Portland — Portland’s performing arts studio has grown in space and attendance as it prepares for the third season.
Portland’s Opera Block Performing Arts Center is preparing for the next season with additional programming and expanded space. The center is 140 1/2 Kent St in downtown Portland. It is in.
The open house is scheduled for Monday, August 23, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the center. Staff can answer questions.
The 2021-22 season begins on September 20th and lasts until May 20th. Course registration is available online. operablockperformingarts.com And with the center’s mobile app.
The Performing Arts Center offers a variety of classes, including TikTok courses. We are also offering karate from this fall. There are also traditional performing arts classes such as magic, acting, drama, improvisation and dance.
Tim Fuller, one of the founders of Opera Block PAC, said it was devised and designed as an accessory to the opera house next door. According to Fuller, the opera house will be restored within the next two years.
“Really our studio is designed and built so that there really is something for everyone,” Fuller said. “We really like everyone. At some point, when the beautiful opera house next door is restored, it will be the performance venue for our performing arts center.”
Fuller said the center’s goal was to “close the hole” in the performing arts. Opera Block PAC has grown seasonally and currently has 392 active students. Fuller calls this space a “second home” for students and wants the community to embrace a variety of services.
“We’re thinking out of the box and trying to reinvent what’s happening in a standard dance studio, because kids are now all so digital, so this kind of thing as before. Because I’m not engaged in that, “Fuller said.
According to Fuller, the center has expanded beyond existing space this past season, doubling square feet (1,800 square feet) and offering more classes than before. Current facilities will also be upgraded, including the addition of cushion dance floors.
“When two or three classrooms are full, we’re just full,” he said. “There’s nothing else we can do. Adding more classrooms will allow us to take more classes at the same time. This season, we’ve been able to increase the size and double it really. I’m lucky. ”
The first season of Opera Block has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Lockdown allowed organizers to invest in technology to keep students safe during a pandemic. Technology included video doorbells and livestreaming classes.
“Despite the challenges after COVID, it worked pretty well,” Fuller said. “We are constantly striving to improve technology and always aim to be a better place and a better studio for everyone.”
The Opera Block PAC is of interest from a 30-mile radius community in Portland, including students from Ionia, Grand Ledge, Sunfield, Fowler, and Lake Odessa.
The founders of Fuller and Opera Block PAC want to work in the community and provide the programming they want. According to Fuller, the center is working on adding an adult program.
“Every time we extend and add a new class, it’s very popular and quickly fills up, which allows parents and children to grow and add the programming they want,” Fuller said. Says.
Portland Opera Block Performing Arts Center prepares for new season
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