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March 16, 2012

Firehouse holding Glee Club during April vacation

The Firehouse Center for the Arts will once again hold a Glee Club for students during April vacation.

This is the third year of the program, which remains one of its most successful workshops. Registering early is suggested.

Throughout the week, instructors Johanna Hoyt Kimball and Julie Pike Edmond will teach the basics of good breath support, posture and vocal production, and performance techniques — all while students have fun singing choreographed pop tunes.

The workshop will run in two sessions from April 16 to 20.

Second- through fifth-graders will meet in the morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Sixth- through 12th-graders will meet in the afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. On Friday, there will be an evening performance on the Firehouse stage.

Hoyt Kimball graduated with a master's degree in music performance from New England Conservatory and a bachelor's degree from University of New Hampshire. She has performed as a soloist in classical, operatic and musical theater in Boston, San Francisco and locally. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has her certification in the LoVetri Method, a "body-based method of vocal training which draws from many disciplines." She currently teaches at The Musical Suite in Newburyport.

Edmond studied dance education and performance at Columbia College in Chicago and completed her bachelor of fine arts at Bradford College. She has performed with Brian Crabtree, Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, Exit Dance Theatre, Karen Murphy-Fitch, Nicola Hawkins and WeberDance. Currently, she performs with EgoArt Inc. and teaches ballet, creative movement, modern and jazz at The Dance Place in Newburyport and The Ipswich Moving Company Dance School in Ipswich.

Tuition for the vacation program is $125 per student, and enrollment is limited. To register, call Caron Nardi, production assistant at the Firehouse at 978-499-9931 or send an email to caron@firehouse.org. More information, including downloadable forms, is available online at www.firehouse.org.

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