CTWS Class Descriptions (1st Semester)

Semester Dates: Aug 28-December 21st, 2017

Days Off (Classes will NOT meet)

Monday Classes:

  • September 4th (Labor Day
  • October 9th (Columbus Day)
  • November 27th (Mainstage Dress)

Tuesday Classes:

  • October 31 (Halloween)
  • November 21 (Thanksgiving)
  • November 28th (Mainstage Dress)

Thursday Classes:

  • November 23 (Thanksgiving)
  • December 7 (Mainstage Show)

THE CLASSES

K-2nd  – Acting: Superheroes

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…your super child! Young performers have fun playing games and moving as a group with inspiration from some of your favorite super heroes – Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, and Captain America to name a few.  Students work on building confidence and interacting positively with others throughout the class.

Skills Focus:

  • Imagination
  • Group Dynamics
  • Developing Characters
  • Storytelling

Mondays: 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Cyndy Soumar

K-2nd  – Musical Theatre: Lion King

Hakuna Matata is the mantra of this class! Young performers enjoy singing and moving as a group with inspiration from the Broadway award-winning musical The Lion King. Students take on roles as animal characters and sing songs including favorites “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” and “Hakuna Matata.” Actors learn beginning ensemble skills and musical theatre techniques in a nurturing environment.

Skills Focus:

  • Imagination
  • Rhythm/Movement
  • Projection/Singing
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Group Dynamics

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Lindsey Branson

K-2nd  – Acting: Pirates and Princesses

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh you ready to have a good time? Strap on your black boots and tiaras for this high energy class filled with game playing and movement. Students may find themselves on a boat crossing the widest ocean or abandoning ship to reach a desert island. This class builds confidence and encourages positive interactions with others. Shiver me timbers!

Skills Focus:

  • Imagination
  • Group Dynamics
  • Developing Characters
  • Storytelling

Tuesdays  4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Tricia Boren

K-2nd  – Acting: Imagination Station

Explore your creativity and the limits of your imagination. Perfect for students new(er) to theatre skills, this class will help students feel confident in front of others, learn basic stage terms; all while using storytelling, characters and tons of energy!

Skills Focus:

  • Imagination
  • Group Dynamics
  • Developing Characters
  • Storytelling

Tuesdays: 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: TBD

K-2nd  – Musical Theatre: Aladdin

This class doesn’t limit you to only three wishes; the possibilities are endless! Young performers enjoy singing and moving as a group with inspiration from the classic movie Aladdin. Let your child’s imagination run as wild as the Genie’s as the group moves through their favorite scenes and songs including “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World.” Actors learn beginning ensemble skills and musical theatre techniques in a nurturing environment.

Skills Focus:

  • Imagination
  • Rhythm/Movement
  • Projection/Singing
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Group Dynamics

Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Cyndy Soumar

3rd -5th Acting: Theatre Basics

Blocking, upstage, downstage, monologues, fourth wall, tableau, strike – there’s so much to learn at the theatre! There’s more to being on stage than simply standing in front of an audience. This class helps you nail down vocabulary, understand a director’s feedback, and put various forms of acting into motion. This class is a great foundation for those newer to performing. With theatre basics under your belt, you’re ready to audition for the mainstage!

Skills Focus:

  • Confidence
  • Basic theatre terminology/tools
  • Actor presentation
  • Storytelling
  • Using scripts

Mondays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Joe Savino

3rd -5th Intro to Improv/Games

Zip! Zap! Zop! This class will keep you on your toes! Young actors will have fun playing games that hone their improvisation skills and stage presence. Students practice agreeing with a scene to keep it moving and build confidence in the spotlight no matter what the situation.

Skills Focus:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Agreement (Yes And)
  • Focus & Group Awareness
  • Creating Characters

Tuesdays 6:00pm-7:00pm

Teacher: Karen Holbert

3rd -5th Acting: Silly Scenes

Make ‘em laugh! If there’s a comedian in your family, then this is the place to be. Students work on acting and comedic skills using a variety of short, silly sketches that are fun to learn and easy to memorize. Actors are encouraged to let loose so their inner jester can transform into an awesome character ready for the stage.

Skills Focus:

  • Developing/working with scripts
  • Comedic timing/pacing
  • Creating Characters
  • Physicality

Mondays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: TBD

Jr. High: From Radio Drama to Podcasting

Broadcasting live from CTWS! Join in exploring the drama of audio, Foley, sound effects more. Discover a variety of audio scripts with live sound effects, music, commercials, and challenging voices. Students will be transported back to the good old days of radio drama, mystery, and comedy and continuing to explore future of podcasting. Not only will they learn “the way things were” but they’ll be able to jump in and experience it for themselves!

