Continuing with our series on our Classes Up Close, we are moving on to this fall’s exciting new class: Acting & Music with Maestro Classics. I have been listening to Maestro Classics CDs with my kids for years – after reading this post on my favorite Homeschooling site, Confessions of a Homeschooler. But let me back up a bit…
We started doing “In the Spotlight” classes two years ago to introduce students to the basics of performing without the pressure of a large scale production. Acting classes and staged readings fall under this heading, and our students have had a great time exploring characters, new stories, and learning how to work on a scene together in an encouraging and supportive environment.
This year, we are proud to be partnering with Maestro Classics, a company that has been critically acclaimed by The Washington Post, Time Out New York, Entertainment Weekly, and Parent’s Choice. They have won over 50 National Awards for their excellent products. Their engaging CDs will bring music appreciation alongside our acting classes, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
Maestro Classics CDs weave classical stories into famous musical pieces, performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Students will learn about the orchestra, instruments, the composer, and other basic music theory elements… while also acting the stories out and creating unforgettable characters. In the end, they will have a wonderful education experience combining music, drama, and literature!
We are offering two Acting & Music classes with Maestro Classics (Peter and the Wolf for ages 5-7 and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for ages 8-11), both taught by Nicole Cannella and held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro. Meeting on Tuesdays for 8 weeks, students will enjoy an hour’s worth of instruction and it will all be done before the holidays approach 🙂 There will be a small in-class performance on the last day. We highly recommend these smaller intensive acting courses, as the students learn so much. The Junior Production is a great experience, but we don’t always have time to do the improvs and theatre games that they love (which help them to gain confidence and learn new skills, which is necessary for their performance on the big stage in the spring!).
Nicole received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Theatre from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She has worked as an actor and teacher and has recently become a writer of children’s books (check out her book, “The Ribbit Exhibit.” ) She has taught acting and theatre at the YMCA, with Drama Kids International Academy, and her own “Hulabaloo and Hodgepodge Too,” which is an all-girls course combining theatre arts with history, poetry, and more. She has also taught master classes at John Robert Powers. She has acted in many professional productions, films, as well as many commercials (Harley Davidson, Countrywide Bank, Dunkin Donuts, and Cinemax to name a few). Her most valued role is that of mother of three children; Nicholas, Olivia and Noelle. Raising them with her husband Jay has been one of her life’s greatest accomplishments.
For more information, and to register, click here!