Winter Classes 2022 – 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.**

Process Acting – Acting & Audition Prep | 6th-12th

Mondays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 6:45 – 7:45 PM | Mia Phillips | $80
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Feb 16 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM | Nathan Pittack | $80
A chance to explore the audition process while also honing acting techniques.

Create characters, explore dramatic interpretation of classic stories, learn lingo and challenge your imagination! Students hone projection and articulation skills while engaging the body in purposeful physical expression. Some at-home memorization required.

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

Process Acting – Hogwarts Triwizard Tournament | 6th-12th

Mondays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $80
“Eternal Glory that is what awaits the student who wins the Triwizard Tournament!” Develop acting skills while exploring characters and themes from J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular HARRY POTTER books, while participating in competitions that will lead to the culmination of the Triwizard Tournament.  Students are invited to wear their robes.  We will make practice paper wands on the first day of class.

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

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

Tuesdays, Jan 11-Feb 15 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Lauren Wilson | $80
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, characterization and reading skills overall, but your child will have fun while doing it and no lines to memorize!

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

Thursdays, Jan 13-Feb 17 | 6:45 – 7:45 PM | Traysie Amick & Maddie O’Hara | $80
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!

Musical Theatre – Songs from Anastasia and Frozen | 6th-12th

Thursdays, Jan 13-Feb 17 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Chelsea LaCourse & Jessica Smith | $80
Musical theatre training for performance—you don’t have to read music, but should enjoy singing and simple dance. Learning very basic music terminology and basic movement/staging for a song, will help students feel more comfortable at a musical audition. The class will focus on ensemble musical theatre material taking our inspiration from the Broadway and Disney phenomena, ANASTASIA & FROZEN 1 & 2. Due to social distancing guidelines, the choreography will be done primarily in place and really allow for each student to “sell the song.”

Musical Theatre – Dance for Those Who Are New to Dance | 4th-12th

Sundays, Jan 9-Feb 13 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM | Lauren Imhoff | $80
Need the basics of dance to get you thru musical theatre auditions/shows and you just haven’t taken the years of dance everyone else seems to have taken? This class is for you!

Dance shoes are not required but they are much easier to move in than standard tennis shoes. Basic jazz slip on shoes tend to cost between $10-$25 – sometimes they are even available used for less.

All Colors of the Spectrum – a Winter & Spring Semester class | 5th-12th

Tuesdays, Jan 11-April 19 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Traysie Amick | $160 (register by January 7 to receive the early enrollment discount)
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.

This class meets for 12 weeks, but there ARE breaks.  (Traysie is performing THE CAT IN THE HAT in our MainStage production and so we’re taking the regular class break between Winter & Spring to allow her to get that show open—then we will also take the Greenville Country Schools Spring Break week off.)

We meet Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 15, Feb 1, Feb 8 & Feb 15 (skip Feb 22 & March 1), meet again March 8 & 15 (skip March 22) and finish up March 29, April 5, April 12 & April 19.

We will record the end-of-semester “sharing” for all classes and send parent’s the video link.

Write/Direct/Act – “It was a dark & stormy night…” | 6th-12th

Tuesdays, Jan 11-Feb 15 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $150
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 skits based on the theme. 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.  We will be working on short scenes exploring “It was a dark, and stormy night….”

Acting for the Camera | 6th-12th

Thursdays, Jan 13-Feb 17 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Maddie O’Hara | $80
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!

Musical Theatre – Intermediate Level Dance | 4th-12th

Sundays, Jan 9-Feb 13 | 2:45 – 3:45 PM | Lauren Imhoff | $80
You know the basics and want to learn more? Students will focus on the fundamentals of musical theatre/jazz technique along with building strength, flexibility, and performance skills. After a warm up and across the floor exercises students will learn musical theatre combinations and work on implementing technique and storytelling into each new combination.

Dance shoes are not required but they are much easier to move in than standard tennis shoes. Basic jazz slip on shoes tend to cost between $10-$25 – sometimes they are even available used for less.

Audition Intensive | 6th-12th

Tuesdays, Jan 11-Feb 15 | 6:45 – 7:45 PM | Traysie Amick & Maddie O’Hara | $80
This class is suitable for students who participate in SCCT’s Intermediate or Studio level classes (or the equivalent training elsewhere-please email [email protected] for approval).

