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Fall Classes and Workshops

Fall 2013 Classes & Voice Lessons

Fall Classes run from September 16th to November 18th

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About Our Instructors

Performances can be exhilarating, but 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 developing actors. For performers in grades 1-12, we hold weekly acting and dance classes and private voice lessons. We vary the structure and focus of our programs to better address the developmental stage and needs of each age group. For the overture level, our Saturday morning class combines all three of the performance disciplines. Our act 1, act 2 and act 3 programs have a more complex structure.

For act 1 and act 2 students who wish to take acting with us, we start with an Intro to Acting class that all students must take, then build off of that with a variety of Next Level classes. For act 3, we recognize that our older students often come to us with significant performance experience, so we draw on that with three Foundations classes- Body, Voice and Text- that students take before moving on to advanced classes in those areas.

For dance classes, we offer several different levels of Musical Theatre Dance. We place students based on an audition on the first day of the semester. Our dance classes are designed to be rigorous, but they are often best for those whose primary dance experience and interest is dancing in shows and improving their musical theatre performance skills, rather than those who are already highly trained dancers.

Tuition: $180

Note: There will be no classes on October 14th or November 11th.

Programs by Age Group

Overture (grades 1-3)
act 1 (grades 4-6)
act 2 (grades 7-9)
act 3 (grades 10-12)
Private Voice Lessons (for all ages)


overture
grades 1-3

Theatre is the art of telling a story. Our interdisciplinary overture classes develop voice, acting and dance skills through the exploration of various tales from around the world. Each class will focus on different dance styles and acting skills.

overture: Folks Down on the Farm
September 21, 2013–November 9, 2013
Saturdays | 10:15am-11:25am
instructed by members of the Resident Youth Ensemble
Small Rehearsal Room

In this playful introduction to the magical world of theatre, students develop acting, dance and singing skills through exploration of some of our favorite stories of life on the farm. Through stories, crafts and games and creative play students express themselves, build confidence, explore their imagination and develop social skills. We'll draw on the music of young company favorites like Honk! and even our upcoming winter show, Charlotte's Web for an interdisciplinary class that younger elementary school students are sure to enjoy!


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 one
grades 4-6

Living truthfully in imaginary circumstances is one definition of acting that elementary aged actors usually don't have trouble with! We work to help them confidently channel their energy and imagination into performance!

act 1: Introduction to Acting
Mondays | 3:30pm-4:40pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Large Rehearsal Room

Everyone is an actor! Through theatre games and improvisation, students will learn basic theatre skills in a supportive, creative and fun environment. We'll address the questions that every actor must answer before he or she even steps on stage: Who am I? Where am I? When is it? What am I doing? Why am I doing it? Through games, improvisation and ensemble exercises, this class will help actors in grades 4, 5 and 6 to develop confidence, stage presence and their ability to work as part of a group. This class is the first step to building a solid foundation in acting, and is therefore a prerequisite for all other act 1 acting classes.

Next Level: Playwriting
Mondays | 3:30pm-4:40pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Small Rehearsal Room

As actors, elementary school students have the opportunity to explore the thoughts and worlds of others around them. But we're also excited to see what worlds exist inside our young actors, waiting to burst through. In this class, students will build on the lessons of Intro to Acting, to dramatize their own stories and bring their characters to life through playwriting, revision and performance. Additionally, understanding the process of playwriting will help young actors bring new insight to working with and performing the texts of others. The class will culminate with an informal presentation of original monologues and scenes, created by the class.

Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2

Saturdays | 9:00am-10:10am | September 21-November 9, 2013
These classes are designed to provide students with the foundations in ballet and jazz techniques that are at the rood of those styles required by musical theatre. We focus on strength, flexibility, coordination, and interpretation, through a combination of warm-ups, floor exercises and learning combinations. Students will then be eligible for the next level in the spring session. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.

