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Lights Camera Action

January 24, 2019

Statewide Arts Day at Nokomis High School

Parent energy and initiative often bring teaching artists to schools to conduct workshops that supplement and support school arts programs. When invitations to those workshops extend to the community as well, an interesting community/school arts link can be created. When the number of workshops reaches a grand scale and the invitation outreach is statewide, something truly newsworthy takes place.

Nokomis Lights Camera Action Grades 4-12, 2018

Lights, Camera, Action (LCA) has taken place during the last two years at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. Parent, Gretchen Gehrke, was inspired by a program at MIT and by the commitment of Nokomis theater teacher Lisa Neal.  “Nokomis – Lights, Camera, Action!” was created in partnership with the school’s theater program.

This program is designed for students in grades K-12.


Actors, Artists, Authors, Athletes, Chefs and Musicians, share a full day of workshops, rehearsals, and performance.

Students K-12 are welcomed and taught by qualified and enthusiastic instructors on a wide variety of fun topics. 2018 included over 50 workshop choices. Workshops are offered for students in K-3 and the cost is $25. Workshops for students in grades 4-12 with a cost of $50. The cost includes all activities, a t-shirt, costume and meals. Scholarships are available.



A full day of workshops on Thursday, February 21, Nokomis Regional High School. The culminating program will take place during the evening starting at 6:30: “Closing Act” demonstrating some of the days accomplishments.



  • “I learn skills that can help me with my everyday life with building things and every day communication working as a team.” Maine Central Institute Student
  • “Thank you very much. We cannot believe that a program of this caliber exists in Central, Maine.”  Parent from Brownfield, Maine
  • “It was such a full day with so many choices. My daughter can’t wait until next year.”  Parent from Pittsfield, Maine 
  • They’re here having fun but what they really don’t know is that they are here learning. They are problem solving and they are thinking on their feet.”  Lisa Neal, drama teacher at Nokomis Regional High School”


Workshop information is located at Register at Questions, email

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