Quincy Community Theatre offering six classes during spring semester

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QUINCY — Quincy Community Theatre has announced its lineup of six theatre education classes for the spring semester for students ranging from 5 years old through adulthood.

Each class aims to develop a specific set of skills, such as characterization, dance, puppetry and technical skills. A highlight this semester will be the Musical Theatre Dance for Beginners workshops, with different classes geared toward different age ranges.

Tuition ranges from $20 to $70. QCT volunteers may use accumulated credit from volunteer hours against tuition. Prospective students may apply for scholarship opportunities with the organization. For more information and to enroll in classes, visit 1qct.org/classes.

Dynamic Drama! 

  • Instructor: Deb Currier
  • Ages: K-2 grades 
  • Fee: $40 
  • Dates/Times: 4:40-5:30 p.m., Thursdays 2/29, 3/7, 3/14 and 3/21 

Introduce your young actor to the world of theatre.  Students will have fun bringing favorite children’s books and fairytale characters to life. The students will engage in active stories, imaginative play and fun games. Students will explore drama activities that grow literary comprehension, self-confidence and collaborative skills. 

Puppetry: Construction and Play

  • Instructor: Deb Currier
  • Ages 3-5 grades
  • Fee: $55 (includes all materials) 
  • Dates/Times: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays 2/29, 3/7, 3/14 and 3/21 

Did you know just about anything can become a puppet, from kitchen utensils to socks and even from the recycling bin? Get creative with both art and theatre as we learn how to design and make a found-object puppet character, then explore drama as we learn to act and react with our puppets.  

Character Acting Intensive

  • Instructor: Megan Masterman
  • Ages: 5-8 grades
  • Fee: $40 
  • Dates/Times: Tuesdays 6-7 p.m., 2/27, 3/5, 3/12 and 3/19 

Students will spend four weeks studying character archetypes, movement techniques and guided improvisation they can use to feel comfortable and prepared walking into the next audition, cold read or role. 

Musical Theatre Dance for Beginners: Auditioning Tips and Tricks

  • Instructor: Cheryl Kaiser
  • Ages and Fees: 3rd -5th grades (Fee $40), 6th-9th grades (Fee: $40), 10th-12th grades (Fee: $20) and adults age 18+ (Fee: $20)  
  • 3rd-5th grades — 4-5 p.m., Fridays, 3/1 and 3/8
  • 6th-9th grades — 5-6 p.m., Fridays, 3/1 and 3/8
  • 10th-12th grades — 4-5:30 p.m., Friday 3/15
  • Adults 18+ — 5:30-7 p.m., Friday 3/15 

Description: Jazz squares, pivot turns and chassé’s … ever feel a little scared by the dance part of musical theatre auditions? Join leading dance instructor and musical theatre choreographer Cheryl Kaiser and learn the basic steps and mindset to do well in just about any musical theatre audition.

Scenic Painting

  • Instructor: Harrison Clarke
  • Ages: 15+
  • Fee: $70 (includes all materials) 
  • Dates/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8:30 p.m., 2/26 through 3/20 

Learn various painting techniques that scenic designers use to bring worlds to life on stage. Assistant technical director Harrison Clarke leads this hands-on class. Make sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.

Basic Sewing Skills

  • Instructor: Jayden Dreyer
  • Ages: 13 +, only 4 spots available
  • Fee: $30
  • Dates/Times: 5:30-6:30 p.m, 2/26, 2/28 and 2/29

Ever said “I wish I knew how to sew”? Learn how with costume shop manager Jayden Dreyer. Students will learn how to hand sew, basic sewing machine skills and how to do minor alterations on clothing. All supplies will be provided. No experience is necessary.

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