From “Hunger Games” to “Origami Yoda”

Childsplay Spring Academy 2012 includes a theater class that explores themes from Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy

The “Hunger Games” trilogy, a series of young adult novels in the science fiction genre, has inspired a new “Hunger Games” class being offered this spring by Childsplay in Tempe. The theater class for kids ages 8-13 is part of their spring Saturday class line-up — and registration is well underway.

Fans of “Footloose” between the ages of 8-14 can enroll in Childsplay’s spring break workshop titled “Musical Theatre Marathon: Footloose” — which runs March 12-16 from 9am to 4pm. Participants will use “excerpts of scenes and songs” to create a workshop version of the musical, then share it with family and friends on the last day of class.

Childsplay offers two sets of Saturday classes this spring. The first session runs Jan. 28-March 10 (no class on Feb. 18) and the second session runs March 24-May 5 (no class on April 7). Fans of “Hunger Games,” take  note — it’s part of the second session. Like all Childsplay classes, enrollment is limited.

Session I offerings include “Broadway Bound” for 4 to 6 year olds and “Story Journeys: Cat Tales” (think “Pete the Cat,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “Skippyjon Jones“) for 5 to 7 years olds.

Another Childsplay class explores the world created by author Tom Angleberger

Session I offerings for 6 to 10 year olds include “Triple Threat Jr.” and “Story Journeys: Junie B. Jones.” Options for 8 to 13 year olds include “Triple Threat” and “Story Journeys: Strange Case of Origami Yoda.” I’m told that last one explores the world of author Tom Angleberger’s Ralph McQuarrie Middle School as kids delve into their own case for Origami Yoda and create origami art along the way.

Session II offerings include “Story Journeys: Llama Llama” for 4 to 6 year olds, and “Broadway Bound” for 5 to 7 year olds. Session II classes for 6 to 10 year olds include “Triple Threat Jr.” and “Mythical Adventures.” Session II options for 8 to 13 year olds include “Triple Threat” and “Hunger Games.”

For parents not yet initiated into theater-speak, the phrase “triple threat” refers to the trio of singing, dancing and acting — so “Triple Threat” classes cover all three. I felt it best to mention that for parents who were hoping it meant homework, chores and manners.

– Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about Childsplay’s Spring Academy, which also includes a progressive program of study called “Conservatory” — and here for information on upcoming shows.

Coming up: Walk on the art side, Just wing it!

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