YOUTH THEATRE CLASSES
Youth Production Classes
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty * Music by Stephen Flaherty * Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical, Jr., a fantastical musical extravaganza. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Rehearsals begin Tuesday January 27, 2015. Open to students ages 7-14. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from January 27 to March 19 (with a possible make-up day for inclement weather on Saturday, March 21). From March 23-April 2, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. You will see James (as he cleverly gets the Peach out of danger), the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm. You will also see James’ mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge come to a suitably sticky end. The action is tied together by the Narrator, a storyteller, motivator, emcee and audience friend. Take advantage of the quick costuming, simple props and basic scenery to provide your cast and audience with an exciting, peachy adventure!
Rehearsals begin Monday, March 2, 2015. Open to students ages 9-15. Classes meet every Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 pm from March 2 to April 22 (with a possible make-up class if we cancel due to inclement weather on Saturday, April 11). From April 23-May 7, students will rehearse daily Monday-Thursday afternoons on the Mainstage from 4:30-6:30.
Three performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 9 and 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
Gotta Sing … Gotta Dance – BROADWAY BOOTCAMP!
An all-new, 10 week class offered to teens (12 – 17 years) spotlighting the fabulous world of Broadway taught by Jerry Crouch (ACT’s Mr. Musical himself) who has directed such hits as Hairspray, Annie and Oliver!
Jerry will teach you how to polish your audition techniques, build a musical theatre resume and learn appropriate theatre etiquette. He will also partner with a seasoned Musical Director and Choreographer to improve your singing, dancing and acting techniques so that you can “razzle-dazzle” at your next musical theatre audition!
The finale of this class will be a cabaret style of weekend performances featuring all class participants in a Broadway showcase featuring solos, duets, trios and company numbers from the musical theatre songbook!
Fall 2014: Session I Schedule
Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm and November 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
Spring 2015: Session II Schedule
Rehearsals begin Saturday, March 7, 2015. Open to students ages 12-17. Classes meet every Saturday afternoon from 2:00-3:30 pm from March 7 – May 2. From May 9-18, students will rehearse Mondays from 5-8pm and Saturdays from 2-5pm. Final Dress/TECH will be Thursday, May 21 from 6-9pm on the Mainstage.
Two performances will be held on the Mainstage. The performance schedule is May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm and May 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm.
Classes for Pre-K and Younger
Spend a morning at ACT shaking it up with the kiddos! What’s Shakin’? is a singing, dancing, jamming good time for kids ages 6 months to 3 years and their moms or dads or grandparents or nannies (no age limits here!) What’s Shakin’? is taught by Ryan “Slim” Dixon, who has created songs and poems about our beautiful town for children of all ages!
Spring 2015: Class will meet at 10:00 am on Saturdays from January 17, 2015 through March 28, 2015. The class runs for 11 weeks (but if you buy the package, you’ll only pay for 10).
You can participate in the class in one of two ways. Drop in when you can and just pay by the class – it’s $12 for one child or $20 for two. Or, buy the entire class as a package for $100 for one child or $160 for two! The package price also includes a free CD so kids can listen to the music they’re learning at home!
Hey! Hey! Let’s Play!
Hey! Hey! Let’s Play! is designed just for kids ages 3-5! Children will develop a sense of self and community by building confidence, physical skills, emotional fluency and imagination, while also learning about storytelling, music, movement and the living organism that is “the theatre.” To accomplish these goals, students will play a variety of games, sing songs, listen to and tell stories, and participate in activities and experiences that focus on listening, cooperating, moving, emoting, empathizing, creating and (of course) having FUN!
The 10 week class will be an hour long culminating in a short presentation for family and friends. This presentation will feature poems, songs and story enactments (both traditional and those created in the class).
Spring 2015: Class will meet from 10:00-11:00 am on Monday mornings for 10 weeks from February 2 through April 6, 2015. On Monday, April 6, 2015, students will arrive at 9:30 am for a short presentation to share with family and friends at 10:00!
Hey! Hey! Let’s Play! is co-taught by Ryan Dixon and Chanda Calentine. The cost for the class is $125.