Sample Schedule

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Classes

Acting

Students will study a variety of different methods – Stanislavsky, Meisner, Viewpoints, and Laban – to aid them in the pursuit of truthful expression in performance. This approach gives students the freedom to select for themselves the techniques that yield their most authentic storytelling. Students will encounter concepts surrounding script analysis, voice and movement, and characterization.

Ensemble Music

This class aims to hone participants’ musicianship. As a collective, the ensemble will learn music theory and sight reading, as well as develop the technical skills required for harmonization and healthy vocal production.

Ballet

A majority of American musical theatre dance sits on the foundation of ballet technique. For this reason, ballet is offered for both semesters of Conservatory training. By learning these fundamentals, students are improving musculature and flexibility, as well as establishing a strong technique that will carry them through a life of further movement training.

Jazz

Taught hand-in-hand with ballet, jazz will allow dancers to experience a greater sense of expression in their movement. Characterization and storytelling are tantamount to technique as students improve their performance quality and musicality. This class also gives the opportunity to explore contemporary stylings as seen in the current musical theatre market.

Song Interpretation

This class synthesizes the skills of acting and singing. Utilizing the skills established in their first semester of acting training, students will begin applying their technique to music. This class will lay the framework for textual and musical analysis and broaden the participants’ understanding of the musical theatre form. This will be an opportunity for students to polish their solo performance abilities.

Tap

This class will offer an overview and practice of tap dance technique. Students will develop an understanding of tap dance styles, articulation of sound, rhythm, and terminology.

Practicum

This rehearsal component provides an opportunity to learn proper integration of the skills and techniques learned throughout the rest of the week. This hour of weekly practice synthesizes acting, music, and dance.

Practicum allows students time to prepare for their participation in the annual Red Mountain Theatre Holiday Spectacular and the May Conservatory Showcase. Rehearsal etiquette and artistic process will be a primary focus.

Seminar

These varied courses allow students to learn concepts outside of their core disciplines. Workshops with seasoned professionals (collegiate faculty, Broadway actors, Broadway choreographers, Broadway casting directors, etc.) will provide a deepened understanding of the industry and the many art forms that comprise it. Possible seminar topics include: acting for the camera, Shakespearean text, American musical theatre history, pop crossover musical theatre, and many more.