Studio 10 is now Ultra Violet Productions

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Hello and thank you for visiting our website. In 2011 ago I set out to create a community arts center in Bethel that would provide a place kids and teens could go after school to create, perform and explore their artistic side through visual and performing arts. After much searching, two rounds of board members and a lot of red tape, I finally found a studio in downtown Bethel and was excited to be moving in August of 2012. Our Ultra Violet Theatre students were signed up for classes and many new students were set to join us as well. Business cards and signage was ordered. Two days before we were set to move in, I received  a text canceling the deal. No reason was given. I was devastated and puzzled, since the storefront still sits empty.

After picking myself up and brushing off my knees, I was determined not to let this dream die. I didn’t find anywhere in Bethel that worked and decided to go back to my hometown of Sandy Hook, the town I grew up in and where I graduated high school. In November of 2012 I secured a location. And then 12/14 happened.

After the horrific events of 12/14 unfolded my immediate thoughts turned to my family, friends and students. I have two family members who work in the Newtown public schools and of course was horrified as I watched the new broadcasters report from my old school, Sandy Hook Elementary. Our hearts broke for all of the families who lost loved ones that day and we continue to grieve with them. It was, and still is, unreal and unimaginable that this tragic event occurred in our little town, my hometown, Sandy Hook. This was a town where we never locked to the doors to our houses or cars growing up. We walked downtown, we rode bikes 10 miles across town and ran through the tall grass- innocent childhoods.

On 12/14/12,  20 innocent children and 6 of their dedicated educators were taken and hundreds of innocent childhoods were robbed. Children, families, and our community will never be the same and our hearts ache for them. After attending the painfully sad funerals for friends’ children in Newtown, our classmates joined together to think of what we could do to help the community for the long-term and the idea for the S.H.A.C.K. was born.

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It is so awful that our arts center had to be created in this way but we loved that we can help the community heal through the power of the arts.

After speaking with our Bethel donors, it was decided that the small amount of funds we had raised from the two fundraisers for the Bethel arts center were to be donated to the S.H.A.C.K. We are very grateful for the donations from the local Bethel businesses and appreciate the help we received from them to help get us started.

The S.H.A.C.K. offered free art, music and pet therapy classes and low cost, high quality classes in art, music and theatre from January 19, 2013 through July 7, 2013. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding we had to close. For more information please visit www.sandyhookartscenter.org

My other company, Ultra Violet Productions, has been teaching and performing for children and teens since January 2010 and is still going strong.  Please visit our website for more information about events, classes and workshops:

www.uvproductionsct.com

Call  the studio at 203-203-826-7194 or email UVProductionsCT@gmail.com to find out more about our programs.

~Wendy Leahy Mitchell, Founder/Director

Bethel Youth Theater Students From Ultra Violet Productions to Perform “The Grinch” to Benefit Social Services

This post was originally published on 10/23/12 on our sister site, Bethel Buzz News.com.

Bethel Youth Theater Students From Ultra Violet Productions to Perform “The Grinch” to Benefit Social Services

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Bethel Youth Theater Students From Ultra Violet Productions to Perform “The Grinch” to Benefit Social Services

Ultra Violet Productions students perform their Christmas show, Dec. 2011.

Young thespians from Bethel’s own Ultra Violet Productions (UVP- also known as “Studio 10″) will perform “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” to benefit Bethel Social Services’ food pantry. Last year UVP students’ collected 300+ cans of non-perishable food items to help stock the shelves of the emergency food pantry. Get into the holiday spirit by seeing Ultra Violet Productions Christmas shows and help those less fortunate this holiday season.

Students from UVP theatre troupe range in age from 5-15 and practice just 3 miles from Bethel at Dance Dimensions in Brookfield where there is plenty of parking and  a bright, clean open space with lots of mirrors. Ultra Violet Productions is a children’s entertainment company based out of Bethel that performs children’s theatre shows, puppet shows and provides educational entertainment for preschools, daycares, churches, parks & recs, farmers markets and more. Formed in January of 2010, the company has seen tremendous growth over the past 2 years and was set to move into its new studio in Bethel on Nashville Road, however the deal fell through. Ultra Violet Productions will  relocate permanently to Brookfield next fall.

