WINTER CLASSES FOR CHILDREN
January 5 – March 1, 2023
Our winter session of classes for children ages 6-13 begins January 9, 2023 and continues weekly through March 2. These 8-week classes will be taught by Imago Stage Company ensemble members who are trained teachers. All classes meet once a week at Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St. in Danvers and are $65 for the eight-week session.
Note: Classes will meet on MLK, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, and during February school vacation week.
- 4:00-5:00: ACTING for children ages 6-13
- 4:00-5:00: SINGING FOR MUSICAL THEATER for children ages 6-13
- 4:00-5:00: DANCE STYLES for children ages 6-13
DANCE STYLES for children ages 6 – 13
Instructor: Tess McKinley
This is an introductory class which will introduce students to a variety of dance styles including ballet terms, modern dance movements, jazz style, and dance for musical theater. No previous experience is necessary. Students should wear comfortable clothes and may dance barefoot or in dance shoes. Be prepared to move and have fun!
ACTING for children ages 6 – 13
Instructor: Tess McKinley
This class will introduce students to the art of performance through games, exercises, improvisations, and some simple scene work. No experience is necessary. Bring your imaginations and creativity!
SINGING for children ages 6 – 13
Instructor: Cynthia Kreyling
Singing is an art form developed through daily practice. The children’s singing class develops life-long musical skills including pitch-matching, audiation, resonant tone, healthy posture, and breath extension. Drawing on current research in vocal pedagogy and healthy voice, this workshop engages children through vocal warm up routines, singing games, ensemble singing and performance, and a variety of repertoire. Participants will perform a final solo or ensemble piece.
Cynthia Kreyling (Children’s Singing) is originally from Northern Virginia and has enjoyed singing and musical performance since childhood. She studied vocal performance and Music Education at Berklee College of music, earned an MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University, and studied with Ken Phillips and Sandra Doneski at Gordon College, where she completed an independent study in Children’s Choir Techniques and Teaching Kids to Sing. She has taught general music and chorus at Covenant Christian Academy and in the Ipswich and Peabody Public Schools for the past 17 years. She directed Peabody’s All-City Chorus and her students have participated in All State Treble Chorus (MMEA) and Boston Lyric Opera productions of student-created operas. Her interests run from Orff methodology to vocal health and rehabilitation to playing piano and organ.
Jim Kreyling (Stagecraft) constructs sets and wires sound and lighting for Imago Stage Company. He was a theater major in college and is now a licensed electrician who has also been involved over the years with community theatre productions around the Monadnock area of New Hampshire.
Tess McKinley (Dance and Acting classes and Shakespeare Workshop) is the Artistic Director of Imago Stage Company and has taught theater and dance for children, teens, and adults for over 20 years as well as having directed many productions for schools and community theaters. She has a particular love of Shakespeare and has worked with other educators in workshops at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY.
Allegra Smick (Costuming) In addition to her talents in costume design and construction, Allegra is a seamstress and quilter and has spent a long career in the classroom. She taught French, German, and English at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, MA, before joining the faculty at the Waring School in Beverly in 1991, where she taught French and Humanities. She established the Waring in Angers program in 1999 and has traveled frequently to France during her teaching career. Two of Allegra’s quilts have been exhibited by Sacred Threads Quilts: one in their 2019 biennial and one in the Backyard Escape traveling show in 2020.
Kenny Smith (Improvisation) is a theater enthusiast who has been taking part in community theater for 6 years. Before that, he graduated from Gordon College with a minor in Theater Arts. He has directed and acted for Still Small Theatre in Beverly and appeared in Imago Stage Company’s recent production of The Count of Monte Cristo. He is delighted to share his passion with you.
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