FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THALIAN ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES YOUTH ACADEMY FALL SEMESTER
WILMINGTON, NC – Thalian Association Community Theatre today announced the fall 2015 semester of theatre arts classes and workshops for budding young actors ages 7 – 18 with special Tots classes for children ages 3 – 6.
Classes will be held in two locations, the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center at 120 S. 2nd Street and the NE Branch of the New Hanover County Library Executive Development Center at 1241 Military Cutoff Road. For the first time registration is available online at thalian.org or at the HBHUSO/Community Arts Center, Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm. The fall semester will begin September 14, 2015 and continue through December 5, 2015. All students will be invited to perform in the Academy Showcase on the 2nd Street Stage in the Community Arts Center at the end of the semester.
The Youth Academy provides an affordable opportunity for all children to develop and express their passion for live theatre. All classes and productions are aligned with the North Carolina Essential Standards and the National Standards of Arts Education. Scholarships will be available on a first-come basis.
The curriculum includes Behind the Curtain, Musical Comedy & Characters, Drama, Star Power, In the Spotlight and On Stage Visual Arts. For younger students the Tots classes offer a wonderful introduction to music, dance and expression. Artistic Director David Loudermilk will teach a new Audition & Stage Technique class designed to prepare students for musical theatre auditions. TV and film actress Jane McNeill will teach a class dedicated to Acting for TV & Film. Jane’s credits include a recurring role in The Walking Dead and roles in the Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike XXL. Full details about classes and tuition are available on thalian.org
“Our classes are designed to provide training and a creative outlet for young people who are interested in theatre arts,” said Thalian Association Community Theatre Executive Director Susan Habas. “Students will explore different aspects of play production and stage performance while having a great learning experience.”
Established in 1788, Thalian Association Community Theatre is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to enhancing the Cape Fear region through live community theatre and arts education. Thalian Association Community Theatre produces five major productions annually on the Main Stage at historic Thalian Hall, a summer season at the Red Barn Studio and professionally manages the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center for the City of Wilmington. The youth theatre program offers training and performance opportunities for children age seven through high school seniors. In 2007, Thalian Association Community Theatre was designated North Carolina’s Official Community Theater by the state legislature.