Musical Theatre for ages 9-12 is an introduction into the three performing arts that make up Musical Theatre (dance, voice and acting). Although dance is not taught in this class, students are strongly encouraged to take a separate dance class. Focus is on improvisational acting to be able to free up the actor onstage in spontaeous situations for both comedy and drama, using experiences within the student’s life and imagination; voice is also taught in a group setting with opportunities for solo lines within each song.
An in-depth class for grades 8-12 focusing approximately half the class on singing and half the class on acting. Although dance is not taught in this class, students are strongly encouraged to take the Teen Ballet Class. Emphasis for acting is on developing and improving improvisational skills along with several basic Meisner principles such as listening/answering, repetition exercises and cold readings with ambiguous dialogue. The goal is to be able to free up the actor onstage in spontaneous situations for both comedy and drama and to act truthfully in each moment. Singing is also taught in a group setting with opportunities for solo lines within each song. Students at this level may also opt to take additional voice lessons as only basic technique for singing is covered; after age 12 private lessons are helpful in addressing specific needs.