Acting & Musical Theatre

The Acting and Musical Theatre program gives interested students the opportunity to study the practical and theoretical elements of live theatre. The program integrates classwork and practical workshops with an active production schedule that includes two main-stage productions a year and a variety of student projects.

Emphasis on acting preparation through the study of various techniques in acting (Meisner and Stanislavsky, Bogart, Chekov method), voice and diction, and physical techniques are highlighted. Students will hone their powers of observations and attention to detail as well as their creative problem solving skills. Learning to form, organize and articulate ideas and listen to others in rehearsal and performance is the ultimate goal.

The Acting Department offers several 7 Week Class Series options throughout the year. Check out our Spring 2022 series of ‘The Hobbit’ directed by Robin Frome.

Class Levels

Center Stage 1: Ages 7-11

This course is an overview of the American Musical Theater through the study of its’ elements and its’ history as well as hands on experience with 2 musical pieces. This course addresses how to approach the imaginary circumstances of musical acting by working with objectives, obstacles, tactics, relationships, beats and personalization. as well as explores the music, lyrics and libretto of a musical and teaches the student to look at (and listen to) these components of a musical for clues to character development.

Students will perform in our annual Winterfest & SpringFest shows.

Center Stage 2: Ages 12+

This course is an overview of the American Musical Theater through the study of its’ elements and its’ history as well as hands on experience with 2 musical pieces. This course addresses how to approach the imaginary circumstances of musical acting by working with objectives, obstacles, tactics, relationships, beats and personalization. as well as explores the music, lyrics and libretto of a musical and teaches the student to look at (and listen to) these components of a musical for clues to character development.

Students will perform in our annual Winterfest & SpringFest shows.

7 Week Acting Class Series (Winter): Ages 9-12

Winter 7 Week Acting Class Series With Robin Frome  

Ages 9-12

Beginning Tuesday, January 17th
5:00-7:00pm
$350

A performance class culminating in a production of Alice in Wonderland on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:30pm.

Join Alice and the Wonderland characters in the adventure that has delighted audiences for centuries. This production will feature the main characters, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, March Hare, Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, etc for a special winter version of the story. The production will be fully costumed and full setting in our wonderful black box upstairs theater. We will be accenting on ‘steam punk’ aspects in the presentation that is so popular today with newer versions of old tales. Also, various stage dialects and some stage combat will be taught accordingly.

Masks Optional.

Teen Theatre: Ages 12-15

This class explores the principles of the Stankislavski method tailored especially for this age level.  Through improvisations, scene and monologue study, audition techniques, voice and diction training, some stage dialect work and performance in one or more one act plays or scenes, students will learn the basics of character development, technical blocking and stage directions and performance values.  The class will culminate in a performance of scenes, monologues or a one act and a collection of improvisation games in front of a live audience.

Scenes and Monologues: Ages 14-18
This class explores more in depth the Stanislavski method principles tailored to the high school age.  Students will continue to explore the human condition through scene and monologue study, more advanced audition techniques including mock auditions in front of professional actors and/or teachers, more advanced voice, diction and physical acting practices including basic Alexander method breathing techniques and more advanced stage dialect work.  The class will culminate in a performance of rehearsed scenes and monologues from various genres.
7 Week Adult Acting Series (Winter): Ages 18+

7 Week Adult Acting Class Series with Robin Frome 

Ages 17+

Beginning Wednesday, January 11th
7:30-9:00pm
$225

Celebrating the late Neil Simon’s playwright genius with study and performance of scenes and monologues from his hit shows.

Class will culminate in a performance of these works.

Masks Optional. Register Here! 

Dress Code

Acting and Musical Theatre

Comfortable but appropriate clothing, nothing that will distract from work at hand, ie: pulling clothing up or down, unable to move fully.