Students from Bethel, Brookfield, New Fairfield, , Danbury, Redding and Ridgefield participate in many of the productions throughout the year that UVP presents. Their last performance, “Snow White & the 7 Dwarves” brought joy to the seniors of a nursing home in Brookfield and plans are underway to do the same this year. Students will perform “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” on Sat. Nov. 17 at 7pm at the Edmond Town Hall in Newtown. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Bring canned food items to benefit the Bethel Social Services Food Pantry.

On Sat. Dec. 15th Ultra Violet Puppets will perform a special Christmas black light puppet show, “Krampus & the Swan Princess,” at the Wilton Playhshop, Wilton, CT. This is an original production about an ogre who tries to sabotage Christmas. Come see how the Swan Princess gets Krampus to see the true meaning of Christmas in this magical fairy tale, complete with glowing puppets and an awesome black light show! There will be 2 shows, at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come one hour early to the pre-show for face painting, glow sticks & more! Tickets are $15 each and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit a new Brookfield Youth Arts Center (formerly “Studio 10 Center for the Arts”).

Ultra Violet Puppets is also pleased to announce they will be performing a black light puppet show at both First Night Danbury and First Night Hartford this year!

For tickets to “The Grinch Who Stile Christmas”  or “Krampus  and the Swan Princess” email UVProductions@yahoo.com or call 203-826-7194. Check out www.ultravioletpuppets.com for more information about children’s theater classes, birthday parties & more!

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Studio 10 “In Limbo” While We Secure New Permanent Location

Studio 10 “In Limbo” While We Secure New Permanent Location

The new Bethel youth arts center, Studio 10 Center for the Arts, is currently “in limbo” as we look for a new location. The Danbury News-Times had reported last month that Studio 10 would open at 10 Nashville Road on August 1st, however the landlord of the building changed his mind and canceled the deal by text message 2 days before they were supposed to move in, forcing Studio 10 to cancel August classes and workshops.

Owned and operated by Wendy Mitchell,Studio 10 is a place for local youth to express themselves creatively through art, music, theater and movement classes. With a wide variety of classes and events to choose from, the mission and purpose of the center is to build a child’s self-esteem and encourage their individuality while offering a safe haven to enjoy.

This fall Studio 10 will offer a free community theater session for teenagers to educate on the dangers of drug an alcohol prevention. This program is made possible by the generous donations of Bethel residents Gloria Hutchinson and Kevin Cleary, as well as several downtown Bethel merchants. Through their donations we were able to purchase a MacBook, a P.A. (sound) system and electronic equipment to take the traveling show to local youth centers. This will be an ongoing year-round class that will be offered. The ultimate goal is to become a non-profit 501(c)3 once the Board of Directors and paperwork is finalized. In the meantime, the sessions will be free of charge to local youth and the director of the studio, Wendy Mitchell, will donate her time, her studio space and resources to continue this program to benefit local youth, which was the original mission.

The interactive theater program includes video, a live youth band, live teen drama and dance, and was previously presented to inner-city youth at churches in Waterbury, Bridgeport and Norwalk in 2007-2009. Teens who experienced the fast-paced, media-driven drama cried, hugged and committed to changing their lives after seeing the all-too-realistic live show. The production was a collaboration between myself and the teens I mentored over the past 10 years through my church youth group. The goal is to present the drama to local teen centers and high schools in order to encourage teens to make better choices and not make the same bad decisions that me and my friends made as teens.

The free community theater program will be offered this fall as soon as Studio 10 has a permanent home. Since losing the original space, Studio 10 has looked at dozens of possible locations in Bethel, but nothing definite as of this posting due to lack of parking in downtown Bethel or other zoning issues. An announcement regarding the new location will be made within the next few weeks, and plans are to open before the fall session of classes begins on September 17th.

Currently registrations are still being taken for a week-long theater camp for kindergarten through 6th graders from August 20-24, 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Students will present a condensed version of “Snow White.” Camp will be held at Studio 10′s temporary location at The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Center, 6 Lake Ave., Danbury, who has generously offered space due to the unfortunate situation. The final production of “Snow White” will be presented to seniors at a local nursing home.

In addition to art, music and theater classes, Studio 10 will also offer monthly puppet shows, teen nights, black light parties, karaoke and also provide a space for families to have their child’s birthday parties. Four, 6, 8 & 10-week class sessions, as well as drop-in classes, will be offered as well as special events with local entertainers Danny Diamond, Zooky the Clown and singing and signing with Ms. Janine.

