Summer 2018 Session: High School

High School (Grades 9–12) 4-Week Session

June 11–July 6, 2018

(no class July 4)

 

The following classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays:

 

Time Course* Grades Tuition

 
9–11 a.m.
 
Voice & Speech for the Actor 9–12 $430
9–11 a.m.

 
Improvisation 9–12 $430
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
 
Acting Technique
 
9–12
 
$430
 
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

 
Musical Theater Technique

 
9–12

 
$430

 
1:30–3:30 p.m

 
Physical Character

 
9–12

 
$430

 
2–5 p.m.
 
Acting Performance Project
 
9–12
 
$535
 
2–5 p.m.

 
Musical Theater Scene Into Song Showcase

 
9–12

 
$535

 
3:30–5:30 p.m.

 
Fightin’ Shakespeare: Exploring Shakespeare through Stage Combat
 
9–12

 
$430

 

 

*Concludes with a performance project that will be presented to family and friends.


The following classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
 

Time Course* Grades Tuition

 
9–11 a.m.
 
Directing for the Theater 9–12 $350
9–11 a.m.

 
Musical Theater Dance 9–12 $350
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
 
Viewpoints Technique
 
9–12
 
$350
 
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

 
Preparing for Monologue Auditions

 
9–12

 
$350

 
1:30–3:30 p.m
 
On-Camera Acting
 
9–12
 
$350
 
1:30–3:30 p.m

 
Acting Technique


9–12

 
$350

 
2–5 p.m.

 
Performance-Making Project

 
9–12

 
$430

 
3:30–5:30 p.m.

 
Behind the Scenes: Technical Theater Exploration

 
9–12

 
$350

 

 

*Concludes with a performance project that will be presented to family and friends.

 

Course Descriptions

Acting Technique

This course is designed to give young actors the tools to create believable and vibrant characters. Covering the basic principles of acting technique—including objective/ obstacle, circumstance, inner monologue, sense memory, and improvisation—this course includes work with improvisation and dramatic texts, culminating in the presentation of monologues and/or scenes.
 

Acting Performance Project

Designed for students with previous acting experience and training, this course mirrors the work of a professional theater company as students take a single dramatic work from first read-through to final performance. Students focus on character development and the dynamics of the play’s language, rather than technical production skills.

 

Behind the Scenes: Technical Theater Exploration

Explore the fundamentals of the design and technical work that lies behind every production. Topics will include costume/make-up design, scenic design, sound design, props design, and lighting/projection design, as well as an introduction to stage management and backstage crew positions.

 

Cabaret Project

Designed for students with previous musical theater training and performance experience, this class will expand on acting, voice, and staging techniques as they apply to actors working in musical theater today. The class emphasizes both ensemble and solo work, and culminates in a performance at the end of the session.

 

Directing for the Theater

This class provides a practical introduction to directing technique and the role of the director in the theater. As they direct their classmates, students will develop skills to select material, work with actors, manage rehearsal dynamics, and build to a final performance.

 

Fightin’ Shakespeare: Exploring Shakespeare through Stage Combat

Limited to 12 students, this class is an opportunity to learn both fundamentals of stage combat and Shakespearean text by working on fight scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most memorable scenes.

 

Improvisation

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence in auditions, and deepening emotional connection. Class will also include imaginative and physical character creation. Class exercises focus on spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice.

This course is a wonderful tool for developing courage and flexibility onstage.

 

Musical Theater Dance

This course provides students with the technique and experience to meet the specific challenges and demands of dancing in musical theater productions. Taught by a professional stage choreographer, the course is designed to give students a solid foundation in the movement skills required by today’s stage musicals. The class culminates in a presentation of the various styles of dance in musical theater.

 

Musical Theater Scene into Song Showcase

This course will pull scenes from musical theater librettos that lead into songs, and the entire sequence of acting into singing seamlessly will be explored. Class culminates in a showcase of scene/songs from the musical theater canon.

 

Musical Theater Performance Project

This class will expand on acting, voice, and staging techniques for various styles in the musical theater canon. The class emphasizes both ensemble and solo work, and culminates in a performance at the end of the session.

 

Musical Theater Technique

This class introduces students to vocal production, rhythm, and focuses on the interpretation and phrasing of the song and using the whole body as an instrument while performing. The session culminates in a presentation of solo and ensemble numbers from the musical theater repertoire.

 

On-Camera Acting

Want to know the difference between acting on the stage and acting on-camera? Through simple scenes and exercises, this introductory exploration of acting for the camera will explore the fundamentals of good acting, learn practicable on-camera technique, and acquire a basic, realistic understanding of the film and television industry.

 

Performance-Making Project

Working in an ensemble format, this class encourages students to collectively devise a theater piece to be presented at the end of the session. The work will involve improvisation, writing, and physical character creation. Students will use both original and published texts in creating the theater piece.

This project is for adventurous and creative spirits.

 

Physical Character

This class is designed to address the power of creating physical character, identifying obstacles, and working to overcome them. Instructors will use a variety of approaches to enhance the young actor’s physical work, including mime, clowning, masks, commedia dell’arte, and physical improvisation.

A “must” for all serious young actors.

 

Preparing for Monologue Auditions

This course offers a guide to entering the professional world of acting. In addition to covering the basics of auditioning—from preparing a dynamic presentation of contrasting monologues to compiling photos and resumes and becoming comfortable in a variety of audition settings—this class will explore such professionalism, rehearsal decorum, cold readings, prepared readings, and how to develop techniques to sustain your place in a competitive arts world.

Only the most serious actors should select this class.

 

Singing and Dancing

Basic singing and dancing skills are introduced, with focus on accommodating a variety of experience levels. Tools will be applied to a variety of music-theater genres, and will be applied in the intensive’s culminating Story Theater class.

 

Story Theater

Designed to combine all of the elements of the Junior Intensives into a culminating event, Story Theater is an opportunity for students to work in ensemble format in creating a story in performance, calling on the physical, vocal and creative tools of the actor. Friends and family will be invited to a casual presentation on the final day of this class.

 

Viewpoints Technique

Viewpoints is a theatrical technique that grew out of the postmodern dance world, and is a cornerstone of most advanced actor training programs. Viewpoints is used to create a story onstage through time, space, and sound. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively, and to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and gives young actors yet another “way in” when approaching their work on stage.

 

Voice and Speech for the Actor

Focusing on one of the actor’s most creative and vital tools, this class is designed to shape and expand voice and speech techniques. With a foundation of breath, relaxation, and alignment, students will explore pitch, volume, articulation, and resonance to expand the freedom and flexibility of the voice. These components will be applied to contemporary scene work.

A "must" for all serious young actors.

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