Fall 2021- Middle & High School

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COVID PROTOCOLS as of August 17, 2021

SCCT is committed to the health and safety of our patrons, casts, crews, students and staff. The CDC and DHEC currently recommend universal indoor masking when students age 2 and older are present. In accordance with these recommendations, we at SCCT feel it necessary to make the following updates to our COVID protocols in our efforts to keep everyone safe within our premises.

  • Students will be required to wear masks whenever indoors at SCCT.
  • SCCT teaching artists will be required to wear masks while teaching classes at SCCT.
  • Any parent/guardian (or sibling over the age of 2) of one of our students who opts to come into the building will be required to wear a mask to enter and while inside the building.

In addition to the mask requirements, five bipolar ionization units have been installed into all of our HVAC air handlers to ensure that everyone in our facility has access to the cleanest, safest, and healthiest air possible. Surface disinfection will happen between performances. Our theatre is sanitized with an electrostatic sprayer using an EPA-approved, food safe biocide designed to kill coronavirus on surfaces within minutes. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the facility.

We will continue to monitor the COVID situation in our area and reserve the right to make adjustments to safety protocols accordingly.

Due to limited space for audiences in our classrooms, we will record the end-of-semester “sharing” for all classes and send parent’s the video link allowing each family to celebrate their child’s performance at a time convenient for everyone in the family and making it possible to easily share with distant family members. Our “sharings” are informal performances. Our goal is to engage the students in preparing for the low-pressure performance, without causing undo anxiety and also not spending every minute of class time solely repeating rehearsals. The “sharings” will not be highly polished and will be very low tech as our primary goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable class experience, filled with group interaction and fun.

**We DO meet when Greenville County Schools are off for Teacher Workdays or Holidays.**

ACTING

Process Acting | 6th-12th

Mondays, Sept 13-Nov 15 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $160 SOLD OUT
Tuesdays, Sept 14-Nov 16 | 6:15 – 7:15 PM | Mia Phillips | $160 

Get a taste of stardom and explore the process of theatre training through high-energy theatre games, improvisation and activities. Create characters, explore dramatic interpretation of classic stories, learn lingo and challenge your imagination and hone projection and articulation skills while engaging the body in purposeful physical expression. Some at-home memorization required.

Please note: progression through acting classes is not like progressing through grade levels of school.  Many children simply enjoy the kinesthetic learning and team building aspects of drama class. Your child should be enthusiastic about their participation and should only move to a higher-level class when they have mastered core components and are seeking further challenge. In general, we suggest a minimum of two full semesters of Process level classes before moving to Intermediate level classes.  Students should be able to: name the parts of the stage, use abbreviations for stage directions, be able to define basic theatrical terms, understand CROoWw, be familiar with Lessac energies and Laban qualities as well as wanting to be given more responsibilities/homework and be willing to repeat material weekly for rehearsal. Your current SCCT teacher is always the best reference for whether your child is ready to move up and you should email them regarding your child’s progression if you have questions.

Voice-Over Acting – Improve Reading & Expression | 7th-12th

Tuesdays, Sept 14-Nov 16 | 4:15 – 5:15 PM | Lauren Wilson | $160

Every cartoon or animated feature you’ve ever seen and almost every commercial has a voice-over performer!  And reading out loud is a skill every child needs to hone for book reports and class presentations.  Fear of public speaking is the number one phobia for adults.  Let’s fix that now! A great class to improve verbal expression and reading skills overall, but your child will have fun while doing it and no lines to memorize!

Write/Direct/Act | 6th-12th

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Nov 17 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $190

How did we make that play?!  Find out through an all-encompassing process-based class!  Students will explore writing, directing, and acting by working together to create a one-of-a-kind performance. What do you love most about theatre?  Is it the magic of seeing the stories in your imagination come to life? Maybe you like putting the picture together as a whole?  Perhaps it is becoming a character and discovering their world?  Try on each hat- playwright, director and actor- and see which one is the best fit for you. You won’t know until you try!  If your child is “not an actor,” we can accommodate him/her in this class and they can focus on the non-performance elements for the production while still gaining social and collaborative skills.

