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 Performance Project: Broadway Focus
 
9–12

 
$535

 
3:30–5:30 p.m.

 
Intro to Stage Combat: The Art of Fighting

 
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.

 
Acting Performance Project: Devised Theater Focus

 
9–12

 
$430

 
2–5 p.m.

 
Musical Theater Performance Project: Cabaret Focus
 
9–12

 
$450

 
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.

 

Intro to Stage Combat: The Art of Fighting

Limited to 12 students. Join us for Shakespeare Fight Club led by renowned fight director and actor Carla Pantoja! Carla will teach the basic techniques of storytelling through safe and high energy fight choreography. Step into Romeo and Juliet scene study to learn to wield a rapier or dagger! Throw a punch learning unarmed combat in Hamlet! Stage combat is a strong addition to any actor’s training, as any current and previous training in acting, voice, and movement will be integrated in this course. Open to all levels of experience. The class culminates in an in-class presentation of short stage combat scenes for all participants.

 

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 Performance Project: Broadway Focus

Led by the long-time YC favorite team of Vivian Sam and Thaddeus Pinkston, this M-W-F class is the ultimate musical theater performance experience, allowing time for participants to explore acting, voice, and staging/movement/dance techniques as they apply to today’s Broadway musical theater industry. Held in one of our larger mirrored studios, extra focus will be placed on movement and choreographic elements of musical theater, a hallmark of Broadway musicals from Oklahoma! to Spring Awakening to Hamilton. The class emphasizes both ensemble and solo work, and culminates in a performance at the end of the session.

 

Musical Theater Performance Project: Cabaret Focus

Led by Kimberly Braun, director of the YC High School Musical Ensemble, this class will expand on acting, voice, and staging techniques for various styles in the musical theater canon, with a special focus on performing and interpreting songs for a more intimate cabaret experience. 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.

 

Acting Performance Project: Devised Theater Focus

Working in ensemble format, this performance class encourages students to devise a theater piece collectively to be presented at the end of the session.  Devised theater work is popular in many training programs, as it teaches performers to work collaboratively not only as actors but as creators of their own script through improvisation, writing, and physical character creation. Students may use both original and published texts in creating the theater piece.

This project is for adventurous and creative spirits, and highly recommended for actors wishing to get in touch with their creative impulses.

 

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

Break out of the same acting habits! Viewpoints is an excellent class for actors who have been focusing on text-based scenework and monologue classes, and are looking to expand their toolbox to include a more physical approach to their work. A popular component of most modern advanced actor training programs, this technique develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and gives young actors yet another “way in” when approaching their work onstage. Join A.C.T. MFA student Adam Donovan, who trained with the originator of Viewpoints at NYU, in applying this technique to text in this fun and unique ensemble class. The class will culminate in a presentation of work inspired by the students’ exploration of Viewpoints for friends and family.

 

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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