Who:   Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs Youth Theater

What:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7:00 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Where: Promenade at Bonita Bay, 26811 S Bay Dr, Bonita Springs,Florida

Cost:    $5 all tickets

Information:  239-495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

What’s so funny about the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs?   Some would say it’s their Performing Arts Director, Craig Price. On a recent Tuesday morning Craig and a group of children attending his Improv class at CFABS played a game of Zip, Zap, Zop.  This well-known game, often used as a theatre preparation exercise had everyone in the circle engaged and grinning sending “zips”, “zaps” and ultimately “zops” to each other.

“When I am teaching acting to kids, the main focus for me is building self-esteem, establishing confidence and teaching teamwork,” offers Craig.

“Once they gain that confidence and they see they can do it, they just explode with pride and that light comes on in their eyes.  That is the most rewarding experience forme.” explains Price.

Price brings a “SecondCity” full of experience to the classes he teaches at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  After graduating fromWhittenbergUniversitywith a B.A. in Theatre and English he moved on to train at the famousSecondCityand Improv Olympic and with the renowned teacher Del Close. Craig learned his craft from the same teacher who turned out talent like Tina Fey, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray and Gilda Radner.

Price lights up when he talks about teaching children.  His enthusiasm landed him in the roll of Assistant Director on WGCU’s “Curious Kids”.  Parent’s from St. Anne’s School inNaples, where he taught acting for five years suggested him for the project. 

“Taking theater to the next level with a television show starring children is an amazing opportunity,” adds Price. “If I could offer any advice to parents who think they have budding stars in their homes, it is to enroll them in a theater class.  They will gain so much confidence and learn how to work with others and not have to be the one in center stage all of the time.”  Price is currently auditioning children age 10 and up for The Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of “School House Rock Live! Jr.”

Craig teaches and coordinates all of the theater classes for adults and children in addition to coordinating all of the talent that performs at the Live! at the Promenade events CFABS puts on each month.   Price books an array of talent including Jay Taylor, Country Western singer/songwriter who will be performing on July to virtuoso pianist Naomi Niskala.

“I feel so fortunate that at 46 years old I am able to do what I love and I get paid for it,” Craig explains about his position with the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Craig’s adult classes at CFABS include Improv Workshop I which is starting up the week of July 5, 2011.  Price suggests this class to anyone who wants to be more comfortable speaking in front of people or to gain an introduction to acting. Craig Price will teach you to perform improv games and scenes all based on audience suggestions.  Readers Theater is another class offered in July at CFABS.  Price guarantees that in just two-hours a week for six-weeks you’ll learn how to prepare a role for a staged reading, and then perform it on stage with others first time actors.

Craig’s favorite theater exercise is a game called Freeze.  In Freeze, two actors start an improvised scene. At any point in time another player can call Freeze. This player then tags out one of the two actors, and takes his place. Both players then start a new scene, justifying the often unusual positions they are in.

“Freeze is a great way to teach, ‘Yes – And,’” adds Price.  “If there is one thing I would want students to walk away from class with it is the concept of ‘yes-And.’  Yes, what you did was great…And now how can I enhance it.”

“Yes,” the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs offers great theater classes “And” taking a class from Craig Price would be a once in a lifetime experience.

Don’t miss the Center for the Arts Youth Theater production of School House Rock Live Jr. at the Promenade on August 5 and 6, 2011.

Who:   Center for the Arts ofBonitaSpringsWhat:  “School House Rock Live Jr.” Performed by the Center for the Arts Youth Theater Department

When:  Friday, August 5, 2011; 7 p.m.: Saturday, August 6, 32and 7 p.m.

Where: Promenade atBonitaBay,26811 S Bay Dr,BonitaSprings,FloridaCost:    $5 all tickets

School bells are ringing and students are singing! “Live At the Promenade!” The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs is proud to present School House Rock Live! Jr. As summer winds down and the school year starts again, it’s time to head back to the classroom. In School House Rock Live! Jr. audiences meet Tom Mizer, a young teacher, as he anxiously prepares for his first day of school. Attempting to calm his fears, he turns on the television to find the educational cartoon show everyone knows and loves, Schoolhouse Rock, playing. Tom gets drawn in and soon the teacher is sucked into the television show. We meet a slew of colorful personalities as the entire company tries to comfort him and prepare him for his first day. Featuring many crowd-pleasing favorites, such as “Conjunction Junction” and “Interplanet Janet”, this musical is sure to entertain the entire community.

Information 495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2001 and receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class (including theater classes) to be used by December 31, 2011.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

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