Children’s theatre takes stage


Local News

July 19, 2018 - 2:22 PM

CSTW creative director John Higginbotham instructs actors.

Now in its 22nd year, the Children’s Summer Theatre Workshop is once again providing local kids with a soup-to-nuts understanding of how to stage a play.

Founded in the 1990s by former Bowlus executive director Susan Raines, the tacit mission of CSTW is to instill in the community’s youngest members a love of the performing arts and the confidence to know that, however miniature their frames — we’re looking at you third-graders — there’s a place for them onstage.

But the group’s first imperative, said John Higginbotham, CSTW’s current creative director, is even simpler than that, although no less essential. “At our big meeting, I told our CSTW workers” — volunteers from the theatrical glitterati at Iola High School — “that our goals involve a couple of things: we hope the kids will fall in love with the arts, but we are really here for them to have fun.”

August 2, 2021
July 27, 2021
July 22, 2019
June 7, 2012