Pirate training

Primary Players take up swordplay in preparation for next production

In preparation for an upcoming performance of Treasure Island, local youth theater group The Primary Players held a workshop to develop an invaluable skill: sword fighting.

The 55 young cast members of the play, which will be performed in April, received training in theatrical sword play from one of the play’s directors, John Cherry, choreographer Melanie Cherry and Greg Wenndt.

The Primary Players is a theatrical group founded by Nikki Andrews, formerly a third-grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School. Following her retirement, Andrews was awarded a grant from the Maryville City Schools Foundation, which she used to create a theater group open to all children from second grade through middle school.

The young actors are not only given stage experience, but are also taught elements of stagecraft, including costuming, makeup and set design. The Primary Players volunteers attempt to expose each cast to all aspects of a theater production, including learning how to prompt the actors, become an understudy, blocking and staging.

For more information about the program, including enrollment or ticket information, contact Sonia Wenndt at 865-405-8826.

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