SLICE (Students Learning Innovative Creative Endeavors) is a multi-disciplinary arts education and engagement program designed to encourage students ages 13-18 to explore Waterville’s unique, high-quality arts and cultural programs and institutions. This free program directly invites students to visit the Waterville Opera House, the Maine Film Center, the Waterville Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, Ticonic Gallery + Studios, and other arts venues to engage in outstanding arts programming and learn more about possible career paths in the creative arts.


How to Audition Like a Pro

October 11, 2023, 3-5pm

How do you prepare for an audition for a straight play or musical? This fun workshop will help prepare you to audition and take away some of the unknowns when reading sides, singing, or trying simple choreography! This friendly and welcoming workshop will give you the courage to audition like a pro. (Ages 13-18)

Careers highlighted: Actor, Casting Director

Two of our awesome theater education staffers, Nathan Sylvester and Lilly Webb will teach this workshop.


Lighting for Film + Video

October 18, 2023, 3-5pm

How do you go beyond the ring light? The incredible art of cinematography involves many different people on a film set, ranging from jobs like key grip, gaffer, head boy, cinematographer, and more! The lighting sets a mood, enhances a character, and helps to tell the story in any movie! Join creative producer Brian Bechard of Maine Public to learn basic lighting set up for a scene.  (Ages 13-18)

Careers highlighted: Cinematographer, Creative Producer, Gaffer, Key Grip, Head Boy, and more.


Painting Tabletop Roleplaying Miniatures

October 25, 2023, 3-5pm

Raechel Moore will teach participants about how to get started with painting miniatures that can be used for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as other tabletop games. Each participant will have the opportunity to try painting their own miniature! (Ages 13-18)

Careers highlighted: Artist, Librarian, Podcaster

Raechel Moore is a Librarian Generalist at the Maine State Library, where she ran a long-term Dungeons & Dragons game for kids. She’s also a member of Freelance Heroism, a successful D&D actual-play podcast; and she paints highly detailed D&D miniatures.

Event Production and Design: Behind the Scenes at Gordon Center

November 8, 2023, 3-5pm

Learn what it takes to support a live production from the technical standpoints of lighting, sound, and production management. Tour the new Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts while learning about many careers in the field of technical production for live events. (Ages 13-18)

Careers Highlighted: Production Manager, Event Producer

Gary McCrumb has helped to produce music festivals, aerial circus performance, immersive projection installations, poetry readings, and classic theater, as a lighting designer, audio engineer, and production manager.



Tell a Story with Film

November 15, 2023

Explore visual storytelling with hands-on activities throughout the Paul J Schupf Art Center. The workshop begins with a visit to the Colby College Museum of Art’s exhibition Bill Morrison: Cycles & Loops in the Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art. We will then collaborate on creating projects using Polaroid film to learn the art of storytelling. (Ages 13-18) Click here for more about the exhibition.

Careers: Artist, journalist, editor, storyteller