Festival of Fine Craft

The 21st annual Festival of Fine Craft takes place at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center on October 5 & 6, 2019, rain or shine! This event, sponsored by Avalon Flooring and OceanFirst, features the works of 150+ juried contemporary and traditional artists and craftspeople. Throughout the WheatonArts campus, artists working in clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, wearable art, wood, and more will exhibit and sell their unique works of art. Visitors can interact with demonstrating artists working in a variety of mediums, listen to live music, relax in the Beer & Wine Garden, engage in complimentary family art activities, and enjoy refreshments from gourmet food trucks. The crowd-favorite “WheatonArts Glass Pumpkin Patch” will be displayed at the center of WheatonArts’ campus with over 6,000 handcrafted glass pumpkins for the picking! The Festival of Fine Craft is included with General Admission to WheatonArts. Visit wheatonarts.org for more information and event updates.


Fire Muster

WheatonArts and the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade host the 39th annual Fire Muster and Fire Fighter’s Family Day on August 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 80 antique fire trucks from the Mid-Atlantic States will be on display on the grounds. Highlights include a firefighter competition to show how firefighters use their training and skills to battle fires, a water barrel fight using high-pressure fire hoses, bucket brigade, and pumping displays of fire hoses on numerous fire trucks. Admission to the Fire Muster and WheatonArts is FREE for the day, part of “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!”


Wheaton Wednesday

WheatonArts is open late for the second Wheaton Wednesday event on Wednesday, August 14, 2019! Highlights include a LARGE-scale glass pumpkin blowing demonstration with ice cream treats in the Glass Studio, a “Tools of the Trade” curatorial touch cart & director tours of the Emanation 2019 exhibit in the Museum of American Glass, glass bubble blowing experiences, free & fee-based family art activities, Museum Store food tastings & door prizes, dinner at the GateHouse Cafe, and more. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free admission all day provided by the WheatonArts “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!” program. Visit our website for the event schedule and additional information at wheatonarts.org.


Wheaton Wednesday

Enjoy a day of FREE Admission at WheatonArts with extended hours! Highlights include a special Director’s Tour of the Emanation 2019 exhibit in the Museum of American Glass, going behind the scenes to meet the Creative Glass Fellows and to see the new Neon Station in the Glass Studio, the opening of the annual Museum Stores Sidewalk Sale, family art activities, & more! Free admission provided by WheatonArts "Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!"


Eagle Theatre Summer Conservatory

Eagle Theatre Conservatory Presents

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Summer 2019 – Ages 8-18

CAMP: JULY 8 – AUGUST 7
PERFORMANCES: AUGUST 7 – 18 

A Summer Theatre Intensive Designed to Educate, Enlighten, & Entertain!

Eagle Theatre Conservatory is proud to announce their 2019 Summer Theatre Intensive, guaranteed to shine the spotlight on both TRAINING & PERFORMANCE, while offering opportunities for aspiring actors to build skills that will be applied in front of a live audience.


Each day a variety of intensives will be held by our professional teaching artists, including; acting, music, improvisation, dance, audition prep, scene study, stage combat, sketch comedy, technical theatre, and more! Camp concludes with a 2-week performance run of a full length musical!


Wheaton Springs 2019

Free and open to the public, this new “kick-off” event celebrates WheatonArts and its Visitors! Experience the arts and cultures of East Asia with special programming, explore the Museum of American Glass exhibit Emanation 2019 with a guided tour, create unique “make-and-take” projects in the Education Studio, and discover the art of paper-making, ceramic wheel-throwing, and hot glassblowing with special demonstrations throughout the day. Join us in the Event Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the “Spring Festival: Asian New Year Celebrations,” welcoming the Year of the Wild Boar! Festivities include narrated music, dance performances, demonstrations of Asian folk & traditional arts, and more! Free Admission! Part of the WheatonArts’ "Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!" program.


Delran School District receives arts grant worth $100K

DELRAN — Students who are learning English as a second language at the Millbridge Elementary School will soon be the beneficiaries of a new arts integration program.

"This grant is going to be used in a host of ways in order to integrate the arts more into our instruction," Superintendent Brian Brotschul told the Board of Education on Monday evening.

The grant, which runs from Feb. 1 to July 30, will help districts "explore and investigate how arts education can be applied as a strategy to assist Title I students in meeting New Jersey's academic achievement standards," according to the New Jersey Department of Education.