For more information about Studio 10 Center for the Arts theater camps, classes and events, please email studio10bethel@gmail.com, call 203-826-7194.

Studio 10′s in the News!

The following is an article that was posted in the Danbury News Times, Friday, July 6, 2012

Bethel arts center for young people set to open

Eileen FitzGerald
Published 10:37 p.m., Friday, July 6, 2012
  • Wendy Mitchell holds Harry, left, and Molly, puppets from the new theater arts program she will offer when renovations are completed on Studio 10 Center for the Arts LLC, in Bethel. Photographed Thursday, July 5, 2012. Photo: Michael Duffy / The News-Times
    Wendy Mitchell holds Harry, left, and Molly, puppets from the new theater arts program she will offer when renovations are completed on Studio 10 Center for the Arts LLC, in Bethel. Photographed Thursday, July 5, 2012.
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A Bethel building that began as a hat factory and then served as a flower shop is being transformed into a fine- and performing-arts center for youngsters and teens.

Bethel native Wendy Mitchell plans to open Studio 10 Center for the Arts at 10 Nashville Road on Aug. 1 and offer programs for moms and tots, home-school groups and students in elementary, middle and high school.

“I grew up down the road on South Street, and as an artsy teenager, there was no place for us to go and hang out and be productive and creative,” said the 42-year-old mother of three.

Mitchell, who runs the Ultra Violet Productions Theater Troupe and has a Connecticut early childhood teaching certification, said she lost three friends to drugs and alcohol as a teen, and she doesn’t want to see a recurrence among area youth.

Programs will include open-mike events, karaoke, live bands and improvisation. Staff members will teach art, musical theater, jewelry making, yoga, and voice, guitar, piano, drums and flute. The center has a calendar of events posted at www.studio10bethel.com, which includes two weeks of camp in August.

Next month, there will be free weekend of family workshops to introduce teachers and their programs.

Mitchell said her oldest son, Dillon, was shy until sixth grade, when he performed a small part in a play. Now, at 23, he’s pursuing an acting career.

“When I saw the change theater had in his life, it made me more passionate about this center,” she said.

Mitchell’s husband, Christopher, is a drummer. Another son, Cullen, 16, is a drummer in the Bethel High School marching band, and her daughter, Ruby, 12, plays the bells, flute and violin.

The building was Whaley’s Flower Bowl for more than 60 years. Eight months ago, Stephen and Ilarina Pomazi, of Redding, purchased the property, which is two doors down from Stephen Pomazi‘s father’s company, Solar Sheet Metal and Roofing Co. He has worked in Bethel for 20 years for his father and also with his own contracting company.

“This became a good opportunity for us,” said Pomazi, who is landscaping and remodeling the property, which will have a 1,200-square-foot studio and office on the ground floor and an apartment upstairs.

“My whole mission for this center is to give teens and kids a safe haven to encourage their individuality and build self-esteem through the arts,” Mitchell said.

Studio 10 Center for the Arts, 10 Nashville Road, Bethel, 203-826-7194, www.studio10bethel.com.

eileenf@newstimes.com; 203-731-3333.

http://www.newstimes.com/default/article/Bethel-arts-center-for-young-people-set-to-open-3689516.php

“Aloha Summer” Puppet Show Tickets Now on Sale!

“Aloha Summer” Puppet Show Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for Studio 10′s “Aloha Summer” Puppet Show on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00p.m. This fun-filled show engages children with an interactive and educational entertainment experience. Ultra Violet Puppets uses “big mouth puppets” that are furry and look similar to Elmo and Zoe from Sesame Street. Children will enjoy authentic Hawaiian music from live ukulele player, Michel Rae Driscoll. They will also make their own hula skirt or hat, enjoy the puppet show and have a luau dance and limbo party! This show is appropriate for children ages 2-10 years old.  Tickets are $12 each and include the show and the take-home craft.

For tickets email studio10bethel@gmail.com or call 203-826-7194. 

For more information about Ultra Violet Puppets or to find out about booking us for your next party, church or school function, please click here.

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[WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED!!!] Announcing August Workshops Schedule!

[WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED!!!] 

PLEASE NOTE:  Unfortunately the August workshops have been postponed due to the landlord of the space were were leasing canceling the deal with only 2 days notice. Please click here for more information.

