Spring 2017 | 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 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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Spring 2017 | 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. 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
Meet a New Musical: A Contemporary Musical Theatre Workshop

Experience Level: Intermediate
Ages: 9 & Up • Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Monday, February 27, 2017
Workshop 2: Monday, March 06, 2017
Workshop 3: Monday, March 13, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Students will study, observe, rehearse and perform modern musicals over the course of a two-hour three-part workshop. Explore the history and the making of a musical by watching scenes from new musicals and participate in a creative discussion from the perspective of a director, choreographer, musical director and technical designer. Participate in an ensemble reading of the script and singing of the score from musicals such as Hamilton, Newsies, School of Rock, Matilda & Seussical.

Instructor: Tyler Cicardo

Voice I: Introduction to Voice

Experience Level: Beginner
Ages: 9-12 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 13, 2017 from 4:30pm-5:30pm
(2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 5/1)

Learn healthy ways to develop your instrument through the participation of a group vocal class. Young vocalists will learn to refine and modify their vocal abilities, as their instrument advances. Class will focus on the techniques of alignment, breathing, support, range navigation and vocal register development. Repertoire will include folk songs, introductory to classical music and traditional musical theatre. This 10-week study will conclude with a presentation on what students will have learned throughout the semester.

Instructor: Brian Krajcik

Workshop | Physical Comedy

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Appropriate for Students Entering or Attending High School • Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Monday, May 01, 2017
Workshop 2: Monday, May 08, 2017
Workshop 3: Monday, May 15, 2017

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

"In silence and movement you can show the reflection of people." - Marcel Marceau. This workshop focuses heavily on non-verbal improvisation, movement, comedic structure, and development of character and story. It is an excellent course to provide young actors with tools and experience that connect thought with movement (the "I don't know what to do with my hands," conundrum faced by many young actors is challenged here). Students will become familiar with works of legendary artists such as Marcel Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Stan Laurel. The course is mostly non-verbal (pantomime). Ultimately students will develop 5-minute physical comedy "pieces" that create a character and tell a story -- without words! The pieces will be set to music and performed on the final day of the program.

Workshop 1: "Without Words: The Body as an Instrument" | Movement & Pantomime
Workshop 2: "Everything Is a Gag: Elements of Comedy"| Structuring and Writing a Short Comedic Pantomime
Workshop 3: "Music and Silence: Putting It Together" | Rehearsal/Reworking Pieces, and Presentation

Instructor: Audra Taliercio

Tuesday
Acting I

Experience Level: Beginner
Ages 6-8 • Cost: $285.00 (10 weeks)
Classes begin February 14, 2017 from 4:15-5:15pm
(2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18*, 4/25, 5/2)
*Rescheduled class from March 14, 2017

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: Audra Taliercio

Acting II

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

Classes begin February 14, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm
(2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18*, 4/25, 5/2)
*Rescheduled class from March 14, 2017

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

Instructor: Tyler Cicardo

Workshop | Auditioning Monologues

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Appropriate for Students Entering or Attending High School • Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Workshop 2: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Workshop 3: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Need to prepare a monologue for Performing Arts High School, College or Conservatory? Join us for a three-part workshop that will help prepare you for this experience.

  • Learn to professionally approach an audition before, during, and following the experience.
  • Guidance in finding a monologue, knowing yourself and leaving an impression.
  • Understanding Style: Contemporary vs. Classical, Comedy vs. Dramatic.
  • Discover the objective and characteristics of a monologue.

Instructor: Dan Cooley

Wednesday
Acting III

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

Classes begin February 15, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm
(2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/26, 5/3)

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

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 February 16, 2017 from 4:30-6:30pm
(2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/27, 5/4)

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
Workshop | Improv4Success

Experience Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Appropriate for Students Entering or Attending High School • Cost: $90.00 to take all 3 Workshops

A Three-part Workshop
Workshop 1: Friday, January 13, 2017
Workshop 2: Friday, January 20, 2017
Workshop 3: Friday, January 27, 2017

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Apply acting techniques to be successful at school or work when making presentations, working with a team and communicating effectively.

Workshop 1: Presentation Skills | Whether it's one on one, a small group or a large audience learn to present yourself well.
Workshop 2: Building Team Work
Workshop 3: Communicating Effectively Through Story Telling

Instructor: Evan Krachman

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 Spring 2017 semester

February 3, 24
March 10, 17
April 7, 28

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
Funding Support Provided By:
Whole Foods, The Provident Bank Foundation & Investors Bank.
Wholefoods
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 | A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ages 10 & Up • NO COST! ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY

Algonquin Youth Ensemble students will study and perform William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Experience the process of auditioning, script analysis, 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.

* 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: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/22 (10-Classes)

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

Rehearsals | To begin in March of 2017. 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 | April 24th - 27th. Evening tech rehearsals, to be scheduled after 6:00pm.

Performance Dates | April 28 at 10am & 12:00pm (Education Series), April 28 at 8:00pm, April 29 at 8:00pm.

ACCEPTANCE THROUGH AUDITION ONLY
Audition Date: Monday, January 16, 2017 starting at 6:00pm
*Appointment required. Please email Julie to schedule an audition: julie@algonquinarts.org.

Call-Back: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 starting at 6:00pm
*Students will be told at their initial audition as to whether or not that are to attended the scheduled call-back.

Director: Ruben Nagy
Teaching Artist: Ian Moore

Funding Support Provided By:
Eliot Arlo Colon