Arts for every day of the week, in your home classroom
Florida task forces can plan one re-opening the state; the health care professionals deliberate the progress of the coronavrius curve. Most of us are still at home.
Happily, we've got things to do there. Performing arts organizations in Collier and south Lee counties have created a virtual catalog of classes and events to keep us dancing, discussing, dreaming and simply enjoying the arts.
Most of these classes are free, including those with suggested donations. (Fee classes are marked.) If you can afford it, give generously for each class you attend.
These art organizations are devoting precious resources to keep you inspired and educated, even though they have lost substantial funds from their seasons being cut short. That "Donate" button online is everyone's friend.
Performing Arts Center Bonita Springs: The Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs has put several visual arts classes online, and offers a performance arts series that invites viewers in to try to the tricks that Catapult, a sophisticated shadow troupe, creates with its flexible dancers. The group, 2018 finalists on "America's Got Talent" in 2018, become tables, mailboxes, even motorscooters behind a shadow screen.
Then Catapult takes you backstage to show how its dancers do it, and offers tutorials on making shadow creatures. It is on the website of artscenterbonita.org, under the Education drop-down; slick on the category "Access the Arts."
The centers also offers private virtual classes at times arranged by the student and teacher. For youth, music lessons: Luis Sandoval, voice, and Trudy Junkroski, piano or flute. $30 per half hour. For adults, coaching for actors and consulting for playwrights. One-hour sessions, $35. Playwrights will be asked to submit a sample work. Call 239-495-8989 for details.
Gulfshore Opera YouTube Channel: Gulfshore Opera. The regional opera company has collected shorts, several full-length songs from its new GO Divas group and its Gulfshore Tenors to show breadth of its offerings. Clips from productions such as "La Traviata" and "Rigoletto" to show the depth. There's even an entire production, the production of Michael Ching's contemporary opera, "Speed Dating Tonight."
Accessible on YouTube/Gulfshore Opera.
Zoom into the Zone/Tone in the Zone: TheatreZone. TheatreZone is creating behind-the-scenes insights into the world of theater and musicals, as Zoom into the Zone, interviews curated by Mark Danni, founder/artistic director. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will likely turn up in one of Danni's Facebook video interviews.
Tone in the Zone is bulking up its Facebook page, adding popular numbers from past musicals, such as "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" from "Gypsy." There's even a preview melody or two from upcoming shows for the 2020-2021 season, such as "Bright Star."
Entry is via Facebook.com/theatrezoneFL
Naples Philharmonic Musicians YouTube channel: Musicians of the Naples Philharmonic may have had their Masterworks season and the finale of a Beethoven Symphony No. 9 snatched away, but they have not stopped playing. Members of the orchestra are creating an expanding series of videos on their own YouTube channel.
Cello section members volley a performance of Bach's G Major Prelude among each other. Husband and wife Matt and Kristen Sonneborn play the snappy allegro of Johannes Prentzel's trumpet-bassoon Sonata in C Major.
There are head-turners like David Mastrangelo's rock-tinged arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a hip-shaking "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" from Kevin Mauldin's bass "self-quartet."
And turn up the volume to get a fun, droll look at one of the orchestra's least known instruments, the contrabassoon, with Kathryn Sleeper.
It's all accessible on YouTube/Naples Philharmonic Musicians
Opera Naples: Opera Naples has created a YouTube Opera Naples channel #KeepONSinging, showcasing Naples' favorite arias. If you consider yourself a friend of the opera, take a one-minute maximum video of yourself, explaining what this aria means to you. Artistic Director Ramón Tebar has recorded an explanatory video at the top of the Channel's page. (We tried it, and suggest sending your personal video more smoothly via Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive.) Your email to email@example.com should include a link to the aria online.
The company is pairing it with a KeepONSinging fund since it has lost income from its scheduled grand opera, a fundraiser luncheon and at least three concerts. Contribution is not mandatory to send in a video, however.
Information on all is available at operanaples.org.
4 p.m. Monologue Mondays: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth. Students will have a chance to deliver prepared monologues for their peers and receive feedback. Free. Will require a meeting ID and password; artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
4:30-5:30 p.m. Comedy Club for Teens. Through May 25. Naples Players.
