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'Shakespeare or What You Will' for Grades 9-12

posted Mar 14, 2019, 1:42 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 14, 2019, 1:44 PM ]

Shakespeare or What You Will  
With Claire Kelly and Nick Urda  
Grades 9 - 12  
Thursdays, 5-6:30pm  
April 4 - May 18  
Culminating Performance Saturday, May 18 
in DAC Weatherstone Studio  

Young actors will work alongside Shakespeare on the Sound Artistic Director, Claire Kelly and Education Director Nick Urda to uncover the secrets of performing, understanding and loving Shakespeare. Over the course of the program, participants will learn how to analyze text, develop a character, strengthen performance skills, and conquer cold feet. There will be a culminating event where students will have the chance to perform their scenes 
and soliloquies for family and friends in the Darien Arts Center's Weatherstone Studio.
$250 plus $35 registration fee

New: Calligraphy, Gold Leaf Gilding, Funky Street Jazz & Kids in the Cast!

posted Mar 7, 2019, 11:34 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 11:36 AM ]

We are happy to offer two new springtime classes for adults: Introduction to Traditional Calligraphy and Gold Leaf Gilding for Works of Art; and two new classes for students: Funky Street Jazz, a dance class for grades 8 and up, and Kids in the Cast!, a theatre class for grades 3 and up. Join us for our fun new offerings!

For Adults: 

Gold Leaf Gilding for Works of Art - Saturday, April 6th: 11:30am-1:30pm. 
Students will learn the different methods and techniques of gilding, the process of preparing the surface, as well as how to handle and apply composition metal leaf to enhance their own artwork. Students are encouraged to bring an object or artwork they would like to gild to the workshop. All materials will be provided. $95. Register

Introduction to Traditional Calligraphy - Mondays, 7-9pm, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29 & May 6. 
Students will be taught key calligraphy terms, structural guidelines, scale, angles, direction and basic pen strokes. Starting with the dual-pencil technique, the class will progress to the broad-edged calligraphy marker and eventually to the steel nib liquid ink pen. No prior experience or skills are necessary. All supplies provided. $295 plus $35 registration fee. Register

For Students: 

Funky Street Jazz
- 8th Grade & Up, Mondays, March 18-May 20, 4:30-5:30pm. 
In this fun energetic class, students learn the dance styles and techniques of music videos and pop culture. Senior concert performance optional. For further inquiries, contact Bonnie@darienarts.org. $180. Register

Kids in the Cast! - For Grades 3-5, Thursdays, April 4-May 19, 3:45-4:45pm. 
A fun & silly hour to play games of improv, study acting & develop performance skills. For the culminating event, students perform their class work for family & friends in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. $225. Register

Sign Up Now for Summer Camps & Classes

posted Feb 21, 2019, 10:44 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 21, 2019, 10:47 AM ]

We are pleased to offer a variety of new summer camps and classes for all ages in theatre, dance, martial arts, visual arts and music. Use our new improved registration system to sign up and feel free to call (203) 655-8683 with questions. We hope to see you this summer!


PERFORMANCE KIDS - Two age groups available: Group A: Ages 3-5, Group B: Ages 6-8. Monday-Friday, 10:15am-12:45pm. Session 1: June 10-14, Session 2: June 17-21, Session 3: July 22-26. 1 week: $250, 2 weeks: $450, 3 weeks: $600. Ages 3 through 8 create scenery, age appropriate costumes and learn songs and dances that culminate into a mini show performed on their final day of camp.

ART IN MOVEMENT: DRAWING, YOGA, DANCE - Grades 1-5, Monday-Friday, 9:45-11:45am, June 24-28, (5 classes), $200. This class will combine the art of yoga and dance with learning the basic techniques of drawing and sketching.

YOUNG COMPOSERS CAMP - Grades 3-High School, Monday-Friday. Session 1 Beginners: 3:30-4:30pm, July 8-12, $125; Session 1 Advanced: 4:30-6:00pm; July 8-12, $185; Session 2 Beginners: 3:30-4:30pm; July 15-19, $125; Session 2 Advanced: 4:30-6:00pm; July 15-19, $185. This is a 5-day intensive composition workshop. Projects will be individually tailored to meet the level of the student. This camp aims to fill a gap in students’ music education that is too often overlooked: the ability to write, notate, record, and perform one’s own music.

- Grades 7-10, June 24-July 5 (No class July 4), 11:30am-5:30pm, $910. Twelfth Night, Jr. is ideal for the budding actor in your family! Campers will explore and rehearse a forty-five minute version of Twelfth Night. This version will be directly adapted from the script used in Shakespeare on the Sound’s main stage production. Campers will learn acting techniques for creating character, the difference between monologue and soliloquy, general stagecraft, and more.

