Sep
25
to Dec 15

Fall Session at Stagebridge

Fall Session of Classes at Stagebridge runs from September 25* - December 8!

(Please be advised that there are no classes on Thanksgiving holiday week, November 19th through November 25th)

*NOTE: Short courses start later:

Script Analysis: Oct. 30 - Dec. 4

Beginning Improv #2: Nov. 1 - Dec. 6 (must have previous Improv experience for this continuation of class)

Advanced Improv #2: Nov. 1 - Dec. 6

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Oct
30
to Dec 15

JOIN STAGEBRIDGE'S FALL 2017 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

This is one bandwagon we'd love EVERYONE to jump on: DONATE NOW TO JOIN STAGEBRIDGE'S FALL 2017 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

Studies have shown that Performing Arts keep our bodies and minds healthy and thriving - and at Stagebridge, we'd love to keep it that way. If you or someone you love has benefitted from our programs, please consider supporting us - no amount is too small (or too large)! 

It's easy to donate via credit/debit card, Paypal, checks or cash, NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 15th. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about Stagebridge, and help our vibrant and creative community thrive!

Find more information here.

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Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

America Untold in Times Unseen- Stagebridge at The Marsh Berkeley

America Untold features Stagebridge storytellers as part of Times Unseen - Stories That Let the Light Come In - The Marsh's ongoing project to chronicle the current political turmoil and its effects on individual lives. This one-night performance showcases the Fall 10-week storytelling class directed by Jeanne Haynes. Void of insults or rants, and with barely a mention of the Administration, tellers will present their personal stories impacted by current political issues in powerful succinct, bite-size pieces with music by classical guitarist Karen Sellenger.

This show is being presented at The Marsh Berkeley Main Stage- 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Tickets $10-$25 sliding scale; $55-100 reserved. More info at (415) 282-3055 or at The Marsh website.

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Dec
19
3:00 PM15:00

December Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Ring in some holiday warmth and tune in to our next free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., DEC. 19th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Jan
18
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling is back at Stagebridge!

Lunchtime Storytelling is back!!! Spend your noon hour with Stagebridge storytellers for a brand new season as our Lunchtime Storytelling Series kicks off for the new year at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event feature two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. January 18 will feature Sally Holzman and Jeff Byers - join us!

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Feb
1
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling is here for February!

Once again, it's time for Lunchtime Storytelling! Join us at noon for Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the CYF Room / Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event feature two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. February 1 brings us Melissa Hobbs and Agnes Reidmann - join in the fun!

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

More Lunchtime Storytelling in February!!!

Join Stagebridge storytellers for the third installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt. February 15 will feature Claire Wahrhaftig and Ginger Parnes!

 

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Mar
1
12:00 PM12:00

March into Lunchtime Storytelling at high noon

Usher in March with Stagebridge storytellers Eleanor Clement Glass and Bill Zarchy for the fourth installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, March 1st (12:00 noon) at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street entrance).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

More March Storytelling Madness!

It's time for March Madness storytelling madness, that is with Stagebridge storytellers Jeanne Pimentel and Kiran Rana for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, March 15th (12:00 noon) at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

April Lunchtime Storytelling -no foolin'!

It's time for April's Lunchtime Storytelling, and that's no foolin'. Join Stagebridge storytellers Ann Riley and Linda Pulliam for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 5th at 12:00 noon. It all happens at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Post-tax day - celebrate with free Storytelling!

It's the Gerry and Terry show! If you've finished preparing your taxes, why not treat yourself with the lucky 7th in our Lunchtime Storytelling series? And it's free!

Join Stagebridge storytellers Gerry Keenan and Terry Stokes for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 19th at 12:00 noon. It all happens at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street - enter from the Harrison Street door).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May Lunchtime Storytelling!

Join Stagebridge storytellers  Lois Kincy and Naomi Puro for some free Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church Oakland in the Basement (at 2501 Harrison Street. Enter from Harrison Street).

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt.

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Nov
21
3:00 PM15:00

November Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Pull up a chair, fix yourself a treat, and tune in to our next free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., NOV. 21st at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Thursday Lunchtime Storytelling Preview Show!

It's a special PREVIEW show for Stagebridge's Lunchtime Storytelling Series!

