Emerald Coast Theatre Company invites theater lovers of all ages to find their place on the stage. ECTC has announced details for its 2018 Spring Classes, which offer “something for everyone.”
“We started with education outreach for children and now we are thrilled to add a few new programs designed for adults and seniors,” said ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “It is our mission to serve the needs of everyone in our community — and that means all ages — and we hope our enhanced offerings for Spring 2018 do just that.”
The roster of seven different theater programs for Spring 2018 includes:
ECTC Little Rascals Program
“Once Upon A Rhyme”
Join the Little Rascals, Pre-K to first grade (4-6 years), for a good old-fashioned romp as they bring our favorite bedtime story characters off the page and onto the stage from 3:30-4:20 p.m. Tuesdays Jan. 16 to March 13. Designed specifically for its youngest players, ECTC’s Little Rascals class focuses on activities that allow students to explore acting, singing and movement in an energetic, nurturing environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. This class culminates with a mini play and music performance on the last day of class.
ECTC Kids Program
Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Kids”
The timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure for third through fifth graders from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and for first through third graders from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays Jan. 9 to April 14. Final performances will be held April 20 and 21.
Creative Dramatics: Acting for Elementary Students
Students in grades three through five will concentrate on acting techniques to create strong characters while rehearsing the non-musical play “In the Forest Grim” by Cate Fricke from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 17 to May 16. The final performance will be a part of the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival on May 19.
ECTC Homeschool Program
Through a series of drama lessons, students in second to sixth grade will create their own showcase of “Aesop’s Fables” presentations from 11 a.m. to noon Jan. 18 to May 17 at Rise Dance Studio in Plantation Plaza, 4495 Commons Drive West in Destin. Lessons will include acting exercises with concentration on strong character development, critical thinking lessons using improvisation to create their own version or extensions of fables, and a final performance on the ECTC Stage at the NWFL Theatre Festival on May 19.
ECTC Teens Program
Disney's “High School Musical Junior”
In Disney Channel's smash hit musical phenomenon featuring the students of East High, everyone in grades six through 10 gets a part and is a part of our “tribe” of students engaged in live theater. Classes are from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays Jan. 13 to April 28. Final performance May 4 and 5.
ECTC Jr. Thespian Troupe Program
“The 10 Best/Worst Things About Middle School”
Grades five through eight can join ECTC and Seaside Neighborhood School’s Jr. Thespian Troupe and work on their craft as an actor Feb. 10 to May 19. The final performance is a part of the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival on May 19.
ECTC Snowbirds Program
Join ECTC’s teaching artists and learn simple choreography to some of your favorite Broadway show tunes from 9-10:30 a.m. Thursdays Jan. 11 to March 1. The focus will be on fun, light movement and enjoying each other's company. Cost is $15/class or $105/all eight. The group will perform for friends and family at ECTC the last day of class.
Adult Acting Classes
Audition & Monologue Techniques
Through a series of acting exercises, teen/adults students will create an audition monologue to be presented to the class on the final day. Multiple techniques and approaches will be explored from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays March 6 to April 24. Cost is $95.