Original post:  The driveway is almost complete, the new windows are installed, and the interior of Studio 10 is taking shape. Our instructors are excited to bring you the best of the best in music, theater, art and movement classes for ids, teens and families. During the month of August we are offering one-hour trial classes so children, teens and families can meet the instructors and get a taste of what the classes at Studio 10 are all about. If you sign up for a fall session during a trial class the $25 annual registration fee is waived! Space is limited in these classes so please R.S.V.P. today by calling Wendy at 203-826-7194 or emailing studio10bethel@gmail.com.

We are still accepting registrations for all of our AUGUST SUMMER THEATER CAMPS. Click here for more information. And don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook by clicking here.


AUGUST WORKSHOP SCHEDULE ~ Drop in class special prices, $5 per class or $20 per family

Saturday August 11th

10-11 Decoupage with Jen
11-12 Yoga with Meredith
12-1pm Sing & Sign with Ms. Janine
1-3 Ukulele Workshop with Michel Rae Driscoll
3-4pm Teens photography workshop with Melissa
4-5pm Bellydance Fusion with Joni

7-10pm FREE concert with Phil Forbes & Co. from Route 7 Music with a free guitar giveaway AND a free theater session giveaway! Tell your friends!

Sunday August 12th

11-12 PreK & KG Musical Theater Workshop with Wendy
12-1pm Improv with Darren
1-2pm Kat’s Nature Crafts
2-3pm 1st-5th Grade Musical Theater Workshop with Wendy
3-4pm 6th-8th Improv Workshop with Wendy
4-5pm Jewelry Making with Lindsey
5-7pm Family Drum Circle with Barry

Saturday August 18th

11-12:30 Balloon Twisting Workshop with Danny Diamond. ***This class is $20 per child and children under 10 need to be accompanied by a parent, parent is free). Child gets to take home 2 balloon pumps and a supply of balloons (included in class price).
Bellydance, Yoga & Zumba coming soon!
Sunday August 19th
12-2pm Puppet Making workshop with Wendy & Jim ***This class is $12 per child
Bellydance, Yoga & Zumba coming soon!

Meet the Instructors of Studio 10!

Meet the Instructors of Studio 10!

Studio 10 Center for the Arts has been busy interviewing an exceptionally talented group of instructors who are preparing to bring you and your children the finest quality lessons, workshops and classes in music, theatre, art, movement, yoga and more! Additional instructors are being added in art and theatre and will be announced shortly. The studio is currently undergoing major renovations and will be set to open early August. Our August workshops will be added soon, check out our calendar page in the coming weeks. We are currently accepting registrations for August summer theatre camps as well as our fall session. For more information please call 203-826-7194, email studio10bethel@gmail.com. Like us on Facebook by clicking here.

Meet Our Instructors!

Owner/Director, Theatre Instructor, Creative Movement, Cultural Music, Puppet Shows

Wendy Ann Mitchell~

Wendy is a self-taught musician, writer, theatre instructor, puppeteer, wife and mother of three talented children. Wendy has over 23 years of experience working with children and teens. She studied Elementary Education and English Literature at Post University while earning her Head Teacher’s certification in Early Childhood through the State of Connecticut. She graduated from Kristi’s Talent Agency in Scottsdale, AZ. with a certificate in Theatre Arts.

Wendy was a daycare director, taught preschool for four years and taught Musical Theatre classes at a private school where she produced, choreographed, and directed productions and plays for 200+ students.  Serving as a youth mentor for 10 years, Wendy wrote and directed numerous plays, dramas, and productions for ages 5 through teen. Her original production, Forward Motion, which she wrote and directed, was presented to inner-city teens to educate on drug and alcohol awareness and prevention. Wendy has a passion to bring that same message to teens and kids in her own community by offering free quarterly theatre classes for teens. In addition to teaching Musical Theatre and directing for 10 years, Wendy also led the youth band and youth choir at her church.  She sings and plays bass guitar and has a passion to help children and teens develop into their unique selves and reach their full potential.

Wendy’s teaching philosophy centers on building a child’s self-esteem while understanding each student is a unique individual with different learning styles. In her spare time Wendy volunteers with the Bethel Women’s Club and enjoys spending time with her husband-drummer, oldest son-actor, middle son-drummer, daughter-bells/ukulele/percussion and rescue beagle/lab mix dog Charlie.

