Events

Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: The Tortoise vs. The Hare

Waterville Opera House collaborates with Missoula Children’s Theatre, an internationally recognized touring group, to present sessions of theater camp during February and summer vacations for students in the first through eighth grades. Each week concludes with a fully realized performance, with scenery, costumes, and props. Theatre camp provides children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the theatrical process. The camp is open for children in grades 1 through 8.

The cost is $220 per session. A sibling discount and partial scholarships are available. A non-refundable deposit of $50 per session is required at time of registration. Please make checks payable to “Waterville Opera House.”

If you have any questions, please call 207.873.7000.

THE TORTOISE VS. THE HARE: Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles. A company of strolling actors attempts to tell the tale in classical fashion. Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. Fan clubs are preparing their cheers as the big day draws near. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals. There’s a real animosity between these creatures. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles join in the search…together. The wisdom of the old tortoise and the lesson learned by the cocky hare remind us all that it’s easy to get along, if you just try. In the end, the animals realize the folly of their ways and live happily together in their sandy home.

Business Breakfast Series

This is a monthly series of presentations on a variety of educational business topics. Includes a hot breakfast buffet.

 

This week:

Doing Business in a Digital World

Andrew Silsby, president and CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank, will discuss the importance of building and maintaining customer service in a digital world.

Cost:

Members with registration: $18

General and at door admission: $25

Registration required

SMBCME – Be Seen on Screen: Using Social Media to Enhance Your Brand

Presentation Description:
Join SMBCME and HAIBI for our November Social Media Breakfast presented by our very own Nate Town from Waterville Creates! and Christopher Hashtings Confections. If you don’t know Nate, then you’re in for a treat!

Nate will share his wealth of knowledge including content formatting on the largest social media networks – what works and what doesn’t. He will also provide inside information on the ever-changing social media algorithms and marketing tricks to keep your head above the scroll! Learn what’s important and what’s not so you can effectively be the marketer you know you can be.

This is one event you don’t want to miss. If you’re a marketer, a business owner or an avid social media practitioner, you’ll want to attend our final social media breakfast of the year!

Speaker Biography:
Nate Towne is the marketing director for Waterville Creates!, a non-profit connecting artists, organizations, and the public with arts and cultural events and programs happening in the central Maine community, as well as the co-owner of Christopher Hastings Confections, an artisan chocolate shop in downtown Waterville.

With more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, including the founding of his own PR practice and working for some of the leading small advertising agencies in the country, Nate knows the learning never ends. Once sought after for his consumer product launch expertise, he now runs the day-to-day marketing programs for an art house cinema, a 116 year old opera house, the largest and oldest film festival in Maine, a community art gallery, visual arts classroom, clay and 3D printing studios, and the somewhat nebulous non-profit organization that binds them all together. All this and chocolate too. Life is good!

When not marketing the arts or chocolate, Nate is the chair of the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council and markets all our region has to offer.

beginning wheel class- 6 week workshop october

Thursday Dates: October 10, 17, 24, (not the 31), November 7, 14, 21

This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration and glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of wheel throwing.

Included in the class is a 25-pound bag of clay, all glazes needed, and kiln firings during the class period. Also, each student can come to use the studio outside of class from 6am until 8pm on weekdays and from 9am until 5pm on weekends. ( Occasionally there will be a class using the wheels on specific nights which will be posted on our calendar in the studio space.)

No experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 7 students

*Prices do not include per ticket handling fees.

The Kennebec Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s!

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. This amazing Alzheimer’s Walk is hosted in Waterville, Maine at the Riverwalk at Head of Falls and is a great event for people to come and share stories and local information, show support and encouragement for the cause, and walk in honor of those lost to Alzheimer’s! We walk to end Alzheimer’s and to create a world without Alzheimer’s!

advanced techniques + textures

This three-session class will explore texture building, carving, slip trailing, and producing crackle effects on the clay surface. Students will learn how to use clay additives to achieve different color effects with glaze layering. Participants will make and employ press molds using leaves, shells, beads, and bolts to create the surface decoration. Introduction to Wheel Throwing is a prerequisite for this class and students must have basic wheel knowledge to produce their own clay pieces during this workshop series. Students will have access to the studio outside of class. Thursday evenings 5:30-8:30 on September 12,19, and 26.

 

Class Limit: 7

Prerequisite: Introduction to Wheel Throwing

Instructor: Brian Soldano

 

Cost: $95 includes all materials + supplies.

intermediate wheel class- 6 week workshop august

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25

This six-week pottery class is perfect for the individual with wheel throwing and centering clay experience who would like to further refine their skills. In this class, students will build upon basic pottery skills including building and throwing forms, creating more complex vessels including but not limited to, large bowls, dinner plates, lidded vessels, stacked and altered wheel forms. Bring your ideas and sketches to use as a place of departure.

The class fee includes a 25 pound bag of clay, all glazes needed, and kiln firings during the class period. Each student can access the studio from 6am- 8pm on weekdays and from 9am- 5pm on weekends–except when other scheduled classes are in session.)

Basic pottery/clay experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 6 students

Instructor: Yvonne Brown, Clay Studio Manager

*Prices do not include ticket handling fees.

beginning wheel class- 6 week workshop july – SOLD OUT

Mondays: July 22, 29 and August 5,12,19,26

This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration and glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of wheel throwing.

Included in the class is a 25 pound bag of clay, all glazes needed, and kiln firings during the class period. Also, each student can come to use the studio outside of class from 6am until 8pm on weekdays and from 9am until 5pm on weekends. ( Occasionally there will be a class using the wheels on specific nights which will be posted on our calendar in the studio space.)

No experience necessary. Registration required. $175

Limit: 7 students

*Prices do not include per ticket handling fees.