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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 14:18

Curtain rising on new theatre arts school in Diamond City

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By Susan Quinlan
Diamond City
If children love music, to dance and act, parents may want to enrol them in the Diamond City School of Theatre Arts, a new venture undertaken by drama and dance specialist Andrea Elder.

“I wanted to offer an opportunity for children to express their creativity and use their talent and build legitimate professional performing arts skills. I’m a retired school teacher and I decided to continue to do what I love,” said Elder.

“I majored in drama and dance at the University of Calgary and started dancing at an early age, then danced all my life.”

Having enjoyed 20 years in the classroom, Elder is now looking forward to realizing a second dream.

“I never got to do the ‘big end-of-the-year production’.”

With Lethbridge planning construction of a state-of-the-art performing arts theatre, Elder has her eye set on opening night.

“I want to do that first show in that fine-arts theatre. If I won the lottery, I’d partner with the City of Lethbridge and help get the theatre off the ground.”

Meanwhile, Elder is filling her days launching the new school.

With enrolments steadily increasing, Elder currently has students age two and a half to 15, but welcomes those up to 18.

Class sizes are small and lessons affordable — $55 per month for four one and a half-hour classes where students learn dance, acting and singing. All classes are held at the Diamond City Community Hall about 10 minutes north of Lethbridge.

In addition to evening classes, Elder offers daytime classes to home-schooled children whom she said may be able to get drama credit, as she is a certified teacher.

“I taught junior-high and senior-high drama classes. I have owned and operated two fine arts schools, as a sideline to my teaching career, and always offered a year-end show that was well-received.

“We’ve got some serious talent in this area,” including a 12-year-old Elder is certain will end up on Broadway.

“He sings like a star.”

As for adults interested in developing their acting chops, Elder is planning an adults’ acting class in the near future.

Those interested in learning more about the school can check out the Facebook page by searching Diamond City School of the Arts at that site, or contact Elder directly at 403-329-1556 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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