The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts announces the spring launch of its popular PNC Grow Up Great series. From February through May, Grow Up Great engages children ages 3 to 5 years old in a four-part series of fun and interactive musical theatre workshops in acting, singing, dancing, and storytelling.
All programs will be led by Barrymore Award winner Rachel Camp, a dynamic Philadelphia-born actress, singer, dancer, and teaching artist who has appeared in productions by Walnut Street Theatre, Theatre Horizon, and Arden Theatre company. Expect surprise guest appearances by other Philly theatre favorites, too!
“We invite all parents and youngsters to experience our wonderful new family-friendly series this spring,” says Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. “The Kimmel Center is so committed to ensuring that all little ones ‘Grow Up Great’ with a passion for the arts. Early childhood exposure to the fundamentals of musical theatre opens the door to limitless possibilities.”
The four-part musical theatre series provides a holistic approach to engaging youngsters in the creative, sensory, imaginative world of musical theatre. Each session provides sing-along opportunities and exposure to musical theatre classics, such as Singin’ in the Rain’s “Good Mornin.”
Below is a complete guide to the new FREE monthly musical theatre workshops, as part of the PNC Grow Up Great Series, a $350 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. Visit kimmelcenter.org/free for more information. All programs take place from 11 a.m. to noon in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza.
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Spend a fun-filled morning learning the acting principles behind musical theatre! Kids will embark on a mini-adventure by creating characters from Cinderella, Oklahoma! and HONK!, and learn the nuances of emotional expression in acting.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Explore how we use our voices to tell stories during this special exploration of singing. Focusing on breath, vocal range, and diction, youngsters will learn about vocal expression with sing alongs to favorites from The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Into the Woods. Study breathing techniques while singing Annie’s “Tomorrow” and laugh through a game of tongue twisters with “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins!
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Learn how to use your body to tell stories through dance! Start off the morning with a fun dance warm-up, then build your confidence as you learn dances from modern classics like Footloose, A Chorus Line, and Hairspray.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
The series concludes with a fun filled morning of imagination games inspiring kids to tell stories through music. This storytelling time is accompanied by music from shows Once Upon a Mattress, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Music Man, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Shrek.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2014-2015 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.