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2018-2019 Important Dates

August 27th - Fall Classes Begin!

September 3rd - Labor Day, Studio Closed

September 10th-14th - Bring A Buddy Week

November 21st-25th - Thanksgiving Break, Studio Closed

December 4th - Jones Elementary Afterschool Learning Performance, 3:30pm

December 6th - Jesse Wharton Elementary Afterschool Learning Performance, 3:30pm

December 14th-16th - Elf JR Performances

December 20th-January 2nd - Winter Break, Studio Closed

January 21st - MLK Jr Day, Studio Closed

January 25th-27th - Freaky Friday Performances

March 15th & 16th - Winnie the Pooh KIDS Performances

April 12th-14th - Madagascar JR Performances

April 19th-28th - Spring Break, Studio Closed

May 9th - Summerfield Elementary Afterschool Learning Performance, 3:30pm

Mary 17th-19th - Spring Senior Division Musical Production Performances

May 27th - Memorial Day, Studio Closed

June 1st & 2nd - Stagelights Spring Cabaret Performances

 

 

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STAGELIGHTS 

A Youth and Children's Theater Program in Greensboro, NC

 

Where Dramatic Arts Meet Play

In this day and age, we are determined to give our children every advantage in the areas of academics.  We ask a lot of kids daily.  Pay attention.  Do your work. Sit still.  Be neat.  Success only comes from hard work.  Well, we at STAGELIGHTS believe the ARTS provide a necessary balance in children's lives. We still offer the challenge of pulling a show together, memorizing lines, and working as a team.  But, we say get up and DANCE, make a MESS, speak out LOUD, and don’t wait to create MASTERPIECES! Color OUTSIDE the lines!  Be your own INDIVIDUAL!

We Focus on 3 Core Components of Performance

  • Vocal Expression
  • Physical Movement
  • Imaginative Exploration

These simple components can be built upon for a lifetime of learning in the ARTS!

Amazing Exploration

At STAGELIGHTS, we truly want to illuminate your child’s unique gifts.  Our lessons center on fun and exploration.  Theater is a process and children have to feel comfortable to learn and progress.  Our year-long classes and summer camps feature fun scenes, songs, and dances, but, we hold strong to our INSTRUCTION style, exposing kids to all the elements of stagecraft! Students will explore characterization, improvisation, creative movement, vocal technique, comedic timing, puppetry and more within each fall, spring, or summer session!  At the end of each session or camp, students will put on a show- a LEARNING PERFORMANCE guaranteed to entertain and enlighten you!  Stagelights is one studio that will keep you and your child interested until the very last curtain call!

 

Meet the Teachers

Pamela Kinter - Director/Acting Coach

Pamela Kinter is the Founder and Artistic Director of Stagelights. She is a performer and director, but above all, an educator.  Her professional career began at the University of Maryland, with degrees in Acting Technique and Directing. She was asked to direct a children’s theatre production in Chicago over twenty years ago when…lightning struck! She realized that the natural ability of children to create, explore, and simply TRY was something to be encouraged and celebrated! Pam founded Stagelights in Greensboro, NC in 2010 to help children in the Triad explore the joys of theatre. She is proud to be growing Stagelights into a high quality, educational theatre program that was recently named, as a partner with Guilford County Child Development, in a national STEAM grant to bring theatre arts to the youngest and most economically challenged Triad students. Pam is beyond excited to be fulfilling her life-long dream of offering full-year, theatre arts programs! 

 

Amy Shope - Choreographer/Dance Instructor

Amy Shope is a professional dance teacher, performer, choreographer, and writer in the Triad area. Amy trained at the Anna Marie Dance Studio in Wilmington, DE from the age of 4, learning ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theatre. She received her BA in Dance and BS in Chemistry from Connecticut College in 2012 before receiving her MA in Dance Theories and Practices at UNC-Greensboro in 2014. She then entered the exciting world of dance teaching and musical theater choreography, starting with Brightest Star in the summer of 2013. Shows she has choreographed include The Music Man Jr.; Fiddler on the Roof Jr.; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Alice in Wonderland Jr.; Annie Get Your Gun; Bye Bye Birdie; Legally Blonde; Kiss Me, Kate; Spamalot; The Pajama Game; and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Amy is a freelance writer for Dance Spirit and Dance Retailer News magazines and has presented her dance research at the Society of Dance History Scholars conferences in Trondheim, Norway (2013) and at Iowa State University (2014). Amy is a certified Essentrics™ instructor; she teaches adult workout classes to strengthen and stretch all muscles of the body to help create a leaner, fitter, and younger physique. She also loves to bake...you can always try a sample of one of her yummy creations when you drop in for classes! 

Nina Moshman - Dance Instructor

Nina is very excited to be joining the Stagelights Theater Company team this fall! Nina is an MFA Choreography candidate at UNCG, and a teaching assistant for the School of Dance specializing in jazz, tap, musical theatre, modern, and contemporary dance forms. She is also a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she earned her BA in Dance and Psychology in 2013. Originally from northern New Jersey, Nina has taught, performed, and created numerous dance works. Most recently, she has choreographed for UNCG’s Theatre and Dance departments, as well as Buck's Rock Camp. Some past shows choreographed include: Heathers: The Musical, The Who's Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz (RSC), and The Producers.

