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Wolf Trap Programs Educate

Learning can be a lifelong process, so the Wolf Trap Institute provides the opportunity for adults to continue their educational journey through workshops, one-week residencies and keynote presentations in areas ranging from creative drama to music, movement, puppets and multidisciplinary arts.

The Institute is a part of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and is affiliated with the Wolf Trap Farm Park.

THE PROGRAM is designed to train teachers and parents in a variety of educational and performing-arts techniques led by Wolf Trap master artists. The idea is to teach the importance of arts education in early learning as a way of building self-esteem. The workshops can be attended by up to 60 people who are involved with 3- to 5-year-old children.

Participants have a choice of half- or full-day professional-development workshops; one-week residencies, where the artist works for five consecutive days with up to four preschool or kindergartner classes and conducts up to two professional development or family workshops; family workshops, interactive sessions for parents and children; or keynote presentations.

IN ADDITION to teaching adults about the arts, Wolf Trap gives children the opportunity to experience the arts through its Theatre-in-the-Woods summer series. The performances run Tuesday through Saturday each week from June 25-Aug. 10 and are performed in a theater in the forest near the Filene Center.

The performances include puppet shows, dance companies, family sing-alongs, folktales and even mime. Besides the performances, the program offers Workshops-in-the-Arts on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays after the performances.

The workshops give the children the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences in puppetry, music, dance and creative drama. The workshops are free, but reservations are required.

Tickets for Theatre-in-the-Woods go on sale May 13 and are $4 for one show or $6 for both shows per day for adults and children 3 and up. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounted ticket rates.

For more information about the programs at Wolf Trap, visit the Web site at www.wolf-trap.org. Tickets for the Theatre-in-the Woods are available at the Filene Center box office or by phone at 703-218-6500. Groups of 10 or more should call the group sales office at 702-255-1851; and nonprofit organizations should call the National Park Service at 703-255-1827. To participate in the workshop after the performances, call 703-255-1824.

Information about the Wolf Trap Institute is available by calling the National Workshop Program at 703-255-1933.