DAC in partnership with OPEN ARTS ALLIANCE, INTO THE WOODS, JR. - Grades 5-12. Auditions week of June 3. To schedule an audition email: Maria@darienarts.org. Rehearsals August 12-23, 11:30am-5:30pm. Performance August 24/25 in the Weatherstone Studio. $1200. Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods, JR. features all of your favorite characters: Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch, in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables. With unforgettable roles, Into the Woods, JR. showcases an ensemble of talented singers and actors.

CARTOONING/GRAPHIC NOVEL - Grades 2-6, Monday-Friday, 9:45-11:45am, July 29-August 2 (5 classes), $200. Students will create and illustrate their own short comic strip. Students create their own text and characters, and focus on facial expressions, body language, and the use of color.


DANCE INTENSIVE - Grades 3-6, Monday-Friday, 1:15-4:15pm July 15-26, $565. This intensive will include 3 dance classes each day for all levels. The classes will include jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop. There will also be classes in theater arts, improv and yoga.

BALLET INTENSIVE/POINTE - By permission only, Level 3 and up, Monday-Friday, 1:15-4:15pm, July 29 - August 16, $685. A ballet technique intensive for intermediate and advanced students including pointe work. There will be a showing on the last day.


PRE SCHOOL BALLET 1 - Ages 3-6, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:15am, July 9-August 13 (6 classes), $120. Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere.

PRE SCHOOL BALLET 2 - Ages 3-6, Thursdays, 10:30-11:15am, July 11-August 15 (6 classes), $120. Young dancers will learn basic ballet steps in a fun, creative atmosphere.

CHOREOGRAPHY - Intermediate & Advanced, Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, June 19-August 14 (9 classes),
$180 full session or $20 per class. This class will explore many different styles of dance technique, concentrating on a different style each class.

MARTIAL ARTS - Ages 4-12, Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, June 18-August 13 (9 classes), $180. This class will teach children the art of Karate. It is designed to refine motor and organizational skills, improve self-discipline & teach proper behavior through respect and self-control, teach self-defense and of course to have fun! Class will be separated into mixed age groups.

FOR PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION FOR ALL AGES: Email Juanita Bosee at Juanita@darienarts.org.

FOR ADULTS: $20 Drop-In Fee for Adult Classes Or 10-Class Card for $180 (good for all adult classes)

ADULT BALLET - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:45-11:15am, June 17-August 23. All students are encouraged to try this popular intermediate level class. Each class will include a thorough barre, center oor, and well-balanced combination in a relaxed and positive atmosphere.

ADULT MARTIAL ARTS - Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm, June 18-August 13. A great workout while learning many self-defense theories and skills. This class will improve coordination, stamina and self-awareness.


Join us for COFFEE & CULTURE on February 28th

posted Feb 7, 2019, 11:45 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 12:18 PM ]

Darien’s premium European coffee house, Caffè Nero, is hosting 
COFFEE & CULTURE, a benefit for the Darien Arts Center, on February 28th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will include live acoustic music by our fabulous (and very cool) music instructor, Dan Saulpaugh, incredible artwork by 2018 Ginny Wright Scholarship recipient Nadia Czebiniak, and complimentary beverages and light fare provided by Caffe Nero. 

Admission to event is $20 and all proceeds will support the Darien Arts Center. Tickets are available through the link below or at the door.

Tickets for COFFEE & CULTURE

Caffè Nero is located at 1075 Post Road in Darien, and parking for the event is available in the rear of the building in addition to on-street parking. For questions, call the Darien Arts Center at (203) 655-8683


posted Dec 17, 2018, 12:31 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 12:55 PM ]

We are happy to announce the return of our annual smartphone photo contest, Pic Darien, which will be accepting entries at darienarts.org from January 1st through February 14th. Adults (18 and up) and Students (17 and under) may submit their smartphone photos for cash prizes in 6 categories: People and Pets; Landscape, Seascape, Nature; Travel; Food and Drink; Abstract; and Love, Anguish and Triumph. The contest is open to all; there are no age restrictions and contestants are not required to live in Darien. All entries will be presented in a slideshow at an April 28th Award and Reveal Reception in the DAC Weatherstone Studio located at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Darien Town Hall.  


The NEW Winter/Spring Catalog is here!

posted Dec 10, 2018, 5:54 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 12:22 PM ]

We've got over 70 classes for winter and spring in Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Martial Arts and Theatre for all ages! 

Many classes start in January; register now to secure a spot and ensure that classes will run.


Scenes from the Nutcracker Returns!

posted Nov 20, 2018, 12:23 PM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 5:01 PM ]

Many performances are sold out. Please email bonnie@darienarts.org for availability.

The Nutcracker comes to life once again, as the DAC's dance companies join together to enchant audiences of all ages at our annual production of Scenes from the Nutcracker. This Tchaikovsky holiday classic is abbreviated to an hour-long narrated show, specifically geared for young audiences. Children get to sit up close and are invited to meet and greet the characters after the performance.

