Performing Arts Academy

Spring 2016 | Performing Arts Academy offers students a chance to explore their artistic abilities in all areas of the performing arts. This Spring we are offering classes and workshops that will structure the process of studying acting, singing, dance, improvisation, film, technical theatre, auditioning and internship project studies. All classes offer a suggested level of experience, as well as an age range. There is a class for everyone to explore, no matter how experienced or inexperienced. The performing arts is a practice where students will build personal integrity, inspire creatively, work together, take risks, foster self-esteem and an appreciation for the craft all while having fun!

Our goal is the same for each class - to provide a safe environment for students to explore their artistic abilities through performing arts and to have an opportunity to be creative!

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Spring 2016 Performing Arts Academy
Tuesday
Acting I

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Experience Level: Beginner
Ages 6-8 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 2, 2016 from 4:15-5:15pm
(2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26)

Discover role-playing and the world of make-believe by using theatre games and improvisation techniques to enhance creativity and foster positive self-expression. Final presentation onstage.

Instructor: Samantha Hennin

Acting II

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Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages: 9-11 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 2, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm
(2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26)

Young actors will strengthen their skills through improvisation, movement, voice, character, and story creation. Final presentation of skits written by students onstage.

Instructor: Michelle Sayah

Audition Class for the Actor

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Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages: 12 & Up • Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 2, 2016 from 6-8:00pm
(2/2, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26)

Students will study the process of auditioning including before, during, and following the audition experience. Focusing on how to approach the audition room; the difference between a film, stage play or musical audition; objective of a Character; knowing yourself and what you are auditioning for; finding material, choosing material, preparing a monologue or a cold-scene reading; leaving an impression and getting noticed in an audition; receiving constructive feedback; and callback preparation.

Instructor: Dan Cooley

Wednesday
Acting III

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Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages: 12 & Up • Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 3, 2015 from 5:30-7:30pm
(2/3, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27)

Further improve students' acting abilities through character study. Acting III will explore the process of bringing a character to life, physical detail in acting, action verses a reaction, articulating a character's objective and motive for walking into a scene and the importance of truthfulness in acting. This class is designed to develop a young actor's performance ability to a more mature and polished place.

Instructor: Dan Cooley

Lights, Camera & Action Workshop

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Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages: 13 & Up • Cost: $35.00 / per or $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops (a $15.00 Savings)
A Three-part Workshop with film maker and educator P.J. Bracco
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Workshop 1: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Workshop 2: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Workshop 3: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

These three workshop will offer students the opportunity to study the tips of the trade, from on-camera audition etiquette, to securely delivering a scene on the screen. Learn the process of making a reel and the tools you need to submit and have your film work noticed. Each workshop will focus on techniques in the film industry, complete with a question and answer session, camera demonstration and exercises, and building confidence among the technical obstacles.

Workshop 1: Acting for Camera
Auditioning for TV & Film

Workshop 2: Scene Study for Film & TV
Actors will partner up for a scene to be rehearsed and filmed.

Workshop 3: The Actors Reel
How to make a reel?

Thursday
Musical Theatre

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Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 6 & Up • Cost: $315.00 (10 weeks)
* Students will be divided into groups by age and level of experience on the first day of class.
Classes begin February 4, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm
(2/4, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28)

If you're headed to Broadway, or just looking to have fun, this class is perfect for you! Learn the essentials of being a musical theatre performer through vocal, dance and acting techniques. Each group will learn scenes, songs and choreographed works from Broadway musicals. No experience necessary. Final presentation onstage.

Instructors: Joseph Ficarra, Jessica O’Brien & Michael Olender

Friday
Teen Night

Join us for a fun night of Improv
Ages 12 & up • Time: 7:00-9:00pm • Cost: FREE!
Where: Algonquin Arts Theater (Victoria J. Mastrobuno Studio)
When: Select Friday evenings within the Spring 2016 semester
February 5, 19
March 4, 11
April 15, 22

Teaching artists will customize an improv class based on social issues that are appropriate to class. Students can explore any one of the following areas: character development, bullying, emotional violence, peer pressure, pros & cons of labels and making choices. We'll provide improv fun that creates a positive influence while enjoying good company and tasty snacks.

Instructors will rotate throughout the semester.

Videographer Credit: Pen
TEEN NIGHT is generously supported by
The Provident Bank Foundation & Investors Bank
The Provident Bank Foundation
Investors Bank
Saturday
Algonquin Youth Emsemble (AYE)

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance

Algonquin Youth Ensemble students are enrolled by audition and feature in main stage production at the conclusion of the class. Students will work and learn with professionals in the field as part of an educational classroom experience. The AYE class will educate students on the principles of acting, warm-ups, script analysis, stage terminology, jobs and responsibilities that go into preparing for a performance, genre and history of a play or musical, performance articulation, vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.

AYE | Rodgers & Hammerstein: THE KING & I
Ages 6-17 • Cost: $350.00

The King & I

Experience the exciting profession of musical theatre through the Algonquin Youth Ensemble class, which will further feature students in the main stage musical The King & I.
Classroom | Saturdays: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 (9 Classes)
Time: 10:00-1:00pm (Saturdays)

Tech Week | To begin March 24th leading into the opening performance weekend – Evening tech rehearsals, time TBA
Performance Dates | April 1 at 8pm, April 2 at 2pm & 8pm, April 3 at 3pm, April 7 at 7pm, April 8 at 8pm, April 9 at 2pm & 8pm, April 10 at 3pm

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY
Audition Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 * Students only!
Call-Back Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Students will be scheduled an audition time
Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org
Be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor's role and all tech/performance dates.

Director: Gina Lupi
Music Director: Stephen Strouse
Choreographer: Jessica O’Brien

AYE | THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Ages 13 & Up • Cost: $350.00

The Laramie Project
An Algonquin Arts Theatre production featuring the Algonquin Youth Ensemble. The Laramie Project, written by Moisés Kaufman, is a series of short scenes consisting of dialogue pulled from journal entries of company members, over 200 interviews of people in town, and news reports following the murder of a University of Wyoming gay student, Matthew Shepard, in 1998. The play examines the wide breadth of reactions to this incident and chronicles the life of Laramie for a year after its occurrence.
Parent Advisory: This performance contains strong language and mature themes.
Classroom | Saturdays: 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16
Time: 10:00-1:00pm (Saturdays)

Tech Week | April 18, 19, 20 & 21 – Evening tech rehearsals, specific time TBA
Performance Dates | April 22 & 23 at 7:00pm

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY
Audition Date: Monday, January 11, 2016 * Students only!
Call-Back Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Students will be scheduled an audition time
Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org
Be advised that students must be available for classes, evening rehearsals that are to be scheduled according to the actor’s role and all tech/performance dates.

Director: Ian Moore
Associate Directors: Ruben Nagy & Julie Nagy

Registration & Payment Policy

Registration
Please contact Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education
Box Office: 732.528.9211
Education Department: 732.528.9224
Email: julie@algonquinarts.org
Register online and review the full PAA schedule at algonquinarts.org.

Policies
Payment is due in full at time of reservation. All reservations are final after the first day of class. No credits or refunds after February 8, 2016. Discounts cannot be combined.

Financial Assistance
Please do not let cost prevent participation in our academy programs. Financial assistance is available, and applications for tuition assistance are available from the Director of Arts Education. A 10% discount is offered for multiple classes registered and siblings.