Theatre Classes

Intro to All Things Theatre Kids!

Age: 5 – 7

Do you love using your imagination to play? Do you enjoy hearing or telling stories? Do you ever pretend you’re an animal, a king or queen, a superhero…or something totally ridiculous? Whether you wish to see what it’s like to perform, to build more confidence in yourself, or you just love being silly with other people, we welcome you!

We will explore all students’ creative voices through Drama games, activities, and scenes within a collaborative, supportive environment. Open to participants of all backgrounds and experience levels!

Intro to All Things Theatre Kids! will perform at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022 and the Year End Production on June 10th, 2023.

MT Kids! 101 Dalmatians - Fall Musical

Age: 5 & up

Disney’s classic animated tale of kidnapping villians and courageous puppies is adapted in this “fur-tastic” musical adventure. This is the perfect introductory class for students to break into the world of musical theatre while learning ensemble roles with acting, singing and dancing.

MT Kids! Fall Musical Rehearsals meet Fridays at 6:15pm from September 2nd, 2022 – December 17th, 2022.

Performances will be on November 19th, 2022 at Fox River’s Edge Theatre.

This class will perform a number from the show in the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022.

Improv Academy

Age: 8 – 18

Have you ever wondered how many of the funniest performers got their start? Come play in the world of Improvisation and find out! Through improv games and basic techniques, participants will learn to trust their unique instincts and find the joy, freedom, and hilarity of unscripted performance.

In “Improv Academy,” you will learn:

  • How to build characters and stories with no prior preparation
  • How to work as a team with other actors
  • How to work with whatever is presented to you helps you onstage…and in life!

At the end of the course, you will have the chance to actually produce an improv show*! Get ready to get silly and share some laughs in this course!

Improv Academy class meets through December 17th and will perform at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022.

101 Dalmatians Fall Musical - Rehearsals

Age: 8 – 18

Students (age 8-18) and YPAC Theatre Company members will use this time to rehearse for the Fall Musical – 101 Dalmatians Kids.

Rehearsals will include developing characters, practicing scenes, and designing the show as a team from start to finish!

There are 2 separate casts, that rehearse on separate nights (Wednesdays or Fridays) and perform in separate shows.

This class meets weekly from August 10th through December 17th.

Fall Musical performances will be on November 19th at Fox River’s Edge Theatre.

After these performances, remaining classes will practice for performing in Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th.

Scene Study Academy

Age: 8 – 18

Have you ever been interested in acting in a play or a movie? Come see how the actors you’ve loved on stage and screen prepare for performances!

Students will begin learning:

  • How to warm-up our bodies, voices, and imaginations
  • How acting is different on stage versus on camera 
  • How to make the words in a script sound like your own
  • How to manage nervous energy and build confidence as an actor

Students will have the chance to try out both solo work (monologues) and small group scenes which will be shared through in-class performances and videos.

Scene Study Academy will perform at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022.

Behind the Scenes Academy

Age: 8 – 18

Do you love plays, but prefer staying out of the spotlight? Or are you a performer who wants to know what goes into making you shine?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, “Behind the Scenes” is the class for you! 

Experience the design and technical elements of bringing a production to life: costumes, sets, props, sound, backstage crew, and even directing! Students will have the opportunity to experience trying on all different hats in play making. As we create original mini shows throughout the course, we will learn exactly why they say Theatre is a collaborative art form!

Behind the Scenes Academy will assist with the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022.

Character Immersion Academy

Age: 8 – 18

What would it be like to be somebody else? Actors ask themselves this question all the time when playing roles in a play or movie.

In this course, we will go into a deep exploration of how to go from being “you” to making an audience believe you have “become” your character! We will discover:

  • How to find clues in a script of who your character is
  • How to build a new character from scratch
  • How we can change our physicalities and voices to seem to be someone else
  • How to bring our unique selves to perform a role as it’s never been done before

Ready to see what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes? Join us in “Character Immersion!”

Character Immersion Academy will perform at the Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 17th, 2022.

My daughter is already saying “I can’t wait for next year!” She had so much fun participating. Thanks for giving them this opportunity.

- Jackie C.