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.

January 8 - February 5
Session II: College Audition Prep
Grades 10 & 11
Spring 2018 - 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.

January 29 - April 23
A World Premier Musical: The Rest of the Story
Grades: 4-7
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Mondays - 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
4-6 p.m.
Instructor: Pamela Ward

It's the trial of the century in Fairytale Land! In this upside-down, laugh-out-loud retelling of The Three Little Pigs, all of your favorite fairy tale characters come to court seeking justice for the Big Bad Wolf. In addition to originating a character and introducing new music, students will also contribute to design elements like props, costumes and set pieces for a final presentation on the Algonquin stage.

January 29 - April 23
Musical Theatre: Scene to Song
Ages 8-10
Spring 2018 - 10 Weeks
Mondays - 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jessica O'Brien

Notably one of the most difficult transitions in all aspects of theatre is segue from a scene into a song. The impact of a song is heavily dependent upon the scene that precedes it. In this class, we will be exploring popular Broadway songs and the scenes that set them up. We will look at the character development and dramatic structure of the scene, analyze the power a scene can have to motivate a song properly, and of course, sing while telling a story! Friends and family will be invited to join us at our final class meeting to showcase what students have learned in a short presentation.

January 30 - April 24
Acting I
Ages 6-8
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Tuesdays - 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
4-5 p.m.
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.

January 30 - April 24
Acting II
Ages 9-11
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Tuesdays - 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
5:30-7 p.m.
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.

January 31 - April 25
Acting III
Ages 12 & up
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Wednesdays - 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25
6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Tyler Cicardo

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.

February 1 - April 26
Musical Theatre I & II
Ages 6-14*
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Thursdays - 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
4:30-6:30 p.m.
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 to learn the essentials of musical theatre performance.

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

February 2 - April 27
Build Your Musical Audition Book
Ages 9-13
Spring 2018 - 10 weeks
Fridays - 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Instructor: Ali Gleason

Another audition coming up? No sweat! We'll help you build and rehearse your audition book for a variety of musical theatre roles. In this class, students will learn what the audition book needs to be and then the fun begins: picking and singing a variety of songs in various styles and vocal ranges. We'll make sure the material is relevant and also fits each actors' personality and vocal ability. Includes a final presentation on the final day of class.

February 3 - April 19
Algonquin Youth Ensemble: Romeo & Juliet
Ages 10 & up
Acceptance Through Audition Only
Spring 2018 - 8 Classes + Additional Rehearsal Time
Classes Saturdays - 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
10-1 p.m.
Instructors: Ruben Nagy & Ian Moore

Algonquin Youth Ensemble students will study and perform William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet. Experience the process of auditioning, script analysis, and physical detail in acting while studying Shakespeare's text and learn to bring the story on its feet by speaking the language out loud as Shakespeare intended. The classroom is an educational environment structured with lessons that work hand-in-hand with the rehearsal, directing and staging of the main stage performance.

Open Call Auditions
Saturday, January 20, 2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Open Call

Callbacks to follow at 2 p.m.

Visit our audition page for more information.