Schedule: 2015 Summer Acting Academy

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See our suggestions for full-day class combinations! (ages 7 and up)
All classes end with a final presentation for friends and family to attend. Schedule subject to change.

ACTING FOUNDATIONS (A, B, C, & D)

A: June 22-26 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $145
B: July 6-10 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 7-10 | Beg. | $145
C: July 20-24 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-9 | Beg. | $145
D: Aug. 17-21 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 7-10 | Beg. | $145

Ideal for new actors! Use exercises and scene work to explore character, improvisation, theater vocabulary, voice, and movement. A great class for building performance skills and confidence. — A: Betsy Richard (Limit: 20), B: Jennifer Darling (Limit: 12), C: Cecily Overman (Limit: 12), D: Noah Dunham (Limit: 12)

BEGINNING/INTERMEDIATE ACTING (A, B, & C)

A: June 22-26 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 12+ | Beg./Int. | $145 Teen Option
B: July 27-Aug. 7 | 12:30-3:30pm | HH: Lobby | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285
C: Aug. 17-21 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 11-15 | Beg./Int. | $145
Teen Option

Perfect for the aspiring actor. Apply theater exercises to scene work, monologues, and audition techniques. This dynamic class will bring out the actor in you! —A: Beth Thompson (Limit: 12), B: Christy Drogosch (Limit: 10), C: Chris Harder (Limit: 12)

BROADWAY DANCE CREW (A & B)

A: June 15-19 | 9:45am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 12+ | All | $100 Teen Option
B: June 15-19 | 12:30-2:45pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 8-11 | All | $100

Fast, fun, and eclectic! Combine a variety of dance styles—like jazz and modern—with acting skills. Perform original choreography to Broadway favorites while using movement to express and tell a story. —A & B: Diana Schultz (Limit: 12)

CREATIVE DRAMATICS: Pirates and Mermaids (A & B)

A: July 13-17 | 10:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95
B: Aug. 10-14 | 12:30-2:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 5-6 | Beg. | $95

Ahoy there, landlubbers: Prepare ye for an ocean adventure in acting! Play theater games that develop imagination, performance skills, and focus. Create swashbuckling characters that rule the sea! —A: Kristin Hailstone (Limit: 10), B: Spring Snyder (Limit: 12)

FAIRY TALE THEATER (A & B)

A: July 20-24 | 10:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95
B: Aug. 10-14 | 10:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95

Release your inner actor as you create and perform your own fairy tale based on the classics! Learn theater games and play a variety of characters in a small class for fun, focused learning. —A: Kristin Hailstone (Limit: 10), B: Spring Snyder (Limit: 10)

HARRY POTTER

July 6-17 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285

Enter the mystical world of Harry Potter! Improve acting skills as you bring Harry and his friends to the stage. Learn to develop and perform original scenes using the characters from J.K. Rowling’s adventure books. —Sara Kennedy Adams (Limit: 20)

IMAGINE IT, ACT IT! (A & B)

A: June 15-26 | 9:30-11:30am | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 5-6 | Beg. | $185
B: July 13-24 | 12:30-2:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 5-6 | Beg. | $185

Explore the possibilities of imagination as you create and perform an original play! A lively class that teaches focus, collaboration, and storytelling, all while having fun and making happily ever afters! —A & B: Chelsie Thomas (Limit: 12)

IMPROV TROUPE (A & B)

A: June 22-26 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $145
B: June 22-26 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 12+ | Beg./Int. | $145 Teen Option

Spontaneous acting! Learn to let go and act in the moment with games and exercises that develop essential performance skills: Creative thinking, comedic timing, ensemble work, and on-the-spot performance. —Jay Flewelling (A: Limit: 18), (B: Limit: 12)

INTERMEDIATE ACTING (A & B)

A: July 6-10 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 11-15 | Int./Adv. | $145 Teen Option
B: July 27-Aug. 7 | 9:00am-noon | HH: Lobby | Ages 9-12 | Int. | $285

Strengthen auditions and enhance acting skills through scene and monologue work. Emphasis on creating believable characters physically and vocally, script analysis, improvisation, and fun ensemble exercises. —A: Matt Zrebski (Limit: 12), B: Christy Drogosch (Limit: 10)

JOURNEY IN THE JUNGLE (A & B)

A: July 27-31 | 10:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95
B: Aug. 3-7 | 10:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95

Swing like a monkey, stretch like a giraffe, or pounce like a tiger! Have fun letting your imagination soar while learning focus, collaboration, character creation, and story telling. —A: Chelsie Thomas (Limit: 10), B: Lucas Welsh (Limit: 10)

MIX-IT-UP THEATER (A & B)

A: June 22-26* | 9:30am-4:00pm | Hillsboro | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $250
*Mon.-Thurs. 9:30-4pm, Fri. 9:30-1pm (performance at noon).