Monologues are standard requirements for application to theatre arts programs (Fine Arts Center, Governor’s School and colleges) and auditions for many shows.  We are here to give that work an edge!  Work though moment before, character details, tactics and rehearsal techniques that encourage discovery and creativity.  In addition to performance, we will address self-taping, appropriate attire, and what to generally expect at an SCCT audition.

Before the first day of class: Students must select a 1-minute piece from a published play they would like to work on, send it to [email protected] as a PDF, and be fully memorized at the first class.  (It is also helpful to read the whole play that the piece is selected from.) If you have contrasting pieces you need to work on, send both.  Students should plan to bring a pencil, notebook, a folder in which to keep handouts and water in a closed container.  Clothes in which we can move and shoes that stay securely on feet is essential attire for this and most theatre arts classes.

Coming into this class “audition-ready” with a memorized piece will allow us to spend the entirety of our time trying a variety of approaches to polish the final product.  Working the piece in different ways will build confidence in a way that should make the execution in an actual audition memorable.  Skills are easily transferrable to future work so students can craft the perfect audition each time they develop a new piece.

3rd Stage Mentors/Tech Crew for Grades 5-12

If you are interested in assisting this class each week all the way through the performances, please email Traysie [email protected] and explain why YOU would be a good choice as a mentor (attach a resume if you have one).  Mentors will be selected from the emails received. Mentors who are selected, are expected to arrive 30 minutes prior to the actual 3rd Stage class time (so 4:30pm on either Wednesday or Thursday) to help prepare materials for the class start at 5pm.  You will act as a mentor to the younger students during the rehearsal process (help with writing down blocking, developing character, rehearsing lines, etc.) and become the full run crew for the tech rehearsals and performances.  There is no cost for this learning experience, but YOU MUST BE AVAILABLE TO COMMIT TO THE WHOLE SEMESTER with minimal expected absences (none allowed during tech (May 21-26) & performances May 27 & 28).

ADLIBERATION – SCCT’s Teen Improv Troupe – a Winter & Spring Semester class | 6th-12th

Restart Monday, January 10- May 2 | 6:45 – 8:15 PM | Traysie Amick |

This is an ongoing class which began in September 2021—no new enrollments for Winter/Spring.
We DO skip Mon, March 21st for Greenville County Schools Spring Break.
Both Varsity and Junior Varsity troupes meet on Monday evenings from 6:45-8:15pm.

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

Varsity players hosted and aided in developing the Fall SCCT showcase, will perform with the Junior Varsity in the Spring SCCT showcase, and will 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.
**We DO meet when Greenville County Schools are off for Teacher Workdays or Holidays.**

Intermediate/Advanced Level STUDIO A ENSEMBLE – a Winter & Spring Semester class | 6th-12th

Mondays, January 10-May 2 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Traysie Amick & Betsy Bisson | $225 (register by January 7th to receive the early enrollment discount)

15 weeks – we skip class on February 28 (for CAT IN THE HAT tech) & March 21 (for Spring Break).
Prerequisite = minimum of two years of theatre classes and an entrance exam

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 – a Winter & Spring Semester class | 6th-12th

Restart Sunday, January 9-May 1 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Betsy Bisson | $225 (register by January 7 to receive the early enrollment discount)

This is an ongoing class which began in August 2021—no new students admitted for Winter/Spring.

15 weeks =  Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, March 20 (skip March 20—Spring Break), April 3, April 10 (skip April 17 – Easter), April 24 & May 1

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.

Workshops

Kid’s Night Out! | K5-7th

AMERICAN GIRL VALENTINE’S PARTY Friday, February 11 | 6:00 – 10:00 PM | Mia Phillips | $25
If you’re in need of a date night downtown or maybe just some grown-up time to stream your own movie or get uninterrupted work done, just drop the kids off at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre and let them enjoy a fun evening of their own! We’ll start the night with an array of drama activities for a wide range of ages and experience levels. Then, we’ll make crafts, enjoy a snack of milk and cookies* and snuggle down for the evening to watch a movie. Pajamas that allow for movement are welcome attire (Please send them in shoes that stay securely on their feet to easily participate in some activities). Make sure they have their favorite blankets and pillows-we hope to have them in sleepy-mode by the time you pick them up.

*Standard supermarket cookies and regular milk will be provided.  Please supply your own snack if food allergies are a concern.