating characters and bringing them to life, reacting to other actors, and more. Over the course of the workshop, the students will work with each other to create their own skits and monologues, and in the process learn the basics of theater, character and “finding their voice” on-stage.

Leading the 13- to 17-year-olds is Steven Meeker Jr., an actor, director, mime, writer, dancer and producer who is a BFA Acting major at Otterbein University. He has been a part of more than 40 productions and is well known for his all-youth productions including “The Laramie Project,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Ah, Wilderness!” and this summer, “The Crucible.” The teen workshop will focus on the production of a complete show during the program.

There is a registration fee, which is good for the entire summer program. For more information, visit, or call (740) 263-0755. Spots in both workshops are limited, so early registration is recommended.



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