Learn to Shake, Rattle and Roll at GR Civic Theatre this Winter!


puc2-320[1]By Victoria Mullen

Nope. Even if you’re not a fan of the cold or ice or snow, there is absolutely no reason to be bored this winter. These offerings from the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre will have you enjoying the season in no time.

Unarmed Stage Combat Workshop (age 18 and up):

Ever wonder how actors perform realistic-looking actions like falling, punching, kicking, pulling, pushing, rolling, or choking without killing each other? OK, maybe you already know but haven’t given it a try yourself. Well, here’s your chance. This three-weekend series gives participants a chance to work with a professional stunt choreographer to explore basic safe practices in performing staged combat.

Class meets from 3-5 pm three Saturdays in January: the 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Space is limited (4-12 people). Invite your friends and family to the “In-Formance” for the final 30 minutes of class on January 30th and show off what you’ve learned.

This one’s popular folks, so register today. To sign up for the workshop go here. FEE $125.00Errol Flynn

Single Sword Stage Combat Workshop (age 18 and up):

Errol Flynn and Inigo Montoya are just two famous members of the swashbuckling legacy, and you can follow their fancy footsteps by taking this class. Presented by a certified professional instructor, this three-weekend workshop explores basic techniques within the Hollywood style of swordplay. You’ll learn the principles of footwork, spacing, protocol and safe technique. Invite family and friends to the final presentation to show off your new skills. Space is limited (4-12 people), so register now.

Class meets three 3-5 pm Saturdays, February 6, 13 & 27 (NO CLASS February 20). Classroom In-Formance: February 27th — The student may invite family and friends for the final 30 minutes of class! To sign up for this workshop go here. FEE $125.00

On a musical note (Ha! See what we did there?), Civic Theatre offers Musical Theatre Audition Prep Workshops with some presenters who have some serious cred, so you’ll be working with some of the best in the biz.

Broadway Actress, Laurie Veldheer, an alumni of the Civic School of Theatre Arts, has appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia! as Sophie Sheridan and Newsies (Original Broadway Cast). She graduated from Penn State University with her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and continues to study in NYC while pursuing her professional career.

Julie Freyer
Julia Freyer

Julia Freyer, a Grand Rapids native and Alumni of Civic School of Theatre Arts, is a proud graduate of Penn State University’s Musical Theatre Program. Freyer’s national tour credits include: A Chorus Line (Judy) with Michael Bennett’s original choreography set by Baayork Lee. Regional favorites: Paper Mill Playhouse in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Mitzi Hamilton, Sacramento Music Circus in A Chorus Line (Judy) directed by Stafford Arima, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (The Producers, Curtains), Atlanta Theatre of the Stars (The Producers), Pennsylvania Centre Stage (The Apple Tree, She Loves Me, Pop!). Julia is also a featured dancer with the American Pops Orchestra in Washington DC. Julia currently teaches dance to children and adults in the New York City.

Triple Threat Prep: Vocal, Acting & Dance with Laurie Veldheer and Julia Freyer:

Looking to perfect your vocal, acting and dance skills before Winter and Spring auditions? Let Broadway Actress, Laurie Veldheer and NYC-based audition coach, Julia Freyer take the mystery out of auditioning for musical theatre. Whether you are a beginner, or a veteran performer, Laurie and Julia will help you reach new heights and get the most out of your audition experience.

Session 1 (ages 8-12): Tuesday, December 22, 10am-3:30pm. Session 1 will work on Music first, then have an hour break for lunch and to change into dance clothes for the dance portion of the workshop. To sign up for Session 1 of the workshop, go here. FEE: $225.00

Session 2 (ages 13-Adults): Tuesday, December 22, 11:30am-5:00pm. Session 2 will work on dance first, then have an hour break for lunch before working on the musical portion of the workshop. To sign up for Session 2 of the workshop, go here. FEE: $225.00

Vocal Intensive with Laurie Veldheer   
Lauri Veldheer
Laurie Veldheer

Want to focus on the vocal portion of your audition? Well, this is the workshop for you! Broadway Actress Laurie Veldheer will help students choose appropriate material, maximize their vocal potential, and make strong acting choices. Anyone is welcome to register for this workshop, and students who have already taken the December 22nd workshop will benefit from added coaching and one-on-one time. Session 1 (8-12 year olds): December 29th, 10am-1pm To sign up for session 1 of the workshop, go here. FEE: $150

Session 2 (13-Adults): December 29th, 2pm-5pm  To sign up for session 2 of the workshop, go here. FEE: $150