SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. – Spotlight School of Arts Inc. is offering adults a chance to dance, sing and act on stage.
The three new programs – Dance for Fitness and Fun, Acting for Adults, and Musical Theatre for Adults – kick off in November and January in the downtown location.
According to Reasha Walsh, executive director of Spotlight School of Arts Inc., the focus is on the value of the arts.
“We encourage people who have never done classes like this before to try,” she said. “They can be so beneficial for physical and mental health, as well as confidence building. I can run off the benefits for hours on why the arts are important, but the mental health benefits are really great.”
Acting for Adults is a 22-week program for novice and experienced actors alike, which culminates in a full-length theatre production in the spring of 2018.
“We have an adult acting class and an adult musical theatre class, and they both get their own performance,” chimed Walsh. “The acting class consists of theory, where you’ll learn the fundamentals of acting on stage, as well as rehearse and perform.”
Musical Theatre for Adults is a 25-week program that teaches students voice and musical theatre style singing. At the end of the program, students perform a cabaret-style show.
“They will be doing group numbers and solo pieces in one collaborative show,” said Walsh. “With the acting class, they will perform an actual play.”
The two programs opened on Tuesday, but Walsh encourages adults to register over the next two weeks while space is still available.
“If you want to learn, we are here to teach you, so you can come from a zero background or you can come from an experienced background. We provide the opportunities for anyone who wants to try.”
And for those who want to bust out a signature move and get into the groove, the Dance for Fitness and Fun program seeks participants for the next program in January.
“The Dance for Fitness and Fun program is also great for anyone who suffers from stage fright,” said Walsh. “There’s no big performance at the end. And all programs are a great way to meet new people and make friends.”
The official grand opening of the Spotlight School of Arts Inc., located on 227 Water St. in Summerside, kicks off Friday, Nov. 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cake, snacks, music and fun activities will be on offer.