Join us on Thursday, November 2nd at 12 pm - high noon in the CYF (Basement) Room at FCCO for a sneak peek of Lunchtime Storytelling with Stagebridgers Abe Bernstein and Linda Wright, under the guidance of Director of Storytelling Kirk Waller. See you there!

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Stagebridge night at The Marsh's Tell It On Tuesday!

Join us to see some of our fabulous storytellers for our annual STAGEBRIDGE PARTNERSHIP PERFORMANCE NIGHT at The Marsh Cabaret in Berkeley on Tuesday, October 24th!

Each year we partner with our friends at The Marsh's Tell It On Tuesday for this great event, which celebrates the art of storytelling and solo performance. It's always a good time to relax and hear these talented artists spin their tales, so come out and support them! This show will feature Tom Pulsifer, Claire Isaacs Warhaftig, Ellen Kaufman, Bill Zarchy, and Brother Ben Tucker (all under the guidance of our fabulous Director of Storytelling, Kirk Waller). Music at 7:00pm; stories begin at 7:30pm.

For tix or more info, visit The Marsh at: https://themarsh.org/runs/tell-it-on-tuesdays/

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Oct
24
3:00 PM15:00

October Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

October ushers in cooler weather, autumn colors, and the fall season of our free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., OCT. 24th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (this month, it's Jeanne Pimentel and Eleanor Clement-Glass, under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

POSTPONED: "Book Release Party for Eloise" event

UPDATE: The "Book Release Party for Eloise!" event has been POSTPONED and will NOT take place on Friday 10/13.
Stay tuned for new date and time info when this is re-scheduled!!

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Celebrate with Stagebridger Eloise Aitken for a reading and book signing of "Tales of Eloise: True Tales to Bring a Smile to Your Heart and an Honored Seat at the Banquet of Life" on FRI. OCT. 13 at 3pm on the Stagebridge campus. Books available for purchase (cash only) and light refreshments served! Sponsored by Happy Ever After Productions.

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Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

Storyteller Willy Claflin comes to Stagebridge!

Stagebridge is excited to host renowned storyteller Willy Claflin for a special one-day workshop: "Storytelling: The Art of Performance" on SAT. SEPT. 30 from 10am - 2pm.

This workshop will focus on performance and performance skills. As Willy tells it, "Contemporary Storytelling tends to be quite casual, quite conversational in style. But the art− the Craft− of storytelling is often hidden from the listener. The techniques and tricks, the subtle use of rhythm, pacing, tone and digression− these are all part of the performer's art. They are fun to learn and exciting to play with; let's get together and explore them!

We'll cover all aspects or performing: how to connect with an audience, how to adjust for especially large (or small!) audiences, how to overcome stage fright, and how to deal with the toddler who shouldn't be there and his or her oblivious parent (who should know better)."

Light refreshments will be served at this event.

UPDATE: This event is sold out!
Registration: $75 early bird through Aug. 31; ($100 after Fri. Sept. 1). 

http://www.willyclaflin.com/

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Sep
21
8:00 AM08:00

Live healthy with Stagebridge at the Oakland Zoo!

Here's to your health! Join Stagebridge at the Oakland Zoo on THURS. SEPT. 21 (8am-2pm) for the 14th Annual Healthy Living Festival, sponsored by United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County − stop by our booth and find out how you can get a discount on registration for Fall classes at Stagebridge!


Register for this FREE event (which includes booths, activities, medication take-backs, and free lunch) at: https://www.usoac.org/

More info at: http://www.oaklandzoo.org/programs-and-events/14th-annual-healthy-living-festival

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Sep
19
3:00 PM15:00

September Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Join us on TUES., Sept. 19th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home - the final one of the summer season!

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Master Storyteller and Stagebridge instructor Mary Gay Ducey) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Sep
12
1:00 PM13:00

"Tell It On Tuesday" Marsh / Stagebridge Story Auditions #2

Hear ye, hear ye - past and present Stagebridge Storytelling students! Every year, we partner with our friends at The Marsh in Berkeley's "Tell It On Tuesday" for an all-Stagebridge night of solo stories. This year, it's on October 24th, and NOW is your chance to audition for this great event!

