Lucky parents. Your youngsters have energy and drive and a determination to sing, dance and mimic every star on TV. If they want to go further professionally, there’s a wealth of education for them in this area.
Also lucky parents. Your young one is a little shy and needs more confidence, more comfort in his or her own skin. But you can offer a start on that from the abundance of beginning acting and dance classes, including those that welcome children with special needs.
Registration for all of Naples, Marco and Bonita youth arts program is immediately and through the next two weeks. A few things to know:
- Almost every one of these groups offers scholarships for families who need them. Ask online or call the information numbers.
- These organization have safety protocols for COVID-19 and they are strictly observed. Ask before you register if you have concerns not addressed on their websites.
- Several of these classes are geared toward public productions, so you can enjoy the results, too.
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Here’s a look at what is being offered in our area and when you need to apply for your child:
Young Artist Academy: Now. Marco Island Center for the Arts, 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. Accepting applications for the 2021 Young Artist Academy, offering art experiences for students in grades 6-12 with talent and an interest in art. Weekly Saturday afternoon classes Oct. 2 to Nov. 20. Free, but limited spaces filled on a first-to-apply basis. Deadline is Sept. 17. Apply online at www.marcoislandart.org/young-artist-academy/ Information at 239-394-4221
Youth Fall Class signup: Now. Centers for the Arts, 26100 Old 41 Road and 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Visual arts, technology, dance, theater and more for ages 3½ and older September through December. Single-day classes on such skills as stage fight choreography or making your own Pokemon cards ($23 members, $73 nonmembers) to monthlong series on sculpting ($135 members., $185 nonmembers), music production, more. Catalog and email registration online at artcenterbonita.org under “Education.” Information at 239-495-8989
Classes at Naples Performing Arts Center: Now. Located at Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. Classes from dance — jazz, ballet, acrobatics, tap, hip hop, Irish, more — to individual musical instrument lessons to theater arts and productions. I’m A Star program welcomes those with physical or mental challenges. Classes begin at $45-50 per month for half-hour classes, up to $225 month for unlimited lessons.naplesperformingartscenter.com. Information at 239-325-8789
Youth Art Education: Now. Naples Art, 591 Park St., Naples. Classes from Elementary Art Adventure to Clay for Kids, Comics Illustration and more. $100 monthlong series. naplesart.org. Information at 239-262-6517.
Ballet Company and “Fairytale Nutcracker” auditions: Friday, Aug. 28. Etudes de Ballet, 3285 Pine Ridge Road Naples. 239-593-8280. Classes in various genres for ages pre-school to 18 years. Tuition $40/month. edbnaples.com Information at 239-593-8280
Philharmonic Youth Chorus auditions: 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30 and 31. Signature Event Space, The Baker Museum, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples. For youth between 7 and 17. Auditions must be scheduled at artisnaples.org under “Education.” $15 audition fee for those not currently a member of other Artis—Naples youth ensembles. Chorus tuition, $175; one-time music fee, $35. Information at [email protected]
“Hansel and Gretel” auditions: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, by appointment only. Wang Opera Center, 2408 Linwood Ave., Naples. Seeking treble (higher range) voices ages 7-15 for the gingerbread chorus in the Engelbert Humperdinck family opera, “Hansel and Gretel.” Rehearsals start 5-6:30 p.m. Sept. 7; performances are Oct. 16-17. To schedule an appointment, email [email protected] Information at 239-963-9050
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KidzAct Open House: Noon-2 p.m. Sept. 4. Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Naples Players’ KidzAct youth theater for ages 4-17 are introducing class instructors for the coming season, giving backstage tours and playing theater games. Class series start late September on theater, playwriting, dance prep for “Mary Poppins” are among classes, $12-$380 series. Open house free but registration strongly recommend because numbers are limited. naplesplayers.org Information at 239-434-7340, ext. 136
Auditions for “Annie”: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Norris Community Center, 755 Eighth Ave. S. Naples. Gulfshore Playhouse program is $500. Performances are Dec. 16-18. Requirements and registrations for auditions at gulfshoreplayhouse.org/education/star-academy/annie and more information at 239-261-7529.
Naples Ballet “Nutcracker” 2021 Auditions: Saturday, Sept. 11., 1-2-p.m: beginner ballet; 2-3 p.m. ages 8-11 (non-pointe); 3-4 p.m. age 11 up with pointe ability. Naples Ballet and Company, 1005 Fifth Ave. N., Naples. $200 Naples Ballet students, $300 others. Performances are Dec. 21-22 at Artis—Naples with the Naples Philharmonic. Registration and information at 239-732-1000
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. Reach her at 239-213-6091.
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