Winding River Players to host summer workshops

TOWANDA – The Winding River Players, in partnership with the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, will offer summer programs taught by artist Hua Hua Zhang at the Keystone Theatre, 601 Main St., in July.

The classes, Chinese Dragons and Shadow Mask Theater, will focus on teaching students about Chinese culture, art and theater.

Chinese Dragons will be held from 9-10 a.m. July 11-22 for students in kindergarten through grade four. The class provides an introduction to Chinese culture and folk art. Students will study the mythology of Chinese dragons and their origin.

They then are able to create dragons in different ways. They will learn Chinese calligraphy for the word “dragon,” draw dragons and sculpt dragons. They will make a small shadow dragon to perform on the shadow screen. They can make a large festival dragon and dance with it.

Student also will learn cooperation when they work as a group to perform the Dragon Dance.

Shadow Mask Theater will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 11-22 for students in fifth through 12th grade.

In this multifaceted project, students will explore contemporary shadow mask theater. They will adapt the famous Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” to create a show called “Monkey King’s Adventure.”

Students will learn about Chinese literature and culture and will design and make a shadow mask. They will learn how to design and create scenery with two overhead projectors.

Students also will participate in a performance with masks on a large shadow screen. The program will contain creative activities and also will develop teamwork and cooperation.

Founded in 1980, the Winding River Players are the oldest nonprofit, community theater in Bradford County.

For more information or to register, call the BCRAC office at 570-268-2787.