Youth Classes and Events
Dragon Theatre is proud to offer a number of classes for children aged 8 and up. These classes are designed to be both fun and to develop critical skills like creative thinking, communication, public speaking, and more. We think we've got a little something for every child. If you'd like to talk specifics, please feel free to contact Justine Bechler at classes (at) dragonproductions.net.
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In a partnership with Geek Club Books and the San Mateo County Library System, Dragon will be hosting a series of Dorktales storytelling events around the peninsula this summer. Thanks to financial support from the San Mateo Arts Commission these will all be FREE events for local children. Here's the schedule at the local libraries!
FREE Dorktales Storytelling and Dragon Theatre Workshops Tour of San Mateo County Public Libraries:
Think fractured fairytales meets Big Bang Theory! Dorktales is a family-fun, story time series of goofier versions of favorite classics adored by generations. Suitable for all ages, they’re fast-paced, interactive, full of giggles and entertaining…even for adult types. More information about each event can be found at that library’s website.
Foster City- 5/1 - 7:00pm
East Palo Alto - 5/7 - 6:00pm
Atherton - 5/14 - 4:00pm
East Palo Alto - 6/25 - 6:00pm
Foster City - 6/26 - 7:00pm
Pacifica - Sanchez - 7/6 - 11:00am
Bookmobile Creative Montessori Learning Center East Palo Alto - 7/10 - 3:30pm
Millbrae - 7/13 - 12:15pm
Bookmobile Montera Community College - 7/17 - 3:00pm
Bookmobile Moonridge - 7/18 - 4:00pm
Belmont - 7/27 - 2:00pm
Half Moon Bay - 8/6 - 2:00pm
Atherton - 8/10 - 2:00pm
Portola Valley - 8/13 - 11:00am
Woodside - 8/16 - 11:15am
Pacifica - Sharp Park - 8/20 - 3:30pm
Fairytales Players Event
Dragon is proud to host Golden Thread's Fairytale Players for a free show this May. Golden Thread's Fairytale Players offer a dynamic repertoire of performances for young audiences, with plays based on traditions and folklore from the Middle East.
Leila's Quest for Flight
Written and Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
Saturday, May 11 - 2:30pm -- Doors Open at 2:00pm
When the optometrist shatters little Leila’s dream of becoming a pilot, a menagerie of mythic birds gather to help her accomplish her goal. Drawn from beloved Palestinian folk tales, Leila’s Quest for Flight incorporates music, dance, and physical comedy. These dynamic shows are entertaining for all ages, connecting diverse cultural traditions to contemporary themes.
Tickets are FREE but you MUST reserve a ticket in advance because seating is limited!
About the Teacher, Justine Bechler:
Justine Bechler is a South Bay area native with personal ties to Redwood City. She is a professional actor, singer, and theatre educator having most recently worked at California Theatre Center where she was the head of the education department. Justine has worked with students ages 5-18 having directed and vocal directed numerous productions as well as mentoring teenage teaching artist interns and has personally written a few scripts for the younger students to perform. Justine is an extremely dedicated and hardworking individual who has grown up on the stage and has a passion for educating the art of performance. She loves passing on the knowledge of how the vocal instrument functions to impart proper singing skills and helping actors grow while simultaneously instilling confidence to students. Justine first fell in love with theatre education while taking a course at Cal Poly Pomona where she and two fellow students worked with local high schoolers to produce their own play. She loved watching theatre bring people from all different backgrounds together and collaborate on a common goal. Justine is very excited to land at the Dragon Theatre to work with the students in this wonderful community to help them grow to be the best performers and technicians they can be!