Students who come into this class should already have experience with basic theatre concepts and terminology. This will allow the group to hone performance skills through high-energy theatre games, improvisation, and challenging activities without having to start at the beginning. But we’ll also explore playwriting, design and directing while learning what goes into producing a play. Absenteeism is strongly discouraged as the work depends on the group being present to work together.

If you have a 5th grader with at least a year’s previous acting class experience, you may contact Jill Wolf    [email protected]    regarding the ages of the other students enrolled in the class.  If the majority of the class is in the 6th-8th grade range, she will let you know and you may register for this class.

Acting for the Camera | 6th-12th

Tuesdays, Sept 14-Nov 16 | 5:15 – 6:15 PM | Traysie Amick | $160

Students who come into this class should already have experience with basic  theatre  concepts and terminology.

Work in a class setting to explore the necessary adjustments that need to be made when a camera is your scene partner. Develop ease when acting on camera, tackle challenging material, and learn everything from uploading auditions to hitting your mark. Explore fundamental acting with a focus of creating a believable screen performance. Discover how the technical aspects of shooting a scene affect your performance as the character, and learn to adjust your acting choices depending on the nature of the camera shot and the action of the scene.

Good acting is good acting, whether on stage or screen. And while the root of good acting technique remains the same, the difference between acting for the stage and acting for the camera is an adjustment to space. This acting class will help you understand and meet this challenge!

Intermediate Process Acting | 6th-12th

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Nov 17 | 6:00 – 7:15 PM | Traysie Amick | $160

The INTERMEDIATE LEVEL expands on training concepts presented in Process classes. If your child is really ready for more serious training (which will require reading plays, doing script analysis, researching plays based on historical era, evaluation of the overall themes and messages in plays, participating in class discussion and working independently), this higher-level class may be right for you. Please do NOT rush class progression.  Intermediate and Studio level classes are less about having fun performing and more about developing the individual’s artistic voice, learning to peer-coach effectively and working collaboratively as a group.

PRETEST required for all students before enrolling in INTERMEDIATE PROCESS ACTING — please email [email protected].

Before moving into an Intermediate level class students should be able to: name the parts of the stage, use abbreviations for stage directions and blocking notation, be able to define basic theatrical terms, understand CROoWw, be familiar with Lessac energies and Laban qualities as well as wanting to be given more responsibilities/homework and be willing to repeat material weekly for rehearsal and complete reading assignments in a week. Your current SCCT teacher is always the best reference for whether your child is ready to move up and you should email to them regarding your child’s progression if you have questions. We strongly recommend students attend several semesters of Intermediate BEFORE requesting to test for Studio A. The instructor will be the best judge of WHEN the hopeful Studio A member should try the test.

All Colors of the Spectrum | 5th-12th

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Nov 17 | 4:45 – 5:45 PM | Traysie Amick | $160

A class for kids with processing or developmental challenges.

This class is for all of those creative minds out there who may feel unsure that performance arts class is a good fit for their needs.  Though activities that are modified to allow for processing and developmental challenges we will explore many aspects of theatre arts.  A small class size ensures a setting for students to get more individual attention.  Instructors encourage parents and caregivers to provide information about behaviors, interests, and language that is commonly used in the home to create a safe and productive learning environment for each participant.  Please email [email protected] ahead of the first day with info you care to share.

We begin with a focus on storytelling and collaboration.  This will allow us to devise original short sketches that will ultimately be performed by the end of the session.  Those who are comfortable with the idea of performing will be cast in leading roles.  Those who may need more time to warm up to being in front of an audience will have opportunities in supporting ensemble roles and technical theatre aspects so that we all work together to create an experience for an audience of family and friends to enjoy at the end of our classes.