If you are a current or former Stagebridge Storyteller, have a piece ready that is 12-20 minutes long, and would like a chance to perform at this storytelling celebration,  our last auditions take place at Stagebridge on TUESDAY, SEPT. 12th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For more information or if you would like to sign up, contact Director of Storytelling Kirk Waller at kirk@stagebridge.org or (510) 444-4755, ext. 115
 

For more info about Tell It On Tuesday, visit The Marsh at: https://themarsh.org/runs/tell-it-on-tuesdays/

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Sep
10
10:00 AM10:00

Stroll with Stagebridge at the Solano Avenue Stroll!

Stagebridge is excited to be participating in Albany's 43rd Annual Solano Avenue Stroll this year - we'll have a booth at this wildly popular street fair, which has been running since 1974 and features over a mile of food, entertainment, crafts, shopping and all-around fun!

We will be located near Greetings Card store in front of 1841 SOLANO AVE. (between Colusa and Fresno Ave.) and Troy Greek Cuisine (at 1843 Solano), so mark your calendar to join us for a day of summer revelry!

http://www.solanoavenueassn.org/events/solano-avenue-stroll/

 

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Sep
7
11:00 AM11:00

Auditions for "Tell It On Tuesday" Stagebridge night at The Marsh!

Hear ye, hear ye - past and present Stagebridge Storytelling students! Every year, we partner with our friends at The Marsh in Berkeley's "Tell It On Tuesday" for an all-Stagebridge night of solo stories. This year, it's on October 24th, and NOW is your chance to audition for this great event!

If you are a current or former Stagebridge Storyteller, have a piece ready that is 12-20 minutes long, and would like a chance to perform at this storytelling celebration, auditions take place at Stagebridge on the following dates:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7th - 11:00am - 1:00pm

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For more information or if you would like to sign up, contact Director of Storytelling Kirk Waller at kirk@stagebridge.org or (510) 444-4755, ext. 115
 

For more info about Tell It On Tuesday, visit The Marsh at: https://themarsh.org/runs/tell-it-on-tuesdays/

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Aug
22
3:00 PM15:00

Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Our next free online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert continues in August!

Join us on TUES., August 22nd at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Master Storyteller and Stagebridge instructor Mary Gay Ducey) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Aug
1
to Sep 29

FALL 2017 Class Registration begins!

Welcome back to class, Stagebridgers! Our Fall session of classes at Stagebridge starts MONDAY, SEPT. 25 and runs through FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 (note: there will be no classes held during Thanksgiving week November 20 - 24).

Registration opens and the catalogue of Fall course offerings are available starting Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9:30 am through the first week of classes Friday, Sept. 29) - we have old favorites as well as some tantalizing new offerings (including ballet, comedy, directing, folktales, and script analysis), so register today!

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Aug
1
9:30 AM09:30

Registration opens for Storyteller Willy Claflin at Stagebridge!

UPDATE: Note: this event is now sold out! If interested, you can still contact us to be added to the waitlist.

SAVE THE DATE! Stagebridge is excited to be hosting renowned storyteller WILLY CLAFLIN for a special Storytelling workshop on SAT. SEPT. 30 from 10am-2pm.

A headliner and master of ceremonies at the National Storytelling Festival, Willy is a favorite at festivals throughout the U.S. He offers stories for families as well as adults, often weaving music into his performances.

Register starting Tuesday, August 1 at 9:30am for this exciting event ! Cost is $75 early bird ($100 after Sept. 1). Registration is limited to 15, so don't hesitate! 

http://www.willyclaflin.com/

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Jul
25
5:00 PM17:00

Stagebridge's Antic Witties perform at IAGG's 2017 worldwide conference in San Francisco!

Stagebridge is honored to be participating in IAGG's 21st World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, taking place in San Francisco July 23rd - 27th!

Hosted by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Gerontological Society of America, this esteemed international conference only happens every 4 years; the last event in Seoul, Korea (2013) drew in participants from 91 countries. For the 21st conference, this year's gathering is a sharing of research, science, technology, training, policy development and the latest info on improving the quality of life for aging adults.

Over 6,000 professionals will converge on Moscone Center for this prestigious event - and attendees will be treated to a performance on July 25th by Stagebridge’s popular improv troupe, The Antic Witties on the "AgeStage" - way to go, Witties!

