​​That's a wrap!

We have concluded our 2017 Summer Theatre Programs, and what an incredible adventure it has been!

Our K-2nd grade students started their summer with an exploration of Dr. Seuss' stories and wild characters, dove into an under the sea adventure, explored jazz music and culture on a 3-week musical theatre journey (Freddie the Frog and the Jungle Jazz, pictured), and explored the history and culture of our famous landmarks on The Great American Adventure! 

Students in grades 3-5 put their own spin on the classic story Beauty and the Beast, traveled back in time to the invention of the airplane in Wright! The Musical (pictured), studied traditional folktales from around the world and created their own modern stories, and explored Shakespearean characters and culture, using what they learned as they wrote their own Shakespeare inspired scenes!

Our Middle School students began the summer discovering the key elements of improvisation, and jumped into writing and performing their own meaningful devised theatre piece. Their 3-week quest through classic fairytales led to the trial of the Big Bad Wolf in the Big Bad Musical (pictured). Next, exploring the elements of theatrical scene-work, students learned to trust their instincts to make strong, bold choices on stage. 

Teen Summer Institute students (grades 912) spent the summer working with local professionals to continue to grow their skill sets. The summer began with a Sketch Comedy workshop, where they wrote, directed and performed their own sketches. In the next two sessions, students honed their auditioning and directing skills. Jumping into musical theatre sessions, they performed selections from Hairspray, and performed Into the Woods, Jr. at the Palladium theatre (pictured). They concluded the summer with a one act adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night performed at American Stage.

It was an amazing summer! We hope to see you back next year! Enrollment for Summer Camp 2018 will open in early February.

Next up for American Stage Education: Fall Classes for Youth start September 2nd!

Summer Theatre Programs are wrapping up this summer!

Only one more week of Summer Theatre Programs left at American Stage! Last week, our students and teaching artists are focusing on scene-work through many lenses:

The Great American Adventure for grades K-2 devised their own short piece about tall tales in American History!

Ancient Folklore for grades 3-5 explored folk tales around the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia! (pictured drawing characters from European folklore)

Scenes for the Stage for grades 6-8 discovered the layers of scene-work, and being a great scene partner through improv and scripted A/B scenes that encourage students to use their imaginations. (pictured playing a character-driven improv game)

Twelfth Night for grades 9-12 completed auditions, and are about to delve deep into the rehearsal process as they produce a one-act version of this Shakespeare play. This 2-week session culminating in a performance on our MainStage! (pictured playing a teambuilding activity)

Our final sharing (including our teens in Twelfth Night) is August 4th at 5pm. All final sharings are at American Stage!

Vocal warm-ups begin & WRIGHT!...a pop-rap musical takes flight on July 20th

Welcome to Session 5, Musical Theatre Production Camp! Over the next 3 weeks, students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 will rehearse and perform fully produced one-act musicals. All performances are open to the public and will take place on Thursday, July 20th, 5 pm at The Palladium.

We're extra excited for the NEW musical: WRIGHT! Our 3rd-5th grade students are working with Miss Molly, Mr. Patrick, and Miss Alex to warm up their voices in this featured video. WRIGHT! is a pop-rap musical (HAMILTON-style) about the journey of the Wright brothers. 

Stay tuned for more exciting news with our Summer Camp next week.

American Stage Summer Camp & Teen Summer Institute have begun!

American Stage Summer Camp & Teen Summer Institute have begun! Students in grades K-12 studied comedy this week with our fantastic Teaching Artists: Ricky Wayne, Hunter Brown, Molly Healy, Sarah Pullman-Atanacio, and Ally Thomas. 

In this video, you'll see Miss Molly leading a warm-up activity with her K-2nd grade class, Silly Seuss! She taught this super-fun activity to the entire Teaching Artist team during our summer staff training in last month. She calls it "Hit the Slopes!" Students stretch and then imitate the movement of skiing as they twist from side to side to get their muscles warm for the day as they make bold physical choices. Stayed tuned for updates about the teaching artists and our Summer Camp and Teen Summer Institute!