SUMMER 2018 YOUTH CLASSES
Classes designed to be repeated for mastery
Through well-known fairytales, this high-energy camp teaches age-appropriate acting skills. Through physical expression, improvisation and play this group will bond as a real theatre ensemble. Working together the group will create a play for friends and family on the last day of camp.
This unique summer program has students working from an original short film script written by the students under the guidance of our professional instructors. Next we bring in a professional filmmaker and students experience acting and working on a movie set while building important interpersonal skills. Their film will be screened for the public at a red carpet premiere at the the Wilmette Theatre in early September.
This class fills VERY early. Don’t get shut out!
An introductory version of our wildly popular Teen Professional Summer Intensive, this boot camp prepares our young actors for the next step through monologue, improv, on-camera, and scene study work. Actors will learn the imperative and challenging art of working honestly and fearlessly with all mediums of acting.
Our acclaimed summer intensive has been expanded for a more complete professional training and performance experience.
This program will spend the first week in an immersive bootcamp that will cover crucial acting, singing and dancing technique with some of Chicago’s top professionals. In weeks 2-6, the actor will put those skills to work in rehearsal for a fully produced musical theatre production, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, to perform in a professional theatre in Chicago. Final performances the weekend of August 4. By audition only. Contact the office to schedule an audition time – Saturday, January 27 from 10am-12:30pm. 847.251.8710
Actors should prepare 32 bars of a country, gospel, or contemporary musical theatre song in the style of the show. Ideally, this song should come from the 1980s forward. Material older than that won’t quite capture the musical idea of the piece written by Dolly Parton. Look at composers such as Dolly Parton herself, Peter Allen, Reba McIntyre Stephen Schwartz, Burt Bacharach, Marvin Hamlisch, etc. NO legit music (Golden Age musicals) please!!! Appropriate Pop/rock/country songs that are not from musical theatre are quite welcome.
Additionally, students should prepare a 60-90 second contemporary monologue that MUST be from a published play. No films, poems, independent monologues written for the internet, or stories please. Please be familiar with the musical as opposed to the film and think about characters that interest you in advance!
There will likely be a brief dance portion of the callback auditions!
Dive into the world of comedy and satire. Use physical play, improv, sketch writing, and performance technique all critical skills necessary to foster a unique point of view in comedy writing and performing. The class caps off with fully written sketches to be performed for friends and family!
PERFORMANCE DATE July 20 @ 6pm
This unique summer program creates original films under the guidance of experienced writers and filmmakers giving students an overview of the mechanics of script writing, production, and acting for film. Students work together to find a theme and establish a storyline & script for production. Their film will be screened for the public at a “red carpet” premiere at the the Wilmette Theatre in early September.
The Summer Professional Intensive was designed in 2004 by Founder/Director Carole Dibo with a focus on helping high school students get inside the business with a curriculum that pushes them to an industry level of professionalism. Monologue, scene study, accents and dialects, on camera, and voiceover are all covered. Students have the opportunity to meet and ask questions to Casting Directors, Actors and Agents. The students conclude the 2 weeks with an audition ready monologue, headshots, and a showcase for family, friends and invited Chicago professionals.
FINAL REQUIRED SHOWCASE: Monday, August 20 @ 7:30pm (Location: TBD Chicago)