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QUALITY DANCE EDUCATION for boys and girls, beginners, intermediate or proficient/advanced levels. A NEW FUN WAY TO LEARN : Three different styles of dance taught creatively. Fee: $160 / 12-week semester, payable in two payments. REGISTER NOW ! Leave a message at The Playmakers, 918 786 8950, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Placement for Intermediate and proficient/advanced level classes begins Saturday, August 14, set by appointment when we contact you to confirm your registration. We will try to be flexible. The Playmakers’ fall semester of dance will begin with a few classes of 10 students each because of space and safety concerns. (See Schedules below.) Girls may wear ballet shoes; jazz shoes are not required, but may be used if already owned. Clothing may be comfortable but appropriate. Again, leotards may be worn if already owned. Boys must have jazz shoes with socks and wear comfortable but appropriate clothing. We can discuss options further when you register. MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CURRICULUM Each class level (beginners, intermediate, and proficient/advanced) will learn at least 3 differ-ent styles of dance in this semester. They are ballet, jazz and either lyrical jazz or hip hop. Beginning with basic ballet movements, exercises and vocabulary, the student will adapt these to other styles, and create a short routine (which will teach spatial concepts and sequencing of steps.) These dance classes will be based on the National Core Arts Standards for Dance. PROGRESSIVE LEARNING Each class level will begin with the knowledge and skills students have and progress to the next level of difficulty. It may take more than one semester to progress to the next level. There is a lot to learn but it can be rewarding and enjoyable for the student. They must have patience and practice often. CLASS FOR YOUNG BOYS There is no reason that boys can’t do sports and arts. Dance is a physical and athletic activity requiring great skill, strength and agility. It is an ideal fit for energetic young boys. The class will integrate athletic skills and masculine dance movements to teach boys how to avoid injuries in sports. It will include stretches and splits, jumps and turns, safe falls, acrobatic tricks and hip-hop. SCHEDULES Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays due to other activities taking place. The cast for “Gretel! The Musical” are rehearsing this semester as well, using the same room at times. It opens mid-October. We will attempt to make the times convenient for the students and parents if at all possible. Young boys’ class: Wednesdays, 4:00- 4:45 Beginners (no previous dance or only one when young) Wednesdays, 5:00– 6:00 Intermediate Level (2-3 years of dance) Mondays 4:00-5:00 Proficient/Advanced: (4 years or more) Mondays, 5:15-6:15. All students must be 6 years of age this semester. The winter/spring classes will include 4 & 5 year olds. A specific weekly schedule is available when you register. Possible times for extra classes are available if registrations fill the times listed are Mondays’ 6:30-7:30 and 7:45-8:45. There could be an extra class on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30. If there are other scheduled activities on Mondays, for example, we might be able to add to Wednes-days or shift a Wednesday class to Mondays. But all students in each class must be willing to do this. The dance instructor, Ashley Davidson, has been in The Playmakers’ productions and activities since 1995, when at the age of eight years old she performed the role of Amaryllis in “The Music Man”. Since then she has continued acting in many productions and has added singing and dancing in others. She now choreographs and directs both dramatic and comedic productions. She is director for the upcoming production of “Gretel! The Musical”. She taught theatre skills for the Playmakers young thespians and a dance team before the pandemic forced the closure of all activities. Ashley studied dance for eight years with Suzanne Boles.
Gretel, the Musical is not based on the Hansel and Gretel story, but rather on the Slavic folktale that is the origin of that story--“Vasilisa the Beautiful”. Vasilisa stories introduce the basis form of our famous princess, Cinderella, to the children in our western culture. Sharing the stage with Gretel is one of the most fascinating, enigmatic witches unknown to most children as well as many adults--Baba Yaga. Just in time for Halloween. Suzan Zeder, the author, says that the script adds “thematic echoes from about a dozen other folk and fairy tales, woven into a new story to speak to contemporary audiences about the strength, tenacity, kindness and compassion of women…young and old.” The Playmakers wanted to introduce Baba Yaga to the young children in October, 2020, when we planned (and then had to cancel) a Halloween immersive “spook house” for children. The musical is scheduled for mid-October, 2021, by which time we hope to be able to have real audiences filled with young children, their families, older students and even some of our senior audiences. It is written for a fourth-eighth grade audience though younger children just need to know that there are a few scary moments. Older students and adults are expected to thoroughly enjoy the production. Gretel lives in a town where children mysteriously disappear. After her mother dies and her father remarries, Gretel is sent by her stepmother and stepsister into the woods to steal the flaming skull from the witch Baba Yaga. One her way, Gretel meets the three knights who can carry the sun across the sky from sunrise to sunset. When Gretel reaches Baba Yaga’s hut which moves on chicken legs, she is given “three impossible tasks to complete the exchange for the skull. In the tasks, Gretel discovers the positive power of her anger, the comfort of her compassion, the gift of her grief and the truth of her own birthright. Another side of Baba Yaga emerges as she teaches Gretel how to face her own fears and stand up for herself.” (quotes from news review in Austin 360). She does this through the folk/rock song, “Fuel”. The book for the musical was begun by Jason Tremblay: Suzan Zeder finished the play after Tremblay’s death at 39. The wonderful music (guitar and cello) is by Jenn Hartmann Luck, with lyrics by the latter plus Zeder and Trembly. Cello arrangements are by Nora Karakousoglou. The play’s running time is approximately 75 minutes. Nancy Flowers will direct the music. Ashley Davidson, Youth Theatre Instructor, will direct. Suzanne Boles is production coordinator and will convene the ancillary activities. The cast has been expanded allowing us to recruit and cast adults and children. All must sing well, except two of the male characters. Set design workshops will begin in August. The play calls for special effects that cannot be done in our small theatre. We hope to find creative students and adults not interested in appearing onstage who can let their imaginations contribute to our set and its implementation. Three ancillary events will promote the production to children and their parents. They will inform those involved about the ancient literary Slavic/Russian folktales that were the basis of many of Grimm’s tales and then became predominate in our own fairy tales. As noted above, “Gretel” contains basic elements of these folktales. The first event consists of “story times” read by older students and/or Readers’ Theatre participants. The stories include the Vasilisa, Finist the Falcon, Ivan, the firebird and the grey wolf, as well as Baba Yaga, one of the most famous witches in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus folk stories. Her appearance predates the eighteenth century; the first clear reference to Baba Yaga (Iaga baba) occurred in 1755. The second event will feature local artist, Lani Griffin, whose very non-traditional art includes spirit dolls. She will conduct at least two workshops teaching children to make a spirit doll of either Baba Yaga or Gretel. These workshops will be held in September. The fee will be $10/ student (no charge for an accompanying adult.) Another workshop will allow students to make the funny Baba Yaga house, complete with chicken legs, out of cardboard or birdhouses. A fee of $10 will be charged students (not accompanying adult) to cover all simple art supplies. Attendees are asked to bring a birdhouse or small cardboard box. For examples, search the internet for Baba Yaga’s house. This workshop will be led by area craftspeople. Other instructions and a list of makeup items will be available at all workshops for children who want to be Gretel or Baba Yaga for Halloween. Watch FB: grove playmakers theatre for more information as it becomes available. Or leave a message at 918 786 8950 to express your interest in being part of these activities.