class descriptions

 

JUNIOR

Jazz Dance:  We will celebrate a true American art form—jazz dance.  Based on a strong classical jazz technique, the various rhythms from classic, Broadway, and contemporary jazz can give students the coordination of moving in opposition, as well as giving freedom and style to their body movements on stage and off.

Acting I: This class provides exercises that build theatre and life skills in a fun and supportive environment. We begin with the concept that for young actors, ‘to act is to play’. Ensemble-building games, story structure exercises, and improvisation will be the foundation for 6-8 week themed units that introduce and reinforce a wide variety of acting concepts and techniques. Theatre etiquette will be taught, focusing on the basics of knowing what to expect as a theatrical performer. Students will also learn valuable life skills such as working cooperatively, solving problems creatively, self- discipline, and taking initiative. This class is structured so that both the experienced and inexperienced will be challenged to advance their creative abilities.

Music: Students will learn basic music principles including pitch, rhythm, and notation.  They will experience making music using a variety of instruments and movement, as well as language both spoken and sung.  In the 2nd semester, the children will learn to sing, act, and dance to a song to perform in the showcase.

 

INTERMEDIATE

Jazz Dance:  We will celebrate a true American art form—jazz dance.  Based on a strong classical jazz technique, the various rhythms from classic, Broadway, and contemporary jazz can give students the coordination of moving in opposition, as well as giving freedom and style to their body movements on stage and off.

Acting II: New and returning students will expand their knowledge of acting skills and theatre terminology.  Character development, acting methods, scene and monologue study, as well as audition techniques will be explored in a relaxed environment that encourages creativity, commitment, and collaboration.  Genres of acting will be studied, including (friendly) Shakespearean, Commedia, modern, and musical theatre.  A physical and vocal warm-up routine will be developed with emphasis being placed on breath control and projection.  Through participation in weekly improv games, students will go deeper into the development of spontaneity, imagination, and creativity while strengthening valuable acting and interpersonal skills.  Theatre etiquette will be taught, focusing on knowing what to expect as a theatrical performer from audition to closing night.

Music: Students will learn fundamental music principles including pitch, rhythm, and notation.  They will be given an introduction to basic music theory and harmonies, singing in 2 parts, with the emphasis on musical theater pieces.  A showcase will be presented at the end of the 2nd semester.

 

SENIOR

Jazz Dance:  We will celebrate a true American art form—jazz dance.  Based on a strong classical jazz technique, the various rhythms from classic, Broadway, and contemporary jazz can give students the coordination of moving in opposition, as well as giving freedom and style to their body movements on stage and off.

Acting III:This class is an intensive for new through advanced actors. Voice and breath techniques will be studied to improve diction and projection while encouraging development of a personalized warm-up routine. The work of physical theatre and devising a script will strengthen body language awareness while collaborating to make strong creative choices. Journaling and study of the Meisner technique will help refine skills in listening, observation, attention, and reaction. The golden rules of improvisation will be practiced each week helping to create an ensemble, as well as increasing confidence and critical thinking. A unit in Shakespeare will teach the tools to breakdown complex verse into a character’s needs and thoughts. We will study the elements of comedy and drama, discuss themes, and delve into analysis and symbolism through scene study. Musical theatre will be studied which will develop performance technique and character creation, with a performance assignment and self-assessment.

Music: Students will learn music principles including pitch, rhythm, and notation.  They will be given an introduction to music theory and harmonies, singing in 2-3 parts, with the emphasis on musical theater pieces.  A final showcase will be presented at the end of the 2nd semester.

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