Theatre

Wendy Mitchell ~ Bio above

David Sousa ~ Improv

David Sousa is the founding Artistic Director of New Britain Youth Theater. He has been working with educational and community theaters for over twenty years, including the Hole in the Wall Theater in New Britain, the Riverton Theatre, Theatre Newington-OnStage, and the Warner Theatre in Torrington.  He has completed workshops with Shakespeare and Company, the New England Shakespeare Company, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. David was a member of the improvisational Troupe with No Name  and a founding member of the improv troupe Too Many Monkeys. In 2002, his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won first place at the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) State Festival, and was honored as second runner-up at the AACT New England Regional Festival.

Art

Lindsey Howard Edwards ~ Art Around the World, Mastering the Masters, Jewelry Making

Lindsey Edwards is a formally trained artist who attended SUNY purchase, majored in photography and minored in sculpture. She has been involved in art studies and application all over the world, including under studying for the famous sculptor, Louis McCabb as well as overseas studies at the Louvre in Paris, France.  She worked in photography for 8 years and is a notable silver artist and jeweler, who was featured on the cover of CrafStylish magazine for her work in sculpted silver. Lindsey won the volenteer of the year award from the town of Easton for her efforts in reconstructing and painting murals in local preschools and churches. Lindsey believes in teaching through creative thinking and humor, often having her students laughing while they make their masterpieces!  She has always believed since childhood in the Bob Ross philosophy, “There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.” In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano and having as much fun as possible with her daughter, Phoenix.

Grace Napoleon~ Recycled Art, Trashy Fashion

Grace is the owner/operator of Folk Couture, a fashion design company that centers on recycling, upcycling an reinventing articles of clothing into something new. Fashion has always been a part of her life and she is known for her singular style.
Grace’s Folk Couture line includes tunics, sweaters, dresses and gowns, all hand-stitched by me for women of style. She teaches Recycle Your Closet Workshops, and works with groups of friends to recycle their favorite clothing they no longer wear into something new and wonderful that they can enjoy again in entirely new ways. Grace also teaches Trashy Fashion, a class that teaches kids of all ages to create cool, fun and unique apparel by using everyday items such as trash bags, duct tape and recycled materials.

Jennifer Matlack~ Decpoupage

Jennifer is a freelance writer, crafter and  decoupage artist. Using acid-free paper and artist pencils, Jennifer draws foxgloves, cucumbers, carrots and other garden staples, dips the drawings in a tea bath to give them an antique look and mounts them on spoons, coated with a UV/water-resistant acrylic sealer to make them weatherproof. She also creates decoupage pieces by layering fabrics, textiles and other materials and mounts them on a variety of bases. Jennifer’s garden markers have been featured on This Old House, in Fine Gardening and Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazines, and they were mentioned on “Good Morning America.” Jennifer’s love of art and creativity go way back: Her great ancestor, Timothy Matlack, penned The Declaration of Independence. Jen is drawn to papers and fabrics, and she has a special affinity for vintage silverware. When she’s not writing professionally or working in her garden, she repurposes old spoons, forks, and knives into garden markers, ornaments, and garlands for her shop on ETSY where she was featured seller! http://www.etsy.com/daisychestnut

Kathryn Michaud~ Art in Nature/Recycled Art

Kathryn is a graduate of Bethel High School, where she spent most of her time in the art department working endlessly on a variety of art projects. She works a full-time job at Chamomille Natural Foods in Danbury, CT and is planning to travel to Wales next fall where she hopes to attend University. All of her spare time is devoted to creating, crafting, crocheting, painting, drawing, sewing, building, and sculpting. She cannot wait to begin teaching art classes at Studio 10!

James Riggs ~ Wood Working, Puppet Making, Film Making, Mask Making, Monster-Smash Monster Making, Zombies on Parade

James Riggs has directed and designed off-beat comedies for the Fringe Festival in NYC, conducted mask-making and film-making workshops while serving with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, and is currently in production for his second short film: “GORP-GORP” which will be shooting in the summer of 2012. James graduated from NYU with a degree in drama, and recently spent a year up at UConn’s puppetry program.  When he is not inventing new worlds with plywood and papier-mache, James gets the bills paid by fixing up peoples’ houses, which can mean anything from designing and building custom furniture to digging around in the dirt.  He loves variety and creativity, and feels that the developing creatively is fundamental to awaking the power of one’s own inner vision, and that it also provides exciting challenges in critical thinking and planning. He loves doing workshops with kids, and is delighted to be working at Studio 10.

