Youth Classes

Fall Classes | YOUTH

09/09/2023 - 12/21/2023
36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

Join us this FALL for these GREAT classes in Theater, Dance, Art, and Music! 

Registration NOW OPEN!

DANCE

NEW! MAC DANCE ACADEMY with Andrea Wachholtz

FIRST CLASSES START THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18!

We are BEYOND EXCITED to announce that renowned Dancer and instructor Andrea Wachholtz will be joining our staff this Fall to start the MAC Dance Academy in our beautiful new state of the art dance studio!

BALLET

September 18 – December 4 (No class October 9 OR November 6) | MONDAYS

  • Ballet I (ages 7-9) 4-5pm
  • Ballet II (ages 10-12) 5:15-6:15pm (BEGINNERS WELCOME!)
  • Ballet III (ages 13+) 5:15-6:15pm (BEGINNERS WELCOME!)

AND YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE? (JAZZ / CONTEMPORARY / MUSICAL THEATER)

September 19 – December 12 (No class November 7) | TUESDAYS

  • AYTYCD I (ages 7-9) 4-5pm
  • AYTYCD II (ages 10-12) 5:15-6:15pm

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ZUMBINI with Lisa Zwerin | Ages: 0-4

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 4 – November 22 | Wednesdays: 10:00 – 10:45am (8 classes)

A child-focused journey into the world of music, movement, and dance, and the natural response music provokes in both children and adults. A Zumbini class is a celebration of the power of music to enhance our lives, stimulate learning, inspire dance movement, and strengthen the bond between parent and child. What is Zumbini you ask? A 45 minute music and movement experience, which is developmentally appropriate for the age range of the class. Every class, designed for children 0-4 years old with a caregiver and includes dancing, singing and playing instruments. A bonding experience for all is involved, including caregiver to child, child-to-child, and caregiver to caregiver. Focuses on energy, fun, and play to contribute toward the natural development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.

8 classes: Members: $130, Non-members: $150

Princeton Ballet and MAC Present: Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement | Ages 3-6


LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

September 16 – November 4 | Saturdays: 9:00am – 10:00am  (8 classes)

This fun and engaging class was specially designed for younger beginning dancers, ages 3-6. Students will be introduced to the fundamental building blocks of movement, rhythm/musicality, as well as begin to create movement of their own. Students will develop understanding of movement concepts, flexibility, balance, and coordination through specific ballet-based movements and creative exploration. Princeton Ballet School (PBS) is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. As a result, PBS students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.

Uniform:

Girls uniform color: Pink  
Girls ballet slippers and tights: Pink or skin tone
Boys uniform color: White shirt, black tights 
Boys ballet slippers and tights: Black

8 CLASSES: $175

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

NEW! Princeton Ballet and MAC Present: Ballet | Ages 7-9


LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

September 16 – November 4 | Saturdays: 10:00am – 11:00 am  (8 classes)

This fun and engaging class was specially designed for dancers, ages 7-9. Students will be introduced to the fundamental building blocks of ballet technique and movement. Students will develop understanding of movement concepts, flexibility, balance, and coordination through ballet movements and creative exploration. Princeton Ballet School (PBS) is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. As a result, PBS students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.

Uniform:

Girls uniform color: Black 
Girls ballet slippers and tights: Pink or skin tone
Boys uniform color: White shirt, black tights 
Boys ballet slippers and tights: Black

8 CLASSES: $175

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

MUSIC


Private In-Person Piano or Voice Lessons with Miss Peggy!
| ALL AGES

Voice and Piano teacher Peggy Saxton is offering private in-person lessons at the MAC!

Start playing songs or singing better from your very first lesson! Under Miss Peggy’s nurturing instruction, you’ll learn to read, understand, and create beautiful music from day one!

No matter what your skill level is, in these 30 or 60 minute sessions, students will learn a combination of exercises and approaches to improve confidence, proper technique, and overall musicality.

Miss Peggy makes learning piano or voice accessible and fun for everyone!

NEW STUDENTS: Please email artscenter@middletownnj.org for more details or to schedule a lesson.

