We hate to see summer vacation end as much as any kid, but it’s almost September and time to start thinking about Fall Classes! How about making the school year a little more dramatic with a class in acting or improv?
All-abilities programming includes those children—as well as others who may choose to participate—in a program that will specifically welcome, engage, and challenge each of them to their own physical, mental, sensory, and emotional abilities.
STAGE PERFORMANCE FOR ALL
Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 20 – November 15)
The class will begin with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student’s abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. In the second hour, the class will develop and rehearse an original play or short scenes for performance. A one-hour class option is also available. Please contact us for details.
STAGE PLAY: CENTRAL AMERICAN STORIES
Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Ages 5 – 8 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)
Join us South of the Border as we explore the rich history of folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from Mexico and Central America. Drama games and scenes based on these tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. Older and returning students will be challenged to further develop roles and begin script analysis. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.
STAGE PERFORMANCE SKILLS: MAKE ‘EM LAUGH (COMIC TIMING)
Saturdays, 10:40 – 11:40 am
Ages 9 – 14 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)
Playing comedy, and finding the right timing for that comedy, is one of the hardest skills for actors to learn. This class will explore various types of comedy and how to play it for the biggest laughs! Prior acting experience is recommended but not required. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.
IMPROV IN PERFORMANCE
Saturdays, 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
Ages 10 – 16 (8 weeks, September 22 – November 17)
Get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The class will be introduced to short-form improv designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. Returning students will be challenged to build their skills and develop longer scenes. The terms ends with a performance, and other performance opportunities may be added.
HOMESCHOOL JUNIOR PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Ages 5 – 8 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)
A new program for younger homeschool performers offers our popular Saturday Stage Play class on Tuesday mornings. Drama games and scenes based on folk tales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical story telling, character development, voice, and movement. The term ends with a showcase performance for family and friends.
HOMESCHOOL REPERTORY PLAYERS
Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Ages 8 – 14 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)
A performance and production class is offered beginning in September and January—each term focusing on a different theme or style of theater. In Fall 2018, the class will produce an original murder mystery, and we’ll discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage! The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.
Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)
Students will learn about the musical elements of pitch, duration, tempo, dynamics, timbre, and form through a sequential, developmentally appropriate course of study. Students will engage in a variety of musical activities including singing with quality folk literature, playing instruments, and movement to the masters, both classic and contemporary. Students will create, perform and respond to music in an environment that encourages them to be tuneful, beautiful, and artful.
Tuesdays, 1:40 – 2:40 pm
Ages 8 – 16 (10 weeks, September 18 – November 20)
Students will get a basic understanding of improvisational theater concepts such as story building, environmental awareness, saying “yes,” and making and accepting dramatic offers. The group is introduced to short-form improv games designed to build teamwork and reinforce basic concepts. No prior experience in theater or improv is necessary, and participants will be able to take what they learn and use it to not only become better actors, but also better listeners and speakers. Experienced performers will be challenged to expand their skills and stretch their choices.
COACHING AND PRIVATE LESSONS
Private acting coaching, lessons, and audition preparation are available with NBYT Teaching Artists on a weekly or one-time basis.
To register for one or more classes, click below!
COST AND OTHER DETAILS
The cost of each one-hour class is $100 per student for each 8-week term. The cost of the two-hour all-abilities class and two-hour homeschool class is $150.
Students within one year of the age requirements may be allowed to register with approval of the instructor and Executive Director.
All classes meet at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington section of Berlin.
For more information, or to arrange a visit to NBYT, please call firstname.lastname@example.org email