The Ottumwa Courier

Community News Network

November 27, 2012

New youth theatre director hired at George Daily

OSKALOOSA — There’s a lot that area children can learn from theater.

Andy McGuire, originally of Boone, recently signed on as Youth Theatre Director at George Daily Community Auditorium.

McGuire, who majored in theater at Central College, has worked with  young people in theater before coming to Oskaloosa. He said he served as a director with the Pella Shakespeare Youth Troupe as a sophomore at Central. He’s also worked with a few theatre companies in Chicago, as well as a touring theater group called Climb Theater, based out of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He’s also interned in London, England.

Part of McGuire’s duties as youth theatre director at George Daily will be to serve as a liaison between the auditorium and area schools in Mahaska County. He said at past jobs he’s had, using theater as an educational tool has been important and that it is just as important in the local area.

McGuire said theater can be used to teach young children important lessons like anti-bullying skills and how to have respect for one another.

“It’s always important to remember with the push for reading and math and science in schools, we always want to keep pushing teamwork and creativity and those communication skills,” explained McGuire. “Without those, it becomes harder to be really good at math and science and such.”

In the summer months, McGuire will head up the Youth Theatre Camp at George Daily. He said there will be a few changes to the program, noting that the first goal is to give the children a great overall experience. Things like lighting and other technical aspects of theater will be part of the experience, as well as acting, he said.

McGuire noted that producing a play involves many different people with unique jobs including set design, lighting and other technical work.

“It uses as much team work and coordination as any sports team would need to get things done,” said McGuire.

In February of 2013, the Stage Academy after-school program is expected to return, McGuire said.

In the future, McGuire said he’d like to expand local youth theater beyond George Daily Community Auditorium. He said he’d like to bring shows and workshops into area schools, as well.

For more information about youth theater efforts at George Daily Community Auditorium, visit http://www.georgedaily.org.

An open house to welcome McGuire will be  held Friday, Jan. 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the auditorium. It will be open to anyone who wants to meet McGuire.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • 20140729-AMX-GIVHAN292.jpg Spanx stretches into new territory with jeans, but promised magic is elusive

    The Spanx empire of stomach-flattening, thigh-slimming, jiggle-reducing foundation garments has expanded to include what the brand promises is the mother of all body-shaping miracles: Spanx jeans.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

    Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.

    July 29, 2014

  • linda-ronstadt.jpg Obama had crush on First Lady of Rock

    Linda Ronstadt remained composed as she walked up to claim her National Medal of Arts at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Can black women have it all?

    In a powerful new essay for the National Journal, my friend Michel Martin makes a compelling case for why we need to continue the having-it-all conversation.

    July 29, 2014

  • Dangerous Darkies Logo.png Redskins not the only nickname to cause a stir

    Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history.  Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • 'Rebel' mascot rising from the dead

    Students and alumni from a Richmond, Va.-area high school are seeking to revive the school's historic mascot, a Confederate soldier known as the "Rebel Man," spurring debate about the appropriateness of public school connections to the Civil War and its icons.

    July 28, 2014

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 28, 2014

  • wd saturday tobias .jpg Stranger’s generosity stuns Ohio veteran

    Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias was overwhelmed recently when a fellow customer at an OfficeMax store near Ashtabula, Ohio paid for a computer he was purchasing.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 1.33.11 PM.png VIDEO: High-dive accident caught on tape

    A woman at a water park in Idaho leaped off a 22-foot high dive platform, then tried to pull herself back up with frightening results. Fortunately, she escaped with only a cut to her finger.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • How spy agencies keep their 'toys' from law enforcement

    A little over a decade ago, federal prosecutors used keystroke logging software to steal the encryption password of an alleged New Jersey mobster, Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., so they could get evidence from his computer to be used at his trial.

    July 25, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National