Algonquin Arts

Lifelong Learning

Algonquin Arts Theatre's Lifelong Learning Classes are 90 minutes long on weekday afternoons. Advance reservations are requested and can be made by calling our Box Office at 732-528-9211.

For online orders, discount will be updated as additional classes are added to your shopping cart.

Spring 2019 Pricing
Book 1 or 2: $15 each
Book 3: $13 each
Book 4: $11 each
Book 5: $10 each
Book 6: $9 each

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Film Noir and American Culture (1941-1958)
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Ray Dademo

Examining films like Double Indemnity, The Maltese Falcon, and Scarlet Street, we will discuss the ways in which thrillers, detective pictures, and melodramas of the 40s and 50s reflect the traumas of World War II and shape our notion of postwar men and women.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Short Films: Who, What, When, How, and Why
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Doug LeClaire (founder of Asbury Shorts USA)

Doug LeClaire delivers a lively and informative lecture & screening detailing the world of independent short film production and exhibition. The seminar/screening features eight major award-winning shorts selected from the world's top film festivals including Oscar nominees, "Best of Show" award winners from various US film festivals and international honorees.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Andrew Lloyd Weber
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Mark Megill (Music Director, Algonquin's production of Jesus Christ Superstar)

Learn how the most successful composer of our time became known for stage and film adaptations of his composed musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Music with the Maestro: La Boehme
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Father Alphonse Stephenson

The conductor of the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea will discuss the plot, music and composer of La Boehme ahead of the April 28 concert.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Ricky Riccardi

Around the world as America's "Ambassador of Goodwill", Ricky Riccardi, will share footage and bring Armstrong's final decades to life with films of Armstrong in performance on stage and on television, including memorable renditions of songs such as "Hello, Dolly!" "What a Wonderful World" and the song that is known as one of the first protest songs ever recorded, "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue."

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Legacy of Film Noir (1958-2018)
1:00pm, $15
Instructor(s): Ray Dademo

In this lecture, we will examine film noir's lasting influence throughout the remainder of the 20th and 21st centuries. Charting the evolution of familiar figures like the detective and the femme fatale, we'll trace our shifting American values through popular films like Chinatown, Fatal Attraction, and No Country for Old Men.