Theater and dance classes offered at Woodland Opera House

By From page A7 | August 19, 2014

The Woodland Opera House Education Program is currently holding registration for fall classes.

Broadway Bound is an advanced performance group for children 11 and up who have had previous Show Biz Kidz or main stage theater experience or who have instructor approval. Students will rehearse and perform the play, “Scrooge, a Tale of Christmas,” based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Auditions for Broadway Bound will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Woodland Opera House Dance Studio, 415 Fourth St. Come with sheet music to a prepared song and dressed to dance. Broadway Bound will perform at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 for the school outreach program. Public performances will be at noon and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

New classes include hip hop and Youth Shakespeare Exploration.

Hip hop will be offered from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturdays for ages 8 to 12 and 11 to 11:55 a.m. for ages 13 and older. This class will focus on rhythm, syncopation and stage presence. Youth Shakespeare Exploration is an in-depth look into Shakespeare’s life, his plays, the stage, the language and how to perform his works. This workshop is a hands-on working approach to exploring the bard for students ages 11-18. The eight-week sessions will begin Sept. 18 and meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Drama classes include: Imagination Theatre for children in second through fourth grades and Acting A to Z for children in fifth through ninth grades.

Imagination Theatre is designed to develop creativity and confidence through the use of theater games and short imaginative scenes. Acting A to Z will explore the art of acting and cover everything from stage directions to interactive improvisation and theater games to scene study. The nine-week sessions will begin Sept. 16 and meet on Tuesdays. Imagination Theatre runs from 4 to 4:55 p.m. and Acting A to Z meets from 5 to 5:55 p.m.

Musical Theatre Workshop classes provide an opportunity to develop skill as a vocalist and dancer while working on numbers from Broadway and movie musicals. Classes will be held for children in kindergarten through first grade from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, second- and third-graders from 5 to 5:55 p.m. on Thursdays, second- through fourth-graders from 6 to 6:55 on Tuesdays, and fifth-grader and older from 6 to 6:55 on Thursdays. The nine-week sessions will begin Sept. 16.

Drama and Musical Theatre Workshop students will participate in an open house showcase for family and friends at the theater at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Pre-ballet (ages 3-6), ballet, jazz and tap (beginner through advanced levels for ages 7 and up) classes also are registering for new students. Dance classes will begin Sept. 2 and will conclude with the Spring Showcase performed June 13 and 14 on the Opera House stage.

Visit www.woodlandoperahouse.org for class descriptions, schedules and teacher bios. Class sizes are limited. Call the box office at 666-9617 to register.

Enterprise staff

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