B: July 27-Aug. 7 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 7-9 | Beg./Int. | $285

Each class highlights a new adventure in theatre performance: Improvisation, Scenes, Monologues, Games, and Audition Skills. A great class for those who like to mix it up! —A: Christy Drogosch (Limit: 16), B: Noah Dunham (Limit: 18)

MUSIC AND MAKE BELIEVE (A & B)

A: July 27-July 31 | 12:30-2:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95
B: Aug. 3-7 | 12:30-2:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 4-5 | Beg. | $95

Unleash your imagination as you journey through magical stories and musical moments. Explore singing, movement, and games while focusing on early musical development and performance. — Jahnavi Caldwell-Green (Limit: 10)

MUSICAL MAGIC (A, B, C, & D)

A: June 15-19 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg. | $145
B: July 20-24 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-9 | Beg. | $145
C: Aug. 10-14 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-9 | Beg. | $145
D: Aug. 17-21 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-10 | Beg. | $145

Discover the joy of musical theater as you explore singing skills and basic choreography. Grow as a musical performer using hits from Broadway's best-loved shows. A fantastic first class for the singer in you! —A: Jeffrey Childs (Limit: 20), B: David Saffert (Limit: 12), C: Danielle Valentine (Limit: 12), D: Wendy Steele (Limit: 12)

ON BROADWAY: James and the Giant Peach

July 27-Aug. 7 | 12:30-3:30pm | HH: Brunish | Ages 9-12 | Int./Adv. | $285

Perform on Broadway! (Broadway & Main, that is.) Explore the antics of James and the crazy critters aboard the flying peach. Bring colorful characters to life in a showcase for family and friends. —Jeanne Rogers (Limit: 16)

ON CAMERA ACTION (A & B)

A: July 6-10 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-10 | Beg./Int. | $180
B: July 6-10 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 11-15 | Beg./Int. | $180
Teen Option

A fun, confidence-building class for film acting! Practice improvisation, cold reads, character work, and interviews. Learn industry terms that help you book the job. Local talent agents will share feedback and insight at the last class. —A & B: Suzi Smith (Limit: 12)

PAGE-TO-STAGE: Junie B. Jones (A & B)

A: July 13-17 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 6-7 | Beg. | $145
B: July 27-Aug. 7 | 12:30-2:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 5-6 | Beg. | $185

Explore the hilarious life of Junie B. Jones as you perform scenes from the hit book series. Learn basic acting skills, character creation, and the art of storytelling—with great roles for boys and girls! —A & B: Kristin Hailstone (Limit: 12)

PAGE-TO-STAGE: Ramona Quimby (A & B)

A: June 15-26 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 6-7 | Beg. | $285
B: July 13-17 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 6-7 | Beg. | $145

Join the adventures of Ramona, Henry, and the entire Klickitat street gang! Use voice, movement, and imagination to act out scenes from this beloved story in a showcase for family and friends. —A & B: Chelsie Thomas (Limit: 12)

ROALD'S WORLD (A & B)

A: July 27-Aug. 7 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 7-9 | Beg. | $285
B: Aug. 10-14 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 7-9 | Beg. | $145

Charlie, Matilda, the BFG, and more of Roald Dahl's hilarious characters come together in one fun-filled class. Gain acting and comedy skills while presenting an original showcase from Dahl's wacky world. —A:Ginnie Sutfin (Limit: 18), B: Cecily Overman (Limit: 12)

SHAKE HANDS WITH SHAKESPEARE: The Taming of the Shrew

July 27-Aug. 7 | 9:00am-noon | HH: Brunish | Ages 12+ | Int./Adv./YP | $285 Teen Option

Solid training for the classical actor. Learn to understand Shakespeare's text, and focus on adapting this controversial comedy to a modern setting. Heighten physical and vocal characterization, and take the stage! —David Berkson (Limit: 20)