La Petite Group Piano Classes with Lori Hofman (Children 4-7 with adult)

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 16 – December 11 (No class November 7) | Mondays: 5:00 – 5:45 (8 weeks)

Children, along with their parents, are introduced to the keyboards in a fun, educational environment that motivates the child to persevere while internalizing the basics of music.

Lori is a long time musician and theatre director, who has displayed a passion and love for teaching young children over the past 25 years. From as young as 4 years old, Lori started teaching herself piano and developed an intuitive sense of learning, playing, and developing her style. Lori began her career teaching private lessons but soon realized she could reach younger students and provide even greater social benefits by also teaching group classes. Lori has a rich history of directing theatre in local productions, as well as providing student recitals and orchestrating other amusing and student focused events.

Max 8 students

8 WEEKS: Members: $185, Non-members: $200

COMMUNITY/SOCIAL

NEW! Dungeons and Dragons for Highschoolers with Sam Baker | Ages 14-18

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 10 – December 12 (NO CLASS on October 31 OR November 7) | Tuesdays 4:00–6:00 pm (8 classes)

In this thrilling eight-week program, renowned Dungeon Master and tabletop game expert, Sam Baker, will teach students everything they need to know to get started in the amazing world of RPGs (role playing games).

CLASS OVERVIEW:

Week 1: Intro to Roleplaying Games/ Intro to Character Creation
Overview of the players handbook for D&D 5th edition, gameplay mechanics, character sheets, and then introduction to character creation.

Week 2: Character Creation/Intro To Game Mastering
In-depth look at what the GM is responsible for, what they can delegate to players, and the structure of an adventure.

Week 3: Play Experience
With Sam as DM groups will run a short adventure touching on every aspect of roleplaying games (ex. Combat and stats, choice, character roleplay, separation between player vs character, non-violent resolutions, player consideration and safety tools for D&D

Week 4 – 8: 2 hour Adventures!
Now that everyone knows the ropes, the adventures continue with each student getting
a chance to DM. Students will be provided modules (packets with premade game content). The DMs of the week will set aside their character for that week and the students are let loose to play in groups with Sam guiding and answer rule disputes as needed.

8 WEEKS: Members: $200, Non-members: $220

ART

NEW! Youth Master’s Fine Art Program with Elizabeth Schettini Sowell: Fall Session 1 | Ages 10+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

This Fall, students of all ages can immerse themselves in a special program taught by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell. The program is designed to take students through the fundamentals of drawing, sculpture, printmaking and painting in such a way that they will graduate the program with the solid foundation needed to be successful at making art, both personally and professionally. The life-changing class will guide students in a progression of skills, building a solid foundation for all art with strong technical skills. Students will draw from life, still life and from their imagination while they progress to Intermediate Drawing then Sculpture, Printmaking and Painting as they develop and hone art skills and learn the language of art.

Master Arts Skills for Youth | Ages 10-14

SESSION 1September 11 – 25 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 2 – October 2 – 23 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 3 – October 30 – November 20 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 4 – November 27 – December 18 | Mondays 4:00pm – 6:00pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

A great class for students who are serious about their art and want to develop their skills and advance. Led by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell, students begin at whatever level they are at and with guidance and individualized attention lear and perfect the foundational building block as of art to create work they are proud of. Students will use different media, learn about critique, and hone their skills as they build a strong portfolio.

Master Arts Skills for Teens and Adults | Ages 15+

SESSION 1September 11 – 25 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 3 CLASSES: $170

SESSION 2 – October 2 – 23 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 3 – October 30 – November 20 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

SESSION 4 – November 27 – December 18 | Mondays 6:30pm – 8:30pm | 4 CLASSES: $225

A great class for students who are serious about their art and want to develop their skills and advance. Led by Master Artist, Elizabeth Schettini Sowell, students begin at whatever level they are at and with guidance and individualized attention lear and perfect the foundational building block as of art to create work they are proud of. Students will use different media, learn about critique, and hone their skills as they build a strong portfolio.

Adventures in Art for High Schoolers with Ronda Christie | Ages 14-18

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 10 – December 19 (NO CLASS on November 7) | Tuesdays 4:00–5:30 pm (10 classes)

Join artist Ronda Christie for this art sampler class, designed for students looking to expand their artistic horizons! This class will cover a variety of media, including linoleum block printing, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel. As we work with the various materials, we will also learn about the elements and principles of design, and how to use them to create dynamic pieces of art. Every two weeks we will cover a new medium!

