Fall 2014 Classes & Voice Lessons
Fall Classes run from September 15 - November 10, 2014
Performances can be exhilarating; we also love to focus on an actor's process. Each Fall and Spring, the young company offers a variety of programs to support and challenge growing actors.
For actors in overture, our interdisciplinary classes develop voice, acting, and dance skills through the exploration of various tales from around the world. Each semester's class focuses on different dance styles and acting skills, in addition to theatre crafts like mask-making and puppetry.
For those in act 1, act 2, or act 3, we offer weekly acting classes in a variety of topics, as well as private voice lessons. We also offer three different levels of Musical Theatre Dance -- combining mainly ballet and jazz -- plus an advanced dance class rooted in a particular style. Our dance classes are rigorous but best for those who want to improve their musical theatre performance skills, rather than those who are already highly trained dancers.
Registration is open August 7, 2014
Our fall session is eight sessions long. All classes have a minimum enrollment of 6 students and a maximum enrollment of 16.
In the event that we cancel class due to weather/ instructor illness, we will schedule a make-up class in the week immediately following our regular semester. All classes are 70 minutes in length, except for act 2 + 3 Project: young company.
Classes are filled on a first-come, first served basis.
Tuition is $180 for each 8-week class.*
*act 2 + 3: project young company tuition is $240 and meets on Mondays + Wednesdays
Note: No class on Monday, October 15th for Columbus Day
Programs by Age Group
overture: The Superhero Acting Academy
taught by Tyler Rosati
Saturdays 9:00-10:10am | September 20 - November 8, 2014 | Gallery
Ever wish you had super strength? Lightning speed? The power of flight? This fall, students in grades 1 through 3 can create their own superheroes, develop their powers, and of course, save the world! Our interdisciplinary overture classes introduce our youngest students to theatre in a supportive, playful, and collaborative environment. Under the guidance of a head teacher and theater education intern, students develop voice, acting, dance, and craft skills, culminating in a sharing session for family and friends. This class is a great fit both for newcomers and students looking to build off their experience in the young company Summer Festival!
In our acting classes for older performers, every individual starts by taking an Introduction to acting class or a foundation class at his or her grade level. Based in Stanislavsky's system, the introductory classes give all our actors fundamental skills as well as a shared vocabulary. After Introduction to Acting, students can take the "Next Level" classes in whatever order makes sense for their schedule and skills.
In our dance classes, students will be placed in Musical Theatre Dance 1, 2 or 3 based on an audition at 9:00am on the first day of the program, Saturday, September 21st.
act 1: Physical Theatre
Mondays 3:30-4:40pm | September 15 - November 10, 2014 | Large Rehearsal Room
Acting is meant to be active! In this class, we'll explore how movement and gesture can be used in plays and improvisation. From the slightest hand movement to the biggest gesture, actors will focus on using their entire bodies to create a character and tell a story. Physical theatre encourages young actors to make bold acting choices, work together as a team, and connect to characters of all shapes and sizes! Beginning and returning actors are welcome.
act 1: Monsters, Fairies, and Witches
taught by Tyler Rosati
Mondays 3:30-4:40pm | September 15 - November 10, 2014 | Small Rehearsal Room
Something wicked this way comes! In this class, act 1 students will be introduced to Shakespeare through his famous (and infamous) magical characters. Using excerpts from classics like Macbeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, students will learn the ropes of acting Shakespeare and pairing it with movement and vocal work. This class is open to both first-time and returning actors and is an excellent primer for those interested in auditioning for our annual Spring Shakespeare production.
act 2: Comedy Tonight!
Mondays 4:45-5:55pm | September 15 - November 10, 2014 | Large Rehearsal Room
In this class, students will draw from diverse comedic disciplines—including sketch, clown, standup, and improvisation—to create their own variety show. This class is open to both first-time and returning actors and will focus on the principles of comedy, creating comedic characters, and generating material as a team. The final performance will benefit Fund-A-Need, the young company financial aid fund.
act 2 + 3: project young company
Mondays + Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm | September 15 - November 10, 2014 | Small and Large Rehearsal Rooms
Theatre is not only about artistic and personal development—it’s also about the exchange of ideas and building a relationship with a community. In residence with a local arts or social organization, students in acts 2 and 3 will create an original devised piece of theatre based around the stories and mission of their host organization using primary sources, like interviews, artwork, letters, and photographs. This performance-based program will meet two to three times a week and is open to both first-time and returning actors.
Musical Theatre Dance Level 1-3
taught by Bradley Jensen + others
Saturdays 9:00-10:10am, 10:15-11:25am | September 20 - November 8, 2014 | Small and Large Rehearsal Rooms
These classes are designed to provide students in acts 1-3 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. Students new to the young company or those have not taken dance classes with us in the past will be asked to attend a group placement audition before classes begin.
Advanced Musical Theatre Dance: Fosse
Saturdays 10:15-11:25am | September 20 - November 8, 2014 | Large Rehearsal Room
Designed for students in acts 1–3 who have already completed a Musical Theatre Dance class at level 3 or higher, this course is designed to introduce students to the iconic style of director/choreographer Bob Fosse (most recognizable in musicals like Cabaret and Chicago). Spaces will fill fast, so early registration is highly encouraged!
the young company offers half-hour long private voice lessons afternoons and evenings Sunday through Friday. In the Fall, students receive 12 lessons at a cost of $360; in the Spring, 14 lessons costs $420. Students work on vocal technique, musicianship, song repertoire, and audition skills. At the end of each semester, we hold a recital to share our work with parents and friends.
FALL LESSONS: September 8-December 7 | FALL RECITAL: December 7
Questions? Contact us! (781)279-7885, or: firstname.lastname@example.org
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