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Colorado Children’s Theater is best acting group at Atlanta festival

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By Nicole Queen

Evergreen and Conifer were well represented at Music Theater International’s 2009 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta.

Out of 34 children’s theater schools nationwide, members of Evergreen’s Colorado Children’s Theater took home the award for best acting group, and one member of the theater, Chapman Hyatt, 14, took home the award for best actor.

More than 1,400 kids and their theater teachers gathered for a weekend in January to show off their acting skills and learn new ones at workshops with professionals.

Kerri Vickers-Monnerat, an owner of Colorado Children’s Theater and a teacher there, said the festival is not as much about competition as it is about education and experience for the young actors.

“… It gives them an opportunity to be critiqued by professional actors and directors,” she said. “(The festival) does it for the right reasons — they want children to be around theater. … We really respect the way they do it. Our kids came back with more poise, confidence and feeling better about themselves. That’s why we do it, and that’s why we like this festival.”

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