The Z’s Creative Classroom

The Zeiterion’s Creative Classroom offers classes in the performing arts to learners of all ages and abilities in a variety of mediums. Classes take place in the Penler Lounge which is adjacent to the theater and are led by local teachers, performers and artists. The Creative Classroom offers a safe and inviting space in which all members of the community are able to explore their curiosity and interest in the arts.

Sign up for your next Creative Classroom course! 

To register for any of the classes below,
please contact the Box Office at
(508) 994-2900 or Info@zeiterion.org

Cancellation Policy: Because group classes have multiple attendees, make-ups are not available. Refunds are not available for sessions you are unable to attend.

Classes that fail to meet the minimum number
of required participants will not run.

Kevin Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion

Magic Camp for Kids

A week long, after-school magic camp for kids! International Magician of the Year, Kevin Spencer, teaches campers how to perform some incredible tricks with everyday objects. This camp combines learning magic tricks with storytelling, music, theatre and creative movement. Through the art of magic, campers will explore their curiosity, develop their magical creativity, and discover new confidence. Spencer’s work is sensory friendly, and appropriate for students of all abilities.

Monday, February 27th – Friday, March 3rd
4-6pm
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Location: Zeiterion Theatre
Cost: $150 per student

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Kevin Spencer is a Teaching Artist, Researcher, Speaker, Consultant, and Film Producer. He is also a world-renowned Illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit. He and his wife, Cindy, were the recipients of the Merlin Award for International Magicians of the Year (2009) and six-time recipients of Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year. Most recently, the Milbourne Christopher Foundation honored them as Illusionists of the Year (2015).

Historically, artists have been at the forefront of social change. Spencer is a thought leader who believes strongly in the power of the arts to impact the realities in which we live, learn, work, and heal. From childhood to adolescence and continuing through emerging adulthood and senior living, the arts play an important role in our development and the quality of our lives. Spencer is an advocate of art across the lifespan, empowering people of all ages and abilities. He believes in creating inclusive communities where everyone experiences an authentic sense of belonging and no one – for any reason – is relegated to the margins.

Spencer is the founder of the HEALING OF MAGIC and HOCUS FOCUS programs and is widely considered the leading authority on the therapeutic use of magic tricks in special education and rehabilitation. When he is not touring the world with his illusion production, he is engaged in research and continuing education.


SPRING 2017 CREATIVE CLASSROOM COURSES

Stage and Character
Make-Up for Kids

MONDAYS, March 13 – April 17
4:45-5:45 pm
Instructor: Vanessa Ramzieh Chouman
Suggested Ages: 7 to 11
Cost: $65

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Stage and Character
Make-Up for Teens

MONDAYS, March 13 – April 17
6:00-7:00 pm
Instructor: Vanessa Ramzieh Chouman
Suggested Ages: 12-18
Cost: $65

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Make-Up has the power to transform you into a villain, animal, superhero or space alien! It’s is a tool widely used throughout the worlds of theatre and film and now here in the Creative Classroom! This 6 week course takes students from the basics of stage make-up through creating their own out-of-this-world characters and creations. Students should supply their own brushes, all other materials included.


Intro to Stand-Up Comedy

MONDAYS, March 13 – April 17
7:15-8:30 pm
Instructor: Angela Sawyer
Suggested Ages: Adults
Cost: $70

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Got jokes? This introduction to stand-up comedy covers everything from microphones, bookers, jitters, and hecklers; how jokes are structured, how to improve your writing, what to do when you’re stuck, what “good timing” feels like, and so much more. Students will be guided, in a supportive and engaging environment, toward their first five minute live performance at a showcase, and along the way they will be encouraged to develop their natural leadership skills and growing self-knowledge.

Stand up Comedy

Playwriting

MONDAYS, May 1 – June 12 (No Class 5/29)
7:00-8:30 pm
Instructor: Professor Andrew Clarke
Suggested Ages: Adults
Cost: $90

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Are you the next Shakespeare? Miller? Wilde? Join us for a course focusing on the writing and revision of an original one-act play suitable for production on-stage. Accomplished through reading and analyzing plays and theory, discussing theatrical techniques, and engaging writing exercises, this class aims to develop confidence in your work and improve the overall quality of your writing.

