DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES
MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMANCE
The class will work on the fundamentals of acting within a song: lyric analysis, creating context and specificity for every piece, finding comfort and confidence physically. Students will bring 2 songs, memorized, to be coached on their feet. The teacher will assign one new song to flesh out their book, and after a session with an accompanist, the students will be asked to perform the new songs in the audition technique class.
The class starts with about 30 minutes of warm up theater games, stressing FUN, creativity, LISTENING, and accessing their ability to relax and be FREE, some of the true fundamentals of good acting. Students are asked to bring a short, memorized monologue. Each student will coach the monologue, as acting fundamentals are incorporated: objective, point of view, specificity, focus, and urgency. Scenes will be assigned for the second class from various classic plays, and the second class will include a coaching of the new scene.
In the first dance session, students will work on fundamentals of Broadway dance technique and an understanding of what to expect in an audition combination. The second class will include the teaching of choreography from a currently running Broadway show. (i.e. “One Short Day” from WICKED)
Students will perform one of their new rep pieces from the MT Performance class. Teaching will include audition basics: marking music, accompanist protocol, focus in the room, attire, using the environment - all addressed as each student sings their piece as though at an audition.
INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSINESS OF ACTING
The fundamentals of beginning in this industry: resume organization, headshots, representation, open calls, union affiliations and more.