Youth Programs

friends at live arts summer camp for musical theatre

Fall Class Registration is Now Closed

Check back in November for our Winter and Spring classes beginning in January and April.

YOUTH & TEEN FALL 2017 CLASSES:

TREASURE TRUNK THEATER (AGES 4-6)

Does your child beg to wear dress-up clothes to kindergarten? Would your child rather play imaginative games than eat? Then Treasure Trunk Theatre is the perfect class for them. Each day we’ll open up the treasure trunk to reveal new possibilities. Through guided use of simple costumes, props, and sets, children will use their imaginations to explore body awareness and vocal expressivity to create new characters and stories. Along the way they’ll develop key skills of cooperation and social interaction. This workshop will culminate in a demonstration of the games and exercises the children play.

Instructor: Claire Chandler
Time: Tuesdays 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Dates: September 19 – November 14; (No class on 10/24 and 10/31) Seven classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $80

 

KIDS ON STAGE (AGES 7-10)

In this introduction to acting, children will learn the fundamentals of an actor’s craft through fun games, improvisations, and acting exercises, which will build their confidence, self-esteem, and stage presence. The class will end with a short demonstration based on familiar poems or stories.

Instructor: Adrienne Oliver
Time: Thursdays 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Dates: September 21 – November 11; (No class on 10/26); Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $110

 

BE SCENE – AUDITION AND PERFORMING TECHNIQUES FOR TEENS (AGES 13-18)

BE SCENE – AUDITION AND PERFORMING TECHNIQUES FOR TEENS (AGES 13-18)
Who are you? What do you want? How can you get what you want?
Using techniques from Stanislavski, London, Meisner and Adler, develop the skills to authentically bring yourself to any acting role, audition and to your life! In a safe, supportive environment you will discover how to choose monologues and scenes that match your unique qualities. You will learn to make strong, clear choices and develop the courage to be seen by casting directors, agents, and audiences!

This fun workshop is for all levels – from the curious, but never acted before, to the auditioning actor. Prepare to be seen!

Instructor Freddie Simpson has over thirty years experience as a professional actor, teaching and acting coach in Los Angeles. She co-starred in the classic baseball movie “A League Of Their Own” along with Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Jon Lovitz. Freddie also had leading roles in the movie “Popcorn”, “Thunderboat Row” and others. She co-starred in the Tracey Ullman Show, The League Television series, and the soap, General Hospital as well as over 20 national commercials in the United States and Europe. Freddie was a founding member of Zoo District Theatre Group in Los Angeles, acting and starring in numerous productions.

In Los Angeles, Freddie taught acting to kids from ages 5 – 18 with All About Kids, an inner city performance group. She is the co-founder of Artful Healing Healing Arts – whose mission is to awaken, open the heart, express and be present for life using drama, writing and the healing arts. Freddie’s teaching style is compassionate, intuitive and joyful. Her passion is helping humans live from the heart!

Instructor: Freddie Simpson
Time: Sundays 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Dates: September 24 – November 19; (No class on 10/29) Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $165

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO MEISNER TECHNIQUE (ADULTS AND TEENS AGES 16+)

Sanford Meisner said that all acting is based on the reality of doing. Through a series of improvisations which ultimately lead to scene work, the actor learns to take the pressure off himself and focus entirely on his partner. Through the improvisational games beginning with the repetition game, the actor learns to do just that. Each game builds upon the previous one freeing the actor entirely. The actor will learn that what she does depends entirely on the other actor and vice versa. In a short amount of time and through these critical improvisations the actor learns to become fully engaged on stage, ultimately learning to live truthfully on stage from moment to moment.

Missel Leddington studied with both Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler, two titans of the professional acting world. She has worked professionally on stage, t.v., film, commercials and voiceovers in NYC, Seattle, and Atlanta as well as Charlottesville. Missel has been teaching and directing young and old for over 23 years. Her students have been accepted at both AMDA, L.A. and AMDA, NYC, as well as at NYU, VCU, Oberlin and Hampshire Colleges.
–“Missel Leddington is a phenomenal acting teacher. She is able to intuit the exact approach to get the best out of her actors. She does this by creating an enthusiastic and safe environment to explore emotions and express them with honesty and simplicity.”
–“I wholeheartedly endorse Missel Leddington as an acting teacher. My son’s change in confidence, energy and enthusiasm is all the proof that I need that Missel is amazing.”
–“Missel Leddington is an incredible acting teacher. We thank you, Missel, so much.”

Instructor: Missel Leddington
Time: Saturdays 10:00am – 11:30am
Dates: September 23 – November 18; (No class on 10/28) Eight classes total
Location: Rehearsal A, (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $110

 

 

BEGINNING TAP (AGES 14+)

Time to get on your feet and make some noise! This beginner level class will introduce basic tap skills (shuffles, flaps, shuffle ball change, cramp rolls, etc.) as well as musicality and rhythm style. Fun combinations using these tap fundamentals will have you dancing like Gene Kelly! Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00pm
Dates: September 28 – November 16; (No class on 10/26) 8 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $72

 

 

INTERMEDIATE TAP (AGES 14+)

Looking for a way to get back to tap class? Want to hone your tap skills? This class is for you! For those with at least one year of tap, this class will review all the basic tap skills but at a much faster pace. Musicality, rhythm and syncopation will be explored as well as learning pull-backs, pick-ups and Maxie Fords. Please wear comfortable attire and tap shoes.

Instructor: Stephanie Hess
Time: Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00pm
Dates: September 19 – November 14; (No class on 10/24) 8 classes total
Location: Rehearsal A (123 East Water Street, 4th floor)
Tuition: $72

 

 

Friends of Live Arts get 10% off all classes using the discount code FRIENDS at checkout.

Need-based financial aid is available for all Live Arts classes. Find out more or apply at our financial aid page.

 

2017 Summer Camps/Production information can be found at summeratlivearts.org.

2018 Summer Camps/Production information will be coming soon.