CANNON BEACH - The Coaster Theatre Playhouse is looking for volunteer mentors to take part in a project in May.

The Haven Project in Portland is bringing its Haven Afield program to the North 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 Center will participate in a two-week program, during which they will write a two-character conflict play about 10 minutes long.

The first week of the program involves group activities and exercises. 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 accomplish the goal.

The program culminates with a presentation of the 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 offer the second show May 22.

A weekend training session led by Corbett 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 6:30 p.m May 10 in Astoria. The sessions will continue Monday through Friday, followed by a brief meeting of mentors to evaluate progress.

Call the Coaster at (503) 436-0609 for further information.


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