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Jan. 7, 2021

Registration opens for ‘whARTon at Home’ virtual classes

Registration is open for Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts and Creativity’s whARTon at Home spring sessions. Join Wharton Institute for Arts and Creativity staff for a variety of classes in performing arts. With courses aimed at all interest levels, you will have the opportunity to learn from and create alongside professionals right from the comfort of your own home. Classes are open to participants of all ability levels from birth through 12th grade.

Early childhood music classes
• From birth to age five
• Weekly 30-minute music enrichment classes
• Tuesday or Thursday from 11-11:30 a.m.
• $35 for a 6-week session (per family/login)

Taught from a music learning theory perspective, children and their caregivers will sing songs and chants in various tonalities and meters. Children will also move their bodies to music using a Laban movement approach. At its core, the philosophy of music class is that every child can make music and have fun doing it.

Acting for teens
• For grades 8-12
• Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
• $35 for a 6-week session

While performing for a live audience isn’t possible right now, creating in the performing arts must continue. Join instructor Aral Gribble as he leads participants through an exciting course on acting for the camera while participants create their very own “Zoom” play.
Introduction to theater
• For grades 3-5
• Mondays from 4-5 p.m.
• $35 for a 6-week session
• In partnership with Michigan State University Office of Extension

Students in grades 3-5 will get a broad look into the many areas that make up theatrical arts — from acting, movement, improv, design and much more. This highly interactive course will feature a new topic each week with professional teaching artists and education staff from Michigan State University Extension. This course is perfect for beginners and active performers alike.

whARTon at Home emerging artists
Middle school musical theater performance
• For grades 5-8
• Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
• $10 per student for a 6-week session

Students in grades 5-8 will participate in a completely virtual musical theater program, rehearsing and performing “The Show Must Go Online!” — a charming virtual children’s musical written specifically for Zoom. Participants will work on the basics of acting, singing and dancing, with a unique focus on how these skills translate to “on camera” work. Actors will meet once a week for a synchronous lesson, and materials will be shared for practice in between sessions. This will culminate in a performance that combines pre-recorded and live elements for friends and family to attend. No prior experience is needed.
For more information, contact Kelly Stuible-Clark at Wharton Center: 517-884-3166 or Register online on the Wharton Center website.

Wharton Center Institute For Arts & Creativity is supported by MSU Federal Credit Union.

whARTon at Home is sponsored by Capital Region Community Foundation’s Youth Action Committee; and Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

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