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Winter Theater Classes on Sale 11/27! 

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!

Members of BlackRock get to enjoy great benefits such as discounts on classes. By joining at the Family Fan level, you can save $15 per class per student, plus the multitude of other benefits members at this level receive. Join today!

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Winter Class Registration Opens 11/27! 

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WINTER THEATER CLASSES

Story Theater
It begins with a book! In this class students will discover a new book or an all-time favorite and explore all of the dramatic and artistic opportunities.  Take Harold and the Purple Crayon, for example.  After actively reading it together, the story is used to inspire dramatic play, like using pretend crayons to draw a boat together as a class, all jump in and sail away while learning to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Every new book presents different opportunities for dramatic and artistic play so each week would be different.  Join the fun in bringing stories to life!

Ages 3 ½-5 | Wednesdays | 10:00-10:45 AM
218.5171.1 | 7 Weeks | Meets 1/31-3/14
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $160 | Regular Registration: $170
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan


Fairy Tale Theater
“Once upon a time…” In this delightful theater class students will use their imaginations to bring three classic fairy tales to life using costumes, props, and small-scale scenery. This class emphasizes theater vocabulary and beginning drama skills as peer interaction and cooperation are introduced as students explore stories and characters and even help create and paint backdrops. Students are not required to memorize lines, which creates a non-threatening experience. Performances are open to friends and family who should be prepared to be enchanted.

Ages 4 ½ – 9 | Thursdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
218.5081.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/15 (no class on 2/1 and 2/8).
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Instructor: Karen Ebert


Circus Theater
Experience the thrills of the Big Top! This class introduces students to basic circus skills as well as how to perform them within the context of a story or 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 | Thursdays | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
218.5601.1 | 7 Weeks | Meets 2/1-3/15
Level: Beginner – Elementary
Early Registration: $160 | Regular Registration: $170
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan


Musical Theater Performance
Develop and enhance your child’s early social skills while they build self-esteem and confidence in themselves through singing, dancing, and acting. Students will explore the elements of musical theater while learning songs and scenes from some of their favorite movies and musicals. Students will be required to memorize a song and learn choreography for a final sharing session on the last day of class.

Introduction to Musical Performance
Grades: 1-3 | Tuesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
218.5321.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

Musical Performance
Grades 4-8 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
218.5221.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew


Acting Stories 1: Animal Tales

Lions, tigers, and bears, OH MY! In this class you may find them all.  Through fun and creative theater games and activities, students will bring animal adventures and fables to life.  This acting class teaches the basic elements of theater such as movement, voice, characterization, and more all while exploring both new and familiar stories and scenes all about animals from around the world.  Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a final sharing for family and friends.
Grades 1-3 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
218.5011.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew


Acting Stories 2: Ancient History

Bring to life ancient civilizations and stories in this exciting class!  Students will strengthen their ability to develop characters, build stage presence, and perform using ancient history from around the world as inspiration.  Acting techniques, script analysis and staging are just some of the theater techniques taught in this engaging class.  Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a sharing on the final class which is open for family and friends.
Grades 4-8 | Wednesdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
218.5021.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

Acting with Shakespeare
Have you dreamed of playing the romantic Juliet in Romeo and Juliet or even the tragic Hamlet? If so, this is the class for you!  Students will learn all about Bard and his writing style, wit, and impact on theater as they act out scenes from both Shakespeare plays and works he inspired.  His work will be made accessible though games, text, and exploring pieces inspired by his plays.  Students will be required to memorize lines and staging for a final sharing which is open for family and friends. It is recommended that students have taken a previous acting class before taking this class.
Grades 4-8 | Tuesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
218.5071.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew


Advanced Acting

Take your acting abilities to the next level in this class specifically designed for middle and high school students looking to dive deep into the world of theater and acting. In this class students will explore various acting techniques and methods from teachers like Stanislavsky and Meisner, while being learning script analysis, proper breathing and movement techniques and more. This is the perfect class for anyone who is involved in their school’s theater program, or always wanted to be. Grades 6-12 | Thursdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
218.5351.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/15
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

Sitting Circus
Are you a kid at heart or fondly remember the excitement of the circus? This is the class for you.  Explore various individual circus skills like juggling, balancing items, spinning plates and simple magic tricks along with group activities like ball and parachute games.  Even learn fun tongue twisters, songs, theater games and clowning.  All games and activities in this class can be facilitated so everyone can participate regardless of mobility or dexterity.

Ages 18 and up | Wednesdays | 10:30-11:30 AM
218.5611.1 | 7 Weeks | Meets 1/31-3/14
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $160 | Regular Registration: $170
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan

*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.


Improv 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. The class is fun, collaborative and builds confidence, teamwork and communication skills. Short-form games and various improvisational exercises will be introduced throughout the class, demonstrating each week’s focus and leading to a group performance open to public. Instructor, Callan Holderbaum, currently performs with The Comedy Pigs; a 20-year-old Improv Comedy Troupe in Frederick, MD.

Ages 18 and up | Thursdays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
218.5451.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/1 Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $175 | Regular Registration: $185
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum

 

 


 

CONSERVATORY THEATER CLASSES

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. Classes culminate in mid-year demonstrations and spring conservatory recitals.

Acting and Singing for Musical Theater
This class concentrates on the acting and vocal performance aspect of musical theater. Students in this class 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 and will increase their confidence, singing pieces from different musical genres and Broadway shows. Throughout the year students will put together everything they learn to create an amazing show for family and friends. Students will need to memorize lines, choreography, and songs.
This class culminates in a performances of a musical on our Mainstage in June 2018!

Grades 3-8 | Thursdays | 4:30-6:30 PM
618.5204.1 | Meets 1/11-3/15, 4/5-6/7
Early Registration: $815 | Regular Registration: $825
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Page to Stage – Full – Not accepting new students.
What does it take to take a theater piece from idea to production? Learn in this exciting class where our students are the playwrights and actors as they will collaborate to adapt stories and ideas to write the script and act in an original play. Students will also learn other aspects of theater including analyzing a script, set design, blocking, directing, props, costumes, and lighting. Students will be required to memorize lines and stage directions for a showcase in December and a larger final performance of their completed plays on our Mainstage in June 2018.

Grades 4-8 | Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
618.5064.1 | Meets 9/13-12/6, 1/10-3/14, 4/4-6/6
Early Registration: $650 | Regular Registration: $660
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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