Joey Clarkson

Joey Clarkson

Theatre announces classes

Gate House Community Association hosts a pair of young performers for a musical theatre workshop and concert at Gate House Theatre.

PORT McNEILL—Making good on its promise to promote live theatre on the North Island, Gate House Community Association last week brought a pair of young performers for a musical theatre workshop and concert at Gate House Theatre.

And the fun doesn’t end there, as after-school drama classes for youth will start up at the theatre in September.

Singer-songwriter Joey Clarkson of Courtenay and her cousin, pianist Elizabeth Hornby of the U.K., performed selections from their respective CDs last Tuesday.

The show followed a day-long musical theatre workshop by Clarkson, who has given the workshops from Canada to the U.K. to Dubai.

Students were provided instruction in voice preparation, enunciation and projection, and movement, and prepared a short presentation for their parents.

“We didn’t try to do too much, because of the mix of ages and experience levels” said Clarkson, who typically provides weeklong workshops to home-schooled youngsters. “It was mainly a chance to give them an introduction to musical theatre.”

Hornby joined her cousin on stage after a performance tour with stops in California and Washington State.

Drama classes at the theatre for grade 5-6-7 students will be held each Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning in September.

Classes for high-school aged students will follow each Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m.

Registration forms and info are available the Gate House Community Association Facebook page.