The Waldo's youth theatre classes resume this Sunday, the 12th, at 2 PM. Classes are being taught by Melissa Hearth (Volunteer Artistic Director at the Waldo) and Roger Marcotte (award-winning director from USM), with assistance by Linda Blanchard (renowned choral director) and Cayleigh Hearth (experienced young actress and singer). Karen Montanaro (mime and dance) will be jumping on board in March to assist with the theme of the spring classes: Waldo Youth Against Bullying.
These classes will be covering mime, song, dance, movement, and stage combat, and will incorporate these into a performance piece that will travel to local schools as well as taking the stage (in a longer format featuring solo pieces) at the Waldo. All students who wish to perform a solo will be able to do so during the revue.
This class is not auditioned. Students must be 8 or older, should be able to read, and must have the maturity level to handle a group environment. Younger students are welcome, but must meet the other criteria and be approved by the teachers. Classes will be held through mid-March at the Broad Bay Congregrational Church (941 Main Street in Waldoboro, across from the Waldo Theatre), and will be moved back into the Waldo through April. Class times will be predominantly Sunday afternoons at 2 PM, with extra classes added as needed on Saturday mornings and/or Monday early evenings. The cost for the spring program is $125 per student, $100 for siblings in the program, and $30 additional for private voice lessons with Marcotte (includes two half-hour lessons). Classical voice lessons will be announced at a later date.
For enrollment or other information, please contact Melissa Hearth.
The first show of our 2014 season will be The Threepenny Opera, directed by Roger Marcotte, with vocal/orchestral direction by Marlene Hall and Barbara Hendricks. The final auditions will be on Sunday, January 12th, at 4 PM, at the Congregational Church at 941 Maine Street in Waldoboro, directly across from the Waldo Theatre.
Please note that the time and date have changed. The last auditions were originally scheduled for January 6th, but were postponed due to the threat of dangerous ice on the roads that evening.
The Threepenny Opera proclaims itself "an opera for beggars," and it was in fact an attempt both to satirize traditional opera and operetta and to create a new kind of musical theater based on the theories of two young German artists, composer Kurt Weill and poet-playwright Bert Brecht. The show opens with a mock-Baroque overture, a nod to Threepenny's source, The Beggar's Opera, a brilliantly successful parody of Handel's operas written by John Gay in 1728. In a brief prologue following the overture, a shabby figure comes onstage with a barrel organ and launches into a song chronicling the crimes of the notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath, "Mack the Knife." The setting is a fair in Soho (London), just before Queen Victoria's coronation.
The show will perform on March 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th at 7:30 PM.
Come prepared to sing something with either sheet music in the proper key, or pre-recorded music in the proper key. Auditions will not be accepted a capella. There will be sheet music available from the show. If you are singing something that is not from the show, please choose something that portrays your vocal ability as it pertains to Threepenny.
Be prepared to read from the script if necessary.
January 12 at 4 PM
March 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM
last updated by Maximum Resolution on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:58 PM