Waldo Theatre classes focus on anti-bullying

Jan 06, 2014

Waldoboro — Waldo Theatre successfully completed two sets of musical theater classes in 2013, culminating an an Autumn Revue and a Holiday Revue, and is excited to be working on this new program through the spring of 2014.

The classes are being taught by Melissa Hearth, volunteer artistic director/board president of the Waldo; and Roger Marcotte, musical theater major and award-winning director from University of Southern Maine. They are assisted by Linda Blanchard, who is a Midcoast choral director with extensive degrees; and Cayleigh Hearth, a young actress and singer. Karen Montanaro will be jumping on board in March to assist with the theme of the spring classes — Waldo Youth Against Bullying.

These classes will be covering mime, song, dance, movement and stage combat; and will incorporate these into a performance piece that will travel to local schools, as well as taking the stage at the Waldo. All students who wish to perform a solo will be able to do so during the revue. This class is not auditioned. Students must be 8 years old or older, should be able to read and must have the maturity level to handle a group environment. Younger students are welcome, but must meet the above criteria and must be approved by teachers.

Classes will be held through mid-March at the Broad Bay Congregational Church, 941 Main St./Route 220, and will be moved back into the Waldo through April. Class times will be predominantly Sundays at 2 p.m. with extra classes added (as needed) on Saturday mornings and/or Monday early evenings. Classical voice lessons will be announced at a later date.

The first class was held Jan. 12. For enrollment or information (including scholarship availability or price reduction), contact Melissa Hearth at melissa@thewaldo.org.

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