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class descriptions

JUNIOR (Ages 7-9)

ACTING 1:

This class provides exercises that build theater and life skills in a fun and supportive environment.For young actors, “to act is to play”. Ensemble-building games, story structure exercises, and improvisation will be the foundation for themed units on tall tales, fables, fairy tales, and Shakespeare that introduce and reinforce awareness of breath, voice, movement, and body language. Theater etiquette will be taught, focusing on the basics of knowing what to expect as a theatrical performer. Students will also learn self-discipline, taking initiative, how to work cooperatively and to solve problems creatively. This class is structured so that both the experienced and inexperienced will be challenged to advance their creative abilities. An end-of-year showcase performance for families will show-and-tell what we’ve learned.

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. The year culminates with a showcase.

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 (Ages 10-12)

ACTING 2:

New and returning students continue their study of theater and acting concepts while refining their presentational skills in a relaxed environment that encourages creativity, commitment, and collaboration. Techniques to build believable characters will be introduced such as journaling, observation, emotion, and sense memory. Character development, acting methods, scene study, and audition techniques will be explored. Through participation in weekly improv games, students will go deeper into the development of spontaneity, imagination, and creativity. Students will exhibit and reinforce their skills through individual and group presentations. Theater etiquette will be taught, focusing on knowing what to expect as a theatrical performer from audition to closing night. An end-of-year performance for families will showcase newly developed skills.

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. The year culminates with a showcase.

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 (Ages 13-18)

ACTING 3:

Novice through advanced actors will develop a personalized performance and rehearsal warm-up routine for the purpose of relieving tension and preparing the body physically, vocally, and mentally. Voice and breath techniques will be studied to improve inflection, diction, and projection. The golden rules of improvisation will be practiced, helping to create ensemble as well as to increase confidence and critical thinking. Scene study with great modern plays incorporating techniques of the great acting teachers will build on skills that help in the portrayal of compelling and complex characters. A unit on Shakespeare will teach the tools to understand plots and to break down complex verse into a character’s needs and thoughts. The end-of-year performance for families will showcase newly developed skills.

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. The year culminates with a showcase.

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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