Catchpenny Kids Theatre is not limited to our involved summer sessions. We also offer ongoing theatrical training throughout the entire year. These classes, taught by our acclaimed camp directors, are meant to teach each student regardless of experience. These classes are high-energy, fun, and always completely interactive.The fall classes are not restricted to only enrollees of the summer sessions either.
If your child would like to learn more about theatre and acting, singing, and dancing please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us directly at 720-238-2223. Classes begin in September or October, so watch this site for more information about scheduling, costs, and locations of Fall Catchpenny Classes.
For more information about Catchpenny’s pedagogy, take a look at the curriculum structure at the botto of this page.
|Catchpenny Kids Basic Theatre Class Curriculum Structure|
• Stage One: Assess each actor/actress and diagnose which areas of acting need improvement. (This step is very important for any and all one on one instruction)
• Stage Two: Stage Speech. Here we’ll focus on the anatomy of the voice, and then apply it to practical use for the stage. Throughout this stage, your children will learn a variety of vocal exercises, support, warm-ups, and techniques with the aim of nurturing their natural voice. If you’re curious about references, check out Kristin Linklater’s Freeing the Natural Voice. I will use everything from Shakespeare’s sonnets to your child’s favorite literature to teach this section. This stage will culminate with a reader’s theatre performance of a short play.
• Stage Three: Stage Movement. In this stage, we’ll focus on the human body, how it moves, osteo-anatomy, and mascular anatomy. It is very key for young actors to be aware of themselves on stage and a short anatomy overview will help. Most of this stage, I’ll focus on Rudolph Laban’s teachings. Later, I’ll move into pantomime, which will culminate in performance that includes Laban efforts. You should also look Laban up for a reference.
• Stage Four: Scene Study. During this stage, we’ll apply all of the techniques we’ve learned so far and integrate that into a five-minute scene. Here we’ll delve into deeper acting studies. We’ll talk about Constantin Stanislavsky’s method of acting and Lee Strasberg’s system. We’ll further look into Sandy Misner’s approach to get a well-rounded feel for the art. Along with this, we’ll look at given circumstances, objectives, active verbs, and dream endings. These will all be explained in better detail later.
• Stage Five: Audition Techniques. Finally, your child’s experience will culminate with the performance of two, one-minute monologues. This stage will focus on giving your child the tools necessary to audition. We will discuss everything from headshot photographs to theatre etiquette, and ways to boost their chances of getting cast. In the end, your child will have a strong dramatic and comedic monologue that they’ll be able to present anywhere at any time with ease.
• Stage Six: One Act Play. By the time your child reaches this stage, they will already be strong thespians. This stage will begin with a mock audition, callbacks, and finally casting and practice through the rehearsal process, which will end in a performance. You should expect to see amazing changes in your child’s ability at this point, and you will.
• Stage Seven: Classical Style. This stage is reserved for the most advanced of actors. Within this stage, we’ll cover Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Moliere, amongst others. This stage will be in much depth, but may prove very valuable to the more mature actors. Each child will perform scenes under each of these authors and finish with a comedic and dramatic Shakespearean monologue. This will be an impressive finish indeed.