Pictured are students in the 2009 Playhouse Dance and Theater Education Program’s production “All We Need is Love.”

Cumberland County Playhouse, a major nonprofit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee, will hold its final pre-registration for the 2009-2010 Triple Threat Education program on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2-5 p.m. in Studio A at the Playhouse. Open to students from age 3 to adult, the program focuses on acting, singing and dancing — the three skills necessary to be considered a “triple threat” in the theater. 

Classes include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, musical theatre, acting and voice and will be broken up into four different age groups. Dance classes are also being offered for students with developmental disabilities in partnership with The Arc of Cumberland County. 

Dance classes will begin Aug. 10, and musical theater classes will begin Aug. 17. 

The Playhouse is also proud to be adding Wee Sing (Mommy and Me) classes for children ages 2-5 on Wednesday mornings. 

“Introducing children to the performing arts at a young age is critical. It is a proven fact that experiencing the arts at a young age leads to academic achievement, increased abstract thinking, and a more developed imagination,” said Nicole Begue, CCP director of education. “But just as important as their educational benefit, these classes are a fun way to be introduced to music, theatre and dance.”

For anyone age 11 and up, there will be a new class offered titled an “Introduction to Technical Theatre.” This class will focus on the theater’s backstage inner workings and provide an education about backstage sound, props, lights and sets.

The CCP will also continue to offer its adult curriculum with classes taught by the Playhouse’s acting professionals. It will feature an advanced modern class taught by Michele Colvin. Colvin comes to CCP after training with Emmy Award winning choreographer and "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mia Michaels.

For more information about the CCP Triple Threat Program, please call Eldar Valiev, dance director, at 484-8710, ext. 246, or Nicole Begue, director of education, at 484-8710 ext. 233.

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