Mask-making workshops for children

February 8, 2010 10:04:46 AM PST
Mask-making is a theatrical tradition that can be traced back to ancient Greek dramas, Medieval miracle plays and African tribal rituals. Masks still take center stage at contemporary Mardi Gras celebrations around the world. Youngsters can learn about the rich tradition and how to make their own mask at workshops sponsored by Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC) and Victory Gardens Theater (VG). Two creative mask workshops are designed to keep youngsters engaged during their schools holiday breaks for Lincoln's Birthday and President's Day:

Friday, February 12 from 9am to 1pm

VG's Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Learn the fundamentals of mask performance before designing and creating a mask of their own. Light snacks provided.

Monday, February 15 from 9am to 1pm ASC at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St, Chicago

Explore physical mask work via neutral and character masks, culminating in a performance on the ASC stage for friends and family. Light snacks provided.

Each workshop is $20 per day, per child; ASC Passport to Adventure holders save 25%. (For more information on ASC's Passport to Adventure, visit Both workshops are recommended for children ages 8 and older.

Registration is required and early registration is strongly encouraged. Contact Adventure Stage Chicago's Merissa Shunk at 773-278-7471 x173 or to register.

The Holiday Drama Kids pilot program was launched last season with three workshops designed to provide parents with an affordable creative outlet for their children during days when school is closed. The workshops were an instant success, each filling to capacity. This season, VG and ASC have expanded the program. For a complete list of all Holiday Drama Kids workshops throughout the school year, visit or