Reg Lenna Announces Workshops, Lessons

Reg Lenna Center For The Arts has announced workshops and lessons beginning this month.

Stage Combat is a two-hour workshop beginning Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. on the Reg Lenna stage. Cosponsored by Willow Bay Theater, this workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts and theories of stage combat.

Included will be slaps, throws, falls, chokes, hair-pulls and above all, safe partnering. This is an unarmed workshop. Please wear loose clothing and be prepared to move.

Instructor Steve Vaughan has been teaching stage combat for more than 35 years. He is certified by the Society Of American Fight Directors and currently teaches at SUNY Fredonia and Buffalo State College.

The workshop costs $35 and is open to participants aged 14 through adulthood. The stage is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown – enter under the marquee.

Group Guitar Lessons with Spencer Drake begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continue weekly through Oct. 22. The lessons will run at the Reg Studio Theater from 7-8 p.m.

This class is intended for adults with no previous guitar experience and a desire to learn the instrument. The classes will cover guitar and guitar history, tuning, proper left and right hand technique, guitar warm ups, open and closed chords, how to read guitar music, basic chord progressions, and beginning scales for guitar. The final class will culminate in the students learning to play a song on the guitar.

Students need an acoustic or electric guitar. No amplifiers are allowed because they are a distraction in class. Handouts will be provided for the course material. Students are encouraged to take notes.

Spencer Drake has been a private guitar instructor at Chautauqua Music and Germaine and Pappalardo Music since 2003. He completed a summer music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2004. He currently plays Lead guitar and Bass and sing in the bands Flashback and Kokomo Time and also plays Bass and Guitar for local school musicals and concerts.

The five-week course costs $75 per participant. The Reg Studio Theater is located at 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Pre-register for Stage Combat and Group Guitar by calling 664-2465, ext. 227, or by email, lbarry@artscouncil.com.

For more information on workshops and performances at Reg Lenna Center For The Arts, please visit reglenna.com.