Theater Classes

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Give your student the skills to become a true thespian! Theater and drama classes promote empathy and reading comprehension in people of all ages. Sign up for classes in our theater program to see the benefits of this art form and see how your student shines!

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WINTER THEATER CLASSES

Fairy Tale Theater

Students will use their imaginations to bring four classic fairy tales to life using costumes, props, and small-scale scenery. Teacher directs the students to act out four different story themes with a different story every other week. Parents are invited to these performances. This class emphasizes theater vocabulary and drama skills.

Ages 4 ½-9 | Tuesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
217.5082.1  | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 1/10

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Karen Ebert

Kids Drama: Folktales

Develop and enhance your child’s speaking and early social skills while building their self-esteem and confidence through fun and creative theater games and the performance of a children’s fable. Students will be required to memorize lines and staging for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Ages 5-7 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
217.5051.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 1/10

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Sonie Matthew

Intro to Acting and Theater Games

In the first six weeks of class, learn the art of comedy and improv through fun and interactive games culminating in an audience-led improv showcase. In the second six weeks, learn the basic skills of developing a character, the parts of a stage, analyzing a script and good speaking habits through theater games and a final performance.

Ages 7-11 | Thursdays | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
217.5341.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 1/12

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Sonie Matthew

NEW! Acting Stories: Adventures with Shakespeare

Prerequisite: At least 2 sessions with Sonie Mathew in any/either of the drama or musical theater classes. Strengthen your ability to develop a character and analyze scripts through scenes from greek myths. Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Ages 8-12 | Wednesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
217.5151.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 1/11

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Sonie Matthew

Intro to Musical Performance

Learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing
in a musical scene. Students will be required to memorize a song and learn choreography for
a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Ages 8-12 | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
217.5221.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 1/10

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Sonie Matthew

Musical Theater Page to Stage

This class is for students who have taken at least
one session of a musical theater class or camp at BlackRock. Students will work as a team to write,
produce and perform a short, original, one-act musical. Basic acting, singing and dance skills are required.

Ages 11-16 | Thursdays | 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
117.5301.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 1/12

Early Registration: $225/Members $210
Regular Registration: $235/Members $220

Instructor: Sonie Matthew

NEW! Circus Theater

This class introduces students to basic circus skills as well as how to perform them within the context of a story/scene. The skills for this class will be chosen from: juggling scarves and balls, feather balancing, rola bola, group parachute work, hula-hoop activities, basic clowning and comedy and more!

Ages 6-10 | Wednesdays | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

217.5602.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 1/18

Early Registration: $185/Members $170
Regular Registration: $195/Members $180

Instructor: Stephanie Phelan

NEW ADULT CLASS! Improv Workshop for Adults

The purpose of this class is to excite and introduce participants to improvisational acting and the universality of its practices in our everyday lives. This class is fun, collaborative and builds confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Short-form games and various improvisational exercises will be introduced throughout the 10 weeks, demonstrating each week’s focus and leading to a group performance open to public. The instructor, Callan Holderbaum, currently performs with The Comedy Pigs; a 20-year-old improv comedy troupe in Frederick, MD.

Ages 18 and up | Tuesdays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
217.5451.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 1/10

Early Registration: $285/ Members $270
Regular Registration: $295/Members $280

Instructor: Callan Holderbaum


CONSERVATORY THEATER CLASSES

Through the course of the year, the Theater Conservatory gives students the skills to become a true thespian. Skills in acting, singing and dancing are met with building confidence and ensemble. Both classes culminate in mid-year demonstrations and spring Conservatory recitals.

Acting and Singing for Musical Theater

This class culminates in a performance of a musical on our main stage in June 2017! Concentrating on the acting and vocal performance aspects of musical theater, students will develop a strong stage presence while expressing creativity through song and movement. Using proper breath work and vocal warm-ups, students will learn healthy singing habits. Students will increase confidence singing pieces from different genres such as pop, rock, jazz and Broadway shows.

Ages 8-14
617.5204.1 | Saturdays | 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Meets 1/14-3/18 and 4/1-6/17

Early Registration: $815/Members $800
Regular Registration: $825/Members $810

Instructor: Sonie Mathew

NEW! Page to Stage Jr.

This is a different class from the Page to Stage Conservatory that sold out on Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM. Starting in January, learn the aspects of what it takes to produce a play – analyzing and breaking down a script, set design, blocking, directing, acting, props, costumes, and lighting. In the winter and spring sessions, students work together to write and create plays for performance. Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for showcases in March with a final larger performance of their completed plays on our mainstage in June 2017.

Ages 8-11
617.5334.1 | Wednesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Meets 1/11-3/15 and 3/29-6/7

Early Registration: $415/Members $400
Regular Registration: $425/Members $410

Instructor: Sonie Mathew