Performing Arts Academy

Welcome to the Fall Session of the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Academy. We are offering nine classes this Fall, including our Algonquin Youth Ensemble that requires an audition for the main stage musical, Miracle on 34th Street and our AYE Workshop Show Case. Our Theatre is proud of the growth of our academy while continuing to offer more opportunity for focus in film, acting, singing, dance, improvisation, technical theatre, auditioning and special interning project studies.

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!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 2015 FALL PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY BROCHURE (.pdf)

Classes
Monday
Musical Theatre
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, DANCE, MUSIC-VOCAL
Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 6 & Up • Cost: $315.00 (10 weeks)
* Students will be divided into groups on the first day of class.
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Classes begin September 21, 2015 from 4:30-6:30pm
(9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30)
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, Michael Olender & Caitlin Roman
Tuesday
Acting I
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Experience Level: Beginner
Ages 6-8 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
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Classes begin September 22, 2015 from 4:15-5:15pm
(9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1)
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: Kristine Sliwoski
Acting II
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages: 9-11 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
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Classes begin September 22, 2015 from 5:30-7:00pm
(9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1)
Young actors will strengthen their skills through improvisation, movement, voice, character, and story creation. Final presentation of skits written by students onstage.
Instructor: Kristine Sliwoski
Credits: Fall 2013 TV & Film from A to Z final project.
TV & Film From A To Z
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, WRITING, AUDITION, BEHIND THE SCENES
Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages 9 & up • Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)
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Classes begin September 22, 2015 from 4:30-6:30pm
(9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1)
Lights, Camera, Action! Explore the skills of being in front of and behind the camera. Aspiring actors and film makers welcome. Final performance will be a film viewing of students work on the big screen.
STUDENTS HAVE THE OPTION TO BRING THEIR OWN VIDEO CAMERAS.
Instructors: P.J. Bracco
Wednesday
Acting III
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, WRITING
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages: 12 & Up • Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)
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Classes begin September 23, 2015 from 4:30-6:30pm
(9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2)
Further improve students' acting abilities through scene study. Acting III will explore diverse genres and focus on the importance of truthfulness in acting. In addition, students will study their understanding of the audition process including before, during, and following the audition. Some of this will be 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

Musical Theatre Dance Workshops
DANCE, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages: 12 & Up • Cost: $35.00 a workshop, $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops (a $15.00 Savings)
For the discounted three-workshop price, please call Julie Nagy at 732-528-9224
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A Three-part Workshop with Dancer and Choreographer Casey Abel
Workshop 1: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Workshop 2: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Workshop 3: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 5:00-7:00pm
This workshop will offer students the opportunity to study Broadway-style, musical theater dance techniques and choreography. Each workshop will focus on a particular show and style of dance, complete with a full warm-up, center exercises, styling, and learning original choreography from the show.

Workshop 1: A Chorus Line
Full dance warm-up and stretching.
Center floor - learning names of steps and basic musical theater dance steps
Discussion on A Chorus Line and the importance of dance in an audition and how to prepare.
Teaching/learning original opening "audition" choreography from A Chorus Line (I Hope I Get It).
Small groups and feedback with Q and A.

Workshop 2: Cats
Full dance warm-up and stretching.
Discussion on Cats and why dance is important for a musical theater performer.
Center floor - Cats characteristics in movement.
Teaching/learning Original Cats choreography (Jellicle Ball).
Small groups and feedback with Q and A.

Workshop 3: Chicago
Full dance warm-up and stretching.
Discussion on Fosse and Chicago. Focus on acting while dancing and applying acting to your movement is important.
Center floor - Fosse styling steps/movement.
Teaching/learning Original choreography from Chicago (All That Jazz).
Small groups and feedback with Q and A.

Thursday

Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, DANCE, MUSIC-VOCAL, DANCE, BEHIND THE SCENES, AUDITION
Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages 7-17 • Cost: $350.00
Experience the exciting profession of musical theatre. Students can look forward to auditioning and receiving feedback through the Algonquin Youth Ensemble class, that will further feature students in the main stage musical Miracle on 34th Street. Students will work and learn with professionals in the field as part of an educational classroom experience. The classroom is an educational environment structured with lessons that work hand-in-hand with the rehearsal, directing and staging of a main stage musical performance. This program 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 the musical, performance articulation, musical theatre vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.

Classroom:
Thursdays: 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Time: 4:00-7:00pm (Thursdays)
Tech Rehearsal: 11/22, 11/24, 11/25 & 11/27 – Evening tech rehearsals TBA
Performance Dates: Saturday, November 28 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, November 29 at 3:00 pm; Friday, December 4 at 7:45 pm; Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 pm; Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 pm

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY
Audition Date: Monday, September 14, 2015 * Students only!
Call-Back Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Students will be scheduled an audition time
Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org
Students must be available for classroom workshops, evening rehearsals that are scheduled according to the actors role and all tech/performance dates.

Director: Jessica O’Brien
Co-Director: Ruben Nagy

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 Fall 2015 semester
September 18th, 25th
October 23rd, 30th
November 13th, 20th
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.

Videographer Credit: Pen
TEEN NIGHT is generously supported by
The Provident Bank Foundation & Investors Bank
The Provident Bank Foundation
Investors Bank
Saturday

AYE Workshop
ACTING, IMPROV, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, AUDITION, MUSIC-VOCAL
Experience Level: Advanced
ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION INVITE ONLY
Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)
This workshop is an extension of our Algonquin Youth Ensemble studies, offering students an opportunity to sharpen specific areas of training. Students will practice individualized and ensemble based material in areas of musical theatre performance using songs, monologues and scenes. The process of auditioning, character creation, script analysis, physical detail in acting, and more will be exercised. This workshop is designed to give the young actor a toolbox filled with a variety of options to take their performance ability to a more mature and polished place. Throughout the semester actors will be given specific feedback from their instructors as well as performance show case that will allow students to demonstrate their growth as an actor.

Audition Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015 * Invite only!
Students will be scheduled an audition time
Email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org
Prerequisite for Auditioning: to have taken a class at the Algonquin Arts Theatre's Performing Arts Academy prior to the Fall 2015 Fall Semester.

Workshop:
Saturdays: 9/19, 9/26 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (Saturdays)

Tech Rehearsals: December 15 & 16, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Performance Show-Case: Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Instructors: Ian Moore & Ruben Nagy

CHOOSING A CLASS

Algonquin Arts Theatre's Performing Arts Academy offers students a chance to explore their artistic abilities in all areas of the performing arts. When choosing a class, refer to the ACTORS TOOL BOX to learn what each class has to offer. The following tools will structure the process of studying the craft of theatre. 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!

ACTORS TOOL BOX
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
MUSIC – VOCAL
BEHIND THE SCENES
ACTING
IMPROV
AUDITION
DANCE
WRITING

Registration & Payment Policy

Please contact:
Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education
Education Department: 732.528.9224
Box Office: 732.528.9211 Email: julie@algonquinarts.org

Register online and review the full PAA schedule at algonquinarts.org.

Payment is due in full at time of reservation.

All reservations are final after the first day of class.
No credits or refunds after September 28, 2015.

Interested in tuition underwriting?
Contact the Education Department on how to apply before the start of the Fall 2015 semester.

10% off multiple classes registered & siblings.
Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.