Summer Programs for Young Artists 2017
Teen Workshops, Masterclasses, and Intensives
Teen Training Academy: Workshops and Masterclasses for Teen Performers
Wednesdays, June 28-August 2
Freight Depot Theater
A 5-week series of workshops with local professionals focusing on different aspects of theatrical training, including audition preparation and monologue work, Shakespeare, movement, improvisation, and proper vocal techniques.
7/5: Making it Up as I Go Along – Improvisation for Teens with Christine Decker
Students will learn basic guidelines for improvisation such as: Say yes and…Be in the moment and Have a strong point of view. Based upon Viola Spolin’s Improvisation for the Actor we will explore our imagination and story-telling abilities through various games.
CANCELED – 7/12: Vocal Music Masterclass with Sylvia Bloom
*sheet music must be submitted no later than 1 week prior to workshop*
Join professional vocalist Sylvia Bloom in a masterclass setting, to learn tips and tricks to improve breathing, diction, tone, story-telling, posture, and more in your singing performance! For this workshop, all registrants must have a piece of music (classical or musical theater) ready to perform. All sheet music must be submitted by July 5th, 1 week prior to the workshop.
7/19: “How Do You Say That?” Speech and Dialect with Catherine Seeley
In this workshop, we’ll explore the basic techniques of warming up the voice for speaking on stage that differ from singing. We’ll work on projection, and how to make yourself heard in a packed theatre, or outdoors, and the philosophy behind the connection between your character, your body, and your voice. From there we’ll move on to learning the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet, and how it applies to learning dialects from all over the world. We’ll focus on Southern, RP (or British), Cockney, and Irish. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop will be to further understand how to use your body and voice to inform on any character that you may play in the future.
7/26: Meeting Shakespeare with Scott Renzoni
*prepare 10-15 lines of Shakespeare*
To best perform Shakespeare, we must be ready to meet him in several ways. Ready with a mind that fully grasps the meaning of the language and how to deliver it, a heart fully open to revealing all of ourselves, and a body ready to rise to the physical and mental demands of this most rich, complex playwright. We’ll explore tools for unlocking the text, finding and cultivating our emotional relationship with the words, and techniques for effectively delivering the language. Participants are asked to prepare 10-15 lines of Shakespeare, preferably learned by heart. Age & gender need not match your own; what’s important is that you feel a strong personal connection to your selection. Please include your selection with your registration including play, act/scene, character, and first/last lines.
8/2: Physical Storytelling and Stage Combat with Erin Ouellette
Words aren’t the only way to tell stories. Actors have an entire physical vocabulary at their disposal to tell the tale of their character. In this course taught by Hubbard Hall performers Erin Ouellette and Catherine Seeley, students will explore aspects of movement such as body leading, pace, levels, kinesthetic response, stature, and many more to help bring characters to life. The class will also touch upon specialized movement in cross-gender casting, and non-realistic character movement. And lastly, the class will explore one of the most physical forms of storytelling: stage combat. Students will explore stage combat in a way that keeps themselves and scene partners safe while still allowing their character’s motivations and physical life to be present. Students are asked to familiarize themselves with the Sherlock Holmes short story “The Final Problem”, wear comfortable clothing and to bring 2-3 different types of shoes (ie- sneakers, boots, dress shoes, heels, etc.) for use in movement exploration.
On Stage: A Theater Intensive for Teens
With Virginia May Edinger
One-week program: Monday-Friday, July 10-14
Hubbard Hall Mainstage
This exciting week-long theater intensive will give teens an introduction to acting, movement, text-work, Shakespeare, and more with a Hubbard Hall-raised performer!
Summer Arts Ages 5-12 at Hubbard Hall
Hubbard Hall offers summer arts programs for young people, designed to give participants a fun and illuminating experience of working with teaching artists and other kids to make and perform great art! Our programs encourage each participant to be a part of the invention of the play or project and everyone has a lot of say in the building of his or her part. The end result is a celebration of the group process.
Summer Theater: Kids Company, Ages 5-7
Where the Wild Things Are
Directed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
Two-week daily program
Monday-Friday, June 26 to July 7 (No program on July 4)
9:00am – 12:00pm
Freight Depot Theater
Cost: $250 – REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS FULL
Showcase Performance, Hubbard Hall Freight Depot Theater
Thursday, July 6 at 6:00pm
In this two-week daily summer theater program, kids ages five to seven years are introduced to the skills and magic of the theater. Through theater games, music, and art we form an ensemble cast experience in which everyone has a creative voice. Every child has magical worlds within them–what will they create today? Based on beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, the group will work together to create a fun performance for family and friends on Thursday, July 6th.
Friday, July 21 at 7pm, Saturday July 22 at 2pm
$10 General Admission, $5 Student
With Bonnie Ross, Betsy Edinger, and friends!
Four-week daily program
Monday-Friday, June 26-July 21
(No program on July 4)
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Beacon Feed Studio Building
Tuition $100/week, $60/week when enrolled in a morning theater program
($80 for the week of July 4)
CANCELED – Week 3: Ancient Olympics
CANCELED – Week 4: Magnificent Monsters
In this daily afternoon program, kids ages five to twelve bring a bag lunch to the studio and explore different themes across multiple disciplines each week – a bucketful of arts such as crafty creations, acting and storytelling, music and movement, plus outdoor games and more! Each week will have a fun and exciting theme for students to explore and enjoy!