GROUP CLASSES AGES 3-18

Developing artists, ages 3 and up, are welcome in our creative, fun environment and will work toward proficiency in the disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing with the help of our experienced instructors. Our students grow, not only in their performance skills, but also in their communication, empathy, leadership, and professionalism.

OTHER CLASS TYPES

Age ranges listed below are guidelines, not hard rules. If you are unsure which classes would be the best fit for you or your child, please contact us and we will be happy to assist with class placement!

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our class offerings for SPRING 2020 have changed. We will not be offering in-person group classes at ASC at this time, but have moved our class offerings ONLINE! Virtual classes begin March 23rd!

2020 Course List*

*These classes are postponed until further notice for the health and safety of our students, instructors, and staff. Please view our virtual class offerings by clicking the button above.*

Acting

  • Acting Beginner (Typically ages 6-11)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $320

Perfect for young students, or students new to theatre and acting! Students will learn basic theatre vocabulary, character development, and monologue performance techniques throughout the semester. Students will be encouraged to create their own monologues in class based on characters they will create through various theatre games. Once the monologues have been created, students will work on basic concepts such as "the moment before", objective for the monologue, intention, tactics, how to analyze the monologue and character analysis. Students will also work on confidence on stage. At the end of the semester students will perform their original piece on stage in front of a live audience at Showcase.
 

Topics covered include:
- Theatre warm-ups and games
- Script analysis (understanding the monologue/how to approach a monologue)
- Creativity
- Theatre vocabulary

  • Acting Intermediate (Typically ages 11+)

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM​, price $320

A more advanced class for slightly older students, or younger, experienced students, this class focuses on monologue and scene work. Students will be challenged with researching the play, analyzing the script, and working with their scene partners to bring the characters to life. They will perform their scenes/one acts at Showcase at the end of the session.
 

Topics covered include:
- Advanced Theatre vocabulary
- Objectives
- Scene work
- Analyzing a script
- Intentions/Tactics

- Character Development

  • On-Camera Acting Beginner (Typically ages 6-11)

Mondays, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $170

In this introductory class to on-camera acting technique, students will learn about the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera, becoming comfortable in front of the lens, and the basic technique and terminology used in the world of film, commercials, and TV. Students will practice in front of the camera throughout the session, and their best take will be shown on the big screen at the student Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Cold reading

- Slating

- Commercial reads

- Working with an off-camera reader

  • On-Camera Acting Intermediate (Typically ages 11+)

Fridays, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $170

This class provides older and more experienced students with a more detailed look at acting and auditioning for the camera. Students will learn be given a variety of sides (scripts) to work on throughout the session including commercial sides, a film scene or monologue, and TV sides. Students will practice in front of the camera throughout the session and receive access to their footage so they may review their performances outside of class. At the end of the session, each students' footage will be edited into a reel (compilation), which they will receive, and which will be shown at Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Cold reading

- On-camera audition techniques

- Camera angles

- On-camera scene work with a partner

  • Improv (Typically ages 6-11)

Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM​, price $170

This class is an ideal place for younger students to tap into their "silly side" and to learn to "play" onstage. (Think: "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") Acting is all about following your instincts, and this class will help students let go of their stage fright and self-consciousness and do exactly that! Class activities will consist of various improv games and exercises designed to increase creativity and strengthen foundational stage technique. Students will present a peek into a typical class for Showcase, executing improv games onstage live and unplanned.

Topics covered include:

- Improv games

- The idea of "Yes, and..."

- Volume and physical commitment onstage

- Letting go of self-consciousness onstage​​

Advanced Courses
  • Advanced Ensemble (Ages 12+, by audition only)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, and Fridays 4:00-6:00 PM, price $640

This class is for our experienced, skilled, and dedicated students who wish to take their artistry to the next level. This class will focus on developing each student into a triple threat musical theatre performer. The ensemble will also focus on building a repertoire of group musical theatre numbers and will be given as many performance opportunities as possible in the community and beyond. Students will receive discounted, priority registration to our masterclass and audition events with Broadway performers, directors, choreographers, and casting directors. Classes are run in a manner akin to professional rehearsals, emphasizing professionalism, punctuality, and preparedness. The curriculum is developed specifically for each individual group of students, and therefore changes slightly each session. At the session's end, students present their own Showcase evening, performed Broadway workshop-style in the studio. Past Showcases have included: a cabaret-style evening of various solos, duets, and group production numbers, a presentation of a full-length Broadway musical, and a brand new musical combining an original book with favorite contemporary Broadway songs.

Topics covered include:

- Acting the song

- Audition prep

- Musical theatre scene study

- Musical theatre dance styles

- Singing with an accompanist

- Identifying your "type"

- Song selection

- Musical theatre history

- Analyzing a musical theatre script

  • Advanced Scene Study (Ages 12+, by instructor approval only)

Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM, price $480

This class is young actors who have experience performing in multiple productions, or who have taken Acting Intermediate (or equivalent), and wish to deepen and expand their understanding of their craft. Students will focus on one scene and character throughout the entire session spending extensive time on script analysis, character development, and work with their scene partner. To allow greater focus on process rather than product, students in this class will not perform in the regular end-of-session showcase, but friends and family will be invited to attend the final class period to witness the scene performances.