SING, DANCE, ACT (A & B)

A: July 27-Aug. 7 | 9:00am-noon | HH: Winningstad | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285
B: July 27-Aug. 7 | 12:30-3:30pm | HH: Winningstad | Ages 12+ | Beg./Int. | $285 Teen Option

Become a triple threat! Combine vocal training, dance skills, and acting through song while performing Broadway's best. Build your resume and have a blast in a final showcase that will leave them standing! —A & B: Diana Schultz & Wendy Steele (Limit: 20)

SONG-TO-STAGE

July 6-17 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285

Create and perform an original musical using popular Broadway numbers and your imagination! Make the most of your voice while learning story-telling skills and basic choreography in a singing showcase. —Mark Steering (Limit: 20)

STARTING OFF SHAKESPEARE: Clowns, Fools, and Jesters

Aug. 10-21 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285

Try the tricks of Puck, learn the jokes of Feste, and make 'em laugh as the Mechanicals. Learn classical performance skills through Shakespeare's silliest characters. Experience what makes Shakespeare so cool! —Ginnie Sutfin (Limit: 16)

SUMMER STOCK: Into the Woods

June 22-26* | 9:30am-4:00pm | NWA | Ages 14+ | Adv./YP | $285 Teen Option

Present two staged showcases of the hit musical Into The Woods, in just one week! Humor, larger than life characters, and complex music make this a fast and fun performance challenge. *Mon.-Fri. 9:30-4pm, with public showcases: Fri. 6/26 at 5pm & Sat. 6/27 at 11am. —Jeffrey Childs (Limit: 14)

THE BROADWAY VOICE (A & B)

A: June 15-19 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 12+ | Beg./Int. | $145 Teen Option
B: Aug. 17-21 | 12:30-3:30pm | OCT: Dance Studio | Ages 11-15 | Beg./Int. | $145 Teen Option

Perform power-house numbers from the definitive Broadway songbook. Learn songs for every vocal part and level of performer. Use ensemble and solo skills to increase confidence and build vocal technique. —A: Jeffrey Childs (Limit: 20), B: Wendy Steele (Limit: 12)

THEATER TO THE MAX: Improv & Scene Study

July 20-24 | 9:00am-3:30pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $260

This one-week intensive provides a fast-paced, exciting approach to theater. Take two classes each day as you rotate between energy-filled improvisation and skill-building scene study. —Jennifer Darling & Jake Michels (Limit: 18)

TRIPLE THREAT COMEDY

Aug. 10-21 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 8-11 | Beg./Int. | $285

Flex your comedic muscles as you perform side-splitting improvisation, stand-up, and slapstick. Find your comedic voice while learning scene structure, character development, and the styles of comedy. —Jay Flewelling (Limit: 20)

YOUNG ACTOR'S WORKSHOP

July 27-Aug. 7 | 9:00am-noon | OCT: Actors Studio | Ages 6-7 | Beg. | $285

A daily "workout" in acting! Develop focus, memorization, and character creation skills. Explore imagination while creating an original showcase of individual work, collaboration, and storytelling. —Kristin Hailstone (Limit: 12)

YP COMPANY: Antigone Now

Aug. 10-21* | 5:00-9:00pm | OCT: YP Theater | Ages 14+ | YP | $395 Teen Option (call 503.228.9571 ext 4 to register)

This unique intensive features classical vocal and physical training and a fast-paced rehearsal process. An in-depth approach to the contemporary version of the classic myth. *Mon.-Fri. 5-9pm, with staged showcases: Fri. 8/21 at 6pm & Sat. 8/22 at noon. —Tom Beckett (Limit: 14)

YP PREP INTENSIVE

July 13-17 | 9:30am-4:00pm | NWA | Ages 12+ | Int./Adv./YP | $285 Teen Option (call 503.228.9571 ext 4 to register)

Advanced training for dedicated students and those interested in the Young Professionals program. Delve into a professional skill each day: Meisner Technique, Directing, Alexander Technique, Improvisation, and Dialects. —Award-Winning Teaching Artists (Limit: 16)

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Beg. = New to this class or skill set. Int. = Had prior experience in this skill set. Adv. = Had a lot of experience in this skill set. YP = Young Professional students.
Teen Option = Options for older students