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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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FALL 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,” or use real purple crayons during quiet time to make their own creations. 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 | Mondays | 10:00-10:45 AM
118.5171.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/11-11/16
Level: Beginner 118.5171.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $155
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan

 

Fairy Tale Theater
“Once upon a time…” In this delightful theater class students will use their imaginations to bring four 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.

Grades K-3 | Thursdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
118.5082.1 | 9 Weeks | Meets 9/28-11/30
Level: Beginner-Elementary 118.5082.1
Early Registration: $208 | Regular Registration: $218
Instructor: Karen Ebert

 

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
118.5601.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/13-11/1
Level: Beginner – Elementary 118.5601.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan

 

Performance Poetry
Like to write? Want to take your talent to an open mic but not sure where to start? Start here with this introductory course on writing poetry and spoken word and you will begin to turn out writing that you are proud to perform like a pro. Students will support each other to grow as poets and performers with theater and writing exercises in this interactive and enriching class.

Grades 7-12 | Tuesdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
118.5561.1 | 10 Weeks | 9/12-11/14
Level: Beginner-Intermediate 118.5561.1
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Latechia Mitchell

 

Writing Out Loud – Playwriting Workshop for Older Adults
This playwriting workshop is designed to give students a chance to find their voice and writing style by working with dialogue to bring their own personal stories and experience to life. Students will work with a variety of writing techniques and exercises, explore the basics of writing for the stage, and practice story development all while building new friendships through the shared joy of telling stories. Final pieces will be presented as staged readings at the last class.

Ages 55 and up | Mondays | 12:00-1:00 PM
118.5101.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/11-11/16
Level: Beginner-Intermediate 118.5101.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
Instructor: Stephanie Phelan
*If someone younger than the required age is interested, please call our Front Desk at 301-528-2260.

 

Sitting Circus
Are you a kid at heart or fondly remember the excitement of the big top? 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 | Mondays | 11:00-12:00 PM
118.5611.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 9/11-10/30
Level: Beginner 118.5611.1
Early Registration: $185 | Regular Registration: $195
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 | Tuesdays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
118.5451.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 9/19-11/28
118.5451.1
Early Registration: $285 | Regular Registration: $295  Now $199.00
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum

 

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.

Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

Introduction to Musical Performance
Grades: 1-3 | Tuesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
118.5321.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/12-12/5
Level: Beginner-Elementary  118.5321.1

Musical Performance
Grades 4-8 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
118.5221.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/12-12/5
Level: Beginner-Intermediate 118.5221.1

 

Acting Stories 1: Fables and Folktales
Through fun and creative theater games and activities, students will bring their favorite fables and folktales 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 fables and folktales 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
118.5011.1 | 12 Weeks | 9/13-12/6
Level: Beginner-Elementary
118.5011.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

 

Acting Stories 2: Myths and Folklore
Students will strengthen their ability to develop characters, build stage presence, and perform using myths and folklore from around the world. 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
118.5021.1 | 12 Weeks | 9/13-12/6
118.5021.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

 

Acting with Shakespeare
Have you dreamed of playing the romantic Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the machevious Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or even the tragic Hamlet? If so, this is the class for you! Students will learn all about the Bard and his writing style, wit, and impact on theater as they act out scenes from Shakespeare’s famous 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 | Thursdays | 5:30-6:30 PM
118.5071.1 | 12 Weeks | 9/14-12/7
118.5071.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

 

Improv and Theater Games
Kids deserve a chance to just have fun sometimes, however you don’t want to plop them in front of their xBox or iPad. This is your solution. 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 | Tuesdays | TIME CHANGE: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
118.5421.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/12-12/5
Level: Beginner-Intermediate  118.5421.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
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
118.5351.1 | 12 Weeks | Meets 9/14-12/7
Level: Elementary-Advanced  118.5351.1
Early Registration: $265 | Regular Registration: $275
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

 


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.
Instructor: Sonie Mathew

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 | Saturdays | 9:30-11:30 AM
618.5204.1 | Meets 9/16-12/9, 1/13-3/17, 4/7-6/9
Early Registration: $1,290 | Regular Registration: $1,300
618.5204.1

 

Page to Stage
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
618.5064.1