Emerald Coast Theatre Company launches fall theater programs

Published: Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 01:25 PM.

After a second successful summer season, Emerald Coast Theatre Company continues its mission to provide art education to the Northwest Florida region with three after school/weekend opportunities this fall.

“Yes, Virginia The Musical”

This holiday season, ECTC will stage a performance of “Yes, Virginia The Musical,” an original production based on the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper in 1897, inquiring about the existence of Santa Claus. Fourth through 12th graders are welcome to participate. This musical will be rehearsed and performed at the Destin Community Center.

Tuition is $195 per child, with a 20 percent discount extended for siblings and a 10 percent discount for both military and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members. Parents can provide a single payment or divide the fee into three payments. Space is limited.

Rehearsals are from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 6 and run through Dec. 6. The final performance will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 6.

“Alice in Wonderland”

Students grades two through four are invited to join the cast of the theatrical production “Alice in Wonderland.” Activities will include theater games, improvisation exercises, and rehearsals for the production. Family and friends will be invited to see the final production — complete with sets, props, and costumes pieces.

Tuition is $195 per child, with a 20 percent discount extended for siblings and a 10 percent discount for both military and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation members.

This production will be rehearsed and staged at Butler Elementary from 2:25-4 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 25 and run through Nov. 20 with the performance at 6 p.m.

“There are so many benefits to children being involved in educational theater: language arts, communication, listening, public speaking, self-confidence, and it’s just plain fun!” said ECTC’s associate artistic director, Anna Fisher.

ECTC celebrated its second summer on the Emerald Coast with four theater camps. Young thespians from 30A to Niceville had their chance to shine on stage. Three production camps and one musical theater camp encompassed the 29 days of educational theater and more than 70 children were involved.

Nathanael Fisher, producing artistic director of ECTC, said, “We had such an amazing summer. I am so thankful for the community support. The use of the school facilities, a great staff, the priceless help of volunteers and parents entrusting us with their kids — all contributed to the remarkable success of summer 2014.”

For more information call 850-687-1637, email info@emeraldcoasttheatre.org or visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

 

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