Limelight Theatre announces winter & spring education classes

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Performances and courses available for ages 4 to adult

St. Augustine, FL — Limelight Theatre will offer performances, acting classes, musical theatre courses and other educational options beginning in January 2015. A Year with Frog & Toad will be a fully staged musical for grades 3 through 12, with auditions in March. Aesop’s Fables and The Secret Garden performance camps also will be offered. Limelight is located at 11 Old Mission Ave., in uptown St. Augustine. Free parking is available. To sign up for classes, email Courtney Helen Grile at or call 904-825-1164, ext. 16.

School’s Out, Theatre’s In!

Designed to take advantage of school holidays for grades 2-5. This day camp when school is out will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $50 per child. Participants get to explore their creativity, make new friends and explore the awesome world of theatre. Participants should wear comfortable clothes, bring a bag lunch and water bottle.

Monday, Feb. 2 – We will be using “Stranded” by Jeff Probst as our creative inspiration. The book is a Sunshine State book used in schools in the St. Johns County School District.

Friday, March 13 – We will be using “The Sasquatch Escape” by Suzanne Selfors as our creative inspiration. The book is a Sunshine State book used in schools in the St. Johns County School District.

4-5 Year Olds: Creative Dramatics

Feb. 7-March 14: Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

This class allows students to play with their favorite stories and picture books through theatre, crafts, song, and dance. Growing artistically and socially, students are encouraged to let their imaginations go wild and harness their creativity to collaborate with others. This Spring we will be using stories like How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and Dinosaur Dinner (with a Slice of Alligator Pie) by Jane Yolen as a springboard, and we will create Dino Tales all our own. There will be a Shareformance at 10:30 a.m. on last day of class (Saturday, March 14). Cost is $75 per child.

1st – 2nd Grade: My Weird School!

Jan. 17 through March 28: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; no class on March 21

The book series My Weird School will serve as the springboard into a theatrical adventure, giving students the opportunity to play with basic acting skills while working as a team to bring stories to life. Exercising their natural creativity through movement, vocal work, games and improvisation, campers portray beloved characters while gaining confidence and presence on stage. There will be a Shareformance at 11:30 a.m. on last day of class (Saturday, March 28). Cost is $125 per student.

Aesop’s Fables Redux by Susan Pennington

3rd-8th Grade Studio Production — Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan. 17-March 28: This will be a Studio Production Class –we focus on the acting skills and have very minimal sets/props/etc.This is about honing those acting chops. Shareformance will happen at 1 p.m. March 28. No rehearsal on March 21. Cost is $300 per student.

Total Theatre Artist

9th – 12th Grade Performance Class

Jan. 17-March 28: Saturdays from 12 to 2 p.m.; no class on March 21

This class will focus on developing skills required to become a total theatre artist. Using theatre games, acting methodologies and devising techniques, the students will learn how to collaborate more effectively, create their own material, and perform as a collective. Throughout the course of this class the students will “devise” (create) their own show. There will be a sharing at 2 p.m. March 28. Cost is $250 per student.

The Secret Garden

Home School Studio Production by for 3rd – 8th grade

Jan. 20-April 1: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; no class on March 17

This will be a Studio Production Class – we will focus on the acting skills and have very minimal sets/props/etc. This is about honing those acting chops. Shareformance will happen at 12 p.m. April 1. Cost is $300 per student.

A Year with Frog & Toad

Full Production Class by Audition for grades 3rd through 12th — the students will be learning to perform in a fully produced musical. Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday & Friday, March 12-13. Please prepare 32 bars of a song; a song will be taught if you are unsure about selections.

April 1-May 24: Classes will be 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays; and 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tech week rehearsals will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the last week of class. Performances will be May 21-May 24.

Adult Public Speaking

Jan. 13-Feb. 17: Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This is an introductory course to public speaking, which addresses the importance of effective oral communication. It will teach students useful skills for speaking in public through an explanation of informative, persuasive, and narrative speeches. Nadia Ramoutar, who holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Florida, will be the instructor. She has more than 10 years experience assisting students with speech anxiety and currently teaches communications, film and video at the Art Institute in Jacksonville. Cost is $135 per student.

Adult Introduction to Acting

Jan. 15-March 5: Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This course is a practical, enjoyable and confidence-building introduction to the craft of acting and improvisation, held one evening a week for eight weeks. This course is useful for those who wish to expand their general communication skills. No previous acting experience is required – only a willingness to participate. Courtney Helen Grile, Director of Education at Limelight Theatre will be teaching this course. Cost is $180 per student.

Performing At the Limelight

Jan. 14-March 4: Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

This course, taught by Executive Director Beth Lambert, is designed for adults wishing to take part in a production here at the Limelight. In the course, she will take you through the audition process, the process of developing a show, develop acting skills, and share inside secrets about how to get the role you want. So, whether you’ve performed on the Limelight stage or not, this class will aid you in your acting pursuits. Cost is $180 per student.

 Adult Singing Master Class

 Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15: Sundays from 5 to 7 p.m.

This 3-week course will give students a basic understanding of how the voice is produced and works through song. Regina Torres will be teaching the class. Described as a “tour de force of vocal virtuosity married to a fabulous stage presence,” mezzo-soprano Regina Torres wields her voice with equal acclaim in opera and musical theatre. (Captain Classics – WFCF, St Augustine), She is a Florida favorite of the First Coast Opera and the Central Florida Lyric Opera where she began her professional career after graduating from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Cost is $125 per student

Participants of the singing workshop can expect to:

— Learn how to support, control, develop and enhance their natural vocal ability through exercises that focus on breathing, support, voice resonance and placement.

— Learn how to tailor-make a warm up and exercise routine that will allow them to further develop and strengthen their natural abilities after the course.



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