Classes for Grades 8-12

Improvisation

Grades: 5 – 10

Cost: $140

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

Teaching Artist: Catherine Ogden.

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

Final Performance: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:00 am

Winter: Saturday Jan. 11 – Feb. 29 (Snow date March 7), at 10:30-11:30 am

Final Performance: Saturday Nov. 9 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.

Teen Acting

Grades: 8 – 12

Cost: $260

Class Offered: Fall & Winter Sessions

Teaching Artist: Therese Walden Murphy

Fall: Saturdays, Sept. 21 – Nov. 9 at 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Final Performance: Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 pm

Winter: Saturday Jan 11 – Feb 29 (Snow Date March 7) at 3:30-5:30 pm

Final Performance: Saturday Feb 29 at 4:30 pm

Description

Teen Acting is setting the stage for solid professional acting habits. We start with proper warm-ups, get on our feet with theater games and improv, delve into script analysis and scene preparation, and work to get in tune with our instincts which brings out the truthfulness of acting, all while having tons of FUN in the process.

Every performer is different! We teach various acting techniques to find which one resonates with each actor.  While the primary technique is Meisner Technique, other influences include: Stella Adler, Viola Spolin, Terry Schreiber, The Barrow Group and Stanislavski. Familiar with this scene?  Performers who have taken “Teen Acting” twice will have the option of working on a Shakespeare or Chekhov 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.

West Chester Studio Singers

Grades: 5 – 12

Cost: $295

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

Director: Therese Walden Murphy

Musical Director: Dawn Beck

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

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for Holiday Cheer Concert Below:

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

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 Shows:

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: Saturdays Jan. 11-Feb. 29 (Snow Date is March 7) at 1:30-3:30 pm

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for Children’s Gala Performance 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 4:15 pm

Children’s Gala Concert:

Saturday 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 Teen Acting from 3:30-5:30 pm.

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

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!

Advanced Classes for Teens:

Uptown! Singers

Grades: 6 – 12

Cost: $300

Class Offered: Fall and Winter

Director: Therese Walden Murphy

Musical Director: Scott Anthony

Fall: Tuesdays, Sept. 24-Nov. 19 from 6:00-8:00 pm (Audition Required)

Uptown Singer Concert Schedule will be available shortly.

PLEASE Check Additional Rehearsals for Holiday Cheer Concert below.

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

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 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 for the Children’s Gala 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 4:15 pm

Children’s Gala Performance:

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

Auditions: 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 a song. Please bring a picture and resume along with your song in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided.

To arrange an audition: email Therese at: wcstudio@uptownwestchester.org for an audition time.  Please let us know the approximate time that will work best.  We will try our best to accommodate.

Description

Want more than the class environment?  Performers in this class will create a cabaret style show and then 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 abilities.  All performers in the group will sing solo’s, duets, and group numbers as well as have a part in the creating the show.

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)

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.

 

Acting for the Camera

 

Grades: 6-12

Cost: $220

Teaching Artist: Ashley Greenfield

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

Final class parents are welcome to come and observe.

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.

* 10% discount code for a 2nd class will be included in your email confirmation after initial registration