Clear Space Arts Institute to hold semester showcases


The Clear Space Theatre Company’s Arts Institute – an arm of the organization dedicated to the education and nurturing of artists of all ages – has reached the end of yet another successful semester of study. With the culmination of ten weeks of classes come the final performances wherein students showcase their newly-honed skills.

New to the Arts Institute line-up this semester was the Broadway Legends series. This class, designed for students age 50 and over, focuses on the performance of the music from one classic Broadway musical. The Cole Porter musical “Kiss Me, Kate” was chosen for this inaugural course, which includes such hits as “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” and “Too Darn Hot.” Staged in a concert setting, the songs will be tied together with narration of the musical’s story lines. The final performance of Broadway Legends: “Kiss Me, Kate” will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 11:30 am at the Clear Space Theatre. Admission to this event is free to the public.

Clear Space’s long-running Broadway Bound program has also concluded another semester of performing arts studies. Students in grades 1-8 have spent 10 weeks sharpening their skills in acting, dancing, singing and various facets of technical theatre. Led by Clear Space directors Ken Skrzesz and Doug Yetter, this semester’s showcase performance includes the musical numbers “Castle on a Cloud,” “Shoeless Joe From Hannibal Mo,” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” among others. The Broadway Bound performance will be held Tuesday, April 12 at 5:00 pm at the Clear Space Theatre. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door on the evening of the performance.

Immediately following the Broadway Bound performance on April 12 at 7:00 pm is the recital for Clear Space’s students in private voice instruction. Jerry Birl and Marcie Schiff have guided students in private lessons through vocal technique and performance. The recital will consist of musical theatre and classical selections performed by the students and accompanied by their instructors. Admission to this event is free to the public.