Musical Theatre Dance 3
Saturdays | 10:15am-11:25am | September 21-November 9, 2013
The next level in our sequence. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.


act two
grades 7-9

Actors constantly balance a strong sense of self with an ability to work together as a group. These classes for act 2 focus on developing strong ensembles and instilling self-confidence necessary "to be private in public."

act 2: Introduction to Acting
Mondays | 4:40pm-5:55pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Large Rehearsal Room

Through games, improvisation and scenework, this class will help young actors to develop confidence, stage presence and their ability to respond in the moment. We will use the five Ws - who, what, when, where and why - to think quickly and create fully realized physical and vocal characters, giving middle school actors a strong base for continued work in the theatre. This course has a strong foundation in improvisational theatre. This class is the first step to building a solid foundation in acting, and is therefore a prerequisite for all other act 2 acting classes.

Next Level: Acting Shakespeare
Mondays | 4:40pm-5:55pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Small Rehearsal Room

This class tackles the challenges and delights of performing the texts of William Shakespeare. We'll dig deep into the language, humor and excitement of some of the most beloved scenes and speeches, combining vocal, physical and language based work to understand and embody the poetry and pathos of one of our greatest playwright's. This class will be excellent preparation for those interested in our spring Shakespeare production.

Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2

Saturdays | 9:00am-10:10am | September 21-November 9, 2013
These classes are designed to provide students with the foundations in ballet and jazz techniques that are at the rood of those styles required by musical theatre. We focus on strength, flexibility, coordination, and interpretation, through a combination of warm-ups, floor exercises and learning combinations. Students will then be eligible for the next level in the spring session. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.

Musical Theatre Dance 3
Saturdays | 10:15am-11:25am | September 21-November 9, 2013
The next level in our sequence. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.



act three
grades 10-12

Ways of thinking about acting did not begin and end with Stanislavsky. With act 3, we strive to open windows into both professional theatre artist training techniques -like those of Meisner, Suzuki, LeCoq, Laban and Linklater-and disciplines like directing and playwriting.

act 3 Foundations: Freeing the Text
Mondays | 6:30pm-7:40pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Small Rehearsal Room

How do you get into character—and how do you stay there? In this course, actors will learn to use their scripts as roadmaps to making strong acting choices. Guided by monologues and scenes from popular contemporary playwrights, we’ll explore how something as simple as a punctuation mark can give major insight into psychology, physicality, and the action of the scene—it can even help with line memorization! This class is designed to give students the practical tools they need to tackle challenging, complex roles and prepare confidently for auditions, rehearsals, and class work.

act 3 Next Level: Physical Theatre
Mondays | 7:45pm-9:00pm | September 16-November 18, 2013
Large Rehearsal Room

This class is for anyone who wants to develop their "physical language" and explore new and thrilling ways of interpreting theatre text & stories. It’s more than just an awareness of your body as an instrument, it's an exciting way to communicate with others, and to develop truly distinct physical characters and moments. The class will draw upon the work of multiple movement practitioners: LeCoq, Grotowski, Laban and Suzuki. Participants should wear movement-appropriate clothing.

Musical Theatre Dance 1
Musical Theatre Dance 2

Saturdays | 9:00am-10:10am | September 21-November 9, 2013
These classes are designed to provide students with the foundations in ballet and jazz techniques that are at the rood of those styles required by musical theatre. We focus on strength, flexibility, coordination, and interpretation, through a combination of warm-ups, floor exercises and learning combinations. Students will then be eligible for the next level in the spring session. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.

Musical Theatre Dance 3
Saturdays | 10:15am-11:25am | September 21-November 9, 2013
The next level in our sequence. Auditions for placement will be held at 9:00am the first day of the program.


Private Voice Lessons
For All Ages

The young company offers half-hour long private voice lessons with a variety of coaches on Sunday through Friday afternoons and evenings. In the fall, students receive 12 lessons per semester at a cost of $360. The voice lessons begin the week of September 16th and continue through December 8th. Students work on vocal technique, musicianship, song repertoire and audition skills. At the end of each semester, we hold a small recital to share the fruits of our semester with parents and friends.

Tuition: $360

 

Questions? Contact us! (781)279-7885, or: education@stonehamtheatre.org

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