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Photography Fundamentals

TUESDAYS, March 28 – May 9 (No class 4/11)
6:30-7:30 pm
Instructor: Drew Pion
Suggested Ages: 16 to Adult
Cost: $75

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Discover the photography basics needed to create the images you really want! Senior Zeiterion photographer, Drew Pion, will teach you how to take more professional photos by understanding exposure and composition. From iPhone’s to high end digital cameras, bring them in and let’s have fun exploring the art of photography. Space is limited, register today!

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Live Event Photography Workshop

SUNDAY, April 30
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Drew Pion
Suggested Ages: Adults
Cost: $125

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Senior Zeiterion Photographer, Drew Pion, will share learnings from years of experience as an event and concert photographer. Camera gear, settings, anticipating the shot, getting photo passes, lighting, networking and more will be covered. In addition, you will have a chance to shoot a live show and practice what you have learned. This class is geared towards students who own an interchangeable lens camera (DSLR, Mirrorless…) and have a basic photography knowledge. We will briefly cover the exposure triangle basics as a foundation.

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Zukes Ukulele Orchestra

WEDNESDAYS, March 29 – May 24 (No Class 4/19)
Beginners:
6:30 to 7:30
Intermediate: 7:40 to 8:40
Theory and Technique: 8:50-9:50
Instructor: George Anzivino
Suggested Ages: Youth and Adult
Cost: $65

Have you always wanted to play an instrument? Join the fabulous Zukes Ukulele Orchestra! Get together with an instructor and dozens of Uke enthusiasts for fun, weekly group lessons at The Z. Students must supply their own Uke.

Beginners: Explore Ukulele fundamentals including basic strumming patterns, music theory, chord progressions and some introductory songs!
Intermediate: Build on your prior knowledge by delving into a diverse array of repertoire while advancing your strumming patterns, technique, chord progressions, theory, finger picking and more.
Advanced: A course that further explores concepts such as notation, finger picking, tablature and more. Suggested for players with at least 2 years experience.

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Musical Theater Dance Workshop

WEDNESDAYS, March 29 – April 27 (No Class 4/19)
4:00-5:00 pm
Instructor: Amy Mersch
Suggested Ages: 8-12
Cost: $80

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Explore the world of Musical Theater through dance! This class, strongly rooted Jazz, uses songs from musicals as a way to teach dance technique, characterization, stage presence and more! Improv, acting exercises and games round out the course providing a fun, energetic and creative way to appreciate all aspects of musical theater.

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Ballroom Dancing

THURSDAYS, March 9 – April 27
(No class 3/30 or 4/20)
7:00-8:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Young
Suggested Ages: 15 to Adult
Cost: $70

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Learn to grace the dancefloor with confidence!  During this 6 week course, explore the basic steps and techniques for the foxtrot, rumba and swing! No partner or experience required.

Professional ballroom dance couple preform an romantic exhibition dance

Bachata

THURSDAYS, March 9 – April 27
(No class 3/30 or 4/20)
8:00-9:00 pm
Instructor: Sue Young
Suggested Ages: 15 to Adult
Cost: $70

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Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic in the 60’s and is still evolving today! Join us in exploring different forms of this dance starting with the basics and incorporating leading and styling techniques.  No partner or dance experience required.

Happy smiling men and women enjoying bachata together in dance studio

Improv for Kids

SATURDAYS, March 25 – May 27
(No class 4/22 or 5/6)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Instructor: Jessica Halpin
Suggested Ages: 7 to 11
Cost: $85

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Improv is a great way for kids to be creative and use their imaginations in a supportive environment–there are no wrong answers in improv! While exploring the world of short form improv, children will learn the basics while working on agreement and team building. Skills that will be developed include yes, and, mime work, character development and storytelling. This class is perfect for novices, aspiring thespians, class clowns and absolutely everyone in between!

Group Of Children Enjoying Drama Class Together