This class is designed to go deeper into the exploration of skills and resources taught in the MHP Senior class and may be taken multiple years. It can be taken in addition to the Tuesday class, or as an a la carte class. We will branch out into more specific training which includes exercises in specific verbal, voice and focus warm-ups, character exercises, non-verbal expression through music, dramatic and comedic scene-based activities, monologues, duo, group and experimental scenes. We will explore the effect of tension on performance (and real-life) and how to deal with it by studying points in the book, Freeing the Artistic Mind, by Dr. Bill Crawford. We will prepare and perform a one-act play to be presented to family and friends. Like the Tuesday class, we will: Keep a journal; try to attend at least one outside theatrical performance and prepare a short class presentation; work through the text, The Actor’s Notebook.
New and returning students continue their study of theatre 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. Theatre etiquette will be taught, focusing on knowing what to expect as a theatrical performer from audition to closing night. An end-of-year, in-class performance for families will showcase newly developed skills. This class will cover same material as the Tuesday Intermediate Drama.
TEEN BEGINNER BALLET
This course is specifically designed for older students who are starting Ballet and are expected to progress at a faster rate than younger students at this level. It includes no performances. Based on the Metropolitan ballet curriculum, it enables students to show an understanding of basic Ballet technique, which includes being able to demonstrate secure classical posture and weight placement with appropriate use of ‘turn-out’. They should be able to move with ease across the floor while establishing harmonious lines through the body, as well as to demonstrate an ability to perform with increasing confidence, with awareness of the audience, and with responsiveness to musical rhythms, phrasing, and dynamics.
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. The year culminates with a showcase. This class will cover same material as the Tuesday Junior Jazz.
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. This class will cover same material as the Tuesday Junior Music.