Venice Theatre Education and Outreach Department announces open house and winter 2014 performance classes for children and adults

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Nov. 24, 2014

Venice Theatre Education and Outreach Department announces open house and winter 2014 performance classes for children and adults

(Venice, FL) Venice Theatre seeks to share its Education and Outreach opportunities with as many families in the area as possible. It will hold an open house to assist families with new class registration and give them an opportunity to meet the teaching team.  The open house for the upcoming winter session will be in the theatre lobby at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 from 10:30 – noon.

Registration by phone is already open for winter 2014 theatre classes. The semester includes classes for children and adults beginning the week of Jan. 19, 2015. Classes run four to 11 weeks and will be taught by instructors Candace Artim, VT’s Assistant Director of Education and Outreach, Becky Holahan, Gladys Varga, Cara Herman, Jan Wallace, Michelle Neil, and Peter Ivanov. Interested students and parents should visit, call Venice Theatre’s Education and Outreach Department at 941-486-8679, or e-mail Candace at [email protected]. Scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

Venice Theatre is proud of what parents say about their children’s experiences at the theatre. Examples of recent parent comments include: “Because of the work that you do, my son was able to experience something that has forever changed his life and the way he looks at things” and “I want to sincerely thank you for the positive role VT has played in my daughter’s life.”

Venice Theatre’s classes are performance-based in the winter session and build upon the fall “process” classes.  New students who would like to register should call Candace at 941-486-8679 for proper placement. The performance classes include beginning, intermediate, advanced and specialty classes for students from kindergarten through adult.  For the youngest students, there are creative play classes: Telling Tales! Creative Play for K-1 and Shake It Up! Creative Play for Grade 2.  Both classes are fun-filled adventures into the world of theatre that build the students’ self-confidence and social skills.

For students in grades three through five and grades six through eight, Venice Theatre offers its popular Act 1: Beginning Acting Performs!, Act 2: Intermediate Acting Performs! and Act 3: Advanced Acting Performs! All classes will participate in a MainStage spring showcase on April 11, 2015 with technical rehearsals on April 9 and 10. Specialty classes range from Musical Motion to The Yellow Boat.

For adults 18 and older, the theatre offers exciting classes taught by professionals in their fieldsClasses include Candace’s Improvisation: The basic tenet of Yes! and Peter Ivanov’s Scene Study.  A special offering this semester is Peter’s Theatre Appreciation class: That Show Changed My Life!  It explores the art, history and science of theatre as a fine art.  The first class on Jan. 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. is open to the public at no cost.

Venice Theatre also offers private lessons for students who are interested in one-on-one instruction in acting and/or musical theatre; and a customized program for Girl Scout and Boy Scout badges.

In addition to seasonal classes, Venice Theatre offers a unique Technical Theatre Apprenticeship Program (TTAP).  This is a career-track technical training program for students 16 years and older and is accredited by the Florida Department of Education. It is the ideal program for students who are interested in a career in technical theatre. Contact Sandy Davisson, VT’s Director of Education and Outreach at 941-486-8679 for further information about TTAP.

Again, registration can be done by phone via the Education and Outreach Office at 941-486-8679. Register in person at the theatre’s main box office at 140 W. Tampa Ave. Online registration is available on  Payment in full and a completed registration form are required to guarantee space in a class.



140 W. Tampa Ave

Venice, FL  34285

Tickets: 941-488-1115

Venice Theatre’s mission is making a dramatic impact on all stages of life. The third-largest out of 10,000 community theatres in the United States, it is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave .on the island in Venice, FL. Its MainStage offers seating for 432 patrons and features musicals, plays, concerts and special events.  Its Yvonne Pinkerton Theatre seats 90 patrons and is home to the theatre’s “Generations”, Stage II and Cabaret Series. In addition to providing entertainment to the community, Venice Theatre has a wide range of education and outreach programs for children and adults.

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