IMPROV

Improv! – Acting without a Script | 6th-12th

Thursdays, Sept 16-Nov 18 | 5:45 – 6:45 PM | Traysie Amick | $160

Be bold! This class is focused on improvisation training and performance.  The objective is for the actor to become comfortable in acting without a script.  Benefits for the beginning, intermediate, new and returning student actors are:

  • Working as an independent actor, exploring all areas of acting without a script
  • Working in groups and learning how to “think on your feet” and perform without self-judgment.

A good class for those who want to further their scene study skills, character development skills, and stretch and explore their imagination and creativity.  Improvisation training improves performance skills– allowing students to receive all information around them before making choices of their own.  Be prepared to laugh and to laugh at yourself too!

ADLIBERATION – SCCT’s Teen Improv Troupe | 6th-12th

Mondays, September 12-November 22 | 6:45 – 8:15 PM | Traysie Amick | $60

SCCT ADLIBeration will be made up of strong teen improv performers who will be cast after an audition. Performers who are accepted will be accepted into a Junior Varsity or Varsity team based on assessments they will receive from their audition.

AUDITIONS: Will be Mon, August 30th from 6:45-8:30pm.  This troupe is ongoing into the Spring semester—there will be no audition for new members in Spring 2022.

We will notify you of your acceptance to the group by Sept 18, then you can register. The class cost is already significantly discounted, so there is no early registration discount.

Both Varsity and Junior Varsity troupes will meet on Monday evenings from 6:45-8:15pm.

Junior Varsity will be featured in a Fall SCCT showcase that is hosted by the Varsity team.  They will also participate in a Spring SCCT showcase with the Varsity players.

Varsity players will host and aid in developing the Fall SCCT showcase, perform with the Junior Varsity in the Spring SCCT showcase, and represent SCCT in public performances in the community.  All travel will need to be arranged via parents of ADLIBeration members, SCCT will not provide transportation to performances.

There is a participation fee of $60 for the school year – payable AFTER auditions and acceptance into the Troupe. As the group can only improve when team members attendance is consistent, 3 unexcused absences or 5 total absences would result in elimination from the semester’s performance lineup and there will be no refund of the participation fee after payment.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical Theatre – Dear Evan Hansen meets Alexander Hamilton | 6th-12th

Thursdays, Sept 16-Nov 18 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Chelsea LaCourse & Jessica Smith | $175

Musical theatre training for performance—you don’t have to read music, but should enjoy singing and basic dance. Learning very basic music terminology and basic movement/staging for a song, will help youngsters feel more comfortable comfortable at a musical audition. The class will focus on ensemble musical theatre material taking our inspiration from the Broadway and Disney+ phenomenon, HAMILTON. Due to social distancing guidelines, the choreography will be done primarily in place and really allow for each student to “sell the song.” All selected material will be appropriate for this age group.

Intermediate/Advanced Level STUDIO SING | 6th-12th

Sundays, September 12-November 21 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM | Kaitlyn Hamilton | $160

A class for strong singers looking for a challenge (not for beginners). Students will work on sight singing, rhythm reading and music theory as well as working on repertoire for performance. From proper warm-ups, good breathing and posture, pitch training, diction and learning to relax while supporting the voice all the way to appropriate movement for solos as well as group-ography and learning to connect to the character or the audience, Studio Sing will take your vocal performance to the next level.

Studio Sing is planning to book public performances in the community in December.  We will ask the group members for their availability.  Consistent attendance in class and completing assigned home work will determine which students are eligible to perform (or have solos). All travel will need to be arranged via parents of Studio Sing members, SCCT will not provide transportation to performances.

Prerequisite = submit a link of your performance of a song no later than Sept, 7th to [email protected].

