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.

Class Levels

10 Week Class Series Center Stage 1 (FALL): Ages 8-12

10 Week Centerstage Musical Theatre Class Series with Robin Frome 

Centerstage 1: Ages 8-12
Centerstage 2: Ages 13+

Beginning Thursday, September 26th
Centerstage 1, 4:30-6:00pm
Centerstage 2, 6:00-7:30pm
$15 Registration Fee

Come all ye actors and singers to participate in Centerstage’s offering this Fall with a Renaissance Faire theme.  Songs will be sung by student traveling Minstrels from Medieval Madrigals to snippets from the musicals Kiss Me Kate and Camelot to even a little Jethro Tull’s  “Songs From the Wood”.  These selections will be peppered throughout a performance of St. George and the Dragon adapted for the stage by instructor, Robin Frome.  Period costumes and props will be utilized for a fully staged performance at the culmination of the class.

Centerstage 1 & 2 will perform in an in-house showcase on Saturday, December 7th at FineLine Theatre Arts.

*Class fee includes all costumes, accessories, scripts, sets, scenery, and backdrops.*

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8 Week Acting Class Series (FALL): Ages 8-13

8 Week Children’s Acting Class Series with Robin Frome 

Ages 8-13

Beginning Tuesday, September 17th
$15 Registration Fee 

A performance class culminating in a production of Snow White and Rose Red on Sunday, 11/10 at 3pm.

Snow White and Rose Red are two lovely girls named for the colors of the beautiful roses that grow in their garden… They live in a small cottage in the woods with their mother and spend their days playing in the meadows, looking for flowers and butterflies, or helping their mother with household chores. One night there is a knock on the door of the cottage. To everyone’s surprise, it is a big black bear. Snow White and Rose Red are frightened, but their mother is kind to the gentle bear. Soon they are all friends. The bear never forgets this nice family and one day repays their kindness. This beloved tale by the Brothers Grimm has been told and retold for many generations.

The workshop will be fully staged with the main characters plus others if needed. The production will be fully costumed and will be performed on a set with theatrical lighting.

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6 Week Class Series (Fall): Teen Acting & Improv: Ages 13+

6 Week Acting & Improv Class Series with Robin Frome 

Ages 13+

Beginning Wednesday, October 2nd

The teen theater/improv class consists of the study of scenes and monologues appropriate to their age and assessed skill level. Each student will take on a part in a scene or monologue designed to be presented culminating performance at the end of each session. We approach each character for these pieces using the basic Stanislavski method no matter the genre. The basic questions involved explore “What does the character want, that character’s basic objective of the scene? What is he or she willing to do to get to that objective? And what are the risks involved?” We also delve into the dramaturgical aspects of the scenes or monologues. In the past, we have explored Shakespeare, Pinter, Miller, Wilder and offerings of theatrical versions of literature, including Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. All of these genres have specific historical and social circumstances, and we delve into their pertinence accordingly. (For example, we would discuss the specific attitudes each character would have in a Little Women scene that would affect their behavior concerning the American Civil War which is the key background to that plot.) We also include some voice, diction and physical exercises to maintain their ‘instruments’ and some practical tutelage in stage dialects and stage combat.

We balance each session with a series of improvisation games that strengthen the students’ stage presence, imagination and concentration necessary for their continuing success in their performance curriculum.

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4 Week Adult Acting Series (FALL): Ages 17+

Adult 4 Week Acting Class Series with Robin Frome

Ages 17+

Beginning Wednesday, September 18th


*Registration fee, $10*
This class will explore various types of methods of acting for the older teen and adult from the amateur to the experienced. Students will work on scenes and monologues from all genres from Contemporary to Shakespeare to the Greeks. Method acting and Meisner will be broached with exercises in both disciplines in character development, voice and diction and scene and monologue analysis. Students can also use this as a workshopping lab of prepared audition pieces for use in future production auditions in schools, theaters or professional acting studios.

This workshop will culminate in a prepared scene or monologue.

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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.

FineLine Theatre Arts: Summer Fundraiser Event--As You Like It, Directed by Robin Frome