After years of planning, the Highland Arts Theatre will be expanding their operations to a new rehearsal space in the building directly behind them at 295 Charlotte St. Pending funding, renovations are planned to turn this newly-leased space into a state-of-the-art studio for rehearsals and classes. The project has been supported by the province of Nova Scotia, and the Highland Arts Theatre, a registered charity, is currently soliciting sponsors and donors to bring the full vision to reality. Starting in September, the new space will be home to twelve new educational programs, targeted for participants of all levels of experience and ages from grade four to senior citizens.
Said Colford, “Our goal is to have classes for a variety of experience levels, so that participants will feel comfortable and appropriately challenged whether they're regulars on the HAT stage or haven't ever picked up a script in their life. We want to create an environment where people will feel emboldened and do things they never dreamed they could!”
The lynchpin of the new educational offerings remains the HAT Resident Company, a “triple-threat” training program with rotating classes in acting, singing, and dance. Other programs include a beginner Tap Dance class, Music Theory, an all-male dance troupe, Acting for Seniors, beginner classes for Adults, and a new theatre discussion group with exclusive behind-the-scenes insight to the HAT Fall Season.
Professional instructors for the various classes include the nationally acclaimed director, Ron Jenkins, Cynthia Vokey, Suzanne Doane, Alex Poirier, Andrea Vokey, Barbara Stetter, and Kiersten Penny.
Registration: Registration is now available online and at the HAT Box Office in person or by phone at (902) 565-3637. Courses start in September or October and range from 8-12 weeks, depending on the course. Said Colford, “We're trying to keep things affordable, so registration varies from $100 to $175 per term. If things go well, we’ll be launching a whole new slate of classes for Winter 2020.”
The South Shore Players presents our “Improv for Actors” workshop with Stephen Findlay.
Stephen has an extensive background in dance, theatre and film, working with artists such as Shania Twain, Donny Osmond, Ernie Coombs, Carol Burnett and many others. We are pleased to welcome him to lead this workshop for the South Shore Players.
When: Sunday; October 20, 2019; 2:00-4:00 pm (coffee & tea at 1:30 pm)
Where: Trinity United Church, 101 Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Click here to register online
Fee: $12.00 (SSP members); $15.00 (non-members)
Eligibility & Experience: Open to teens and adults. No experience is required