Fall Classes 2020—YC Online!

September 28–November 7

Fall classes meet 1–2 days per week at various times 
for 6 weeks.


Class Descriptions

Acting Workshop (Junior, Middle School, High School)

Mix up your routine and expand your acting toolbox with our Acting Workshop. Students will build a foundational knowledge of acting principles and explore improvisation, character work, and text performance. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Theatrical skills such as tableaux, gesture, vocal production, and movement
  • Improvisation games
  • Character development through key tools including objective, obstacle, actions, physicality
  • Scene and monologue performance


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects, monologues, and scenes rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Junior Session: Mondays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session
: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

High School Session
: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition:
 $285 (Junior, Middle School)—$315 (High School)

College Prep II

With Pre-Screen videos and virtual or live auditions coming up in January 2021, private coaching - where students receive individualized coaching on their pieces -  is an essential tool to preparing a polished and confident audition package. The College Prep II piece can be taken after taking College Prep I, or on its own. It’s important for students who sign up for College Prep II to know that they should have their pieces pre-selected for maximum success. The process of narrowing down audition material is time-consuming, and the work for this package is recommended to be spent on rehearsing, not selecting material. 

 

The College Prep II package includes:

  • 1 30-minute consultation + 3 60-minute private coaching sessions with an A.C.T. faculty or artistic staff member via Zoom
  • 1 resume assessment session to be scheduled with the YC Director 
  • 1 90-minute mock audition and interview panel with guest artists and faculty 


Coaching sessions will be scheduled per availability of both student and coach; the Mock Audition & Interview date will be set in the fall for a date in early January 2021. 


Tuition:
 $550

Musical Theater Workshop (Junior, Middle School*, High School)

Unleash your passion for musical theater within the comfort of your home in our Musical Theater Workshop. This intensive introduces students to meaningful song performance and combining voice and movement to create character. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamentals of singing such as breath control, articulation, rhythm, and vocal technique
  • Dance and improving confidence in movement abilities
  • Song interpretation and performance
  • *Middle School Fall Musical Theater’s theme will be “Miscast” in which students sing songs in which they would likely never be cast - get ready for some surprising and hilarious moments!


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and songs rehearsed in class. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable musical theater skills!

Junior Session: Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session
: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:15 p.m. via Zoom

High School Session
: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition:
 $300 (Junior, Middle School)—$315 (High School)

On-Camera Acting Workshop (Junior, Middle School, High School)

Interested in acting in film and television? Now’s your chance to get in front of the camera in the On-Camera Acting Workshop. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • Fundamental acting tools including objective, obstacle, actions, tactics, and point of view
  • Theatrical skills such as scene analysis, vocal production, and physical awareness
  • On-camera acting techniques versus stage techniques
  • Audition preparation and filming yourself
  • The business and industry of film, television, and commercial acting


Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and filmed scenes. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Junior Session:  Tuesdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 pm and Saturdays from 10 a.m.—11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Middle School Session: Mondays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. via Zoom

High School Session: Wednesdays from 4 p.m.—5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m.—1:30 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285 (Junior, Middle School)—$315 (High School)

Improvisation (Middle School)

Improvisation is a valuable tool for freeing the imagination, gaining confidence, and deepening your emotional connection. Students of all levels of experience welcome. Actors will explore:

  • The fundamentals of improvisation such as spontaneity, remaining present, and the power of positive choice
  • Imaginative and physical character creation
  • Practicing courage and flexibility onstage and off-stage

Classes will meet online via Zoom twice a week. There will be some assignments and memorization in between classes. This intensive will culminate in a group "public" showing (families, Zoom in or gather around the computer!) to present projects and class activities. Have fun with peers while gaining some valuable acting skills!

Session Dates: Mondays/Thursdays from 4 p.m.—5:15 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $285


Musical Theater Audition Master Class (HS) (NEW!)

with Amy Rogers, head of Pace University BFA Musical Theatre Program


Ms. Rogers will work with each student on audition technique and song interpretation in this special one-day Master Class. Students may choose to register as a Participant or Observer. If a student registers as a Participant, they present a 16-bar audition cut, and receive one-on-one coaching to break down their song material and improve their audition song. If a student registers as an Observer, they will watch the class and can participate in the Q&A discussions, which can include musical theater technique as well as BFA college auditions and the theater industry. 

Session Dates: Thursday, September 17, 4–7p.m. (Pacific Time), online via Zoom

Student participants must be ages 15-18; Observers of all ages welcome.

