Memorial Opera House introduces kids to the arts

2014-01-15T00:00:00Z 2014-01-17T17:53:10Z Memorial Opera House introduces kids to the artsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 15, 2014 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | Memorial Opera House will offer a new Winter Children’s Program featuring a variety of classes. An open house is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Learn about the curriculum, meet the instructors and learn about a preregistration discount.

The Memorial Opera House, 104 E. Indiana Ave., classes offer an early introduction to The Arts through programs designed to ignite a passion for performance at an early age while introducing children to skill building projects as enjoyable as they are educational. “If a child develops interest in the arts During developmental years, it generally stays with them the rest of their life, said Michelle Smith, Memorial Opera House business director. "Memorial Opera House offers the opportunity to nurture such interest to the children in our area."

The new classes taught by educated and experienced actors will be offered on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and run February through March at Memorial Opera House. Children will learn age appropriate skills that apply to everyday life as well as on stage -- imagination, self-confidence, adaptability, problem-solving, responsibility, respect, concentration and to exercise motor skills, all in a playful and enjoyable environment.

Mondays (Feb. 3 to March 17)

“Move ‘N Groove” - 4:55 to 5:35 p.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights movement, expression and beginner concentration.

“Pee Wee Puppets” - 4:55 to 5:35 p.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights motor skills, theatre games and focus.

“Munchkin Mozarts” - 5:50 to 6:30 p.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights basic music skills, vocal/musical expression and concentration.

Thursday (Feb. 6 to March 20):

“Creative Drama” - 4:55 to 5:35 p.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights story-telling, imagination and problem solving.

“Acting 1” - 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. (ages 8-13) spotlights development, reflection and improvisation.

Saturdays (Feb. 8 to March 22):

“Move ‘N Groove” - 10:20 to 11 a.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights movement, expression and beginner concentration.

“Pee Wee Puppets” - 11:15 to 11:55 a.m. (3-pre-k) spotlights motor skills, theatre games and

focus.

“Beginner Bachs” - 12:10 to 1:10 p.m.  (ages 5-6) spotlights basic music skills, vocal/musical expression and working as an ensemble.

“Pre- Puppetry” - 2 to 3 p.m. (ages 5-6) spotlights story-telling, theatre games and imagination.

“Acting 1” - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ages 13-18) spotlights development, reflection and improvisation.

Starting in April, two hour teen skill building classes with an emphasis on improvisation, musical theatre and acting will be offered. For more information, visit www.memorialoperahouse.com.

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