Music

Janine LaMendola~ Sing & Sign

Ms. Janine grew up in Brookfield, CT.  When asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” She would always say “A singer”. So, she sang her way through elementary school and right into high school and then learned to play the guitar. She continued to sing in area senior centers, weddings, memorial services and adult sing alongs. Once Janine had her own children, her love for children’s music was born!  Ms. Janine has been in the children’s music business since 1992.She was in the Deaf Studies Program at Northwestern CT Community College in Winsted, CT.  Her love for children’s music and American Sign Language is obvious to anyone who’s ever seen her perform. Combining her two passions together has landed her a very busy full time music career. This mother of two is in and out of childcare centers and elementary schools around CT and NY.  She often enjoys performing at a few public sing & sign alongs a year and holding classes for infants through school age children and their parents. Teaching little ones simple signs through the children’s music they already know and love is an easy, fun way to learn. Children’s birthday parties keep her busy almost every weekend but she loves it! Her first Children’s CD with a Sign Language Booklet should be released Fall 2012! To purchase CD and to book Ms. Janine please visit her website: www.msjanine.com

Barry Seroff~ Voice, flute, piano, guitar, drums, shakuhachi, harmonica

Barry Seroff, native of Queens, New York, earned his Bachelors Degree at the Aaron Copland School of Music where he studied with some of the great minds of the twentieth century.  He exercises his deepest musical passion, improvisation, through performances with many notable musicians such as William Parker and Anthony Braxton.  He has released critically acclaimed albums such as 27 New York Antisonnets, APass Toward Solace, and his upcoming groundbreaking album; Barry Seroff’s Democracy. His compositions range from traditional chamber ensembles and orchestras to more modern settings featuring electric guitar and drums.  He belongs to and plays with many noteworthy collections of artists such as New Haven Improvisers Collective, ThingNY, Beasts of Improve and Anti-Social Music.  He is currently playing music in the off Broadway Musical, “The Etiquette of Death”. Barry has a life long love of teaching children, spending most of his days doing so.  He performs and educates at preschools and elder homes with his vast collection of mastered instruments, including flute, piano, guitar, drums, shakuhachi, and many more.  He enjoys music of all genres and spending time with his son, Jackson, who also has the music bug at the early age of three.

Michel Rae Driscoll~ Ukulele Workshops

Michel Rae Driscoll is a self taught ukulele enthusiast and a firm believer that music improves the quality of life.  Michel was inspired to learn the ukulele when she met  the local ukulele duo known as The Edukated Fleas. The Fleas had what they call a “Ukulele Invitational” coming up, basically a concert of various ukulele players with an eye-opening variety of styles of music. She taught herself enough to be able to perform in the Ukulele Invitational, and has been hooked ever since.  Michel  is greatly looking forward to sharing the wonders of this lightweight, easy to transport instrument and all the musical fun that can be had after learning just a few simple chords and strum patterns. Michel selects songs for her workshops that  offer a wide variety of songs and styles, and offers a free take the packet home at the end of the workshop. Michel  is a singer/songwriter whose songs are both inspirational and multi-faceted. She believes in putting a smile on your face and leaving you with a song in your heart. She plays guitar and ukulele and offers hands-on lessons in a fun, light-hearted way.

Dance, Yoga, Creative Movement

Meredith Hettler~ Yoga for Kids, Teens and Mommy & Me
Meredith began practicing yoga as a teenager to help stay in shape between sports seasons. While she always enjoyed the athleticism and physicality that came with yoga, it wasn’t until her college years that she began to appreciate the spiritual and mental benefits that yoga can offer.   Since graduating college, Meredith has practiced such forms of yoga as Power Vinyasa, Bikram and Ashtanga. She has taken pieces from each of these genres and incorporated them into her individual practice which she enjoys.  Meredith teaches classes for yogi’s beginner to advanced.  Regardless of the yogi’s physical level Meredith’s classes will always focus on calming the mind, increasing self-awareness and learning to disconnect from thoughts or feels that negatively impact one’s well being.  Along with being a certified yoga instructor Meredith is currently working towards her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also spent much of her career working for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Meredith hopes to utilize her knowledge of yoga as a helping tool for the individuals she serves. Meredith enjoys bicycling, reading, designing jewelry and spending time with her family, friends and her beloved dog and cat.

