CPW 2019: Performing Fundamentals, April 12-14 in Atlanta, GA

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CPW Performing Fundamentals in Atlanta, Georgia

April 12-14, 2019


Please join us at the largest Santa Claus school in the Southeast for the Spring 2019 session of the Northern Lights Santa Academy on Friday evening, April 12 through Sunday evening, April 14, 2019. The Northern Lights Santa Academy Spring session will feature Santa True and his Christmas Performer Workshops.


CPW Performing Fundamentals topics covered will include the following.

  • Performing Philosophy
  • Tools of the Performer: Vocals, Physicality, Improv, and more
  • Tell a Story Without Saying a Word: Learning Character Work
  • All the Worlds a Stage: Understanding Space (as a Performer)
  • Rock Solid Santa: The keys to Marathon Performing (if time permits)
  • The Art of Expressiveness, Developing your Photo Mojo
  • Time to Shine: Focus on Mrs. Claus, Elves, Managers, and Handlers
  • The History of Christmas
  • Santa Claus Time Line
  • Building Your Back-Story/North Pole
  • Story Reading and Story Telling, and the Difference between them
  • Story Time with Santa True
  • Re-Thinking the Santa Community: Santa-Storming and more
  • Q&A and the Future Of Christmas Performing
  • Closing Discussions


  • Single (Santa, Mrs. Claus, or Elf) = $235
  • Couple (Santa/Mrs. Claus or Santa/Elf) = $425
    • No walk-ins will be permitted. Badges will be required for access to classrooms and vendor room.

There’s an optional dinner Friday night and Saturday night available for additional fee. See the NLSA website for more information.

Additional Training

Check out the full complement of training offerings at the Northern Lights Santa Academy, including New Santa/Mrs Claus/Elf Classes (8-9:15 AM, prior to the start of regular classes) and Sunday Breakout Classes from NLSA.

How to Register

Contact Santa Rick to reserve your spot today, as space is limited!

Workshop Participant Survey

Once you have registered, please complete this survey (should take only 5-10 minutes) so that your feedback can be included in the course.

Workshop Participant Survey


Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta
1775 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, GA 30096
Phone: (770) 923-1775
On-line Registration

Local airport is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Group rate: $109 + tax per night. This rate includes complimentary hot breakfast for up to 2 people per room. You must ask for the “Northern Lights Santa Academy” rate when booking your room by phone. Discounted room rate is guaranteed until 5 PM Thursday, March 21, so please make your room reservations prior to that date.

Rooms include coffee maker, iron/ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen LCD television, in-room movies, video games, complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, dual line telephone, and voice mail. Barrier free and ADA compliant rooms available.

About the Sonesta Gwinnett Place

Located in vibrant Duluth, 13 miles northeast of Atlanta, this 17 story hotel is situated in the heart of Gwinnett Place.

The hotel is surrounded by regional shopping, numerous dining options and major entertainment venues including the Infinite Energy Center (formerly the Gwinnett Arena), the Infinite Energy Theater (formerly the Performing Arts Center), and the AAA Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field. The hotel has an Indoor/outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour business center. The Sonesta offers the Grapevine Restaurant, a casual dining venue open for breakfast and lunch, and ArtBar, a gastropub highlighting local fare and libations. In-room dining is offered from 6 AM – 12 Midnight daily.

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