Skills Focus:

  • Storytelling
  • Character voices
  • Utilizing recorded and live sound effects
  • Styles of voice scripts

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Emily Monteagudo

3rd -5th Acting: Fairy Tale Favorites

Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It’s off to act we go! There’s nothing like taking the stage with your favorite stories accompanying you – with tales from fables like Snow White, Aladdin, and Peter Pan. Students will build confidence and focus on interacting with one another to create familiar scenes. They’ll also be given creative liberties with their favorite characters. The possibilities are endless!

Skills Focus:

  • Stage presence
  • Storytelling
  • Utilizing scripts
  • Working as an ensemble
  • Pacing & vocal projection

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Joe Savino

3rd -5th Acting: Adventure Stories

Does your child like to move? Join this class for the chance to run, jump, swim, hide, and fly! Let your imagination take you to from the high seas to an enchanted castle. Pulling scenes and lessons from everything from Treasure Island to Moana, students will build confidence and focus on interacting with one another to create dynamic scenes. They’ll also be given creative liberties with their favorite characters. Let the excitement begin!

Skills Focus:

  • Stage presence
  • Storytelling
  • Utilizing scripts
  • Working as an ensemble
  • Pacing & vocal projection

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Lindsey Branson

3rd -5th Dance: Beginning Dance, Chart Toppers

Are you at home creating your own music videos to the latest Megan Trainor song? Did you watch Justin Timberlake at the Oscars and think, I can do that! If so, this is your class! The atmosphere is high-energy and has you up and moving from start to finish. You’ll learn the basics of dance and set your new moves to your favorite hits.

Skills Focus:

  • Basic dance terminology
  • Movement & rhythm
  • Entry level dance & choreography skills
  • Spatial awareness

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

Teacher: TBD

3rd -5th Singing: Orphan Anthems

The sun’ll come out…today! Sign up to sing your favorite songs with others who share your passion.  Featuring songs from scrappy kids with no parents like Oliver, Matilda, Annie and more, discover your inner strength through song. This class will focus on basic singing techniques including breathing, pitch, projection & diction.

Skills Focus:

  • Rhythm & musicality
  • Diction & projection
  • Pitch and group blending
  • Basic harmonies

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

Teacher: TBD

HS Specialty: Directing

Take the lead in this class designed to discover the role of a director. Class will work together in groups to learn everything from how to analyze a scene, make design choices, lead actors & rehearsals, create staging and dynamic storytelling. Students will work both as actors and directors in a series of short scenes.

Skills Focus:

  • Script analysis
  • Stage composition and blocking
  • Fundamental directing skills

Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm

Teacher: Tripp Burton

Jr High/HS Tech: Sound and Lighting

Imagine a scene with a man and a woman sitting on a bench. The lights are dim and the sound of a train approaching fills the theatre. Now imagine that same man and woman, but the lights are bright and the sound of children’s voices is in the background. Lighting and sound is a crucial aspect to a production. With careful design, sound and lighting work together to create the mood of a production. This class teaches you the basics and prepares you to be a part of the helping make “behind the scenes” happen for upcoming productions. Tons of hands-on experience and individual mentorship as you create magic!

Skills Focus:

  • Lighting & sound design
  • Stage décor: paint, set dressing
  • Designing and building props

Mondays 4:00-6:00pm

Teacher: TBD

Jr High Improv 1

I’m going off script! Students think fast and have plenty of laughs in this upbeat class that teaches the fundamentals of improvisation. Not only will students enjoy games and comedic improv, but they’ll also learn techniques that will help them feel more confident as they grow into young performers.

Skills Focus:

  • Working as an ensemble
  • Agreement (Yes And)
  • Short form games
  • Creating characters

Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Karen Holbert

CTWS Sampler

Learn to play a role, both on and off stage. Try a little bit of everything from improv, dance, acting to behind the scenes. This class allows you to get your feet wet in all the areas of theatre. It’s like a taste of CTWS! Try a little of everything and you may realize you really love something you hadn’t considered before. You’ll be introduced to different teachers and disciplines in this fast paced 6 week class. *Note: this class is not eligible to audition for a production and does not have an open house.

