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Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 1, 2022 and Island Ad-Vantages, September 1, 2022 and The Weekly Packet, September 1, 2022
Acting and voice workshops start Sept. 10

Opera House Arts will offer two performing arts workshops from Saturday, September 10, through October 29. The one-hour Acting Basics Workshop starts at 10 a.m. and the one-hour Voice Basics Workshop starts at 11 a.m. Both of these eight-week classes are held at the Stonington Opera House and are suited for those ages 12 to adult. The workshops are part of Opera House Arts’ community and learning program. Register at Face masks required.

Acting Basics is a beginner-level class where students will learn the skills of acting by playing theater games, creating characters and working on text. How can a costume piece or a headache or thinking of a favorite dessert change how actors express themselves? How does it affect the way they interact with the people around them? Build confidence in acting and have lots of fun in this class for beginners and beyond, according to a press release.

Voice Basics is a beginner-level class where students will learn singing techniques, warmups and singing melodies and harmonies. Participants will work on songs as a group, breaking out into smaller groups or solos when people feel comfortable. Always wanted to learn to sing, but don’t know where to start? Love to sing, but get nervous to sing solo? This is a great starter class.

Both workshops are taught by Jenn Adams, Community and Learning Associate at Opera House Arts. Born in Kittery, Adams recently moved back to Maine after spending the last 20 years making theater in Chicago. She co-founded two theater companies there, including Halcyon Theatre, a company dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusion. She has worked as a director, actor, arts administrator and educator; spent six months touring educational theater to schools up and down the East Coast and Gulf states; and has done everything from classical theatre to murder mysteries to The Wizard of Oz.

Adams worked as and trained Standardized Patient(s), portraying patients for medical students to give them better communication skills and practical experience. Most recently, she appeared in Women and the Sea at Portland Stage and in Opera House Arts’ concert “Broadway Comes to Stonington” with Hugh Panaro and Leenya Rideout and Friends. She sings in a rock band without a name at the moment, and most recently directed You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at New Surry Theatre in Blue Hill.