LYCEUM HALL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, located at 432 High Street in Burlington City, presents art exhibits, performances in theater and music, workshops and classes for adults including dance and visual arts. The Lyceum Studio offers classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. The organization operates as a central body to promote, develop, stimulate and encourage the arts. It provides a focus for the burgeoning cultural movement in Burlington City, creating a destination for people of all ages and interests. Built in 1837 and fully restored in 2009, the venue includes an intimate 125-seat theater, a gallery and dance and art studios.
1. PERFORMING ARTS
The Outstanding Performing Arts center offers plays, musicals and concerts. Lyceum Hall is home to the De Novo Theater Company; it co-produces cabarets, musicals in concert and fully produced musicals. But it’s not just musicals, Lyceum produces plays, as well. Most recently they presented Red by John Logan, a two-person play about the struggles of the artist Mark Rothko. Concerts range from “Jazz in the Afternoon,” a series of Sunday matinee concerts to children’s concerts with “The Big Idea Committee” which offers interactive theater and song. They will continue their adult dance classes in the style of the New York studios.
2. VISUAL ARTS AND HISTORY
The Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing ever-changing art exhibits in its Gallery and Theater. Art exhibits include watercolors, Plein Air Show, crafts, photography, fabric, quilts and more. With each new exhibit, the center holds a free artist meet-and-greet reception with light refreshments and live music. Exhibits are available to view by appointment. Interested in having an exhibit? Please email selections of your works, a bio and artist statement along with a résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The history of Burlington City is showcased in the Lyceum Museum. It features artifacts reflecting its rich past with rotating exhibits supporting the continuity of the past and hopes for the future.
3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Professional development is offered at the center. Playwright seminars with the Dramatist Guild, Writers Workout (currently Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.), two-day workshops for those in performing arts and technical theater, and Creative Placemaking are just a few of what the center continues to offer.
4. MUSICAL THEATER COMPETITION TROUPE
The Musical Theater Competition Troupe at Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts offers middle and high school musical theater students the opportunity to perform in solo and ensemble competitions throughout the region. Students rehearse once a week in Burlington to prepare for spring competitions. When appearing at the Bucks County Playhouse Student Theater Festival this year they took home four of the top awards including Best Ensemble, Best Musical, Best Female Vocalist and Best Male Vocalist. They are currently recruiting for next year’s troupe and information on auditions can be found on the studio’s website: TheLyceumHall.com, or sign up for an audition slot at https://bit.ly/2FWc5Tb.
5. KIDS SUMMER THEATER CAMP
Lyceum Studio is offering four weeks of summer theater camp at Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in Burlington. Camp runs from 9a.m.-3p.m., Monday through Friday. Register for one or multiple weeks! 2019 Camp weeks: July 22, July 29, August 5, August 19. Join the fun and experience summer theater camp in a safe place for exploration, self-discovery and creativity. All campers are actors, playwrights and designers as they delve into the world of storytelling to create an original 10-minute play. Each morning begins with theater games and play rehearsal. After lunch, students enjoy making scenic backdrops, props and costume pieces, as well as exploring theater workshops in improv, dance, circus arts and more! Each week ends with a camp showcase on Friday!
For general info or to sign up for their newsletter, visit TheLyceumStudio.com. Call (609) 2390029 to speak with artistic directors Barbara and Patty. Or email LyceumStudioNJ@gmail.com for info on kids and teen classes.
Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
Burlington | (609) 239-0029
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 2 (April 2019).
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