Participant Tuition: $85 (ages 15–18, in order of registration, 8 students max.)
Observer Tuition: $35 (ages 8–19)

About the Master Class Instructor:
Amy Rogers (Pace University BFA Musical Theatre Program Director) created and developed the BFA Musical Theatre degree program at Pace University. The Musical Theater program at Pace began in 2002 and started with six majors; over the span of seven years, Rogers along with her professional faculty, has created a world-class BFA Musical Theater program with 100 majors.

Rogers's professional/academic directing credits include: The original workshops of Factory Girls (Mahoney, Irons, Coleman); Quanah (Larry Gatlin/Tony Dodge); Darling (Ryan Scott Oliver/B.T Rybeck); College: The Musical (Fornarola, Elmgreen); The R&B Musical Warm, But I’m a Cheerleader (conceptual director); Hoods and Hoofers (Rob Lindsay Nassif); and LUCK! (Brad Ross and Mark Waldrop). Full productions include ElegiesRagtimeCarouselWild Party (Lippa), The Most Happy FellaFlora The Red MenaceLittle WomenMy Name is AliceUrinetownVioletPippinInto The WoodsFunny Girl, and A Grand Night for Singing. Rogers has taught master classes at numerous universities and summer programs and is an audition and repertoire coach in New York City. Rogers has assisted critically-acclaimed director Lonny Price on the Pre-Broadway workshop of 110 in The Shade starring Audra McDonald, the Emmy Award–winning Passion for Live at Lincoln Center on PBS (Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Michael Cerveris), Candide with the New York Philharmonic (Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth), Anyone Can Whistle at the Ravinia Festival, and both Kismet (Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie) and Can-Can with Encores! at City Center.

2-Saturday Master Classes (Middle School, High School)

Monologue Deep Dive with Andy Alabran (Grades 7-9)

Monologues are a must for every actor.  In this class, we will find a monologue and work on it together.  We will learn how to make choices that make the material shine and sparkle.  We will also explore the text through exercises to reveal the character’s subtext.  The course culminates with a public Zoom showing.  And, all along the way, we will have fun! 

Class Dates: Saturday, October 10 and Saturday, October 17  from 1—4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $135

Limit
: 12 students

Deadline to Register: Friday, October 2nd


Scene Study with Folami Williams (High School, grades 9-12)

Scene study is an essential part of a young actor’s training. In this 2-day master class (with a built-in one-week break for outside rehearsal), professional actor and teacher Folami Williams (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) leads students through some basics  for actors to approach the playing of a scene. Topics such as theme, objective, circumstances, event, motivation and relationships among others, in addition to both psychological and physical approaches to the work will be explored. Learning not by only what the characters do and say, but working to find what is driving the characters to do and say those things - is a fundamental skill that will be explored in this class. Actors registering for this class should have some prior training/experience and be familiar with some basic acting vocabulary. Materials will be sent to students ahead of time 1 week prior to the class for students to become familiar with the scenes.

Class Dates
: Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24  from 1—4 p.m. via Zoom

Tuition
: $135

Limit
: 12 students

Deadline to Register: Friday, October 9th

A la carte Musical Theater Dance (NEW!  (Middle/High School, grades 7-12)

Want to dip your toes into the fabulous world of musical theater dance? Create a schedule that works for you, and have fun learning some musical theater movement combinations from iconic Broadway musicals. This class is designed for movers of all levels to develop strength, coordination, musicality, and confidence.  Led by Meredith Charlson, who recently choreographed the YC production of Into the Woods in summer 2019.

A total of 6 sessions are offered on Saturdays, 10a.m.—11:30 a.m., October 3 to November 7
*Enroll in the classes that work with your interest and schedule!
Enrollment for the Saturday class must be received  by the Monday prior (example, if you want to take the class on Saturday October 3, you need to have registered by Monday, September 28).

Class Dates: 1 to 6 classes: pay in advance and select the dates that work for you.  

                      Saturdays:  October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7 from 10 a.m.—11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Tuition: $20-$100 range (1-2 classes: $20/class; 3-5 classes: $18/class; 6 class package: $16/class)

Deadline to Register: 
the Monday 5 days before the first Saturday class you want to attend

 

Class Details:

October 3:              Don’t throw away your shot to work on Hamilton. Style: Hip Hop/Contemporary

October 10:            Let down your beehives: this week it’s Hairspray’s  “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” Style: 60’s

October 17:            Channel the south with this rousing number “Whoa Mama” from Bright Star. Style: Stomp

October 24:            Pay homage to Fosse and Vaudeville with Chicago’s “All That Jazz.” Style: Fosse 

October 31:            Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (ok, we know it's not musical theater, but it's Halloween!) 

November 7:          Dance your quarantine rage out with Spring Awakening’s “The Bitch of Living.” Style: Contemporary

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