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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

You and Me Story Time
This class is presented through a partnership with Happy Theater.
Let’s get together and explore the season of winter in this interactive and educational class for you and your little one! Play and learn about snow, ice, mittens, sledding, and building snowmen through music, movement, puppets, and storytelling.  You and your child will also investigate sensory props and toys which will enhance their creative play.  This is an experience that will teach you tools and activities that you can continue at home to create meaningful and engaging story time.  Class will include structured instruction as well as scheduled socialization time.

Ages 9 months to 2 ½ years | Fridays | 10:30-11:30 AM
219.5111.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/11-3/8 (no class on 2/1)
Level: Beginner
Early Registration: $140 | Regular Registration: $150
Instructor: Natasha Mirny with Happy Theater
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Fairy Tale Theater
“Once upon a time…” In this delightful theater class students will use their imaginations to bring 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.  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
219.5081.1 | 9 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14 (no class on 2/7)
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $208 | Regular Registration: $218
Instructor: Karen Ebert
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Acting for Kids
Acting for Kids is a fun and fast-paced introduction to what it takes to being an actor on stage. Students will develop and strengthen their skills and abilities in acting through improv and theatre games, scene study, character development, and various methods of acting techniques. This class also will enhance your student’s presentation skills like diction, volume and posture. This is an excellent starting point for helping students break out of their shell. Students will be required to memorize lines for an end session performance. This class is similar to our previous Acting Stories 1 class.

Grades 1-3 | Wednesdays | 4:30-5:30 PM
219.5181.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Acting Stories 2
This is a fun and collaborative class where students get to further their acting and performance skills. Students will strengthen their ability to develop characters, build stage presence and confidence, and perform using stories from around the world as inspiration. Acting techniques, script analysis and staging are just some of the theater skills 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.  Students must have participated in a previous acting class in order to take this class.

Grades 4-8 | Wednesdays| 5:30-6:30 PM
219.5021.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/9-3/13
Level: Elementary-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Advanced Acting
Take your acting abilities to the next level in this class specifically designed for 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, in-depth character development, proper breathing and movement techniques and more through scene studies and monologues. This is the perfect class for anyone who is involved in their school’s theater program, or always wanted to be.

Grades 4-9 | Thursdays | 5:00-6:00 PM
219.5351.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Musical Performance Jr.
This class is designed to introduce acting, singing and dancing in a fun and energetic way through musical theater. Students will learn breath control, character development, facial expressions, rhythm, diction, performance etiquette and fine tune their grand motor movement skills through basic musical theatre dance techniques. See your student build confidence and self-esteem in this class as they learn songs and scenes from some of their favorite musicals and movies. Students will be required to memorize music and lines for an end session performance.

Grades: 1-3 | Tuesdays | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
219.5321.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/8-3/12
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Musical Performance
Musical Performance is an introductory course designed to for students who enjoy acting, singing, and dance. Scenes from popular musicals and movies will be explored while students learn character development, terminology, scene analysis, stage presence and more.  This is a great class for students who have never taken a musical theater class before and would like to learn more about the genre.  Students will be required to memorize music and lines for an end session performance.

Grades 4-6 | Tuesdays | 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
219.5221.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/8-3/12
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Advanced Musical Performance
Musical Performance is designed to take musical theatre to the next level. Students will dive deeper into the skills taught in Musical Performance and strengthen proper breath control and breathing, vocal ability, musical theater dance and movement, and performance technique. Students will learn more complex scenes and songs from popular musicals while exploring character studies, ensemble work, script analysis, and more. Students will be required to memorize music, choreography and lines for an end session performance. Students must have taken two musical theater classes or participated in a musical or BlackRock’s Performing Arts Camp in order to take this class.

Grades 4-6 | Tuesdays | 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
219.5281.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/8-3/12
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Musical Theater Scene Study for Adults
This advanced on-your-feet class in musical theatre scene study will push you to find depth and nuance in any kind of musical theatre genre or situation. Students will learn to find the right tone for scene work, ramp into songs appropriately, and make the most out of lyrics.  You’ll come away with strong storytelling technique to take into auditions and callbacks, and skills to help you make the most of your performances.  Students should bring sheet music with them to class and will be asked to complete work outside of class.  This class is taught by New York Musical Theatre Festival Co-Founding Producer Elizabeth Lucas.

Ages 18 and up | Mondays | 7:30-9:00 PM
219.5291.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 1/7-3/4 (no class on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18)
Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Early Registration: $212 | Regular Registration: $222
Instructor: Elizabeth Lucas
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Directing and Technical Theater
Do you ever watch a play or musical and wonder, “How did they do that?” This is your chance to learn the amazing theatrical world backstage. Students will explore all of the aspects of theater outside of acting. This includes directing, set design, costume and prop design, light and sound design and creating a director’s book. This is the perfect class for students who want to be involved in theater but might shy away from performing. Students will need a 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, pencils, colored pencils, a sketch pad and ruler.

Grades 4-10 | Thursdays | 6:00-7:00 PM
219.5491.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Beginning-Advanced
Early Registration: $225 | Regular Registration: $235
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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Film by Phone
By the end of this hands-on class, you will have made a short film, from screenwriting, to shot listing, to shooting to editing. Learn the basics of screen narrative and shot structure and the mechanics of editing on your phone. Whether you’re a film fan looking to understand what you’re looking at, or a filmmaker refining your skills, this class will get you up on your feet making a movie. Students will be asked to complete work outside of class and will need to bring and use their own phone that has a video camera. Students will need to download editing software, which the instructor will recommend.  This exciting class is taught by award-winning feature filmmaker Elizabeth Lucas.