We will notify you of your acceptance to the group by Sept 10th (if not before), then you can register.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Intermediate/Advanced Level STUDIO A ENSEMBLE | 6th-12th

Mondays, August 30-December 6 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Traysie Amick & Betsy Bisson | $210

Prerequisite = minimum of two years of theatre classes and an entrance exam

Fall Semester – Aug 30-Dec 6 (skip Sept 7)

Spring Semester – Jan-May and will enroll as of Dec

Multi-age classes for students who are ready and willing to work in an environment where everyone will be expected to share the responsibility for the end-of-session performance. Classes are based on a curriculum that builds a sense of purpose in theatre work, creates a realistic outlook when approaching performance, and provides a challenge for students with experience in front of an audience. Material is designed to evolve with the ensemble as students master specific facets of theatre training. Before enrolling for a Studio Class, the student should have been enrolled in Production or Intermediate classes for at least two years or have the equivalent class experience elsewhere—for questions, please email [email protected]

Due to the reduced tuition cost, Studio A Ensemble members will be required to assist with a lower-level class during the semester, so check the Week-At-A-Glance sheet for classes that will fit your schedule and email me ASAP—first come, first served—ie if you wait someone else will get the class you want—I will only schedule double assistants if the class enrollment # is high and I rarely schedule assistants for classes that have 2 teachers.

Advanced Level STUDIO B ENSEMBLE | 6th-12th

Sundays, August 22-December 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Betsy Bisson | $225

Prerequisite = a summer-long entrance process, only those pre-approved may register for this year-long class

The most advanced SCCT class for only the most focused students. Students are invited to audition only after having demonstrated exceptional dedication and passion to learn all facets of performing and theatre arts.  Typically when students can no longer be challenged in other classes, they are invited to apply for admission (self-evaluation paper, pre-test and audition) into the Studio B Ensemble.  Curricula are established on a month-to-month basis pending student interest and comprehension.  The goal is to create a class that runs continuously through the course of an academic year (taking standard public school breaks). Students may opt to withdraw, but may not re-enter the class within the current academic year.  No new students will be admitted mid-year except through majority vote of the class.  Students are required to

  1. maintain class assignments and attendance, being conscious of their own time-management in regards to school work and other responsibilities
  2. assist with one regular SCCT class per week or do one-hour of approved ‘office hours’ at home to equal the length of the regular SCCT class session
  3. perform 25 hours of tech work/character visits/other for SCCT over the course of the semester. Students living at some distance from Greenville, may volunteer on a run or build crew at a theatre closer to their home if approved by Instructor

Failure to perform at the expected level or failure to maintain academic work at school will result in the dismissal of the student from Advanced Level for the current academic year.

Fall Semester – Aug 22-Dec 5 (TBD skip Sept 5 & Nov 28)

Spring Semester – Jan-May and will enroll as of Dec

Due to the reduced tuition cost, Studio B Ensemble members will be required to assist with a lower-level class during the semester, so check the Week-At-A-Glance sheet for classes that will fit your schedule and email me ASAP—first come, first served—ie if you wait someone else will get the class you want—I will only schedule double assistants if the class enrollment # is high.

TECHNICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS

Scenic Painting | Grades 6-12

Saturday, November 6 | 1:30-5:30 PM | Genesis Garza | $40 2 spots left

Learn how to paint for theatre including spattering, wet blending, dry brushing, wood graining and more!

This hands-on workshop takes place at our scene shop – 127 Industrial Drive (off of Laurens Road) about 15 minutes away from the main theatre building downtown.  Students will need to be dropped off and picked up from the scene shop.

Students need to come in clothes that can get dirty (jeans preferred), nothing baggy, no jewelry, long hair should be tied back and they must wear closed-toe shoes.

Costumes! | Grades 6-12

Saturday, Oct 2 | 2:00-5:00 PM | Ashli Crump | $30 3 spots left
Saturday, Nov 6 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Ashli Crump | $30 3 spots left

Students will be hands on learning about costumes, how to make design decisions, how to pull an existing option from our stock and make alterations, basics of hand sewing and sewing machine use.

Students need to come in clothes that can get dirty and they must wear closed-toe shoes.