FALL + SPRING CLASSES
Through artistic training and performance opportunities, the young company at Stoneham Theatre develops life skills such as confidence, self-discipline, and collaboration to inspire and prepare young actors for future creative engagement and success.
Each Fall and Spring, the young company offers a variety of classes to support and challenge growing actors. All classes are 70 minutes long and limited to 16 students. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For actors in overture, our interdisciplinary classes develop voice, acting, and dance skills through various themes. For those in act 1, 2, and 3, we offer weekly acting classes in a variety of topics, as well as private voice. Our dance classes are best for those who want to improve their musical theatre performance skills, and every semester we offer an advanced class rooted in a different style.
Tuition is $195 for each 8-week class. Financial aid and payment plans are available.
SPRING 2017 CLASSES: MARCH 11-MAY 13, 2017
overture: Twisted Tales (grades 1 – 3) • Taught by Joanna Van Sickle
Session 1: Saturdays, 9:00-10:10am
Session 2: Saturdays, 10:15-11:25am
Come find out why it’s so good to be bad! This spring, students in grades 1-3 will explore villains (and heroes!) of all shapes and sizes from classic fairy tales. Our interdisciplinary overture class introduces our youngest students to the world of theatre. Under the guidance of an experienced teacher, students develop voice, acting, dance, and craft skills, culminating in an informal sharing session for family and friends. This class is a great fit for newcomers and students looking to grow their experience in the young company.
Joanna Van Sickle is a current Graduate Student at Emerson College studying Theatre Education. Since graduating with a B.A. in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan in 2010, she has taught in a variety of educational settings in schools and with professional theatre companies both in the D.C. Metropolitan area and in Ohio. In Ohio, she created Creative Dramatics, teaching workshops and running theatrical events for kids throughout Columbus. She also worked full-time as a Preschool Teacher and Drama Specialist at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus. Drama enhances so many life skills through working on our “actor’s tools”: body, voice, imagination, concentration and cooperation. Joanna is very excited to have the opportunity to share her love of drama with her students, guiding them to discover a love and appreciation for the arts while enhancing skills needed for everyday life.
act 1: Shakespeare in Action (grades 4 – 6) • Taught by Tyler Rosati
Shakespeare isn't so scary! It's time to battle the bard! In this class students will tackle some of the most world-renowned text head first by exploring some of Shakespeare's greatest fight scenes from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and Romeo and Juliet. Through a combination of text analysis and physical combat, students will learn to enhance any story by connecting words to physical storytelling. These skills are useful for Shakespeare AND other theatre. This class is perfect for those new to Shakespeare or those seeking to expand upon their skills!
Tyler Rosati is a graduate of the young company and current Education and Artistic Associate at Stoneham Theatre. Next up: directing Altar Boyz as part of Stoneham Theatre’s Mainstage series with the incomparable Ceit Zweil. Recent directorial credits include: Barnum, Alice, Rough Magic, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, Just So, Comedy of Errors (the young company), Sensations and Disciples (Clark University), and Fortress of Solitude (Boston Theatre Marathon XVII). He can also be seen throughout Boston in critically acclaimed and rather unique UK adaptations of some of William Shakespeare’s works.
act 2: Advanced Playmaking (grades 7 – 9) • Taught by Rachael Furgiuele
Learn about theatre from the inside out! Advanced Playmaking explores in depth how to create a collaborative performance. Week by week, students will explore action, character, conflict and dialogue, then use this to create their very own work! Even more, students will learn about a major trend in American theatre today – performing in unconventional spaces. Advanced Playmaking will culminate in a short sharing. No previous writing experience required - this is a “learn by doing” class!
Rachael Furgiuele is an actress, musician and educator from rural Iowa. She earned her bachelor's degree in music from Iowa State University, where she studied voice, piano, and musical theatre. After graduation she worked as an adjunct professor of applied piano and musical theatre technique at Loras College and the University of Dubuque. She is currently earning a Master of Arts in theatre education at Emerson College, as well as working as a teaching artist in the Boston area, most recently with Stoneham Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre. When not in class or rehearsal, Rachael does freelance calligraphy through her Etsy shop, Scribblings Calligraphy. She's thrilled to rejoin the young company this spring!
acts 1 & 2: Musical Theatre Dance (grades 4 – 9) • Taught by Liza Nagle
This class is designed to provide students in acts 1–2 with the foundations in ballet and jazz techniques that are at the root of musical theatre styles. We focus on strength, flexibility, coordination, and interpretation through a combination of warm-ups, floor exercises, and learning combinations. Please note: There is no placement for this class.
acts 2 & 3: Advanced Musical Theatre Dance: Tap (grades 7 – 12) • Taught by Liza Nagle
Shuffle off to Buffalo as you learn the basics of tap and develop your repertoire of steps. This class has a strong emphasis on technique and repetition in order to encourage muscle memory and confidence to create sounds clearly each time. Participants must be in acts 2 or 3, and previous dance experience is required.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Director of Education
Education and Artistic Associate
Stoneham Theatre Box Office
395 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT
overture for students in grades 1 – 3
act 1 for students in grades 4 – 6
act 2 for students in grades 7 – 9
act 3 for students in grades 10 – 12