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 Office@catchpennytheatre.com 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 bottom of this page.
Catchpenny’s Mission: Our mission is to strengthen Denver’s theatre community by reaching the youth through professional programming.
Cathpenny’s Goal: Our goal is to create a safe, fun environment where our students can build confidence, face healthy challenges, and explore their creativity while enjoying their achievements along the way.
One Act Play:
This year Catchpenny Plans on bringing you a One Act Play. If you need want to inquire more, fill out our contact form and you’ll be the first to know!
NEW!!: Introducing our newest classes for the Fall Session.
Unstoppable Improv: Any professional actor will tell you, “If you want to become an amazing performer, you have to know to improvise! Get ready for an amazing experience!! Our improvisation class is for any actor looking to participate in a class that is full of games, exercises, and hands on fun! Improvisation is an important and necessary skill for working actors. Core Improv will help young actors refine their talents by focusing on staying in the moment, relationships, environments, characters, acting techniques and structured improvisation games. Culminating in a final showcase, this class is guaranteed to rock the house! Positions are filling very quickly!!!
Catchpenny’s lead director Josh Putnam is excited to offer the class that started it all.
Beginning Acting: Beginning Acting is a conservatory setting for children who are interested in learning basic acting concepts, learning about how to use their bodies, voices, and faces to become a true acting virtuoso. At the end of the session, there will be a performance that will demonstrate all of the skills that they learned! Additionally, our state of the art evaluation system will allow students and parents alike to track their progress throughout class. Don’t miss this class, it is surely a must for beginning actors!
NEW!!: Introducing our newest classes for the Fall Session.
Original Play Creation:We are very excited to present one of our newest concepts. This class offers students an opportunity to create and perform an original piece of theatre. In this course students will learn the basics of collaborative performance art, Viewpoints technique and different theatrical and physical performance styles. Looking at their world from a critical viewpoint, participants will use text, music, movement, and design to create and perform a production at the end of class.
Catchpenny’s artistic director Josh Putnam is excited to offer a in depth audition class that will prove to be fun and challenging for kids that are willing to take their auditions to the next level.
Audition Basics:Designed for our older students, this course will explore the fundamentals of theatrical audition techniques. Drawing on the philosophies of Michael Shurtleff’s 12 guideposts, Kenny will provide instruction based on personal experience both as an actor and director. This class will conclude with a Mock Audition on the last day of class with professional Denver based directors. Learn the skills, see results and Be Prepared!! This class will provide everything necessary for a polished audition.
Catchpenny Kids Basic Theatre Class Curriculum Structure
• Stage One: Assessment – Diagnose which areas of performing the actor/actress is strong, and which areas need improvement. (This step is very important for any and all one on one instruction)
• Stage Two:Stage Speech – Here we will 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. Kristin Linklater’s Freeing the Natural Voice will be a required text. We 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.
• Stage Three:Stage Movement – In this stage, we’ll focus on the human body, how it moves, osteo-anatomy, and muscular anatomy. It is very key for all actors, especially kids, to be aware of their physical body. Even more importantly, a young actor should have a strong sense of interspatial relationships with the theater, other actors, and the audience. A short anatomy overview will help. Most of this stage, We will focus on Rudolph Laban’s teachings. Later, we will move into pantomime, which will culminate in performance that includes Laban efforts.
• Stage Four: Scene Study – During this stage, we will apply all of the techniques we have learned so far and integrate that into a five-minute scene. Here the class will delve into deeper acting studies. We will learn about Constantin Stanislavski’s method of acting and Lee Strasberg’s system, as well as the Wholistic Acting Method (WAM). Further, the group will look into Sandy Meisner’s techniques to get a well-rounded feel for our art. Along with this, the class will explore given circumstances, objectives, active verbs, and dream endings, and the large variety of other acting concepts.
• 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 Styles -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.