Improv teacher Craig Price Zooms with students to create characters on the spot and laugh the blues away. He shares improv games and theater techniques learned training in Chicago with The Second City. Suggested donation, $10. Drop-ins welcome but registrations required each week at naplesplayers.org
4 p.m. Technique Tuesdays: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth. Students will discuss different acting techniques with youth theater director Brian Seagraves via Zoom and have a chance to practice using selected scenes. Pre-registration required for script emailing ahead of time, and for meeting ID and password. artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
6 p.m. What Makes a Winning Short Play: April 28 only. Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. Adult. Playwright and playwriting teacher W. L. Newkirk will join Frank Blocker, festival coordinator for the Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival. Learn the tricks of the short play trade. $35; 2 hour workshop. artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
11-11:30 a.m. Fairy tale mornings: Wednesdays through May 27. Naples Players.
Travel to the land of the midnight sun, steer a boat through the Pacific and ride horseback to a hidden castle in France via Facebook fairy and folk tales from Hester Kamin, Naples Players director of education. At naplesplayers.org under Special Online Events
2-3 p.m. Improv for Isolation: Weekly. Naples Players. Adults. An hour of virtual improv with others to lift spirits, learn about improv techniques and tricks and connect with each other during this time of social distancing. Suggested donation, $10. These classes allow drop-ins, but registration required.
3 p.m. Artful Distancing: Weekly. Gulfshore Playhouse. A variety of Zoom presentations with Q&A, with themes from Shakespearean insight to an April 29 chance to learn from the crazy life of a casting director. Whether it will continue in May isn't known yet, but information will be available via its website at gulfshoreplayhouse.org
4 p.m. Who’s Who Wednesdays: Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth theater development. Students in supervised chat via Zoom with a surprise guest each week. Topics range from acting to costuming to choreography and more. Pre-registration required for meeting ID and password. artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
4 p.m. "Coffee Time”: Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted, through May 13. Grand Piano Series. Zoom chats with young stars of the piano, with the audience welcome to offer questions and comments. Wednesday, April 29, Mike Lee; Tuesday, May 5, Stanislav Khristenko; Wednesday, May 13, Drew Peterson. Advance registration is required, up to one hour before events. They're free, but are found under "Buy tickets" on its website, grandpianoseries.org.
9-9:30 a.m. Adult Dance Meet-up: Thursdays through May 28. Naples Players. This beginning contemporary class is for dancers of all levels who miss movement. Designed for small spaces at home. Free with a suggested donation of $10. Drop-ins, but registration required. naplesplayers.org
12 p.m. “Talking With” Series: Weekly. Naples Players. Theater colleagues around the country offer perspectives and training opportunities online. May 7 speaker is Ian Gould, actor and director specializing in Shakespeare and classical theater who has toured the U.S. and Europe and appeared off-Broadway and regionally. Suggested donation, $25. Registration required. naplesplayers.org
4 p.m. Readthrough Thursdays: Center for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth theater development. Students will read through a variety of short plays and have opportunity for a talkback to discuss themes and ideas. Pre-registration for those who wish to read a part; no pre-registration for discussion only. artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
5-5:20 p.m. Online yoga: Weekly. Naples Players. Refresh yourself with a weekly yoga stretching class with Katie Cross. The free classes are archived online as well, and can be found by scrolling down the organization's Facebook page, Facebook.com/thenaplesplayers
3 p.m. Virtual Cabaret Fridays: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth theater development. Students will have an opportunity to sing a prepared song for the room. Just for fun; no critique or feedback. Requires a meeting ID and password. artscenterbonita.org to Education to Virtual Classes.
4 p.m. JT Fridays at iTheatrics: Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. Youth theater development. A national show that offers talks with stars from musicals like "Frozen II" and "Wicked," poses at-home opportunities, meets people from other countries and more. Requires a meeting ID and password. On Facebook/CFABS Youth Theater
4:30-5:30 p.m. Musical Theatre Dance Meetup for Teens: Fridays through May 29. Naples Players. Foundational jazz class is designed so participants can dance in small spaces. All levels and drop-ins welcome. Suggested donation, $10. Registration required. naplesplayers.org
7 p.m. Naples in Residence "Aid for the Arts" concerts: Weekly. Naples Players. Various area stars sing and perform to support The Naples Players. Concerts are archived on the website, naplesplayers.org
Harriet Howard Heithaus covers arts and entertainment for the Naples Daily News/naplesnews.com. Reach her at 239-213-6091.