Curtains Up

Vivian really enjoys theater. She participated in a theater class when she was in high school. Now that she is out of high school and is working, she was looking for a way to get involved with theater again. The Family Center for the Arts in Portage MI, has a theater company that is very community and family oriented. The owner Rebecca Achenbach is warm and welcoming to anyone who is interested in participating in visual arts, dance and theater. It appeared it would be a good place to connect Vivian.

In September, Vivian joined the theater company. Becoming a member of the company meant that Vivian could take classes as well as be part of preparing for a production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

During the preparation phase, Vivian helped work on building the sets, costumes and props. Mostly, she painted and glued things together.

Vivian not only enjoyed helping with the preparation, but she also enjoyed meeting with and working with new people. She said the best thing was working with a group of people to make the show come together.

Willy Wonka was performed the second weekend in December 2015 to sell out crowds of children and adults alike.

Now Vivian has started taking classes. Recently, she took an improvisation class called Stranger Things Have Happen!. First, the participants created their own character to share with the others in a situation the instructor designed. Then, as a group they created new characters and a new situation that they called “The Random Family.” Sounds like fun!