The Coaster Theatre Playhouse is looking for volunteers to take part in a project during the second and third week of May. The Haven Project in Portland will bring their Haven Afield program to the coast for the first time. The mentoring program will be conducted by Gretchen Corbett, founder of the Haven Project.
In the Haven Afield program, 10 students from Tongue Point Job Corps will participate in a two week program, during which they will write a two character conflict play about ten minutes in length. The first week of the program involves group activities and exercises that will guide the students. In the second week the students are paired one on one with a mentor who continues, through individual and group activities to help the student write the play. The program culminates with a presentation of all plays, performed by Portland and local actors. The Liberty Theater in Astoria will host the first
performance May 21 and the
Coaster Theatre Playhouse will have the second show May 22.
A weekend training session for mentors led by Corbett and an associate will be held at the Coaster Theatre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 and 9. The first meeting of mentors and students will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 in Astoria. The sessions will continue Monday through Friday followed by a brief meeting of the mentors to evaluate the progress.
The Coaster Theatre Playhouse is looking for 10 mentors who have an interest in children and theater. Call (503) 436-0609 for further information.