Dance, music, and theater are the topics of three interesting fine and performing arts classes for adults being offered by JCPRD starting in late March.
The classes are: Thoroughly Modern Tappers, Garage Band Lab, and To Be or Not to Be: Creating a Shakespearean Character. All three programs are for ages 16 and older and will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC), 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, although Creating a Shakespearean Character also offers this class beginning in March at the Mill Creek Activity Center (MCAC), 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee.
“The arts are fundamental for human expression,” said Theater and Performing Arts Coordinator Elena Stephenson-Campbell. “It’s never too late to explore a new medium or interest. This spring we are offering opportunities in all three performing arts categories - music, theater, and dance! You can rock out in our Garage Band Lab. You can learn the Charleston in our Thoroughly Modern Tappers course, and you can even familiarize yourself with the Bard of Avon - William Shakespeare; learning a new monologue or two!”
In Thoroughly Modern Tappers, participants will learn how their feet can make sounds of percussion. This class will be an intermediate level focusing more on the classical tap dancing and an emphasis in Broadway styles such as “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Chicago,” and more. Students will learn a choreographed routine to perform for family and friends.
This class will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at JCAHC beginning March 20
. The cost for eight one-hour sessions is $89 per person for Johnson County residents or $98 per person for nonresidents.
Two sessions of Thoroughly Modern Tappers for ages 11-16 also have start dates in March at JCAHC. One class will meet at 2 p.m. Saturdays beginning March 9, while the other will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 21.
Garage Band Lab is a new offering this season for anyone who has ever wanted to form a rock band. Ever wanted to form a rock band? Participants are invited to bring whatever instrument they play, and explore jamming out, working together, and exploring different genres and eras of rock.
This class will meet at 6 p.m. Thursdays at JCAHC beginning March 21
. The cost for four one-hour sessions is $48 per person for Johnson County residents or $52 per person for nonresidents.
To Be or Not to Be: Creating a Shakespearean Character is another new offering this season which will let participants find the perfect Shakespearean monologue for them and learn the fundamentals of creating Shakespearean characters. The class will culminate in an audition/showcase.
One class will meet at 11 a.m. Saturdays at JCAHC beginning March 23 at MCAC
, while another will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at JCAHC, also beginning March 23
. For either class, the cost for eight 90-minute classes is $135 per person for Johnson County residents or $144 per person for nonresidents.