P.E.I. creative community offered new courses at Holland College
Short courses for amateurs or pros who want to improve skills in theatre, music
Holland College's School of Performing Arts is doing something new for its upcoming fall term.
It's offering four courses that will appeal to the general public, rather then its full-time students.
The four non-credit courses are for people who want to improve their skills in certain areas of the arts, or even try them out to see if they like them.
Two of the new course instructors came in to CBC Mainstreet to tell host Karen Mair what to expect.
Classes in evenings
This is just for the fall term, and offered in evenings, so it won't conflict with most people's work.
"There's so many creative people here within P.E.I., so this gives them the opportunity to come in, learn some new things, maybe hone their skills a little more, learn from other people," said Craig Dodge, an Island composer.
With a limited enrolment and small classes, the instructors will be able to adapt to the skill level of each student, and give a lot of one-on-one training.
He works in film, TV and video games, and has written music for "about 120 different T.V. shows, I've written for Disney, CNN, CTV, pretty much worldwide."
He's going to show composers how they can sell in those markets as well.
"Some people think it's as hard as, 'I gotta fly to L.A. every week, or New York or Chicago.' Well, I do it all right here."
Beck's course will teach the students how to create and perform a one-act play.
"We're going to have a small group, and people can work individually or they can team up with someone, develop a script, and at the end of the course, they'll be performing for an invited audience."
The other two courses are an introduction to film acting, and an introduction to technical theatre, including sets, lighting, sound, and stage management, the practical side of the craft.
Courses start Sept. 12, and enrolment has already started. You can get information at www.hollandcollege.com/sopa.
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With files from Mainstreet