Theater Works’ Youth Works Academy is registering young actors for spring 2014 classes.All sessions are 12 weeks long. Tuition is $150 per class. Theater Works VIP members are eligible for up to a 25 percent discount on classes. Call the box office for membership information. Classes require a minimum of eight students to proceed. For registration, call 623-815-7930 or go to www.theaterworks.org.Classes will be conducted at one of the following locations: Theater Works, 8355 W. Peoria Ave.; Theater Works Costume Shop, 9211 W. Olive Ave., Suite 206, Peoria; or One Step Beyond-North Campus, 8877 W. Union Hills Drive, Peoria.• Story Drama Adventures (Saturdays, Jan. 18-April 5)This camp allows students to play with their favorite stories and picture books through theater, crafts, song and dance. Growing artistically and socially, campers are encouraged to let their imaginations go wild and harness their creativity to collaborate with others. Students will become the characters in the story, using critical thinking skills and early literacy skills to re-enact the story and speculate what will happen next. Each class will contain Arizona State Standards for Early Childhood preparing your child for kindergarten and hopefully igniting a lifetime passion for literature and reading.
The Western Folklife Center and its 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has launched a spoken word poetry competition, “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation,” on YouTube.com.Poets between ages 18 and 35 are invited to submit videos which include an artist introduction and do not exceed 4 minutes in length. Submissions must be original compositions, content should have a rural focus, and poems should be performed and not read. Poets must be currently living in one of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.Poems will be judged by the public as well as by a committee of two professional poets and two staff members of the Western Folklife Center. There will be a winner of the public vote and a winner of the juried competition. The winner of the public vote will receive two free three-day Deluxe passes to the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and a free Gathering poster. The winner of the juried competition will be given a performance slot at the event and must be able to travel Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Travel and lodging will be paid by the Western Folklife Center.Videos should be uploaded on the “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next Generation” competition YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/2014poetrycontest. Public judging will end on Dec. 19, and contest judges will select a winner by Dec. 21. For more information and to see tagged video submissions, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/2014poetrycontest, or call Darcy Minter, communications director, Western Folklife Center, 775-340-4240 or email email@example.com.The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering turns 30 years old in 2014, and the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions, will turn its focus to the future of the region. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, in Elko, Nev., the gathering will present poetry, music, fine western gear, films, workshops, dances and discussions with a clear focus on encouraging the next generation and working together to ensure the sustainability of the occupational and artistic traditions of the rural West.The theme of the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is “Expressing the Rural West—Into the Future!” Through performances of poetry and music, thought-provoking films and fruitful discourse, artists and audiences of all ages will share their art and their opinions on meeting the challenges of rural life in the modern West. In particular, the next generation of cowboy artists will present their work and discuss their brand of ranch life—with one hand on the reins and the other on the cell phone.