Algonquin Arts

Performing Arts Academy

Our Performing Arts Academy offers year-round instruction to allow students to explore a variety of disciplines within the performing arts. Classes offer a suggested level of experience and age; we aim to have a class for everyone! If you aren't sure which class is the right fit, please call our Director of Arts Education Julie Nagy at 732-528-9224 for assistance.

Register online with the links below or by calling the Box Office. A discount of 10% is offered for multiple registrations per semester per family.

Payment is due at the time of reservation. All tuition sales are final after the first day of class.

Discount offers cannot be combined.

Financial Assistance:
We strive to prevent cost from being a barrier to participation. Financial assistance is available, and applications for tuition assistance are available from the Director of Arts Education.

September 25 - December 4
New! A World Premiere Musical: Androcles and the Lion
Grades: 4-7
Intermediate
10 weeks
Mondays - 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/4
4-6 p.m.
$300
Instructor: Pamela Ward

Originate a role in the world premiere of a musical adaptation of 'Androcles and the Lion.' This 10-week session will explore the characters of Greek Mythology and the style of Greek Theatre tradition, the foundation of all modern theatre. Working as an ensemble, students will participate in the staging of an original musical, not only as actors and singers, but as designers and artisans building masks, costumes and props. All participants are members of a Greek Chorus, as well as individual characters. The session culminates in a production of the play, utilizing design elements created by the students.

September 26 - December 5
Acting I
Ages 6-8
Beginner
10 weeks
Tuesdays - 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5
4-5 p.m.
$185
Instructor: Nicole Clark

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.

September 26 - December 5
Acting II
Ages 9-11
Beginner-Intermediate
10 weeks
Tuesdays - 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5
5:30-7 p.m.
$285
Instructor: Nicole Clark

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

September 27 - December 6
Acting III
Ages 12 & up
Intermediate-Advanced
10 weeks
Wednesdays - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6
5:30-7:30 p.m.
$300
Instructor: Dan Cooley

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.

September 28 - December 7
Musical Theatre
Ages 6-14*
Beginner-Intermediate
10 weeks
Thursdays - 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7
4-6 p.m.
$315
Instructors: Jessica O'Brien, Michael Olender & Joseph Stefanelli

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.

*Students will be divided into groups by age and level of experience on the first day of class. Final presentation onstage.

October 16 - December 18
Session I: College Planning
Grades 10 & 11
Advanced
8 weeks
Mondays - 10/16, 10/23, 11/6, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18
5-7 p.m.
$300 ($270 if booked with College Audition Prep in Spring 2018)
Instructors: Ian Moore & Julie Nagy

Considering a college degree in the performing arts? This two-part class gets you up to speed on what to expect in the college application process, from the varying types of degrees to consider through final preparations for a college entrance audition. These classes will be customized to the students enrolled with the end goal of both informing students and parents how to be successful while on a college search and also nail the audition which is crucial to acceptance into these specific degree programs. Enrollment will be limited to 12 students. Guest instructors will be added based on individual needs.

Designed to lead into College Audition Preparation in Spring of 2018. To enroll for both classes, contact Julie Nagy at 732-528-9224.

November 1 - November 29
Audition Preparation for West Side Story
Ages 12 & up
Intermediate
2 sessions (pick 1 to attend)
Wednesdays - 11/1 or 11/29
6-8 p.m.
$35
Instructors: Natalie Hayes & Ian Moore

Build a confident approach to our Spring 2018 AYE audition of West Side Story. The objective of this workshop is to introduce students to choreography from the musical under the instruction of Natalie Hayes, and to provide an overview of what to expect and the best way to prepare for the audition process with the Director Ian Moore.

January 8 - February 5, 2018
Session II: College Audition Prep
Grades 10 & 11
Advanced
8 weeks
Mondays - 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 2/5
5-7 p.m.
$300 ($270 if booked with College Planning in Fall 2017)
Instructors: Ian Moore & Julie Nagy

The focus will narrow to preparing for the college audition. Materials - including monologues, music and choreography - will be finalized and rehearsed. 'Mock' auditions will be held, and our instructors will assist in the creation of recorded materials if needed.