Joni Lowe ~ Belly Dance Fitness

Joni has been a leader in the fitness industry for almost 10 years.  She is on a mission to teach women to love their bodies, create fun in life, and to break through our thoughts that hold us back.  Joni loves to share the fun of Belly Dance Fusion.  The best part is to see the women claim their beautiful bodies as they stand up with their heads up high, chest wide open, and their hips popping from side to side.  The improved body confidence is wonderful to witness. Joni also offers fun feminine workshops for women about celebrating oneself, creating unwavering self love, and living life full out.  Learn more about Joni at www.JoniLowe.com.

Creative Music & Movement, Cultural Music & Movement  ~ Taught by Wendy Mitchell (bio above)
Belly Dance  and Mommy & Me Belly Dance ~  Coming soon!


Announcing Summer Theater Camps!

Announcing Summer Theater Camps!

You asked, you shall receive. This August Ultra Violet Productions Theater Troupe will make its way to our permanent home at Studio 10 Center for the Arts’ new space, 10 Nashville Road in Bethel. With two different weeks and two camps per age group to choose from, elementary, middle and high school students will be sure to find one that they love.

Camps run for 3-hour sessions Monday through Friday. Campers should wear comfortable clothing and bring their own refillable water bottle and a snack. Some students may have the option to take both sessions and go to full-day camp at a discounted rate. Call the studio for details 203-826-7194.

Sessions run as follows:

Session #1

Monday August 13 – Friday August 17

  • 9am-12pm Elementary Kids – “The Lion King” is a classic favorite. A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when he dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba’s Uncle Scar would have been king had Mufasa not had a child. Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba to take over the throne. Simba survives so Scar implies the stampede he planned was Simba’s fault. Simba flees and is later found by Timone the Meerkat, and Pummba the Warthog, and the trio become fast friends. Simba stays with them into adulthood until his friend, Nala stumbles upon Simba’s new home. Astonished to find him alive, she begs him to return to the Pride Lands, where Scar has reigned as King and ruined everything. All of the animals will starve if Simba does not return. Simba agrees to fight for his kingdom, battles Scar, and learns his father’s death was Scar’s fault, not his. Simba prevails, has his own son, mirroring “The Circle of Life.”
  • 12:30-3:30pm Middle/High School Students – “Once On This Island.”  This colorful, cultural musical play takes place on a Caribbean island in the Antilles. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and based on the book My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, is a musical which is the home to two entirely different societies: the poor peasants and the aristocratic Grand Hommes. A group of storytellers tell the tale of the young girl Ti Moune, who was saved from a flood by the gods as a child and raised by a pair of kindly old peasants. As she grows up, Ti Moune longs for a grander life than the one she faces and, inspired by the sight of a young and handsome grand homme driving past in a white car, prays to the gods to grant her wish.

Performance Dates:

Elementary Students “The Lion King” Saturday, 8/18, 2:00pm

Middle/High School Students “Once On This Island” 8/18, 4:00pm

Session #2

Monday August 20 – Friday August 24

  • 9am-12pm Elementary Kids – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.”  A beautiful girl, Snow White, takes refuge in the forest in the house of seven dwarfs to hide from her stepmother, the wicked Queen. The Queen is jealous because she wants to be known as “the fairest in the land,” and Snow White’s beauty surpasses her own. The dwarfs grow to love their unexpected visitor, who cleans their house and cooks their meals. But one day while the dwarfs are at their diamond mine, the Queen arrives at the cottage disguised as an old peddler woman and persuades Snow White to bite into a poisoned apple. The dwarfs, warned by the forest animals, rush home to chase the witch away, but they are too late to save Snow White from the poisoned apple. They place her in a glass coffin in the woods and mourn for her. The Prince, who has fallen in love with Snow White, happens by and awakens her from the wicked Queen’s deathlike spell with “love’s first kiss.”
  • 12:30-3:30pm Middle/High School Students – “Into the Woods.” An ambivalent Cinderella? A blood-thirsty Little Red Riding Hood?  A Prince Charming with a roving eye? A Witch … who raps? They’re all among the cockeyed characters in James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale. When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed  with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects ( a cow as white as milk… a cape as red as blood… hair as yellow as corn… a slipper as pure as gold… ) required to break the spell, swindling,  lying to and stealing from Cinderella (with the slipper as pure as gold) Little Red Ridinghood (with a cape as red as  blood) Rapunzel (with the hair as yellow as corn) and Jack (the one who climbed the beanstalk – with the cow as
    white as milk). Everyone’s wish is granted at the end of Act One but the consequences of their actions return to haunt
    them later, with disastrous results. A Giant (A female Giant, that is) steps down from the heavens and straight upon
    some beloved characters. It takes a few lives before the survivors realize that they have to act altogether in order to
    succeed. Thus, what begins a lively irreverent fantasy becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility
    and the stories we tell our children.