Kdg-5th Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 or 5:00-6:00 Dates: 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 12/13, 12/20

Jr High/High School Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 or 5:00-6:00 Dates: Dates 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 12/13, 12/20

Teachers: CTWS Faculty

Jr High Musical Theatre: Villains and Vixens

<Insert evil laugh here> Sometimes it feels so good to be bad! This theatrical class combines singing and dancing with your favorite “bad guys” leading the way. Whether it’s Ursula, Scar, Gaston, or Mother Gothel, these villains had a lot to sing about! A mix of a little bit of dance, drama and acting, students will work together to create fantastical evil scenes.

Skills Focus:

  • Choreography
  • Singing/musicality
  • Using various tools (movement, body, face, voice) to portray character
  • Spatial awareness/ensemble

Mondays 7:00-8:00pm

Teacher: TBD

Jr High Intro to Tech

Hammers, saws, paint, and more! Students are introduced to the basics of “behind the scenes” through thematic lessons about construction, set design, paint, lighting, sound, costumes, props, and stage management. This class works closely with the High School Repertory in preparing for their shows. Students should dress appropriately for backstage work and be ready to have a “drilling” time! Note: This class is designed as a YEAR LONG curriculum and will be taught over 2 semesters with 2 parts tuition. Students will register and pay for 1st semester, and then register and pay for 2nd semester (2nd semester registration will open early fall). Students are not permitted to join mid-year in this class.

Skills Focus:

  • Lighting & sound design
  • Stage décor: paint, set dressing
  • Designing and building props
  • Safety in set design
  • Articulate and explain how technical elements (costumes, make up, lights, props, set, sound) are integrated into a drama/theatre work
  • Experiment with a variety of technical elements such as costumes, make up, lights, sound, props that can be applied to a design in a drama/theatre work
  • Evaluate the production elements used in a drama/theatre work to assess theme and perspective.

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Dee Markos

3rd -5th Specialty: Clowning Around

If you’re looking to “Make em Laugh”, this class is for you! Become immersed in movement and storytelling. This class stretches the limits from comedy to costuming. Games and activities are short and sweet to keep students on their feet and focused the entire time.

Skills Focus:

  • Comedic timing and pacing
  • Discovering different forms of comedy
  • Creating humorous characters and situations

Tuesdays 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Tricia Boren

3rd -5th Musical Theatre: Seussical

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

Come join every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, for some singing and dancing, you might love it all! Dr. Seuss wrote some books but that wasn’t the end, Seussical the Musical came later my friend! Join Horton the elephant and the Cat in the Hat, to sing your favorite tunes, you can’t beat that! I’ve said enough, my rhyming is done, sign up for this class, it will be such fun!

Skills Focus:

  • Choreography
  • Singing/musicality
  • Using various tools (movement, body, face, voice) to portray character
  • Spatial awareness/ensemble

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm

Teacher: Cyndy Soumar & Kyle Greer

3rd -5th Acting: Comedic Commercials

Try it…you’ll like it! Students craft commercials based on their own silly inventions in this class where on-camera acting and comedy unite. Actors will have the opportunity to film their creations and share them with friends and family in a final funny presentation. A great class for students with active imaginations!

Skills Focus:

  • Developing different types and scripts for commercials
  • On camera acting
  • Developing concepts into stories/product

Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Teacher: Joe Savino

Jr High Audition Skills

CTWS now has auditions for mainstage shows and we’re here to help you prepare! Discover your strengths in this relaxed atmosphere, and face your challenges for self-improvement. Whether you’re auditioning for the stage or presenting something at school, this class will get your ready to knock ‘em dead!

Skills Focus:

  • Understanding casting process
  • Tools & practice for cold readings
  • How to prepare for auditions
  • Callback workshops
  • Selecting and performing audition monologues

Mondays 8:00-9:00pm

Teacher: Joe Savino

Jr High Singing: Hamilton

Don’t throw away your shot! If you’re walking around your house singing your favorite songs from Hamilton, then this is the class for you! Join others who loved the musical and can’t get enough of the soundtrack. Students will work on developing a consistent tone, pitch and rhythm with their favorite musical as the backdrop.

Skills Focus:

  • Rhythm & musicality
  • Diction & projection
  • Pitch and group blending
  • Harmonies

Mondays 6:00-7:00pm

Teacher: Kyle Greer

Jr High Improv 2 (Pre-requisite: 1 semester of improv, equivalent experience or instructor approval)

Take the next step in improvisation acting. Designed for more experienced students, discover different forms and styles of improv including long-form and montage. Learn to strengthen and fine-tune your ensemble skills and create dynamic scenes and characters. Improv need not always be funny, and this class focuses on the craft of creating strong improvised scenes: both comedic and dramatic.

