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Process Acting | Grades 6-12
Mondays | March 8-May 17 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $155
Tuesdays | March 9-May 18 | 6:30-7:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $155
VIRTUAL | Wednesdays | March 10-May 19 | 5:00-6:00 PM | Mia Phillips | $155 (grades 5-9)
Thursdays | March 11-May 20 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $155
Get a taste of stardom and explore the process of theatre training through high-energy theatre games, improvisation and activities with very limited memorization required. Create characters, explore dramatic interpretation of classic stories, learn lingo and challenge your imagination and expression. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles. Since there’s no play to rehearse, every class is fresh and exciting.
These classes are especially good for students:
- who have limited acting class experience (rehearsing a final showcase doesn’t allow much time for improving the basics of acting)
- who are most interested in honing acting skills
- who may have many after-school activities to balance and don’t have time for a lot of at-home memorization
- who become bored with repetition
- whose parents are very busy people with limited at-home time to drill lines for performance or time to create a costume for the final showcase
PLEASE NOTE: progression through acting classes is different from 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 areas of the stage, 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.
If you have a 5th grader with at least a year’s previous acting class experience, you may contact Jill Wolf at [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.
Improv | Grades 6-12
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!
Intermediate Process Acting | Grades 6-12
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.
Virtual Voice-Over Acting: Improve Reading and Expression | Grades 3-7
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. And since we’re doing this one virtually, your student will also get to learn a bit about sound editing!
VIRTUAL CLASS STUDENTS should have a space near your computer/tablet with limited distractions that allows room for movement within view of the camera (it’s best to prepare this BEFORE the first class). Every effort should be made to have snack and go to the bathroom BEFORE class time. Parents, please treat this like a regular class. It is most helpful if a parent is close by to help with connection problems if needed.
We will send you any specific supplies your student should have access to during class times (notebook/pencil, coloring materials, etc.) in the reminder email about a week before your class starts.
All Colors of the Spectrum | Grades 4+Up
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.
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.
Please email [email protected] ahead of the first day with info you care to share.
Intermediate/Advanced: Studio A Ensemble | Grades 6-12
Mondays | January 11-May 3 | 4:30-6:30 PM | Traysie Amick and Betsy Bisson | $225
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.
This class is by audition only and all spots have been filled.
Advanced Level: Studio B Ensemble | Grades 8+Up
Sundays | January 10-May 2 | 2:00-4:00 PM | Betsy Bisson | $225
Studio B Ensemble members are 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 [email protected]—first come, first served. Assistants will only be double-scheduled if the class enrollment number is high.
This class is by audition only and all spots have been filled.
PREREQUISITE: a summer-long entrance process, only those pre-approved may register for this year-long class. NO NEW ENROLLMENTS UNTIL FALL 2021.
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Studio Sing Ensemble | Grades 6-12
A class for strong singers looking for a challenge (not for beginners). The class will explore a capella performance, made popular by groups like Pentatonix, DCapella, Naturally 7, Voca People, VoicePlay and so many others. Students will also work on sight singing, rhythm reading and music theory as well as building an a capella repertoire.
Prerequisite = please submit a link of a video of you performing a song with accompaniment (recorded karaoke tracks are fine) by February 17 to [email protected]. (Sorry, performing a song a capella doesn’t allow us to assess your ability to match pitch.) Your video should show us your physical choices regarding expression and emotion—full choreography is not required. Musical Theatre songs are preferred (and allow for more acting choices) rather than pop songs.
Accepted students will be notified no later than February 18. Registration may then be completed.
ADLIBeration: SCCT’s Teen Improv Troupe! | Grades 6-12
Mondays | January 11-May | 6:45-8:15 PM | Traysie Amick | $80
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. 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 as SCCT will not provide transportation to performances.
AUDITIONS: There will be no audition for new members in Spring 2021.
SUNDAYS | January 24-April 25 | 5:00-6:15 PM | Betsy Bisson | FREE
SCCT provides free acting workshops for adults—college-age and up.
It’s a chance for beginners to seasoned actors to get together to learn more about acting, auditioning, the rehearsal process, monologue preparation and whatever the student has questions about. Betsy Bisson is the Co-Artistic and Education Director at SCCT and has 30+ years of experience teaching acting.
All available spots have been filled.