 Performance Dates:

Elementary Students “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” Saturday, 8/25, 2:00pm

Middle/High School Students “Into the Woods” 8/25, 4:00pm

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Classes are taught by Studio 10 Director and Owner, Wendy Ann Mitchell, an experienced, professional instructor with CPR/First Aid certification. Studio 10′s philosophy focuses on building the child’s self-esteem and encouraging their unique individuality. Our no-pressure approach allows children and teens to have FUN while learning performance skills that will benefit them throughout their lifetime!

Each week students will learn lines, blocking, technique, set design, costumes and explore all aspects of theatre arts through this interactive class. At the end of the session students will put on a presentation for family & friends.  With plenty of safe, fenced-in parking, parents will find it easy to get in and out to drop off their kids and teens on camp days. For more information and a registration form please contact us at studio10bethel@gmail.com or call the studio at 203-826-7194.

Welcome to Studio 10!

Welcome to Studio 10!

Welcome to Studio 10′s website! Studio 10 is Bethel’s new youth center for the arts.

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Studio 10 Center for the Arts is a space for kids & teens to express their creativity through art, music, theater and performance. Offering weekly classes for moms and tots, homeschool groups, MOMS Clubs, and preschool/elementary/middle/high school students, Studio 10 has something for everyone!
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Studio 10 Center for the Arts is owned and operated by Wendy Ann Mitchell– actor, writer, teacher, wife and mother of three. Wendy holds her Head Teaching Certification through the State of Connecticut in Early Childhood and majored in English Literature and Early Childhood Education at Post University.
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Our teachers include:
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ART: Lindsey Howard Edwards, a well-known expert in teaching fine arts classes for children from painitng and drawing to sculpture. Lindsey helps children create imaginative masterpieces that encourage kids to express themselves with a number of varied materials.
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ART: Kat Michaud is specializes in charcoal drawings and the abstract. Kat uses items found in nature to create beautiful works of art such as dream catchers, bird houses and other  nature related materials.
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ART: Grace Napoleon specializes in Trashy Fashion, items made from duct tape, trash bags and other recycled materials. Grace has a unique flair for creating beautiful, wearable, usable pieces out of everyday items.
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ART: Jen Matlack is a writer and an expert in decoupage. Jen creates ornaments, windchimes and garden markers out of silverware and other upcycled materials and covers them with beautiful textures and layers to create one-of-a-kind gifts and artwork.
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THEATER, PUPPETRY, MOMMY & ME, MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Wendy was a daycare director, a preschool teacher, and a musical theater teacher at a private school. She created and led a youth and children’s drama program at a local church for 10 years writing, directing, and producing dramas geared towards youth. The interactive dramas she wrote included music, drama and video. Wendy uses humor, song, dance, and a dazzling array of glow-in-the-dark props, puppets and special effects to capture your child’s attention. Mesmerizing lights and funny skits are sure to entertain your little one and make their special day the talk of the town.
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MUSIC: Classes in voice, guitar, piano, drums, flute, shakuhachi (Japanese wood flute) will be offered, instructor to be announced soon.
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Studio 10 hosts special events on the weekends, live bands, open mic night for teens, black light parties, monthly holiday and cultural puppet shows, kids karaoke and the coolest, most fun birthday parties around. Book your Sweet 16 party at Studio 10 for a one-of-a-kind experience with the DJ and black lights included! Special events will also include monthly holiday or cultural themes puppet shows, arts and craft drop-in sessions, open mic night and more.
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Teen bands can rock out with their band and play one of our weekly live shows in the studio. For bookings email  studio10bethel@gmail.com or  call Wendy at 203-826-7194.
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For more information email  studio10bethel@gmail.com or  call 203-826-7194.
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