Kids and their parents will have the opportunity to meet and work with Gail Lou, the award-winning teacher who will lead The Theater Project’s Performance Playhouse Class this spring. The 45 minute introductory session is free to students in grades one through five whose parents are considering enrolling them in the subsequent six-week class.
The intro workshop and classes will be held at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, in Maplewood, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.
During and after the free workshop, Gail Lou and Education Director Dennis DaPrile will be available to meet with parents and answer questions. Parents will be given information about the class, which exposes 1st – 5th graders to creating musical theater. That class will meet on six Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and culminates in a presentation for friends and family.
Gail Lou is a teaching artist with 20 years experience, and a performer who has appeared in films and on television. Her teaching experience includes exposing children as young as six months to the joys of music, directing children’s choirs and high school musicals. She has been the musical director for Garage Theatre summer camp series in Teaneck since 1999, and teaches music and performance at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood. Her recording accolades include Grammy Committee recognition for her independent single, "You Got the Vibe."
Gail's children's CD, "7 Good Ways," was selected as a Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner, and two of her songs received highest honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the Children's category. She is the co-author of Light & Sweet - An American Tea Opera.
All the Performance Classroom activities develop kids’ confidence in themselves while they develop skills and attitudes that go beyond the stage. Whether they go on to Broadway or the board room, these skills will last a lifetime!
Parents can reserve space in the introductory workshop by email: Education@thetheaterproject.org. Go to www.thetheaterproject.org for further information. Education Director Dennis DaPrile is available to answer questions at 973 763-4029.