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1/6/2014 - Bridgeport students sought for After School at The Klein (ASK)

After School at The Klein (ASK), a new, tuition-free after school arts-education program at The Klein Memorial Auditorium, is seeking talented students in eighth through 12th grades for its next session. Young artist interviews will be held Jan. 18, 19, 24 and 25.

Eligible Bridgeport students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, and interested in performing arts and media arts are, invited to interview.

“ASK’s spring session begins Feb. 3, and our goal is to enroll 80 students across our curriculum areas,” said Cara Bertini, The Klein’s director of development and education. “We offer professional instruction in performing arts and media arts — everything from acting, voice and dance to video production, screenwriting and design. Students can also learn improvisation, African drumming, and hip hop dance. Our top-notch professional staff includes Emmy-nominated and Tony-winning performers, renowned puppeteers, filmmakers, designers and performance artists. Best of all, the program is tuition-free for Bridgeport residents.”

Bus transportation to the after-school program is available from several high schools on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Parents are asked to pick up their children at the end of the program day, and to drop off and pick up their children for Saturday classes.

“This program evolved from our interest in giving back to the Bridgeport community,” said Karl Gasteyer, The Klein’s executive director, who had been an educator at the college and middle school level, as well as an actor and theater administrator. “Our theater is dark during the week, and what better way to bring it to life than with the sounds and sights of enthusiastic students following their passion for the arts?”