Footlights - MHT's Saturday classes!
Note: Footlights IS meeting Saturday, August 31!
A New Session of Footlights Begins August 24!
Fall Footlights Session: Saturdays, August 24th - November 23rd
> Fall 2019 Footlights Schedule
13 week, Saturday morning sessions - $75
8 AM: Acting Up! (1st - 3rd Grades)
Nothing is more fun than trying on characters and situations through the playing of theatre games and exercises! Team building, problem solving, improving self-confidence, and fostering creativity are all a part of this high-energy class for young actors. Activities are challenging, rewarding, and most of all - filled with laughter! April Cochran leads the class.
9 AM: Acting Academy (4th & 5th Grades)
In addition to building a theatre games foundation (see above), 4th and 5th graders will get an intro to comedy improvisation and begin monologue/short scene work! April Cochran leads the class.
10 AM: Physical Comedy (6th - 8th Grade)
Students will build performance skills via comedy improvisation and theater games. They will also create characters and comedic sketches through exercises in clowning, pantomime and mask. This high-energy class will give participants a chance to develop comic timing, stage presence and a sense of ensemble. Janis VandenDool leads the class.
11 AM: Acting Methods (9th - 12th Grade)
This class will introduce participants to various acting methods and techniques by focusing each session on the work of a major theater practitioner such as Spolin, Meyerhold, Boal, and Lecoq. Through a series of hands-on workshops, students will do advanced work in acting, improvisation, voice, and movement. A new theatre practitioner/style every week! Janis VandenDool leads the class.
> Clubhouse at the Market House - Footlights Sessions for 4 & 5 yr. olds
5 week, Saturdays morning sessions - $30
Based on MHT's popular PlayTime series, students learn the secret handshake and word of the day, then act out a story! Miranda Bliss leads the class.
Session #1: August 24 - September 21 at 10 AM
Session #2: October 19 - November 16 at 10 AM
Don't ever let cost keep you away! Scholarships are available! Simply download the Financial Aid Application and return it to the MHT Box Office.
All classes are held in MHT's Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square - just look for the rainbow kite!
To register, stop in the MHT Box Office at 132 Market House Square. Or, call us at 270.444.6828!
Footlights Teaching Staff:
April Cochran, MHT Education Director: April is the founder of FOOTLIGHTS and STORY THEATRE programs for MHT, as well as having served as president of the Kentucky Theatre Association, and board member of the American Association of Community Theatre. April has worked as a creative drama specialist and director of children’s theatre productions for over 30+ years for school systems, parks and recreation programs, professional theatre and community theatres throughout the Midwest. April was awarded the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatre in 2011 for her work at MHT and in Western Kentucky Schools. April and Michael were awarded the City of Paducah Mayor's Distinguished Merit Award in June of 2013 for their 30+ years of work at MHT. Her greatest joy is her role as mom to Jade who is a fashion design student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Janis VandenDool: Janis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Windsor in Canada. She worked for a number of years as a teacher of drama, music and dance in international schools in Canada and India. She has also collaborated with arts groups in Latin America, Asia and Africa carrying out efforts in participatory theatre, community radio and film production. Janis currently lives in Paducah with her husband and two young children.