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Jul
18
3:00 PM15:00

Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Our free online/phone Storytelling Concerts in partnership with Senior Center Without Walls continue throughout the summer!

Join us on TUES., July 18th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Master Storyteller and Stagebridge instructor Mary Gay Ducey) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Performing Arts Camp - Day #5

Camp Day #5 - Friday's theme: CAMP PHOTO DAY!

For our final day of camp, we'll take a group "camp photo" - wear your camp shirts and show your camp spirit! Friday will have an abbreviated schedule so that we can enjoy the afternoon showcase:

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am - 10:30am - "Session One" classes

10:40am - 11:40am - "Session Two" classes

11:45am - 12:45pm - "Session Three" classes

12:45pm - 1:15pm - LUNCH (BYO, although potluck dishes are always welcome - light snacks only available throughout day)

1:15pm - Camp Photo - wear your camp t-shirt!

1:30pm -2:30pm - Sit back and enjoy camp showcase performances with-- and from-- your fellow campers !

 

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Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Performing Arts Camp - Day #4

Camp Day #4 - Thursday's theme: HAT DAY! Flip your lid, look hot or be cool - wear your favorite hat, or borrow one of ours!

Daily schedule:

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am - 11:00am - "Session One" classes

11:15am - 12:45pm - "Session Two" classes

12:45pm - 1:30pm - LUNCH (BYO - light snacks only available throughout day)

1:30pm - 3:00pm - "Session Three" classes

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Social time!

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Jul
12
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Performing Arts Camp - Day #3

Camp Day #3 - Wednesday's theme: RAINBOW DAY! Have fun, and show off your rainbow hues... mix and match your brightest colors - there's no such thing as too loud or colorful!

Daily schedule:

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am - 11:00am - "Session One" classes

11:15am - 12:45pm - "Session Two" classes

12:45pm - 1:30pm - LUNCH (BYO - light snacks only available throughout day)

1:30pm - 3:00pm - "Session Three" classes

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Social time!

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Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Performing Arts Camp - Day #2

Camp Day #2 - Tuesday's theme: BEACH DAY! Kick back and get into the laid-back summer vibe - wear your finest fun vacation gear!

Daily schedule:

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am - 11:00am - "Session One" classes

11:15am - 12:45pm - "Session Two" classes

12:45pm - 1:30pm - LUNCH (BYO - light snacks only available throughout day)

1:30pm - 3:00pm - "Session Three" classes

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Social time!

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Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Performing Arts Camp - Day #1

Camp Day #1 - Welcome to Summer Camp!

Monday's theme: T-SHIRT DECORATING DAY - we'll have supplies for decorating your camp t-shirt. In honor of the groovy 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love of 1967, this year we're going retro - returnees and camp veterans, wear your favorite past Stagebridge camp t-shirt for a blast from the past, or we'll have some throwbacks here!

Daily schedule:

9:00am - 9:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast

9:30am - 11:00am - "Session One" classes

11:15am - 12:45pm - "Session Two" classes

12:45pm - 1:30pm - LUNCH (BYO - light snacks only available throughout day)

1:30pm - 3:00pm - "Session Three" classes

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Social time!

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Jul
3
to Jul 4

Happy Fourth of July holiday weekend!

Happy Independence Day!

In observance of the 4th of July holiday,  Stagebridge offices will be closed on Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th.

There will be one class held during the holiday on its regular schedule (Singing with Scrumbly- students have been notified by instructor).

Have a safe and happy holiday!

 

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Jun
26
to Jul 10

Come Camping at Stagebridge with Performing Arts Camp!

Be a happy camper with us at our one-week Summer Performing Arts Camp from July 10-14! From Improv to Storytelling to Sand-writing, from Devised Theatre to Playback Theatre to Hip Hop Theatre, we've got an array of classes to keep your mind sharper than a seashell.

Check out our class selections at: http://bit.ly/2sK7DjE

Register at: http://bit.ly/2sUQWkb

 

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Jun
20
3:00 PM15:00

Storytelling Concert - listen from home through Senior Center Without Walls!

Join us on TUES., JUNE 20th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home!

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Master Storyteller and Stagebridge instructor Mary Gay Ducey) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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