Arden Theatre Company's 2008 schedule of theatre classes and camps for kids and teens
January 11, 2008
Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company has broadened its offerings of theatre classes for kids – called Kids' Crew
– and added brand new classes for middle and high school students – called Arden Drama School
. The complete schedule of classes is below:
Arden Kids' Crew are theatre classes for kids in kindergarten though sixth grade
Arden Kids' Crew provides fun, high-quality interactive theatre classes that enliven imaginations, get kids working together and instill a lifelong love of theatre. All classes are taught by professional theatre artists with a penchant (and talent!) for teaching kids. Kids' Crew classes develop speaking, problem-solving and listening skills while increasing confidence and self-esteem.
Eight-week theatre classes
Every Saturday morning for eight weeks
$160 per session
Session Two: March 29 - May 17
Play in a Day
- Treasure Trunk
Kindergarten - 10am-11am
Kindergartners discover the power of creation by inventing their own stories. Boxes full of hats, baskets full of costumes, and trunks full of props inspire kids to new height of creativity.
Grades 1 and 2 - 10am-11:30am
Star in your favorite book! Kids learn acting and storytelling by reading their favorite books and working together to act them out dramatically. Learn how to create a character and be a great storyteller! Every session - in fact, every class -is unique! Take it once or six times; it's always a new journey.
Grades 3 and 4 - 10am-12noon
Kids begin to learn the techniques that actors use on stage! They will use their bodies, voices and minds to create characters, play intentions, and work together to create new pieces of theatre. Kids will work with scripts they create as well as scenes from plays. Session one focuses on drama, session two focuses on comedy.
Grades 5 and 6 - 10am-12noon
Kids begin to learn the techniques that actors use of stage! They will use their bodies, voices and minds to create characters, play intentions, and work together to create new pieces of theatre. Kids will work with scripts they create as well as scenes from plays. Session one focuses on drama, session two focuses on comedy.
10am - 3pm
Grades 1 - 5
$50 per class
Kids work together to conceive, write and perform a play of their own creation! Parents and other guests can enjoy the fruits of their kids' labor at the end of the day. Each Play in a Day is as unique as each group of children. Take it once or take it ten times, the story and characters are always new.
- Monday, January 21 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
- Saturday, February 23
- Saturday, March 15
- Saturday, April 12
- Saturday, May 10
1pm - 4pm
Grades 1 - 5
$30 per class
Spring Break Theatre Camp - NEW!
- January 26 Musical Theatre
Learn a song and dance to a Broadway musical!
- February 2 Acting
Rehearse a scene from start to finish to get a taste of acting.
- February 16 Costume Design
Design a costume for a favorite character.
- March 8 Shakespeare
Learn about the Bard and work on scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream and As You Like It.
- April 5 Improv
You'll use your imagination and teamwork to create characters, skits and stories. Hilarious and active.
- May 3 Puppet Making
Learn how to make excellent puppets and take one home with you that day.
- May 17 Clowning
You can guess this one! It will bring out the comedian in everybody.
An action-packed theatre day camp taught by working theatre professionals with all the care we give to our full-scale productions. Kids will spend the week taking acting and design classes, all while creating a theatre piece of their very own. Each group of campers, guided by their teachers, will create a world-premiere production that they present on Friday afternoon!
Monday - Friday
9am - 3pm
Grades 1 - 5
$300 per session
Summer Theatre Camp - FOUR SESSIONS THIS SUMMER!
- Session One: March 17 - 21
- Session Two: March 24 - 28
An action-packed theatre day camp led by Arden's Associate Artistic Director Amy Dugas Brown and taught by working theatre professionals, Arden Theatre Company is filled with all the care, focus and enthusiasm we give to our full-scale productions. Kids take two acting classes a day (one basic class and one specialized class like Improv, storytelling or Shakespeare) and at least one design class a day. Each afternoon the kids rehearse for the Camp Show that is presented to parents and families on Saturday! At lunchtime, kids are treated to a special presentation from guest artists who perform for – and sometimes with – them!
Monday - Saturday
10am - 4pm
For kids entering grades 1 - 6
$360 per session
Arden Drama School offers classes for middle and high school students
Musical Theatre (Middle School students)
- Session One: June 23 - 28
- Session Two: July 14 - 19
- Session Three: July 21 - 26
- Session Four: August 11- 16
February 4 - 25 on Monday evenings from 4 - 6pm
In this four week class, students will learn how to tell a story through song. Kids will work with their teacher and a piano player to learn how to read music, interpret lyrics and work as a group to bring a musical number to the stage.
Acting (Middle School students)
February 4 - 25 on Monday evenings from 4 - 5:30pm
In this four week class, students will learn about the fundamentals of acting while developing the skills actors use when performing plays. Students will learn how to use their voices, bodies and imaginations to reach objectives and develop characters. Skill learned in class will prepare students to tackle a script.
MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATRE SUMMER CAMP
Monday, July 14 through Friday, August 1
9am - 3pm
This three week day camp will introduce students going into sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to the fundamentals of singling, performing a song (both solo and in a group), choreography, reading music and acting. The camp will culminate with a performance on stage for friends and family!
To register, please call Arden Theatre Company box office at 215.922.1122 or visit us online at www.ardentheatre.org
. All classes are held at Arden Theatre Company at 40 North 2nd Street (next door to Christ Church) in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.