The Riverbank Theatre introduces Riverbank Performing Arts Academy
MARINE CITY—Riverbank Theatre has launched a Performing Arts Academy that will offer workshops, private lessons, and offsite educational opportunities to students of all ages. The program will launch this fall with a Musical Theatre Workshop Series for students in grades 3-12. The class is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of performing in musical theatre. During this 8-week class, students will be taught the basics of all three elements of musical theatre–acting, singing, and dancing–and will culminate with a final performance on November 12. The Academy is also offering six-week sessions of half-hour, private voice lessons. Spaces are available by audition for ages 8 through adult. Students will have the option to perform in a voice recital at the completion of the session.
The Academy is under the direction of Aaron Dennis Smith who has experience teaching youth in all aspects of the performing arts, including voice, choir, show choir, piano, band, speech, and drama. He served as Performing Arts Director at New Life Christian Academy in Kimball for seven years and will continue to provide performing arts education to New Life through a contract with Riverbank Theatre. Some of Aaron’s past directing credits for youth include: Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Seussical, Annie, and Mary Poppins. Aaron has also been involved with Riverbank and Snug Theatre since its inception. He directed Hello Dolly!, Cabaret, and Gypsy here at The Snug and Riverbank Theatres, and is set to direct The Drowsy Chaperone and A Christmas Carol later this season. He has appeared on stage at the Riverbank and Snug Theatre in many roles; some of his favorites are Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises, Michael in I Do, I Do! (opposite his wife, Brittany), Bert in Mary Poppins, and Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps. Aaron has also performed as an actor professionally in Branson, Missouri, and as a production singer for Carnival Cruise Lines.
Visit www.riverbanktheatre.com or call (810) 278-1749 to sign up.