10 CLASSES: Members: $225, Non-members: $250

Polymer Clay Jewelry Creations for High Schoolers with Ronda Christie | Ages 14+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 16 – December 18 (No class November 6) | Mondays 4:00–5:30 pm (9 classes)

Do you dream of wearing your own jewelry designs? This is the class with artist Ronda Christie is for you! Students will learn to create jewelry including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and even hair accessories made of polymer clay. Learning a variety of techniques, including caning, slab-design, bead-making, and mimicking gemstones, students will discover a variety of ways to bring their jewelry ideas to life!

9 CLASSES: Members: $205, Non-members: $225

Watercolors and MORE with Miss Fish! | Ages 4-8

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

October 16 – December 18 (No class November 6) | MONDAYS: (9 classes)

CLASS 1: 4:00 – 5:00pm 

CLASS 2: 5:15 – 6:15pm 

For those little artists who just LOVE to PAINT and CREATE! Under the loving and expert direction of Miss Fish students will use watercolors to make beautiful paintings and make AMAZING art pieces and craft projects with clay, cray pas, paper and more! Students will love these classes run by legendary art educator, Miss Fish, who will stir the imagination and bring out the creative best in every child! Each week, students will learn new tips for painting and create their own masterpieces! Supplies included.

9 CLASSES: Members: $145, Non-members: $165

FABULOUS Art for FANTASTIC Artists with Miss Fish! | Ages 8-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

October 11 – December 20 (No class November 8 OR November 22) | Wednesdays:  4:00 – 5:00pm (9 classes)

For those older artists (ages 8-12)! Under the loving and expert direction of Miss Fish, students study the elements of art and the creative process in this hands on, multi–media class. Learn about art fundamentals such as line, shape, composition, and color. Students will explore a variety of materials including graphite, charcoal, pastel, paint, and more. Students will love these classes run by legendary art educator, Miss Fish, who will stir the imagination and bring out the creative best in every child! Each week, students will learn new tips for painting and create their own masterpieces! Supplies included.

9 CLASSES: Members: $145, Non-members: $165

NEW! Halloween and the Holiday Scene! with Doodle Dude | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

October 16 – December 11 (No class November 6) | Mondays: 4:00 – 5:00pm (8 classes)

We will have a blast working with clay and different media while we bring art into the Fall season and celebrate all of it’s amazing Holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, New Years and MORE!) From the amazing worlds of Tim Burton, Rankin and Bass, and Aardman Animations, each class will have plenty of character creation and more!  What you create will AMAZE you! No one art to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

8 CLASSES: Members: $130, Non-members: $150

NEW! The Art of Roblox, Super Mario and Pokémon with Doodle Dude | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

October 11 – December 13 (No class November 8 OR November 22) | Wednesdays:  4:00 – 5:00pm (8 classes)

Let’s learn how to draw Roblox, Minecraft and Pokémon characters, but also create and design our own. We will work on character development and work with many different media including paint , clay, Glow in the dark paint, oil pastels and more. Let’s get off the video games and on to the drawing board! Gaming party last day of class!  No one brings art and painting to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

8 CLASSES: Members: $130, Non-members: $150

Painting-palooza with Doodle Dude! | Ages 5-12

LOCATION: MAC ANNEX – 121 Kings Highway, Middletown NJ 07748

October 12 – December 14 (No class November 9 OR November 23) | Thursdays:  4:00 – 5:00pm (8 classes)

Get creative with the Doodle Dude who will introduce you to the awesome world of painting in his unique way. Let your imagination run wild while you have a blast working with watercolors, acrylics, gouache and even glow in the dark paint!  No one brings art and painting to life like Art Kaney, the Doodle Dude! From the cute and cool, to the crazy, and from the basics to more advanced techniques, the Doodle Dude will educate, entertain and inspire!