Ages 14 and up | Mondays | 6:00-7:30 PM
219.5691.1 | 6 Weeks | Meets 1/7-3/4 (no class on 1/21, 2/4, 2/18)
Level: Beginning-Intermediate
Early Registration: $202 | Regular Registration: $212
Instructor: Elizabeth Lucas
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BlackRock Improv Comedy (BRIC)

BlackRock Center for the Arts is excited to introduce a new initiative this season!
BlackRock Improv Comedy (BRIC) explores the exciting art form of theatrical improvisation, or script-less theater and comedy, through an inclusive curriculum of classes that provide students with opportunities to learn, develop, advance and perform.  BRIC seeks to increase the awareness of improvisation and comedy as a means of developing the life skills of acceptance, support, and positivity that in turn, strengthen our surrounding community.

While this program is comprehensive, classes also function independently, allowing students to enroll and perform once, or as many times as you would like, in order to reach personal and/or professional goals including public speaking, leadership, communication, spontaneity, creativity, “breaking out of one’s shell,” and more.

Through this program, BRIC will work to assemble a local improv comedy troupe or house troupe that will produce and perform here at BlackRock.

Instructor, Callan Holderbaum, is a member of the Maryland Ensemble Theater and currently performs with The Comedy Pigs; a 20-year-old Improv Comedy Troupe in Frederick, MD.

Beginning Improv for Youth
Introduce your student to the exciting world of improv theater. This class teaches students the basics of improv, including the idea of “yes, and…,” through short form games, activities, and movement exercises similar to those from the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”  While exploring these games and ideas students will naturally develop and increase self-confidence, enhance expression and listening skills, learn tools to collaborate with others, all while having an amazing time. This is the perfect outlet for students who may enjoy creativity or theater without the pressures of learning a script, in an environment that is free from judgement and peer pressure.  On the last day of class, family and friends will be invited for a group presentation.

Grades 5-8 | Mondays | 6:00-7:00 PM
219.5431.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/7-3/11 (No class on 1/21 and 2/18)
Level: Beginning to Elementary
Early Registration: $180 | Regular Registration: $190
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum
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Beginning 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, public speaking 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 on the last day of class, open family and friends. If you enjoy watching the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and want to have a blast like the cast, this is the class for you!

Ages 18 and up | Mondays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
219.5451.1 | 8 Weeks | Meets 1/7-3/11 (No class on 1/21 and 2/18)
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $175 | Regular Registration: $185
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum
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Intermediate Improv for Adults
This class is perfect for anyone who has previously taken BlackRock’s Beginning Improv for Adults or with instructor approval.  Exercises, games, and skills taught in Beginning Improv are expanded upon to allow students who have already learned the basic “rules” to dive deeper and to have more fun playing within that structure.  Students will also be introduced to long-form improvisation, character development and scene work, all while continuing to build confidence, teamwork and communication skills.  This class concludes with a group performance, open to family and friends on the last day of class.

Ages 18 and up | Thursdays | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
219.5461.1 | 10 Weeks | Meets 1/10-3/14
Level: Elementary-Intermediate
Early Registration: $218 | Regular Registration: $228
Instructor: Callan Holderbaum
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Theater Workshops

Intro to Stand-Up Comedy Workshop
This class is presented through a partnership with Stand-Up Studios.
Do you have a mini Jerry Seinfeld or Ellen DeGeneres at home? We have the perfect workshop for them. Intro to Stand-Up Comedy is for kids and teens who want to learn how to use their own experiences to create an original 3 minute stand-up comedy routine. They will learn to organize their thoughts and communicate them humorously while building confidence, self-expression and public speaking skills. Students will also learn basic microphone and stand-up performance techniques. The final class will include an in-class performance.

This is an interactive and supportive environment where everyone gets up in front of the group and talks about an assigned topic. The Instructor will send home an email recap with her notes for each student to review and develop their act. Students will need to bring a notebook, pencil, and something that records audio (recorder, app, etc.) to each class.

Ages 11-14 | Saturdays | 10:00-12:00 PM
219.5383.1 | 4Weeks | Meets 2/2-2/23
Level: Beginner-Elementary
Early Registration: $150 | Regular Registration: $160
Instructor: Sheila Wenz
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Sheila Wenz (creator of Stand-Up Studios) is a stand-up comedian and professional comedy writer who has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central, A&E and the Lifetime Network. Sheila has performed regularly at the Hollywood Improv, Laugh Factory and Comedy Store and worked on the writing staff of “The Tonight Show.”

Musical Theater Audition Master Class
This workshop is presented through a partnership with Free Range Humans.
Bring your best musical theater audition songs and refine your audition skills with a working director. You’ll learn by both doing and observing in this active three hour master class. Students should be three songs that they have memorized and are prepared to perform.  Music will be played by an accompanist.  This master class is taught by New York Musical Theatre Festival Co-Founding Producer Elizabeth Lucas.

Saturday, Feb. 23rd
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Registration: $40

Teens: 10:00-1:00 PM | 219.5243.1 | Ages 13-17
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Adults: 2:00-5:00 PM | 219.5313.1 | Ages 18 and up
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Conservatory

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.  This class is recommended for students who have taken previous acting classes or a session of Performing Arts Camp.

Grades 4-8 | Wednesdays | 6:30-7:30 PM
619.5064.1 | Meets 1/9-3/13, 3/27-6/5 (No class on 4/17)
Level: Elementary-Advanced
Early Registration: $415 | Regular Registration: $425
Instructor: Sonie Mathew
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