Up & Coming Weekly

January 26, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM 14 UCW JANUARY 27-FEBRUARY 2, 2021 Cape Fear Regional Theatre began its stu- dio classes Jan. 25 for children between the ages of 4 to 19. The theatre is currently offering classes las- ting seven weeks in musical theatre, acting, mini studio meant for 4 through 6-year-olds, and two new additions being the musical theatre dance and improv classes, Marc de la Concha, director of education for CFRT, said. "The classes are half process based and half product based," de la Concha said. "It's not just getting together and rehearsing a couple of songs for the end show, we tr y to teach the kids a lot of skills for working in the theatre that will help them when they join us for a summer camp or when they audition for a show on a main stage." We tr y to give kids those skills which I believe add into their ever yday lives like speaking in front of people, working as a team, reading skills and such, it's a skill buil- ding and some product-based stuff meaning singing and dancing so you can show what you learnt throughout the class, he said. The mini studios meant for younger kids focus on skills like standing in one place for more than a couple minutes, speak loud enough, be heard from the stage and are taught by me, Ashley Owen, marketing direc- tor and instructor for CFRT, said. "This semester I am using Dr. Seuss books to teach them those skills and prepping them to go on to higher level classes," she said. During the spring break the kids will do their spring break bootcamp, where we will have them in small groups and do a version of the "Wizard of Oz," it's for the kids and won't be open to the public, he said. Owens said classes are once a week for an hour and half and cost $150 with the excep- tion of the mini studio classes which are an hour long and cost $100. The theatre offers militar y, sibling and multi-class discounts. Class size ranges from 10 to 15 kids in each class. The class sizes are prett y small, so the kids get one-on-one instruction, and we keep it safe during the pandemic, de la Concha said. "Lots of hand sanitizers and ever yone's got a mask on all the time," Owen said. Owens said it's been a tough year but they are luck y to have had great leadership at the theatre who put in the time to figure out things so kids could attend the summer camp program and these classes. "Performing arts are important, you know, because we are learning in a different way than in school, learning empathy, learning about other people's experiences, different cultures in a different way and I think it's important for kids to learn those skills," de la Concha said. "And some learn these skills better this way than sitting in a school set- ting, it helps with team building and getting away from a screen and having actual inter- personal interactions." It's been such a saving grace for me per- sonally, I love the kids, getting to work with them, Owens said. "It's just been so nice to see appreciate being together in a way that they or people didn't before the pandemic," she said. We are ver y excited for this year and anxi- ously waiting to be fully back in the theatre for education and for our mainstage season as well and hopefully we will be at the other end of this ver y soon, de la Concha said. For more information on the classes and times, visit https://w w w.cfrt.org/educati- on/#studio-classes CFRT classes give kids stage and life skills by KEYURI PARAB KEYURI PARAB, Editorial Assistant COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com 910-484-6200. Cape Fear Regional Theatre studio classes for kids teach skills needed for stage performance that can also boost reading skills, public speaking ability and working as a team. EDUCATION Good Gravy Good Gravy I can't think of a better time to order in! Support your local business today! Good Gravy

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