Districts are expected to integrate lessons on dance, music, theater and visual arts into other curriculum areas, such as science and language arts, so students can get a better understanding of both, the department said.

The state received $1 million from the federal government to distribute to 10 schools through an application process. Delran was the only one from Burlington County.

"We'll be using it to engage our English language learners in immersive language programs," Brotschul said.

About 40 students, or 5 percent of the population, at Millbridge were English language learners, according to the district's 2014-15 school performance report.

The money will also go to providing professional development for teachers to learn how to engage arts and theater more in their instruction, as well as funding for a few iPads for the program.

The school wants to accomplish three main goals with the program, according to Kari McGann, the district's director of curriculum and instruction: Increase the kindergarten-through-second-grade level of achievement in all subjects; increase family participation and engagement through programming; and build research strategies that teachers can use to add more arts lessons into other curriculum areas going forward.

"We're hoping to do some great things," McGann said.

 

Kelly Kultys, staff writer
Burlington County Times


South Jersey child actors hope for similar stardom as others

Keira Mitchell recited some lines from a script with her grandmother Gail Jasper in Jasper’s Atlantic City home on a recent Monday.

Keira’s practicing to audition for a Disney Channel television show.

“I’d rather be on camera, share my creativity with the world and show off my stuff,” Keira, 12, of Atlantic City, said in an earlier phone interview.

Mitchell isn’t alone. She’s among performers in the region who would like a change of ZIP code to the Hollywood region.

South Jersey has seen a few of its young performers get their lucky breaks.

Gaten Matarazzo, 14, a Little Egg Harbor Township native, found success last summer in the Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Micah Fowler, born in Barnegat Township, stars as J.J. DiMeo in ABC’s sitcom “Speechless.” The teen actor has cerebral palsy.

Mitchell isn’t there just yet, but she is trying.

In 2016, she had a speaking role for the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers. She was an extra in a music video at Char-ter Tech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point. She also takes dance lessons and has taken classes at the Weist-Barron-Ryan Acting Workshops in Atlantic City.

“I want to be a triple threat,” she said.

She wants to be like her role models.

Mitchell’s biggest influences come from former Disney Channel child actor Zendaya and Academy Award-nominated actor Will Smith — a Philadelphia native whose success started at a young age on NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Those actors also have succeeded in the music industry, but for Mitchell, she’s just trying to have another productive year in 2017.

“I want to be in more commercials, and I want to be in a TV show,” she said.

Mitchell isn’t worried about the bleak odds. She’s too focused on her lines.

“You just have to believe in yourself and be confident,” she said.

Violet Berk has been practicing dance since she was 4. Now, at age 9, she participated in improv work on NBC’s “Meredith Vieira Show” with other child actors.

Violet’s mother, Tricia Keeper, said Violet works on her on-camera performance by filming videos on her phone.

The process doesn’t stop, Keeper added.

“Auditions, recitals — it’s hectic,” said Keeper, of Atlantic City.

Violet’s stepfather, grandmother and aunt help out. The reason they’re all willing to help is because they know it’s something Violet loves to do.

And if it doesn’t work out for Violet?

“It will be good experience for dealing with the real world,” Keeper said.

And if it does work, would Keeper want to be her daughter’s manager, something that has plagued some child actors in the past?

“Oh, no,” she laughed. “I’m a teacher, and I’m lucky to have my job, so I’d find someone else to do that.”

For 2017, Violet wants to get in front of the camera more. She wants to have as much fun as she had in the NBC studio for Meredith Vieira.

“I got to really meet new people, and I got to really see what was behind the scenes before they go on stage,” she said.

Violet will take more acting classes and work on a monologue.

“I like how (when you have a monologue) you have to practice, you can add details to it and really get into the story,” Violet said.

Tripp Corson, 11, attended workshops four years ago but stopped. He plays football and baseball and swimming, but he recently told his mother he wanted to go back to classes.

“This is what he wants to do and he asked to do it, and I will take steps necessary to achieve that dream,” said Marylou Corson, of Linwood.

Corson attended Weist-Barron-Ryan workshops when she was starting her legal career, because she wanted to learn how to speak in front of a crowd. Now her son would be returning to the same classes.

Tripp said he would love to be on a show like “Stranger Things.” He said a South Jersey actor, like Gaten from that show, can be good motivation.

“Even (in) a place not very well-known like South Jersey, people like (Gaten) can still be an inspiration and inspire people like me,” Tripp said.

 

Maxwell Reil, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic city