Footlights - MHT's Saturday classes!

A note from our Education Director:

Footlights (as well as all MHT programming) is currently on pause. We cannot say when we will be able to restart. We do know that our March performances will not happen. We hope to reschedule those shows for sometime in late May. We are not planning on having a third semester of Footlights but rather hope that the 2nd semester will have the chance to present their hard work to you. It's still too early to be certain of anything except that we miss the young people's energy around the theatre and remain hopeful we will all rebound with renewed creativity. As the situation begins to resolve, I will be back in touch. Thank you for your patience and support of Market House Theatre. - April Cochran, Education Director



Spring 2020 Footlights Schedule

13 week, Saturday morning sessions

January 11 - March 28

Every child gets to perform on the MHT stage! These 60-minute sessions are action-packed with the emphasis on fun while expanding performance/interpersonal skills. No previous classes or performing experience is needed to participate! Classes meet on Saturdays from January 11  through March 28  in MHT’s Studio Theatre Classrooms at 120 Market House Square.  Class fee is $75. Regular attendance is required for the performance sessions. Full and partial scholarships are available!

8 AM:  Grades 1 - 3, The Emperor’s New Clothes

Led by MHT Education Director, April Cochran
Young actors will work on this hilarious version of the beloved Aesop’s fable! Performances on March 28 & 29 on the MHT stage!

9 AM: Grades 4 & 5, Pinocchio

Led by MHT Education Director, April Cochran
Actors work on a creative new version of this children’s classic! Performances on March 28 & 29 on the MHT stage!

10 AM: Grades 6 - 8, 15 Reasons Not To Be In A Play

Led by Janis VandenDool
Middle schoolers will work on this teen play about not being in a play, ironically told through hilarious scenes, monologues, and duos! Performance on March 29 on the MHT stage!

11 AM: Grades 9 - 12, Broadway Bound

Led by Janis VandenDool
Students develop acting, singing, and dance skills as they prepare monologues, scenes, songs, and dance numbers from Broadway musicals. Participants will present a music revue for family members and friends.


And for our younger friends...

10 AM: Ages 4 & 5 - Clubhouse At The Market House

Led by Miranda Bliss
Based on MHT’s popular PlayTime series, students learn the secret handshake and word of the day, then act out a story! Brand new stories!

11 AM: Ages 4 & 5 - Rising Stars Performance Class

Led by MHT Education Director, April Cochran
Students will be rehearsing a short play and learning the basics of play production as well as play skill-building (and fun!) theatre games! Performance on March 29  on the MHT stage!

Footlights class fee is $75 for the 13 week semester. 
March 28 & 29 for Elementary troupes., March 28 for Rising Stars, and March 29 for Middle school. Times to be announced. 


Don't ever let cost keep you away! Scholarships are available! Simply download the Financial Aid Application and return it to the MHT Box Office. 
All classes are held in MHT's Studio Theatre at 120 Market House Square - just look for the rainbow kite!

To register, stop in the MHT Box Office at 132 Market House Square.  Or, call us at 270.444.6828!

Footlights Teaching Staff:

April Cochran, MHT Education Director: April is the founder of FOOTLIGHTS and STORY THEATRE programs for MHT, as well as having served as president of the Kentucky Theatre Association, and board member of the American Association of Community Theatre. April has worked as a creative drama specialist and director of children’s theatre productions for over 30+ years for school systems, parks and recreation programs, professional theatre and community theatres throughout the Midwest. April was awarded the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatre in 2011 for her work at MHT and in Western Kentucky Schools. April and Michael were awarded the City of Paducah Mayor's Distinguished Merit Award in June of 2013 for their 30+ years of work at MHT. Her greatest joy is her role as mom to Jade who is a fashion design student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

Miranda Bliss: 

Janis VandenDool: Janis received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Windsor in Canada. She worked for a number of years as a teacher of drama, music and dance in international schools in Canada and India. She has also collaborated with arts groups in Latin America, Asia and Africa carrying out efforts in participatory theatre, community radio and film production. Janis currently lives in Paducah with her husband and two young children.