Classes for Grades 5-7

Musical Theatre Dance

Grades: 5 – 12

Cost: $210

Class Offered: Fall

Teaching Artist: TBA

Fall: Wednesdays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13, 6:00-7:30 pm

Final Performance: Nov. 13 at 7:00 pm
Winter: Wednesdays, Jan. 15 – March 4, 6:00-7:30 pm
      Final Performance: March 4 at 7:00 pm

Description

Musical Theatre Dance is a comprehensive study of the many genres of dance in the Musical Theatre canon. From Oklahoma! to Hamilton, this class is sure to bring a wealth of history, basic dance knowledge, and confidence to each student. With age and ability-driven instruction, students will learn original dances and choreography in the style of musicals throughout Broadway history, while learning about the choreographers and shows they are from. Additionally, students will learn dance etiquette, definitions, and skills to strengthen their dance auditions for theatre. Perfect for the beginner and advanced dancer, alike. Instruction will be age-appropriate and confidence- building!

Improvisation.

Grades: 5-10

Cost: $140

Teaching Artist: Catherine Ogden

Class Offered: Fall & Winter

Fall: Saturday, Sept. 21 – Nov. 9 at 10:30-11:30 am

Final Performance: Nov. 9 at 11:00 am
Winter: Saturday Jan. 11 – Feb 29 at 10:30 – 11:30 am
        Final Performance: Feb. 29 at 11:00 am

Description

Let your performer discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiosity and authenticity. Through coaching, exercises, creative games and short-form scenes, students will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative.  These skills will not only help your performer as an actor but also at school in learning how to connect with people socially.  This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.

Invest in more learning and receive a 10% discount on additional classes.  On Saturdays, consider also taking Creative Acting II from 11:30-1:00 pm.

Creative Acting II -

Grades: 5 – 7

Cost: $210

Teaching Artist: Therese Walden Murphy

Class Offered: Fall & Winter Session

Fall: Saturdays,  Sept. 21 – Nov. 9 at 11:30-1:00 pm

Final Performance Nov. 9 at 12:15 pm

Winter: Jan. 11 – Feb. 29 at 11:30-1:00 pm

Final Performance: Feb. 29 at 12:15 pm

Description

Time to take improvisation and acting to the next level.  Using improv games and scripted scene work, students will discover their potential as an actor through the innovative techniques of Meisner, Adler and Stanislavski.  Students learn to find their objective in a scene, how to build a character, as well as how to analyze a script.  Concludes with a showcased scene.

Invest in more learning and receive a 10% discount* on second class. On Saturdays, consider also joining West Chester Studio Singers from 1:30-3:30 pm.  Bring a lunch and enjoy it with friends in between classes.

West Chester Studio Singers

Grades: 5 – 12

Cost: $295

Director: Therese Walden Murphy

Musical Director: Dawn Beck

Class Offered: Fall & Winter Sessions
                         Spring session is “Show Time!”

Fall: Saturdays, Sept. 21 – Nov 9, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for the Holiday Cheer Concerts:

Saturday Nov 16 at 12:30-3:30 pm, Call time is 12:15 pm

Saturday Nov. 23 at 9:00-12:00 pm, Call time is 8:45 am

Sunday Nov. 24 at 5:30-8:30 pm, Call time is 5:15 pm

Thursday Dec 5 at 4:30 – 7:30 pm, Call time is 4:15 pm

Holiday Cheer Concerts:

Friday Dec 6 at 5:00 pm, Call time is 4:30 pm

Saturday Dec 7 at 1:00 pm, Call time is 12:30 pm

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Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 11 – Feb 29, (Snow date March 7) 1:30 – 3:30 pm

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for the Children’s Gala Below:

Sunday March 8 at 1:00-4:30 pm, Call times is 12:15 pm

Tuesday March 10 at 4:30-8:00 pm, Call time is 4:15 pm

Friday March 13 at 4:30-7:30 pm, Call time is 4:15 pm

Children’s Gala:

March 14 at 1:00 pm, Call time is 12:30 pm

Description

It’s time to shine as a soloist, and glisten as a group. In the West Chester Studio Singers performers develop healthy singing habits and discover how to interpret a song.

