Fall 2016 | Performing Arts Academy offers students a chance to explore their artistic abilities in all areas of the performing arts. This Fall we are offering classes and workshops that will structure the process of acting, singing, dance, improvisation, 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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Fall 2016 Performing Arts Academy

About Our Academy
The Algonquin's Performing Arts Academy offers students a chance to explore their artistic abilities in all areas of the performing arts. We offer a variety of classes and workshops in the areas of acting, singing, dance, improvisation, film, technical theatre, auditioning and internship project studies.

Picking a Class
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.

Register via our Education Department:
Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education
Phone: 732-528-9224
Email: julie@algonquinarts.org
Register via the Box Office: 732-528- 9211
Register online 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 October 3, 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.

Monday
Workshop | Audition Preparation for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages: 10 & Up - Cost: $35.00

Monday, November 7, 2016
Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Build a confident approach to our Spring 2016 AYE audition of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The objective of this workshop is to achieve the following:

  • Students will be introduced to Shakespeare's material and gain a basic understanding of what acting in a Shakespeare play involves.
  • An overview of what to expect in AYE's production on A Midsummer Night's Dream and be prepped on how to prepare for the audition process.

Instructor: Ruben Nagy

Tuesday
Acting I

Experience Level: Beginner
Ages 6-8 - Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin September 27, 2016 from 4:15-5:15pm
(9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6)

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

Experience Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Ages: 9-11 - Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)

Classes begin September 27, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm
(9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6)

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

Workshop | Auditioning

Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages: 11 & Up - Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Workshop 2: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Workshop 3: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Build a confident approach to auditioning. Focus on how to approach the audition room and what it takes to stand out. Learn the skills to meet the objective of a character, knowing yourself and learning to play to our strengths. Throughout the workshop students will receive constructive feedback on how to continue to develop the skills for auditioning as an actor.

Workshop 1: Auditioning for Commercial Work
Students will focus on scripted, improvisational and voice over commercial work.

Workshop 2: MAKE STRONG CHOICES; Auditioning for Film and Television.
Actors will learn the ins and outs of auditioning for film and television. From how to break apart your sides quickly, make a strong choice, make an impression in the audition room and better your odds.

Workshop 3: Mock Auditions
Students will bring in prepared audition pieces or will receive cold reads to participate in a mock audition scenario.

Instructor: Dan Cooley

Workshop | Acting Techniques: An Introduction to three well known Acting Teachers of the 20th Century

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance
Ages: 13 & Up - Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Workshop 2: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Workshop 3: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Over the course of 3 weeks, students will be introduced to the predominate acting theories of Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov. Through the exercises of these highly influential acting teachers students will be encouraged to discover the practice of the system of physical actions, an introductory to methodology to performing and to build a new corporeal acting foundation.

Workshop 1: Live Truthfully and Privately on Stage; Uta Hagen's Exercises
Students will get an overview of the work of Uta Hagen, focusing on how to treat the set as a private space where they can live truthfully.

Workshop 2: Be Open and Respond Honestly; The Meisner Technique
In many ways acting is the art of listening and responding honestly, but so many of us allow our walls to come between us and truthful acting. In this workshops students will get a taste of the incredibly freeing work of Sanford Meisner.

Workshop 3: Imaginary Body; The Work of Michael Chekhov
How do we completely inhabit our characters? Students will explore some of movement work of Michael Chekhov and will fully embody a character of their own making.

Instructor: Dan Cooley

Wednesday
Acting III

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Ages: 12 & Up - Cost: $300.00 (10 weeks)

Classes begin September 28, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm
(9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7)

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

Workshop | Audition Preparation for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages: 10 & Up - Cost: $35.00

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
*** Added due to popular demand. Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Build a confident approach to our Spring 2016 AYE audition of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The objective of this workshop is to achieve the following:

  • Students will be introduced to Shakespeare's material and gain a basic understanding of what acting in a Shakespeare play involves.
  • An overview of what to expect in AYE's production on A Midsummer Night's Dream and be prepped on how to prepare for the audition process.

Instructor: Ruben Nagy

Thursday
Musical Theatre

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 September 29, 2016 from 4:30-6:30pm
(9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8)

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: Jessica O'Brien, Joseph Ficarra & Michael Olender.

Friday

Experience Level: Beginner-Advance
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 2016 semester

September 23
October 7, 14, 28
November 11, 18

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
Algonquin Youth Ensemble (AYE)

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advance

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 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 a play or musical, performance articulation, vocal techniques and the process of working as an ensemble.

Elf the Musical Jr.

AYE | Elf the Musical Jr.
Ages 8-17 - Cost: $350.00

Experience the exciting profession of musical theatre through the Algonquin Youth Ensemble class, which will further feature students in the main stage musical Elf the Musical Jr.

*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.

Classroom | Saturdays: 9/24, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10 (10 Classes)

Time: 10:00-1:00pm (Saturdays)

Rehearsals | To begin in November of 2016. Exact rehearsal schedule will be set once the availability of all actors is learned but will take place during weekday evenings and weekends.

Tech Week | To begin December 12th leading into the opening performance weekend - Evening tech rehearsals, time TBA.

Performance Dates | December 16 at 10am & 11:45am, December 17 at 11am & 2pm, December 18 at 3pm.

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY
Audition Date(s): Wednesday, September 14, 2016 starting at 3:00pm
Thursday, September 15, 2016 starting at 6:00pm

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
Music Director: Stephen Strouse
Choreographer: Jessica O'Brien
Teaching Artist: Tyler Cicardo