The show, a Darien favorite since 2002, provides an appealing introduction to attending dance performances for the younger set. “The Nutcracker was written for children,” says DAC Dance Director and show choreographer Bonnie Gombos, “It’s a fabulous adventure that also exposes audiences to different kinds of dancing and it’s a great opportunity to spark an interest in dance. The original version is just a bit long for little ones, so we’ve adapted Scenes from the Nutcracker keeping them in mind.”

This year’s production features new dances and colorful costumes, guaranteed to delight all audience members. The dances consist of members from the DAC dance department’s junior, senior and adult companies.

Performances of Scenes from the Nutcracker take place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio at 2 Renshaw Road, behind Town Hall. Available show times are December 9, 15 and 16 at noon and 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Reservations are highly recommended, as performances sell out quickly for this popular annual tradition. 
Call the DAC at (203) 655-8683 or email Bonnie@darienarts.org to RSVP for Scenes from the Nutcracker. 

The DAC’s Visual Arts department is offering two Holiday Craft Workshops for ages 6-12, between Nutcracker performances, on Saturday, December 8th and Saturday, December 15th from 1:15 pm. to 2:30 p.m. in the DAC Visual Arts Studio. Participants will create 3 holiday projects perfect for gift giving or home décor that include a snowman decoration, a holiday candy jar and Christmas ornament. 
Fee for the workshop is $35. A discounted rate of $45 that includes the Craft Workshop and a ticket for Scenes from the Nutcracker is available by emailing emily@darienarts.org
FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER for the Holiday Craft Workshops here or call (203) 655-8683. 


posted Nov 6, 2018, 9:56 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 10:05 AM ]

Saturday, November 10, 2018   

Join some of DAC's young and talented musical performers as they take the stage with some of Broadway's favorite songs. BROADWAY BEAT, a musical revue features music from Hairspray, Grease, Wicked, Rent and more! Led by Open Arts Executive Director, Rocco Natale.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Seating is limited. 

At the DAC Weatherstone Studio, 2 Renshaw Rd, behind Town Hall. 
Questions? Call (203) 655-8683.


posted Nov 2, 2018, 9:48 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 9:31 AM ]

2nd workshop added! Come join us for a festive wreath making workshop and a ladies night out! Bring friends!  
Wreaths and decorations will be provided. 
BYO Wine and refreshments. 

Fee: $55 

Friday, November 30, 2018, from 7-9pm. SOLD OUT

Thursday, November 29, 2018, from 7-9pm SOLD OUT

For questions, email DAC Visual Arts Director Emily Altman at emily@darienarts.org or call the DAC office at (203) 655-8683.

THE 24 DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, A Staged Reading on Nov. 3

posted Oct 17, 2018, 7:11 AM by Darien Arts Center   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:58 PM ]

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please check back here for details about more holiday fun at Scenes from the Nutcracker in December! 

We are excited to bring on the holidays with a staged reading of Madeleine L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas on Saturday, November 3rd at 5 p.m! The play was adapted for the stage by internationally produced playwright Jason Pizzarello and is directed by Carole Claps, director at Curtain Call. All are invited to arrive early for refreshments and to make a holiday craft, and to stay after the reading for a talkback with Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis.

In The 24 Days Before Christmas, the Austin family has a cherished tradition of doing something special every day counting down to Christmas - from baking cookies to decorating the tree. This year is a stressful one for Vicky Austin as she's cast as the youngest angel in the Christmas Pageant. Plus the family is preparing for the birth of a new brother or sister. Will the baby wait until January? Will Vicky mess up her big role? Will Christmas be ruined? The love between the members of the Austin family shines as bright as a Christmas star in the heart-warming tale for the holiday season. Filled with elves, carols, and laughter, this timeless adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's The 24 Days Before Christmas is sure to bring a smile to your face and a tear to your eye.

Included in the DAC cast are Adelaide Meny, Luke Ryan, Natalie Treacy, Phebe Childs, Alana Arco Peck, Elizabeth Gonnella, Sofia Condon, Nick Condon and Louis Lehman. Executive Director of Open Arts Alliance and DAC Theatre Instructor Rocco Natale and Middlesex Middle School and Darien High School Musical Director Tim Sorenson also take the stage in the production. 

4:30pm: Refreshments and Family-friendly Holiday Craft, ages 5 & up
5:00pm: Staged Reading of The 24 Days Before Christmas
6:15pm: Talkback with Charlotte Jones Voiklis

There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door for attending The 24 Days of Christmas, which takes place in the DAC Weatherstone Studio. 

Seating is limited. For reservations, email DAC Theatre Director Maria Pizzarello at maria@darienarts.org, or call (203) 655-8683 for more information.

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