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Skill-Building Workshops

Shakespeare Intensive  |  Contemporary Acting  |  Playwriting  |  Audition Skills  |   Scene & Song Study

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Young actors, writers, and students ages 9-18 of all levels of experience can hone their stage presence, movement, knowledge, writing, and musical theatre chops with this range of fun, active, and challenging summer workshop programs. Whether preparing for a big audition or eager to try something completely new, there’s something here for almost everyone.

Summer Shakespeare Intensive

Ages: 13-18

Session: June 3-21
Instructors:
Charlie Sexton
Jen Pennington
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-3:30pm

$495

(payment options available)
What you need…
  • Be prepared with notebook, pencil/pen.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

Participants explore next season’s festival productions (titles coming soon!) while immersing themselves in the history, performances, and rich language of William Shakespeare. Working from the First Folio of 1623, students will discover many different ways of approaching the text while preparing sonnets, monologues, and scenes for a public showcase. Instructors challenge students to engage with Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices in a collaborative and encouraging environment that prepares them to audition with confidence for our highly-acclaimed Young American Shakespeare Festival. Some experience required.

Shakespeare Intensive Payment Options

  • Option 1 – $495.00 (full payment due with registration form)
  • Option 2 – $535.00 ($200 payment due with registration form ; $335.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

Cancellation policy: $200.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

Contemporary Acting

Ages: 13-18

Session: July 8-26
Instructors:
Mitchell Martin & TBD
Mondays-Fridays
Times 9:30-3:30

$495

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

In this three week program, teens will study with alumni from the Walden Theatre Conservatory. Instructors will split up the three weeks to cover different elements of acting. Students will have a culminating showcase on what they’ve learned on the last day of class. All levels welcome. 

Contemporary Acting Intensive Payment Options

    • Option 1 – $495.00 (full payment due with registration form)
    • Option 2 – $535.00 ($200 payment due with registration form ; $335.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

    Cancellation policy: $200.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

Playwriting

Ages: 13-18

Session: July 29-August 9
Instructor: Diana Grisanti
Mondays-Fridays
Times: 10am-noon
(2 weeks)

$280 (incl. $100 deposit)

What you need…
  • Be prepared with notebook, pencil/pen.
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack as needed.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

In this two-week intensive, student-playwrights will give Shakespeare a run for his money! We’ll write one-minute plays, ten-minute plays, and maybe even get started on something longer. We’ll ask the questions: How do you capture the audience’s attention? How do you sustain it? How do you craft a narrative that’s compelling? Dynamic? ALIVE? The class will culminate in a staged reading with professional actors. In other words, students will get to experience their dramatic writing as it’s meant to be experienced: OUT LOUD.

Open to all experience levels. 

Playwriting Payment Options

    • Option 1 – $280.00 (full payment due with registration form)
    • Option 2 – $320.00 ($100 payment due with registration form ; $220.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

    Cancellation policy: $100.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

Audition Skills

Ages: 9-17

Dates: July 29-August 2
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked snack as needed.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class is for anyone who has thought about auditioning for a play or musical OR for anyone who has an upcoming audition and wants to be PREPARED! Students will learn or improve the process of selecting, studying, and performing a monologue, learn how to approach “cold readings” from a script, and even navigate their way through a 16-bar musical piece and a dance break. Time will be given to help create an audition package of two song cuttings (one up-tempo, one ballad) and a monologue. All levels of experience welcome (limit 20 students).

Scene & Song Study

Ages: 9-17

Dates: August 5-9
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked snack as needed.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class explores the triple discipline of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Students will train in all three areas as they work together on scenes and songs from musical theatre. Students will break down text, gain skills in vocal production, movement, dance, physical attack, and character development. This class is a blast and all levels of experience are welcome (limit 25 students).

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