Every performer receives individual vocal and acting instruction with our Musical Director, as well as with Therese Walden-Murphy.  All classes and concerts will be accompanied by our Musical Director.

Invest in more learning and receive a 10% discount* on second class. On Saturdays, consider also joining Creative Acting II from 11:30-1:00 pm.  Bring a lunch and enjoy it with friends in between classes.

Advanced Classes for Teens:

Uptown! Singers

Grades: 6 – 12

Cost: $300

Class Offered: Fall and Winter (Audition Required: Check Audition page for dates and times.)

Director: Therese Walden Murphy

Musical Director: Scott Anthony

Fall: Tuesdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 19, 6:00-8:00 pm

Concert Schedule: TBA

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for the Holiday Cheer Concerts Below:

Saturday Nov. 23 at 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Call time is 8:45 am

Sunday Nov. 24 at 5:30-8:30 pm, Call time is 5:15 pm

Dress Rehearsal: Thursday Dec. 5 at 4:30-7:30 pm, Call time is 4:15 pm

Holiday Cheer Concerts:

Friday Dec. 6 at 5:00 pm, Call time is 4:30 pm

Saturday Dec. 7 at 1:00 pm, Call time is 12:30 pm

 

Winter: Tuesdays Jan. 7 – March 3 at 6:00-8:00 pm

Uptown Singers Concert Schedule: TBA

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals and Children’s Gala Dates Below:

Sunday March 8 at 1:00-4:30 pm, Call time is 12:45 pm

Tuesday March 10 at 4:30-8:00 pm, Call time is 4:15 pm

Friday March 13 at 4:30-7:30 pm, Call time is at 4:15 pm

Children’s Gala:

Saturday March 14 at 1:00 pm, Call time is 12:30 pm.

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Auditions: Winter Session: Sunday Dec 8 from 1:00-1:30 pm or 4:30-6:00 pm. Performers should prepare one song which highlights their vocal strength and ability to interpret and perform a song. Please bring a picture and resume.  An accompanist will be provided.

To arrange an audition: email Therese at: therese@westchesterstudio.com for an audition time. Please let us know the approximate time that works best for your schedule.  We will try our best to accommodate requests.

Description

Want more than the class environment?  In this class performers will create a cabaret style show and performed it at various locations in and around West Chester.  The Uptown Singers is designed to continue strengthening those performers who have been working on their voice and song interpretation.  All performers in the group will sing solo’s, duets, and group numbers as well as have a part in creating the show.

Acting for the Camera

 

Grades: 6-12

Teaching Artist: Ashley Greenfield

Cost: $220

Class offered: Tuesdays Jan 7-Feb 25 4:30-6:00 pm (snow date March 3)

Final class parents are welcome to observe.

Description

Performers work with professional TV and Film Actress Ashley Greenfield as they learn to navigate the world of TV and Film.  All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and shoot TV commercials as well as film scenes.  Following each day of shooting performers watch their work, discuss improvements made and discover adjustments which will improve their performances.  The biggest discovery performers make is realizing how important it is to bring their unique personality to the camera.

A final performance of commercials and scene work will be presented to friends and family on the final day of class.

Advanced Improvisation

(Prerequisite classes: Performer must have completed one of the following classes or camps: Improvisation Summer Camp, Improvisation Class or Professional Youth Program.)

Grades: 6-12

Cost: $220

Teaching Artist: Lauren Henry (From Better Than Bacon)

Class Offered: Mondays Jan 13-March 2, 6:00-7:30 pm (snow date March 9)

Description

Continue to develop your Improv skills with Improvisation artist Lauren Henry, from Better Than Bacon. Through coaching, exercises, creative games and short-form scenes, students learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative.  These skills will not only help your performer as an actor but also at school in learning how to connect with people socially.  This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.

* Discount Code for a 2nd class will be included in your email confirmation after initial registration