Winter Classes 2023 | Grades 6-12

Ages 3-6Grades 1-6Grades 6-12Acting for Adults




Acting & Audition Prep | 6th-12th

Mondays, Jan 9-Feb 20 (skip MLK Day, Jan 16) | 6:45 – 7:45 PM | Mia Phillips | $85
Tuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Molly Grey Davis | $85

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.

Though there is no official “sharing” at the end of this mini-mester, we will still be working on all the standard acting exercises, performance skills and terminology.  If the teacher elects to record the audition material at the end of the semester—we will send you a recorded link of your student’s audition piece.

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.

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

Mondays, Jan 9-Feb 20 (skip MLK Day, Jan 16) | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $85

“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—Greenville Edition.  Students are invited to wear their robes.  We will make practice paper wands on the first day of class.

Though there is no “sharing” at the end of this mini-mester, we will still be working on all the standard acting exercises, performance skills and terminology while exploring the world of Harry Potter in an interactive environment.

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

Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 16| 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Anna Bowman | $85 Sold out! Email Jill to be added to the wait list.

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!

Though there is no official “sharing” at the end of this mini-mester, we will still be working on all the standard acting exercises, performance skills and terminology.

Production – It Was a Dark and Stormy Night… | 6th-12th

Tuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Mia Phillips | $130

How did we make that play?!  Find out through an all-encompassing production-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.  Students should bring a notebook and pencil to every class. We will be working on short scenes exploring “It was a dark, and stormy night.”

Though there is no official “sharing” planned at the end of this mini-mester, we will still be working on all the standard acting exercises, performance skills and terminology.  If the teacher elects to record the material at the end of the semester—we will send you a recorded link—however, 6 classes may be a bit fast to get material written, rehearsed and a recordable performance put together.

All Colors in the Wings | 2nd & Up

Tuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 5:45-6:45 PM | Traysie Amick | $85

A class that is tailored to the needs of young people with processing and neurodevelopmental challenges who may be curious about what goes on behind the scenes!  Join us as we look at the stage from behind the curtain.  Try your hand at base painting with rollers, combining found objects to make a unique prop, and working together to solve problems of design.  We will talk about the jobs in the theatre that are responsible for making the magic that enchants an audience!

Please email Traysie Amick ([email protected]) and set up a phone conversation to ensure that this class is a good fit for your child before registering.

Intermediate Audition Critique | 6th-12th

Tuesdays, Jan 10-Feb 14 | 4:15 – 5:15 PM | Traysie Amick | $85

Take your audition game to the next level!  Prepare a piece (either 16 bars with accompaniment track in the correct key or a 1-minute monologue from a produced play) fully memorized before our session begins and develop ways to self-critique and offer helpful critique to your peers.  Preparing creative choices alone that adequately translate into an audition setting is one of the most difficult hurdles actors must overcome. Students at this level should be able to find and develop audition material on their own and the only way for this class to be effective, is for them to come to the first class fully ready to audition. If finding and preparing your own audition material is too difficult, please instead enroll in our Process Acting & Audition Prep classes for 6th-12th on either Monday or Tuesday nights.

We will begin the first day with a mock audition.  Students will perform their pieces as though they are actually auditioning.  Students will take notes on the initial performances and write feedback for themselves. Then, we will discuss various tactics for sharing our insights.

From there, we will work these pieces through a variety of activities that will hone our approach and narrow our choices.  We will cultivate a list of considerations when self-directing a piece.  Develop methods of solo rehearsal leading up to an audition.

In addition, we will discuss what directors look for in potential talent and touch on ways to organize information to place achievements in the best light.  Preparation is the antidote for anxiety!   These skills will not only bolster confidence for the next audition, but also allow students to participate in their other performing arts classes in a more meaningful way.

Though there is no official “sharing” at the end of this mini-mester, we will still be working on all the standard acting exercises, performance skills and terminology.  If the teacher elects to record the audition material at the end of the semester—we will send you a recorded link of your student’s audition piece.

Maybe you have an interest in behind the scenes and learning more about the process of putting a show together?  Then you might be interested in…3rd Stage Mentors/Tech Crew for Grades 5-12 – please contact Traysie Amick [email protected] if you are interested in assisting the 3rd Stage class each week all the way through the performances (May 26 & 27).  Mentors come 30 minutes prior to the actual class time (so 4:30 on either Wed or Thur) to help prepare material 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/performances).

Musical Theatre – The Greatest Showman | 3rd-9th

Thursdays, Jan 12-Feb 16 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Chelsea LaCourse & Jessica Smith | $85 Sold out! Email Jill to be added to the wait list.

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 at a musical audition. The class will focus on ensemble musical theatre material taking our inspiration from the music THE GREATEST SHOWMAN. 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.

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

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

Mondays, January 9-May 2 (skip Jan 16, March 20 & April 10) | 4:30 – 6:30 PM | Traysie Amick & Betsy Bisson | $210

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.