Cultural Center to Host Workshops for Students

October 23, 2001

Free Discovery Challenge Series workshops Available for School Groups at the Cultural Center  

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will offer a series of free workshops for students this fall at the Cultural Center.  

The Discovery Challenge Series features a hands-on approach to teaching students in grades four through six about the history and heritage of West Virginia. Students can become detectives investigating the past through clues found in fossils in “The Fossil Challenge,” explore the lives of the Native Americans who lived and hunted in this area in “The Native American Life Challenge” or learn how early settlers made this land their home in “The Settlers’ Life Challenge.”  

The workshops will be available on Tuesday (The Fossil Challenge), Wednesday (The Native American Life Challenge) and Thursday (The Settlers’ Life Challenge) mornings at 9:30 and 11 a.m. through Nov. 8 at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.  

Reservations are required. Call the Capitol Complex Welcome & Information Center at (304) 558-4839 or 1-800-CALL-WVA to make reservations for Discovery Challenge Series workshops or for free guided tours of the State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion.  

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s web site at for more information.  

Cultural Center to Host Free Shakespearean Master Class for Middle School Students  

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present a free master class led by Shakespearean actor Hubert Rolling on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the West Virginia State Theater of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The hour-long session will begin at 9 a.m. and will be repeated at 11 a.m. Geared for middle school students, the master class is free.  

Reservations will be accepted from teachers on a first-come, first-served basis.  

During the program, entitled “This Huge Stage,” Rolling will perform selections from some of Shakespeare’s best-known monologues, portraying a variety of male characters including Richard III, Falstaff, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, Edward IV, Mark Antony and King Lear. He also will recite some of the playwright’s sonnets. At the conclusion of the class, Rolling will host a “talk back” session, discussing Shakespeare and answering questions from the students.  

A native of Martinsburg, Rolling has produced and directed more than 100 shows, including festivals for community and stock theaters across the country. He has taken an active national role in creatively teaching young people about Shakespeare. In addition to the master classes, he will offer a free public performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Cultural Center.  

For more information about Rolling’s performances for school groups or to make reservations, call Bil Lepp at (304) 558-0220, ext. 131, or e-mail For more information visit the Division’s website at

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