Skills Focus:

  • Understanding and using various improv forms
  • Using improv as a character and scene tool
  • Long-form improvised scenes
  • Various forms of edits

Mondays 4:00-5:00pm

Teacher: Lindsey Branson

HS Improv 1

I’m going off script! Students think fast and have plenty of laughs in this upbeat class that teaches the fundamentals of improvisation. Not only will students enjoy games and comedic improv, but they’ll also learn techniques that will help them feel more confident as they grow. This class enjoys plenty of short form games and works towards a final show that is open to the public. Note: This class is designed as a YEAR LONG curriculum. Students must enroll in fall to be eligible to register for spring.

Skills Focus:

  • Working as an ensemble
  • Agreement (Yes And)
  • Short form games
  • Creating characters

Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm

Teacher: Karen Holbert

HS Tech Production (Pre-requisite: 1 year of tech, equivalent experience AND instructor approval)

Advanced technical students focus on design work in all areas of technical theatre. They work together to find practical solutions to difficult design ideas. Students in this class will be heavily involved in production areas for all the shows in our season. Individual mentorship and responsibility will be a major focus. Because this class works on our productions, content is always changing and stretching the students! Tons of hands-on experience and individual mentorship as you create magic! Note: This class is designed as a YEAR LONG curriculum and will be taught over 2 semesters with 2 parts tuition. Students will register and pay for 1st semester, and then register and pay for 2nd semester (2nd semester registration will open early fall). Students are not permitted to join mid-year in this class.

Skills Focus:

  • Lighting & sound design
  • Stage décor: paint, set dressing
  • Designing and building props

Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm

Teacher: TBD

HS Singing: You Matter to Me

Featuring songs from favorite new musicals: Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen and Next to Normal, students will stretch and develop their vocal abilities. Students will have opportunities to work in solo, groups or duets singing some of their favorite ballads and up-tempo songs. Particular focus will be giving to group harmonies and blending.

Skills Focus:

  • Creating and sustaining harmonies
  • Pitch, tone, breathing and support
  • Group blending
  • Song dynamics & interpretation
  • Projection and diction

Mondays 7:00-9:00pm

Teacher: Kyle Greer

HS Acting: Scenes From Classic Plays     

Visit the works of the masters such as Neil Simon, Arthur Miller and more in this intensive scene study class. Students will have the opportunity to dive deeply into characters and scenes, discovering pacing, nuance, timing, vocal inflection, and physicality just to name a few.

Skills Focus:

  • Strong character choices
  • Script interpretation
  • Discovering motivation and movement

Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm

Teacher: Joe Savino

Family Forum: Little Red Robin Hood

4th - 8th Grades                              

Students in this class will rehearse & perform a show! We’ve all seen fractured fairy tales before, but never quite like this one, which takes a hilarious detour through Robin Hood’s Nottingham and Sherwood Forest! Smart, pretty, and kind, Little Red Robin Hood must deal with the Big Bad Sheriff of the Naughty Hams (the Three Little Pigs, that is!), who do the bidding of Prince John, the vain Emperor who is eager to try on his magic new suit being woven by Cinderella’s deceitful stepsisters.  With Humpty Dumpty, Black Sheep, Rose Red, and Simple Simon acting as her Merry Men, Little Red Robin Hood must save all the village grannies of Sherwood Forest, including her own, an old woman who lives in a shoe, Mother Hubbard, and Mother Goose herself.  Along the way, she also wins the heart of the Pied Piper — aka Marion — who’s a touring celebrity musician with an armload of different Mary’s as groupies. Along the way, the cast will learn about theatre, ensemble-building, and rehearsal skills. Students must commit to attend class regularly and be available for tech week and performances March 16-18.

Note: This is a REQUIRED year long class. Students must register for both fall & spring semesters (2 separate registrations and tuitions) and be committed to attendance at rehearsals/classes/shows. Parent volunteers are expected to help support the production. After the performance, class will continue to meet: analyzing the experience, exploring ensemble, theatre games and more. If you have questions about the commitment for this class/show, please call 708-246-4043 prior to registering.

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm. Starting Feb. 23, add Saturday mornings from 10am to noon.

Teachers: Karen Holbert & Cyndy Soumar

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