Ohio Performing Arts Institute artistic director D. Scot Davidge instructs a group of his students during a rehearsal for one of the organization’s shows in spring 2017. OPAI will have an open house to sign up for classes and information about upcoming programs. CONTRIBUTED

Performing Arts Institute to host open house

Busy season begins with fall registration.

The Ohio Performing Arts Institute isn’t wasting time in getting its 2017-18 season going.

The organization, which has dance classes for all ages and experience levels, will have an open house to sign up for classes and to learn more about what it offers next Tuesday, Aug. 8, at its facility at 1616 E. High St.

“Incoming students and their families should come to open house registration for a great opportunity to meet our faculty before classes begin,” said Amy Davidge, OPAI’s ballet mistress. “They will be able to tour our beautiful studios and be assured of getting the classes they want. They will also have the benefit of having staff assist them in choosing a class level or style.”

Registering students will also receive a free T-shirt that will be available their first week of classes.

OPAI also does several shows throughout the year, including its annual holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Clark State Performing Arts Center, and often brings in professional performers to do workshops with the students.

The group will have its first dinner theater event, “A Grand Night for Singing,” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8-9 at its studio. The show will be directed and choreographed by D. Scot Davidge, OPAI’s artistic director.

The revue style show will feature the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Auditions for “The Nutcracker” will be 1-4 p.m. Sept. 16-17 at the OPAI.

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com.