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Gateway to the Arts Information


What is Gateway to the Arts?

Gateway to the Arts is first and foremost an intensive educational program that sets its goals above that of a run-of-the-mill summer camp program. Gateway to the Arts lives to create a program that will empower kids through theater. We will take kids from all different experiences; for some, this may be their first exposure to theater, while others may be seasoned veterans. With their experience as a starting point, we will work to allow students to develop a strong level of comfort in their own bodies which will transcend onto the stage. Our work over the weeks will build into the creation of a final production. Students will begin to recognize how the role of art, theater, and other activities can help them to become better citizens in the ever-changing world around them.




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Student Programs:



(Ages 3 - 5) $325.00 Limited to 10 Students

These classes are designed for early children’s appreciation program for ages 3 to 5.  Children will experience the adventure of music moving at their own pace, pausing to engage their interest to nurture their skills and celebrate their discoveries.  These classes are designed for early childhood development including rhythm. Classes will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for 5 weeks.

Instructor: Michele Newell Hill



Final Production of: A Disney Spectacular

(Ages 6 - 11) $325.00

These classes teach the basics of musical theater including acting, singing, and dance. The class will meet twice weekly Tuesday and Thursday mornings and culminate in a live performance called A Disney Spectacular, A musical revue. Each Child will have an opportunity to participate in this live performance in front of friends and family.

Instructors: Phillip Pallitto, Jacklyn Buckingham, Claire Newell Collins Production Coordinator: Lisa Neavear







Final Production - West Side Story

(Ages 12 - 18) $325.00

The Rising Star Program is designed for a more in-depth theatrical experience. The programming includes acting, singing and dancing similar to the Broadway Babies programming, but will also include more improvisation and theatrical exercises and games. These classes will meet three times per week, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and will culminate in a final performance of WEST SIDE STORY. This program will also incorporate live musicians so the students can interact with another aspect of live performance.

Instructors: Phillip Pallitto, Jacklyn Buckingham, Claire Newell Collins Production Coordinator: Lisa Neavear







(Participation by Audition ONLY) $325.00

There is no age limit for this course, but all students must audition and be accepted for participation

This program is designed for serious teens that are interested in pursuing the performing arts as a profession. The class is designed to prepare students for entrance into College Programs and professional training. More in-depth training regarding storytelling and song interpretation as well as material selection will be a part of this program. Each Student will have one on one training with Broadway professionals. This program will meet Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. Shooting Stars with Kelly Briggs focuses on the Story Of The Song and choosing the proper audition material for each student and helping to put together a binder of songs. There will be a final performance which will be a cabaret/concert featuring all participants.

Instructor: Kelly Briggs, Scott Briner