8 CLASSES: Members: $130, Non-members: $150

THEATRICAL SOCIALIZATION CLASSES

for Adult Individuals of All Abilities | AGES: 18+

MAC Theatre Horizons with Dawn Ferro | Ages 18+ 

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

October 5 – February 15 | Alternating Thursdays: 6:30 – 8:30pm (10 classes)

CLASS DATES: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/15

PERFORMANCE: February 21, 2023 | 7pm

A specialized drama  and musical theater program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities introducing a variety of theatrical techniques, inspiring creativity and imagination. Dawn Ferro is a special education teacher in Monmouth County and has taught for over 30 years. When she isn’t in the classroom with her LLD students, she is directing plays and teaching a variety of dance classes throughout New Jersey. She loves to share her passion for the theatre arts and dance with others.

10 CLASSES: Members: $310, Non-members: $335 (DDD participants welcome! Scholarships available!)

MUSICAL THEATER

ELF THE MUSICAL, JR. with Kathy Connolly-Oliver | Ages 10+

SOLD OUT: We do hope to open some more spots! TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST, please email middletownartscentermail@gmail.com

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

September 27 – December 9 (No class November 8 OR 22) | Wednesdays: 6:00 – 8:00 pm (10 weeks)

First class September 27!

Start the school year right with this high-energy musical theater class.  Students will have voice, acting and dance training culminating in our traditional annual production of Elf, Jr.   Although students will audition for roles, every student will receive a part.  Students will receive two complimentary tickets for the show.

Auditions: Wednesday, September 20th from 5-7pm.  

Tech Rehearsals (mandatory): Students must be available during the week of December 4-7 when class will meet every night from 5-7pm for tech rehearsals. 

Show Dates:  December 8 at 7:00 pm,  December 9 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

10 WEEKS: Price: Members – $565 | Non-Members – $605

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM HAS A CLASS LIMIT OF 25

NEW! Fall Mini-Musical Theater Intensive with Kathy Connolly | Ages 6-9

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

***NOW ON THURSDAYS!: September 28 – December 14 (No class November 9 OR November 23) | Thursdays: 4:00 – 6:00pm (10 weeks)

This exciting class is for younger performers ages 6-9. Using a professional conservatory approach, the students will take individual classes in Acting, Dance, Improv, and Voice. Under the expert instruction of award winning Director and teaching artist, Kathy Connolly with experienced dance instructor and choreographer, Dawn Ferro and and our team of professional theater artists, and visiting Master Class presenters, the students will explore their creativity and develop their confidence and skills in a fun and nurturing environment!

10 WEEKS: Members: $365, Non-members: $400

THEATER

Acting with Kathy Connolly | Ages 13+

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

***NOW ON WEDNESDAYS!: September 27 – December 6 (No Class November 8 OR 22) | Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:00pm (10 classes)

In this fun and dynamic class, older students will deepen and build upon their understanding of acting technique through theater games, scene work and improvisation. Under the expert instruction of award-winning Director and Teaching Artist, Kathy Connolly, students will work on monologues and scenes and even collaborate to create new short pieces together in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

10 CLASSES: Members: $225, Non-members: $250

Acting with Kathy Connolly | Ages 9-12

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

September 29 – December 15 (No class November 10 OR November 24) | Fridays: 4:00 – 5:30pm (10 classes)

In this fun and exciting class, students will study the fundamentals of acting technique and theater through theater games, scene work and improvisation. Under the expert instruction of award-winning Director and Teaching Artist, Kathy Connolly, students will work on monologues and scenes in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. While the focus is always on fun, this class also has wonderful additional benefits including; strengthened self-esteem, improved reading comprehension, and the continuing development of positive social skills.

10 CLASSES: Members: $225, Non-members: $250

Beginning Acting with Felicia Russell | Ages 6-8

LOCATION: MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER – 36 Church Street, Middletown NJ 07748

NEW START DATE! October 6 – December 15 (No class November 10 OR November 24) | Fridays: 4:00 – 5:00pm (9 classes)

Students will have a blast and build confidence exploring theater games, storytelling, improv & more! Under the nurturing instruction of NJ performer and Teaching Artist, Felicia Russell (a proud MAC alum!), students will learn the fundamentals of acting technique and theater in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Students will also get guest instruction from award-winning Director and Teaching Artist, Kathy Connolly, to work on monologues and scenes and even collaborate to create new short pieces together!

9 CLASSES: Members: $145, Non-members: $160

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