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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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SPRING THEATER CLASSES

Fairy Tale Theater

Students use their imaginations to bring classic fairy tales to life using costumes, props, and small-scale scenery. They also paint story sets for some of the stories. The teacher directs the students to perform different story themes. Your child will get the full experience of performing in a mini play, as they are assigned parts, are given costume and props, and perform in front of a delightful backdrop.  Parents, guardians, and other family members are invited to attend these performances. This class emphasizes theater vocabulary and drama skills along with peer interaction and cooperation.

Ages 4 ½-9 | Tuesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
317.5082.1  | 8 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 3/28
Early Registration: $185/Members $170 Regular Registration: $195/Members $180
Instructor: Karen Ebert

Ages 4 ½-9 | Thursdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
317.5082.2  | 8 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 3/30
Early Registration: $185/Members $170 Regular Registration: $195/Members $180
Instructor: Karen Ebert

 

New! Broadway Junior

A fantastic class for those budding musical theater stars. This class will teach students 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 on the last day of class.

Grades 1-3 | Wednesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
317.5251.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 3/29
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

 

Kids Drama: Animal Tales

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 an animal tale. Students will be required to memorize lines and staging for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Grades 1-3 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
317.5051.1  | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 3/28
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

 

Singing and Dancing for Musical Theater

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. This is a great class for students who took Intro to Musical Performance.

Grades 4-6 | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
317.5221.1  | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 3/28
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

New! Improv and Theater Games

Kids need a break! They just spent all day at school, so why not sign them up in a theater class that focuses on nothing but improv and theater games. No lines to memorize, no scripts to worry about, just fun improvisation exercises in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway and theater games where they will actually gain some theater skills while having a blast. On the last day of class families and friends are invited to join the students in the games and improv being taught that day.

Grades 3-6 | Thursdays | 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
317.5421.1  | 10 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 3/30
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

 

Acting Stories: Treasure Island

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 an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate tale, Treasure Island. Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Grades 4-6 | Wednesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
317.5141.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 3/29
Early Registration: $225/Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Sonie Matthew

 

New!  Musical Theater on Stage: Middle School Edition

In this class designed for those in middle school, students will work on a musical theater group number, focusing on becoming a more complete performer. Students will learn to express emotion through song, movement and dance to develop their character. During the final class, students will perform for families and friends. This class is taught by Patricia Portillo who was recently seen in “The Marriage of Figaro” with the National Opera.

Grades 6-8 | Saturdays | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
317.5261.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $185/ Members $170 Regular Registration: $195/Members $180
Instructor: Patricia Portillo

 

New!  Musical Theater on Stage: High School Edition

This is the perfect class for any high school student interested in musical theater. In this class students will learn character development, vocal techniques, movement and choreography while working on solo and duet musical theater songs. The final class will be open for families and friends to see a showcase of the student’s work. This class is taught by Patricia Portillo who was recently seen in “The Marriage of Figaro” with the National Opera.

Grades 9-12 | Saturdays | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
317.5271.1 | 8 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $185/ Members $170 Regular Registration: $195/Members $180
Instructor: Patricia Portillo

 

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
317.5602.1 | 6 Weeks | Starting Wednesday, 3/29
Early Registration: $135/Members $120 Regular Registration: $145/Members $130
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan

 

Improv Workshop for Adults    Adult Class!

The purpose of this class is to excite and introduce participants to improvisational acting and the universality of its practices in our everyday lives. The 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. Instructor, Callan Holderbaum, currently performs with The Comedy Pigs, a popular 20-year-old Improv Comedy Troupe in Frederick, MD.

Ages 18 and up | Tuesdays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
317.5451.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Tuesday, 3/28
Early Registration: $285/ Members $270 Regular Registration: $295/Members $280
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum

 

New!  Intro to Acting on Camera    Adult Class

Students will learn to develop skills and techniques for performing on camera as well as a basic understanding of the on-camera production process. Learn how to adapt stage performances for the camera and audition techniques by being given monologues and scene assignments and by receiving playback evaluations of recorded on-camera performances. This class will also explore the related business aspects of pursuing an on camera acting career.

Ages 16 and up | Saturdays | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
317.5701.1  | 8 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $185/Members $170 Regular Registration: $195/Members $180
Instructor: Suli Myrie

NEW!  Acting for the Stage: Beyond the Basics   Adult Class!

Love acting as a hobby or ever participate in a community theater production or church play? Not quite a novice but not on the professional track? This is the class for you. Students will learn how to analyze characters and scripts and learn how to use breath, the voice and movement to make stronger acting choices. Learn how to create compelling characters with depth to land your next audition.

Ages 18 and up* | Saturdays | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
317.5711.1   | 10 Weeks | Starting Saturday, 4/1
Early Registration: $225/ Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Suli Myrie

*If you have someone under 18 years old interested in this class, please contact us at 301-528-2260.

 

NEW!  Using Theater Skills for Professional Development   ADULT Class!

This course is targeted for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills, increase their confidence, and deliver clear and compelling presentations to small or large groups. Students will learn performance skills used in theater, like how to identify your audience, voice and diction exercises and techniques to overcome “stage fright” or performance anxiety. Some assignments outside of class will be required.

Ages 18 and up | Thursdays | 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
317.5721.1 | 10 Weeks | Starting Thursday, 3/30
Early Registration: $225/ Members $210 Regular Registration: $235/Members $220
Instructor: Suli Myrie


CONSERVATORY THEATER CLASSES

Please note: We are not currently taking any new registrations into the Conservatory Program at this time.  Please check back next fall for more information.

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

Instructor: Sonie Mathew