Hey kids! Save your drama for the stage this fall. Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its roster of 2020 Fall Educational Theatre Programs.
“There couldn’t be a time where self-expression through the performing arts is more essential for our children,” said ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “We realize most of the schools in our community cannot offer the theater arts and so we are thrilled to be able to supplement with our professional education programs.”
ECTC continues its popular Educational Theatre Program with creative and engaging offerings designed especially for young thespians from pre-school to high school. The full schedule of class dates and times along with and registration rate information can be found at www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org
All programs are offered at either Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s (ECTC) performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach or at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre (FCT) located at 848 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs.
ECTC is implementing a Safety Protocol Plan in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines to ensure patrons can enjoy all offerings in a safe environment.
Legally Blonde Jr.
Classes run Aug. 15-Nov. 16 for grades 6-12.
Performances: November 13 at 7 p.m.; November 14 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Legally Blonde JR. follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle takes matters into her own hands by crafting a showy song-and-dance personal essay and charming her way into law school. As Elle begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all. Legally Blonde JR. features our talented teens in this energetic musical that has fun roles for everyone! Tuition $395 (payment plans available).
Aug. 18-Nov. 7, Tuesdays 4-6 p.m.
Big Players (grades 3-5), ECTC Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Aug. 20-Nov. 7, Thursdays 3-3:50 p.m.
Mini Players (grades K-1), ECTC Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Aug. 20-Nov. 7, Thursdays 4-5:30 p.m.
Little Players (grades 2-3), ECTC Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Aug. 27-Nov. 21, Thursdays 3-3:50 p.m.
Mini Players (grades K-1), Florida Chautauqua Theatre, Defuniak Springs
Aug. 27-Nov 21, Thursdays 4-6 p.m.
Little/Big Players, Florida Chautauqua Theatre, Defuniak Springs
Performances: Nov. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. (Grades 3-5); Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. (Little Rascals/Grades 1-3); November 21st & 22nd at Saturday 7pm / Sunday 2pm at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Throw in a grumpy billionaire and an adorable dog named Sandy and you’ve got something to smile about! The sun will come out today when you get to see your child shine onstage. Tuition: Little and Big Players $375, Mini Players $170 (payment plans available).
Aug. 26-Oct. 28, Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. for ages 7-12
News this year, ECTC offers a super fun, high-energy one-hour drama class that culminates with a showcase at the final class. Teamwork, collaboration, working with others, and just plain fun is incorporated into every part of this class. Students will play theatre games, sharpen improv skills, and learn to act and musical theatre techniques as well. This is great for all homeschool students of any skill level who enjoy the performing arts. $150 per student (payment plans available).
Musical Theatre Cabaret
Session One: Sept 2-Oct. 7 for grades 6-12 with performances Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Session Two: Oct. 28-Dec. 7 (except Nov. 25) with performance Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Take a class with Opera Master Peter Lake that focuses on vocal training, while preparing you to take the stage. Multiple sessions are offered throughout the year so you can take every chance to improve your skills. Students will rehearse one to two pieces throughout the six weeks and perform for parents in a cabaret style showcase at the final class. $170 per student (payment plans available).
Junior Thespian Troupe
Aug. 15-May 4, Saturdays 1-4 p.m. for grades 6-8
Spring performance: May 4 at 7 p.m.
In partnership with Seaside Neighborhood School, this ensemble of thespians is a chartered member of the Educational Theatre Association's Junior Thespians and will be competing at regional and state competitions. This troupe will focus on specialized training, acting techniques and implementing those techniques into performance. Tuition $865 per student (payment plans available).
The ECTC Jr. Company is an opportunity for high school students 9th-12th to continue their theatrical education. Members of the company have the opportunity to audition for several performance opportunities at ECTC as well as time to work on their individual pieces to be featured in a showcase. Students have exclusive masterclasses with the professional actors who come to work at ECTC. There are also opportunities for practical experience in technical theatre for all interested students. Our goal is to provide students with the advanced opportunities and educational training they need to succeed in whatever they do! Tuition $865 per student (payment plans available).
ECTC Jr. Company & ECTC Junior Thespian Showcase
Aug. 15-May 4, Saturdays 1-4 p.m. for grades 7-12
Performance May 4 at 7 p.m.
An exciting showcase featuring group and solo works by ECTC’s talented teens and members of ECTC’s Junior Thespian troupe. This evening will include classic and contemporary musical theater pieces, improv, and comedic and dramatic selections. Don’t miss this one-night only event that will be fun for the whole family. $865 per student.
A $30 non-refundable registration fee applies to each class. Multi-class discount, sibling discounts and payment plans are available. Applications for the Paul Londe Scholarship fund are also available online.
The community is invited to attend and support these young thespians at their final performances, which are open to the public. Tickets for Educational Program shows are as follows: ECTC Kids Program tickets are $12 in advanced and $15 at the door; ECTC Teen Program tickets are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door. Ages 4 and under are free, but must sit on an adult's lap.
ECTC’s 2020-2021 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Hospitality, Dugas Family Foundation, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council.
To register for ECTC 2020 Fall Theatre Education classes, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, follow the ECTC YouTube channel, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org