Theater classes begin at the Waldo
Waldoboro — Waldo Theatre has embarked on a year-round series of children’s programs that culminate in performances open to the public, for a donation-only admission charge. The goal is to have a year-round glee club, a full summer camp and fall/winter/spring classes.
The first two sessions are being taught by Roger Marcotte and Melissa Hearth, assisted by Cayleigh Hearth and Jenni Prescott, and will culminate in a Halloween-related revue Saturday, Oct. 26; and a Christmas revue on Dec. 21.
Marcotte, who recently played Tom Collins in “Rent” and is cast in the title role of November’s “Shrek the Musical this fall,” studied musical theater performance under Ed Reichert at the University of Southern Maine, where he also directed a production of Christopher Durang's "Titanic" that was nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to perform at its festival.
Melissa Hearth has been directing youth theater, as well as adult productions, at the Waldo for almost seven years. Her educational background includes a degree in English literature and applicable work experience includes teaching preschool at Rinx Preschool Academy in New York prior to her move here in 2004.
Classes are mostly held Sundays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $100 per child for both sessions ($80 per child for multiple child households) or $50 to participate in one revue and to only take the classes leading up to it. The December Revue-geared classes will start up in November.
Children must be 8 or older and able to read. Grammar through high school age youth is welcomed; class size is limited to 30 in order to have an environment that is most conducive to learning.
The Halloween revue will include music from “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Wicked” and “Hocus Pocus,” as well as some favorite Halloween tunes. Kids will be singing, dancing, reading, etc. Auditions are held within the classes for all of the solos (and the amount of solos available will be based on the experience level of the class members).
After the remainder of this year, classes will be covering improv, fight choreography, light/stage/sound/costume design, dance, movement, voice, acting and more. More advanced classes will be held for anyone older than age 12 who wishes to learn more about auditioning beyond community theater. There will be guest teachers involved in the program.
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Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.