BPA Theatre School Now Registering for Fall Quarter

BPA Theatre School
Now Registering Fall 2016 Quarter
Enrollment begins August 19
At Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

BPA Theatre School opens registration for the Fall 2016 Quarter, with enrollment beginning August 19. “BPA is honored to participate in the shaping of young performers,” notes BPA’s incoming Director of Education Liz Ellis. BPA’s artistic community provides a safe and reliable creative space as well as a place that will encourage and challenge each child to grow. Not only does theater education teach skills that will augment each student’s artistic life forever (whether on a professional level or as a hobby). It also teaches the kind of creativity, grace, and empathy that enriches every aspect of a life well lived.

To that end, BPA Theater School has a lot in store for the coming season. Ellis says, “We’re going to continue the strong program we’ve had for Pre-K through Middle School, and we’ll expand on our Teen and Adult education. This will allow students to build on the skills and knowledge they’ve acquired growing up with us, and it will make them ready to step into any role in any theater to which they might travel.”

Fall classes include “Creative Drama: 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea” and “Creative Drama: Around the World in 80 Days” for ages 4 – 7; “Intro to Musical Theatre – A Christmas Story” for grades 1 – 3; “Introduction to Playwriting” and “Dancing in Character” for grades 5 – 8; “Baron Munchausen” for grades 2 – 4 and “Tales of the Heroine Atalanta” for grades 5 – 8 as part of the BPA Theatre School’s Performance Series; “Teen Intensive: Shakespeare” for ages 13 - 20; and four star-studded workshops for teens and adults: “The Actor’s Tool Belt with Dinah Manoff, “Lifetime Theatre: Building a Dramatic Portfolio” (for ages 50+) with Barbara Deering, “The Art of Comedy” with Bhama Roget, and “Movement for Theatre” with Helen Heaslip.

Offering year-round classes and camps for students of all ages and experience levels, BPA Theater School has a longstanding tradition of supporting learners of all ages to build the skills and confidence to perform on stage and in everyday life. Younger students are taught to act, sing, and dance while developing the soft skills like teamwork and personal responsibility on which they can call in any classroom, work, or social setting. Teens and adults get the joy of being silly, glamorous, or sincere with the added benefit of growing not just their portfolio, but also their poise and tenacity. Ellis reflects, “We wouldn’t work as hard as we do to provide the best possible theater school program if we didn’t believe in its value and efficacy. And we wouldn’t do theater school at all if it wasn’t so dang much FUN!”

For information or queries, please contact Director of Education Liz Ellis at eeliis@bainbridgeperformingarts.org or 206.842.4560 x3, and register online at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/pages/theatre-school.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to BPA Theatre School Presenting Sponsor Aberown Studio. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets are always available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from the Mabee Family and Bainbridge Community Foundations. Please contact the BPA Box Office at 206.842.8569 or Helpline House to reserve tickets today.

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