Spring 2015 Classes & Voice Lessons
Spring Classes run from March 2–May 9, 2015*
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 Opens December 23, 2014
Our spring 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.
Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tuition is $180 for each 8-week class.
*No classes on April 18, 20, or 25. Make-up dates — May 4 and 16, 2015
Programs by Age Group
overture: Outer Space
Saturdays 9:00–10:10am | March 7–May 9, 2015 | Gallery
It's time for overture to take off! This spring, students in grades 1 through 3 will be the brave adventurers who travel to the Milky Way and back! Students will explore the outer limits of their dramatic potential through out-of-this-world storytelling games and crafts. The class will culminate in a sharing session for family and friends. This class is a great fit for newcomers, returners, and students interested in the Summer Festival.
act 1: Acting Through Objects
Mondays 3:30–4:40pm | March 2–April 27, 2015 | Large Rehearsal Room
Learn acting skills through the use of puppetry and masks! Students in grades 4–6 will explore how to create and voice a character through storytelling, creative movement, and making BIG choices. From hand and shadow puppets to half and full face masks, students will walk away confident in creating characters of all types!
act 2: Scene Study, Evil Genius^
Mondays 4:45–5:55pm | March 9–May 4, 2015 | Small Rehearsal Room
Come find out why it's so good to be bad! Students in act 2 will explore the greatest villains from contemporary Western theatre and film. Students will talk about the purpose of the villain in storytelling, types of villains, and engage in focused character studies. Through games, improvisation and scene work, actors will develop evil characters that are compelling to watch and even cheer for! This class is open to new and returning students.
^This class will begin and end one week later than other Spring classes.
act 2 + 3: Stage Combat
Mondays 4:45–5:55pm | March 2–April 27, 2015 | Large Rehearsal Room
Put 'em up! Fight choreography is a powerful tool to heighten conflict between characters and a great way to learn dynamic movement. In this class, students in grades 7–12 will learn safe, basic unarmed techniques. After learning terms, stances, and moves, students will pair up for scenes that will be shared with families and friends. Please note: this class is a prerequisite for the act 3 armed stage combat class in the young company Summer Festival 2015.
act 3: Audition Prep
Mondays 6:00–7:10pm | March 2–April 27, 2015 | Large Rehearsal Room
Put your best foot forward! This class will explore and practice techniques to help you excel in the audition process. This focused master class will help students in grades 10–12 learn how to choose the best monologues and songs, and how to navigate the audition process beyond the young company (be that college auditions or otherwise).
Musical Theatre Dance: Levels 1, 2, 3
Saturdays 9:00–10:10am, 10:15-11:25am | March 7–May 9, 2015 | Small and Large Rehearsal Rooms
This class is 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: Tap Boot Camp
Saturdays 10:15–11:25am | March 7–May 9, 2015 | Large Rehearsal Room
Shuffle off to Buffalo as you develop a foundation in tap and learn a 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. This class is for you if you have a basic knowledge of tap, or if you have completed Musical Theatre Dance 3 (or the equivalent experience).
the young company offers half-hour long private voice lessons with a variety of coaches on Sunday through Friday afternoons and evenings. In the spring, students receive 14 lessons per semester at a cost of $420. Students work on vocal technique, musicianship, song repertoire and audition skills.
SPRING Lessons: February 23–June 7, 2015*
*Voice Lessons will not be held on 4/18, 4/20, 4/25, 5/25. Make-ups — week of June 8, 2015
Questions? Contact us! (781)279-7885 x104, or: firstname.lastname@example.org