Panther Pride Week, Little Sweethearts, and lots of LOVE!
It really is quite hard for me to believe that I am writing our FEBRUARY newsletter already. Doesn’t it seem like our 3rd season together started just yesterday?! January was an exciting month for many of our students as we have officially distributed almost ALL of our Showcase Costumes. New students who joined our studio in January have their costumes on the way and we hope they will be here soon.
Everyone should have also received a Showcase Handbook. Please check with the front desk the next time you are at the studio for your copy if you’ve missed class or let us know if you have not received one yet. The Showcase Handbook is your guide to all things Showcase including Picture Day Times, In-Studio Rehearsal and Dress Rehearsal Schedules, and Costume Care information.
February brings even more exciting things into the mix including our PANTHER PRIDE WEEK and Costume Contest this week and our 3rd annual Little Sweethearts Dance.
I’m looking forward to another wonderful month at Open Arts. Thank you to each of you for making our studio a wonderful place to be!
Panther Pride Week is THIS WEEK!
In case you couldn’t tell, we are SUPER excited that the Carolina Panthers are going to the SUPER BOWL!
To celebrate, we are having PANTHER PRIDE WEEK this week. Dress up in Carolina Panthers Gear, wear your best Black + Turquoise, Paint some Panther Whiskers on your face, and be as creative as you can for your chance to win a FREE 4-Week Summer Class!
Rooting for the Broncos? I’m not sure how I feel about that (joking!), but definitely wear your team gear! All fans are welcome.
Little Sweethearts Dance
We are so excited to host our Third Annual Little Sweethearts Dance on Saturday, February 13th from 2-3pm. The Little Sweethearts Dance is a Parent-Child Valentine’s Date that is FREE and open to the public. Kids will dance, play, and laugh with any adult guardian – mom, dad, grandpa, aunt, friend, anyone who loves your little sweetheart can attend as his/her date.
We have a VERY limited number of spots left for this year’s dance. If you reserved a spot but won’t be able to make it, please let us know so we can give your spot to an interested family. Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your child’s spot or let us know if your plans have changed.
Summer Camps + Classes
We will be sending home summer camp and class information with all students this week, but feel free to take a sneak peak at this year’s Summer Brochure on our website. I am looking forward to some new and exciting opportunities for our students to explore and grow this summer.
During the month of February we are offering a BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF Deal for all of our Summer Camps. Buy one camp per family and get the second 50% off. You must register prior to February 29, 2016 to take advantage of this special offer.
Our popular summer drop-in classes are back this summer as well, but this year you have the option of registering for a class from the entire session to save big! Register for an additional class for the same student to save even more. Visit our Online Registration Page to register for classes and camps today.
Summer is also a great time for new families to try out our studio so please feel free to take some extra brochures with you (we’ll have them in the lobby) or forward the online link to your friends who might be interested in trying something new.
A Note about Inclement Weather
As we move into the colder months, please note that we will post any closings or cancellations on our Facebook Page. I always also try to send out an e-mail to all classes involved. I will be emailing Saturday Classes that missed January 23rd a Make-up Day Schedule soon but I want to be sure we don’t miss any more days before fleshing out the full schedule. Don’t forget that you are also welcome to attend another class in your child’s age range as a make-up as well. Make-up classes will be planned in the Spring once the weather thaws out 🙂
Musical Theater Performances
Our Musical Theater Students have been preparing mini-musicals to share with our families over the past few weeks. This is a no small task to accomplish in just under 10 weeks, but we love a challenge and we invite parents and families and friends to join us during class the week of February 29 through March 5 for a special sharing of our work. These will be informal sharings, no costumes and limited props, but definitely a chance for you to sit back and enjoy watching your child perform.
Upcoming Community Events
As the weather warms, it’s time for some of our favorite annual community performances. Our students have once again been invited to perform at Morrisville’s East Meets West Festival on Saturday, April 16th and the Town of Morrisville has also invited us to perform at their 2nd Annual SpringFest on Saturday, May 14th. I will be sending emails out to the classes who will be performing at each event with further details in the next few weeks.
Showcase 2016 – Natural Wonders
We are so excited to announce that our 3rd Annual End of Year Showcase will take place on Saturday, June 4th at Page Auditorium on the Duke University Campus. Dress Rehearsal will take place at Page Auditorium on Friday, June 3rd and In-Studio Rehearsals will take place at the studio on Tuesday, May 31st and Wednesday, June 1st.
Showcase Handbooks were sent home over the past two weeks. Please stop by the front desk if you did not receive yours.
Page Auditorium is in it’s own building just beside Reynolds Theater. So for our returning families, most of the parking and arrival information will be the same as last year!
Important Dates + Upcoming Events
- February 1-7 – Panther Pride Week – Wear your Panthers Colors or Costume to Class
- Saturday, Feb. 13 – Little Sweethearts Dance 2-3pm
- March 26-April 1 – Spring Break – NO CLASSES
- April 15 – $30 Showcase Fee Due
- Saturday, April 16 – East Meets West Festival
- Friday, April 22 – “Natural Wonders” Earth Day Dance + Jam 6pm
- Saturday, May 14 – Morrisville SpringFest
- Friday, June 3 – Dress Rehearsal at Page Auditorium
- Saturday, June 4 – End of Year Showcase at Page Auditorium