The new children’s acting class recently announced by Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St., has been rescheduled and will start with a free introductory session Wednesday, Jan. 20. This first class, running from 3:30 to 5 p.m., will be free and parents are invited to sit in. To reserve a place, call 594-6490.

The program will include acting basics and skills learned via theater exercises, improvisation and games. Along the way, students will be encouraged to develop their own stories and monologues. The session will culminate in an open house for friends and family where the children will share their new found talents. It is commonly accepted that theater training instills in people of any age a self-confidence that can be carried into their day-to-day lives.

Instructor Neal Parker is well known in the community as a children’s book author, windjammer captain and father. Parker is now donning a long retired cap by calling upon his years of theatrical training. His background includes two seasons with South Street Theater, an Off-Off-Broadway company; time in film school; and involvement with several theatrical companies in New York City. Some of his fondest memories go back to his roles in a traveling troupe which toured city schools and museums performing “Story Theater,” a production that adapted many traditional fables to the stage.

The cost for this class is $80 for the entire program, which will run Jan. 27 through March 17, which may be made in two payments. Gift certificates are available by calling Lincoln Street Center at 594-6490. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to