Ekin Ustunel - Piano Instructor/Accompanist

Ekin Cemre Üstünel started her piano education at the age of six in Turkey. From 2000 until 2003 she studied under Öykü Petek Bilgili and Levon Eroyan. Beginning in 2003, she attended Mimar Sinan State Conservatory for Piano Education, where she studied uner Perim Hamidoğlu. From 2004-2012, she performed numerous solo and chamber music concerts across Turkey. In 2007, she became the winner of Mimar Sinan Fine-Arts University Concerto Competition and performed Mozart's Piano Concerto (KV 456) with the Orchestra of Mimar Sinan State Conservatory. In 2008 and 2009, she studied in the Académie Internationale d'été de Nice under renowned pianists Hüseyin Sermet and Laurent Cabasso, who were also the faculty of École normale supérieure, Paris. She also participated in materclasses of Milena Mollova, Emre Elivar, and Toros Can. Her education then continued under Perim Hadimoğlu and Burcu Aktaş as the senior student of Mimar Sinan State Conservatory. In 2013 she took the Mansion Reward for Piano Duo from Edirne Mimar Sinan Rotary Club, Chamber Music Competition. In late 2014, Ekin moved to the United States and started to study under Greg McCallum to recover from an injury she sustained. While studying under McCallum, she learned and adapted the ways of injury preventive piano technique that was developed by McCallum. Followering her recovery, Ustunel performed solo recitals, concerto performances, and other solo concerts in 2015. In March 2016, she won first place in the 38th annual Dr. Sharyn Edwards Piano Competition. Follwing this, she had a chance to take lessons with renowned performer Dr. Paolo Andre Gualdi, faculty member at Francis Marion University. Graduating from Mimar Sinan FAU as an honor student in June 2016 and successfully auditioning for UNCG, Ustunel started her education as a student of the Piano Performance Master's Program under Dr. Andrew Willis. In October 2016, she became one of five students to study with Ann Schein, who is famous for not only a very successful piano career but also being Arthur Rubenstein's pupil. In January 2017, she participated in the UNCG Student Arist Competition and was selected as one of the two winners among fifteen finalists. In May 2017, Ustunel performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 2, op. 18 with the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. 
  
Danny Paparozzi - Vocal Instructor

  
Danny Paparozzi is a classically trained tenor who is in the Master of Music (Vocal Pedagogy) program at UNCG. Danny began singing in earnest through community musical theater as a high schooler, and he also has experience in the classical repertoire, having performed in numerous operas at the professional level. Previously, Danny was an active member of Opera Wilmington, performing in concerts with the company and in all of its operatic productions since its debut with The Merry Widow in 2014. In 2015, he performed with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra as Tamino in their collaborative production of The Magic Flute with UNCW’s Opera Outreach Program. His recent productions include the role of Le Remendado in Bizet's Carmen and Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni. He looks forward to helping the next generation foster their own love of music and performance.
  
Victoria Erickson - Vocal Instructor
 
 
A native of Minnesota, Victoria Erickson is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Voice/Opera at University of North Carolina- Greensboro, on a full tuition scholarship and assistantship. Recent singing engagements include Liù in Turandot (NC Summer Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Granny in a children's touring production of Little Red Riding Hood (UNCG Opera Theatre). Erickson received an Encouragement Award at the Charlotte Opera Guild Competition (Opera Carolina) in both 2017 and 2018, and was a finalist for the Student Artist Competition at UNCG School of Music. Previously, she received a scholarship to attend Berlin Opera Academy, and was awarded a Colburn Fellowship with SongFest in Los Angeles, California. 

Other opera credits include Maggie in The Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret (Really Spicy Opera), The Baron in an all-female production of Cendrillon (Garden of Song Opera), and Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Fargo-Moorhead Opera- cover). Music theatre roles include Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Phipps Center for the Arts, College Light Opera Company) and Hedy LaRue in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (College Light Opera Company).

Along with her numerous stage credits, Erickson is an experienced and qualified voice teacher. She has been teaching in both the classroom and private settings for over five years, with students ranging from kids to adults. Erickson prides herself on utilizing her expertise in vocal pedagogy and acting techniques to help students reach their individualized goals in singing. She hopes each student will develop a lifelong love of singing through voice lessons.

Antonela Frasheri - Accompanist

Born in a family of teachers in Korce, Albania, Antonela Frasheri had her first piano lesson at the age of 6. She attended “Tefta Tashko Koco” conservatory until the age of 15, when she and her family moved to Winston-Salem, NC. After immigrating to the States, Antonela attended RJ Reynolds High School, a magnet school that offered her the opportunity to perform in various concerts with the school’s orchestra. In 2012, Antonela performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the Winston Salem Symphony as a soloist. In her remaining high school years, she performed with the Winston Salem Youth Orchestra. Antonela is a scholarship student at her fourth year pursuing a Music Performance degree at UNC-Greensboro, where she studies with Dr. John Salmon. Previous teachers include Dr. Inara Zandmane, Dr. Pamela Howland, Entela Kotelli, and Alida Brokeri. In 2016, Antonela received a grant from the Undergraduate, Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office at UNCG, which gave her the opportunity to travel and do research in Milan, Rome, Naples, Venice and other cities of Italy. Apart from freelancing, she is currently the pianist at Tabernacle United Methodist, a piano teacher in High Point and also an instructor at UNCG under the Community Collaborative program. Antonela was an Assistant Musical Director at Brightest Star this past summer, a program that made her fall in love with teaching. Since then, Antonela has had the pleasure to help the talented students of Stagelights with their Cinderella, Kids and The Pajama Game productions. Except pursuing her passion for music and teaching, Antonela is interested in finding connections between music, nature and culture; she is currently working on a project about the Italian adventures of Franz Liszt.

 

Contact Us!

2307 W. Cone Blvd, Suite 110

Greensboro, NC 27408

stagelightstheaterco@gmail.com

(336) 370-6337