Acting and Music Theatre Classes Bring the Joy of Stage Performance to Kids 6yrs and Up this September-December!
Great Neck, NY (July, 2015) — When the summer draws to a close, the fun and educational programs at the Gold Coast Arts Center continue in stride with Acting and Musical Theatre classes teaching the tricks of the trade every Broadway star should know! With the brand new “Introduction to Acting: Become a Musical Theatre Star” (Ages 7+), “Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre” (Ages 9-14), and “Broadway Bound Junior Children’s Theatre” (Ages 6-8)– children and young adults will learn how to tell a story in a clear and cohesive manner through acting, singing and dancing, and so much more at at 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck, NY 11021. www.GoldCoastArts.org
As a child grows and begins to explore their interests and develop their talents, what better way is there to harness their curiosity than through the fun and educational experience of live performance! In “Introduction to Acting” (September 18th-December 18th), ages 7 and up will use various methods and techniques to help them tell a cohesive story as they sing Musical Theatre songs. Becoming acquainted with terms like “beats”, “tactics”, and “obstacles”, they’ll demonstrate their skills in a showcase featuring ensemble numbers, solo’s, and duets! In “Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre” (September 22nd-December 22nd), ages 9-14 will get the “grand Broadway experience” while being taught advanced acting, singing, and dancing in a production of “King Midas and the Golden Touch” where King Midas is punished for his greed when being granted a wish for the Golden Touch. And in “Broadway Bound Junior Children’s Theatre” (September 16th-December 23rd), an introduction into the Broadway experience will likewise teach acting, singing, and dancing to ages 6-8 in a fun-filled production of “Stone Soup”.
But what musical theatre performance can truly come to fruition without the help and guidance of accomplished acting, voice, choreography, and dance instructors?
Jonathan Palmiotti (Acting and Vocal Instructor for “Introduction to Acting”) has a BFA in Musical Theatre and AS in Music and Theatre Performance, most recently appeared in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, directed a benefit concert for Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and will be directing an original Musical Theatre Cabaret this upcoming October.
Tina Lama (Piano Accompanist and Vocal Instructor for “Introduction to Acting”) is a string, voice and piano instructor based in New York who for the past 20 years has regularly performed with jazz, bluegrass, rock and orchestral groups throughout North America; receiving her Masters in Jazz Performance from Queens College in 2014, she’s had the honor to perform alongside Tony Bennett, Danilo Perez and Jimmy Heath, as well as Emmy- and Independent Music Award-nominated bluegrass and hip hop groups.
Robert Hoffman (Acting and Vocal Instructor for “Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre” and “Broadway Bound Junior Children’s Theatre”) has developed his vocal and teaching ability through a variety of life experiences and is a graduate of Hunter College with a Master’s in Music Education. He achieved a 3-night record-breaking draw to New York’s China Club at the peak of its popularity, and his CD Believe was produced by Grammy award winner Richard Oliver. Earning the respect of top studio musicians such as Richie Canata and Peter Yaro- as a vocal instructor, he teaches confidence from proper breathing and vocal exercises.
Jennifer Stathes (Choreographer and Dance Instructor for “Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre”) has been dancing since the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in dance with a minor in business and holds a master’s degree in elementary education, and is a full time teacher for the NYC DOE. She has taught jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop to children ages 2-adult, and also teaches Zumba fitness to children and adults.
Megan Clancy (Choreographer and Dance Instructor for “Broadway Bound Junior Children’s Theatre”) began dancing and performing at age 3, and comes from a professional performing family. She attended the Professional Performing Arts High School, Manhattan and studied Dance, Theatre Arts at City College of New York; Musical Theatre, Dance and Vocal at the Professional Performing Arts School; Vocal and Dance at the Harlem School of the Arts; Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre at the Broadway Dance Center. Megan has worked with The Harlem Repertory Theatre and has taught Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance at the 92nd street Y; Harkness Dance Center; and the Israel Center for Conservative Judaism.
With so much to offer through acting and musical theatre, any child is sure to have a fun and engaging learning experience at the Gold Coast Arts Center this Fall! NOW OPEN FOR FALL REGISTRATION 2015 CLASSES!
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The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 4th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.