2018/2019 6TH-8TH GRADE COMMUNITY PROGRAM

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when kids train to put on a show, they are learning life skills:

Empathy, Teamwork, Patience, Listening, Focus, Hard Work, Awareness, Confidence, Discipline, Personal Responsibility, Body Control, Problem Solving... the list goes on!

Who: Our Community Program is open to ALL 6th - 8th graders in the Portland area.

What:  A full year musical theater program and acting technique class. 1st semester culminating in a scene and monologue showcase and 2nd semester culminating in a 60-minute version of Broadway and Disney's Aladdin. Kids will learn the importance of person-to-person communication in our scene study. They will also learn what it takes to put on a professional show through fun theater and vocal games, as well as being cast in the show. No formal auditions are held ahead of the start date. Any kid who joins the club, joins the cast!

When: Mondays, 4pm-6pm; September 10, 2018 - May 20, 2019

  • NO CLASS:1st 2 weeks of school and last 2 weeks of school, October 29 (TBD- might still have rehearsal!), November 12, 19, December 17, 24, 31 January 21, February 18, March 25 We might have a pick up/dance rehearsal on No School Monday April 8 - TBD
  • Tentative Performance Dates: Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 **Your child MUST be available for the performance weekend in order to take the class.

Where: St. David of Wales Parish Hall, 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214

Cost: $600 for the full-year program

  • We are not able to offer full scholarships for our programs. Payment plans are available to help pay for class. A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a first-come-first-served basis once we reach a certain # of registered students. Please contact us for details.
  • A 15% sibling discount is available (full price for first child and 15% off additional children) - contact us for a personal discount code.
  • Any students entering class after our Monday, October 8 class will only be considered for chorus roles in our musical and will be given a monologue for our scene night (but can join at a prorated rate of $16/class).

  • No students admitted after October 22 (with chorus roles)

  • REFUNDS: We do not offer refunds after the show is cast (approx October 15). We can offer a refund up to casting time minus a $50 materials fee + $16 per class prorated. (The following info is for already registered students as of August 1: Because we could not pick the right sized show for our group until we have enough interested kids we are offering a refund up to two weeks before class time once the show is announced. It is a refund minus a $15 admin fee. While we hope that anyone joining our group is a diehard musical theatre fan and wants to join no matter the show we understand that is not always the case. Keep in mind that if your child decides not to join in the end because of the choice of the show we may need to change the show again affecting the other kids in the group. Theater is a team sport. )

additional info

Our first semester will be a combination of show rehearsal and scene study. Students will be grouped or paired up and work on scenes from plays or films. While the elementary approach is more about teamwork and body movement, the older student will look deeper and focus on interpersonal communication. We will study variations of the Stanislavski method of acting, which focuses on creating real life moments and connections. While we will announce our cast in the fall and begin work on our show, the 1st semester will focus on acting technique and culminate in a no-frills showcase of the scenes they rehearsed in class. Our second semester will be fast-paced and all about our musical. Lots of outside rehearsal is required. Kids will be expected to memorize songs and lines at home, bringing prepared work to each class. They will be expected to keep a drama journal as part of class.

Please check out our FAQs page for information on Absences, Casting, Costumes, Tickets, and more!