Theatre Talk With Mitch Atkins, Disney Creative Entertainment & Musical Theatre Orange County

Theatre Talk With Mitch Atkins, Musical Theatre Orange County & Disney Creative Entertainment

  Mitch Atkins is the creative force behind Musical Theatre Orange County, a not-for-profit theatre company for youth, which he founded with his wife, Lori. He's called "the Walt Disney of [our] company" as he's also a Senior Technical Director with Disney Creative Entertainment. MTOC's goal is to produce family oriented musical theatre with a superior production …

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Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts

I've written before about why I believe youth theatre is important, and it's clear that I'm not the only one who thinks that! A friend on Facebook shared this great image from Ovation TV's Facebook page, adapted from an article written by Lisa Phillips on ARTSblog (and re-posted by the Washington Post). Click on the …

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Survive or Thrive: Three Things to Consider Before Sending Your Kid to Theatre Camp

Survive or Thrive: Three Things to Consider Before Sending Your Kid to Theatre Camp

"I'M BORED!" The two most terrifying words a parent can hear... especially right in the thick of the summer. Perhaps you think it's way overdue for your child to have a new experience... or perhaps you just need a break from your kiddo for a while this summer.  And your kid likes acting, don't they?  Perhaps …

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Directing Youth with Yours Truly on Theatrefolk.com!

There's been a bit of radio silence around these parts... I closed Macbeth with The Voices Collective (check out our review on Donald's Dish here), then started work with the Port Stanley Festival Theatre youth theatre program, and OKTC's Through the Looking Glass opens on Saturday! It has been an insane couple of weeks, but …

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Not Just For Actors: The Roles that a Parent Takes On When Their Kid Does Theatre

Not Just For Actors: The Roles that a Parent Takes On When Their Kid Does Theatre

I'm sure most kids go through a phase of wanting to "be a famous singer" or "be on television" at some point.  Those kids who take it to the next level and actually get involved in theatre realize very quickly that it's a long, challenging journey to "the top," and they'll be taking on a …

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