Topics covered include:

- Advanced script analysis

- Advanced character development

- How to research a scene

- Objectives and tactics

Dance

Now offering ballet training with Royal Academy of Dance certified instructor Irma Becker

  • Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Beginner (Typically ages 6-11)

Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, price $320

Instructor Irma Becker brings the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum to Area Stage! This is the perfect foundational class for students new to ballet, or to dance in general. Correct body positioning, foundational "building-block" movements, and physical strength and endurance will all be emphasized in both barre and center exercises. Students will perform a ballet piece from the musical theatre cannon for the student Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Turnout and posture

- At the barre: plié, battement tendu, battement glissé, battement fondue, grand battement, rise, stretch

- Center: Port de bras, balance de cote, relevé, en tournant, saute, pas de chat, chaine turns

- Arm positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, open 5th, demi second, demi bra

  • Musical Theatre Jazz Beginner (Typically ages 6-11)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 PM, price $320

This class emphasizes concepts essential to dance in the musical theatre. Spatial awareness, stage directions, formations, foundational technique, and musicality will all be covered. Students will perform a jazz-style piece from the musical theatre cannon for the student Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Stage directions (upstage, downstage, etc.)

- Dance formations and shapes

- Use of spot in turns

- Basic steps: Ball change, chassé, transfer of weight, pivot step, jazz walk, pas de bourrée, slide, crossing step, kick ball change, box step, heel walk.

- Basic positions of the feet and arms

  • Musical Theatre Jazz Intermediate (Typically ages 11+, by instructor approval only)

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM, price $480

This class is for students who already have a strong grasp on foundational movement and dance concepts, and who are ready to progress to more demanding technical exercises and choreography. The first half hour of class is devoted to an extensive center warm-up emphasizing stretching, strengthening, and technique. Next, students go across the floor practicing turns, leaps, and short combos. Finally, the last portion if of class is devoted to learning choreography from the musical theatre cannon. Typically, students learn and test 2-3 combos, in contrasting styles, per session. For the student Showcase, this class performs a piece in the quintessential musical theatre jazz style.

Topics covered include:

- Plié, tendu, degagé, ronde jambe, battment, dévellopé, attitude, passé, retiré, etc. in combination center

- Turns: single and double pirouettes (outside and inside), chaine & piqué turns, kick turns, pencil turns, soutenu turns

- Leaps & Jumps: grand jete, switch leap, leap in 2nd, russian, stag, firebird, calypso, hitch kick

- Basic steps: Ball change, chassé, pivot step, jazz walk, pas de bourrée, slide, grapevine, kick ball change, box step, drag, fleet hops, hitch step

- 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th positions parallel and turned out

  • Ballet/Hip-Hop Combo Class (Typically ages 8-15)

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-7:00 PM, price $480

This class is for beginner-intermediate students who wish to broaden their horizons beyond the musical theatre jazz basics. Perfect for the musical theatre performer who is a "mover" and would like to expand their skill set. Tuesdays are devoted to ballet, while Thursdays focus on hip-hop. Foundational basics of each style will be covered in each class. The ballet class will emphasize technique and how it can be applied to all other dance styles, while hip-hop will focus on full-body coordination and musicality. Students in this class will perform two different selections for Showcase, one in each style.

Topics covered include:

- Ballet: Turnout and posture, plié, battement tendu, battement glissé, battement fondue, grand battement, rise, stretch

- Hip-hop: urban dance styles, poppin’, locking, breaking, freestyle movement

Private lessons are available in tap upon request. 

Musical Theatre Performance
  • Broadway Revue (Ages 15+)

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM, price $320

For our teen and young adult performers, this course will allow students will advance their musical theatre performance skills to the next level. This is the perfect class for students preparing for college or professional auditions. Team-taught by ASC Artistic and Executive Directors, John and Maria Rodaz, along with staff instructors, this class is run similar to a masterclass format where students get on their feet and perform/work individually each week on a piece assigned to them. All students will finish the session with a performance-ready monologue and two musical theatre songs/song cuts. Students will perform their "audition package" for the student Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Acting the song

- How to create a story within your 16-32 bar song cut

- Building your audition book

- Monologue performance technique

- General audition do's and don'ts

- Resume and headshot guidance

  • Musical Theatre Intensive (All ages, 6+)

Saturdays, 10:00-12:00 PM, price $320

For all ages and ability levels, this class allows students the opportunity to learn and perform selections from their favorite Broadway shows, including scenes and dance sequences. All numbers worked on will be group numbers, allowing students to build skills such as cooperation, spatial awareness in a group, harmonizing, blending, and working as an ensemble- essential to success in the world of musical theatre. Students will perform a musical theatre group number or medley incorporating acting, singing, and dancing into one for the Showcase.

Topics covered include:

- Musical theatre vocal technique

- Vocal parts and harmonization

- Basic musical theatre choreography

- Basic stage performance concepts: projecting, cheating out, "lights on", memorization, etc.

Pre-K
  • Baby Ballet Class (Ages 3-6)

Wednesdays, 3:45-4:30 PM, price $170

This class is for our youngest budding performers ages 3-6. Lessons will focus on foundational dance and ballet, adhering to the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum.

Topics covered include:

- Movement and music games

- Rhythm games and activities

- Basic foundational movement concepts

Inclusion Theatre Project

The Inclusion Theatre Project (ITP) offers theatre education for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities of all ages. For more information including curriculum, performances, and dates, please visit our ITP page here.

Scholarships are available to students who have financial need, maturity as a person and artist, and overall merit as determined by the theatre directors. Awards vary and are renewable each production, provided that the recipient reapplies and continues meeting all eligibility requirements, including volunteer hours. Scholarships do not include production videos, merchandise, private lessons, or tickets. For more information about our scholarships and to apply, view the form here. Funds are limited, so make sure to apply as soon as possible. (For information on how to donate to our scholarship fund, click here!)

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