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Youth & Teen Classes

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Please visit our Creative Arts Camps page for Summer 2015.

Orlando Shakes' All the World’s A Stage classes focus on skill sets that benefit students on stage as well as in everyday life. Focusing on the proficiency needed to bring great work to life, our classes celebrate the process of learning, experimenting, taking risks, and challenging expectations by focusing first on acting, then movement, and, finally Shakespeare’s words. Alone or as a package, this training is valuable for beginning actors as well as professionals.

After each class, students are given a homework sheet detailing what was learned that day and assignments for the following week, allowing you to track your child's progress and reinforce skills taught in class.

All sessions culminate in a presentation for friends and family on the last day. See what your children have learned! Join us for continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. while the students have a final rehearsal. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m.

Call the Education Department at 407-447-1700 ext. 254 for more information.

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Grades 3 - 5
Friday, October 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Your day starts at Orlando Science Center, where you follow in Jack and Annie’s footsteps exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. After lunch, head to Orlando Shakes (AKA Victorian England) as Jack and Annie help Charles Dickens write his classic holiday story in our production of Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens. Continue “time traveling” at Orlando Museum of Art, as students explore art of the American Colonial period!

$75 for non-members; $70 for members/subscribers of any of the organizations

Drop-off and pickup at Orlando Science Center. OSC provides early drop care and after care.

To register for Magic Tree House STEAM Camp, click here or call 407-514-2112.

Fall 2015

Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 31 (6 weeks)
Time: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Second Star to the Right - SOLD OUT
Please contact the Box Office to be added to this class' wait list.
Age 4 - Grade 1
“Second star to the right, and straight on til morning.” Explore the world of Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Wendy, and Tinkerbell in this classic tale of courage and adventure. This class will remind us all that we never have to grow up. Students will explore the “Actor’s Toolbox” of voice, body, and imagination while learning the basics of story structure and what it means to be onstage bringing classic stories to life.

Jack & Annie to the Stage! - SOLD OUT
Please contact the Box Office to be added to this class' wait list.
Grades 2 - 4
When faced with problems that are insurmountable, call Jack and Annie! Students will act out scenes from Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens, using storytelling, active listening, and ensemble skills. Walk in the shoes of Jack, Annie, Charles Dickens, or one of his spooky ghosts!

And So Our Story Begins...
Grades 5 - 7
Star-catch-er (n) an individual appointed by her majesty the Queen of England to dispose of starstuff so people with evil intentions are unable to use it. Star-stuff (n) dust that falls from shooting stars and possesses incredibly magical properties. Students will act out scenes from Peter and the Starcatcher, the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan.

I’m Not Dead, Yet!
Grades 8 - 12
“We have a quest: to find the grail!” And you have a quest too...to explore acting techniques through the zany world of Monty Python. Do you accept your quest? Good. BEGIN! Students will perform scenes that inspired the hit musical, Spamalot!

Winter 2016

Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 23 – Feb. 27 (6 weeks)
Time: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Fairies & Goblins
Age 4 - Grade 1
Dive into the classics and let your favorite fairies and goblins lead you to enchanted lands you’ve only read about---until now! Students will explore the “Actor’s Toolbox” of voice, body, and imagination while acting out scenes from Shakespeare’s magical classic The Tempest.

Story Songs
Grades 2 - 4
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” Create dream worlds and explore those that already exist through the world of story songs. Students will create their own musical, inspired by Shakespeare’s lyrical classic The Tempest.

Clowns & Commedia
Grades 5 - 7
“'Twas you we laughed at.” Join the likes of Trinculo and Stephano as you develop your inner clown. Students will learn basic juggling skills, the classic art of Commedia, rehearse physical comedy, and dive into comedic scenes from Shakespeare to bring your own individual clown to life.

Come, Sir, Your Passado
Grades 8 - 12
“I am for you.” Dreamed of swordfighting with Hamlet? Slaying Tybalt in defense of your friend Mercutio? Or simply wanted to learn to fall without hurting yourself? This is the class for you! Students will learn basic stage combat to strengthen their classical and contemporary performance skills while working exploring the text of Shakespeare’s Pericles.

Spring 2016

Date: Saturdays, March 26 – April 30 (6 weeks)
Times: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Elephant and Piggie: We are in a Shakespeare Play!
Age 4 - Grade 1
Join best friends Gerald and Piggie as they discover the world of William Shakespeare. In this class, students will explore the “Actor’s Toolbox” of voice, body, and imagination with their favorite characters from Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series.

Comedy, Tonight!
Grades 2 - 4
“Lord, what fools these mortals be.” Shakespeare’s comedies are the foundation of our comedies today. Using Shakespeare’s clues, students will find the funny in his words and situations!

What’s Your Tragedy?
Grades 5 - 7
“Speak the speech I pray you…!” Get your Shakespeare on while discovering his most famous tragedies, such as Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Othello. Students will be assigned short Shakespearean speeches, and learn how to paraphrase as a tool for memorization and acting.

His “Stories”
Grades 8 - 12
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” Dive into Shakespeare’s most famous histories, such as Henry V and Richard III. Students will be assigned short Shakespearean speeches and scenes. This class is great preparation for school or community auditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Our classes typically range from 5-15 students depending on the time of the year.

Q: How many instructors per class?
A: We provide two professional acting instructors per class.

Q: Tell me more about "theater games."
A: A theater game is an exercise, either physical or mental, designed to teach a skill that can be used on stage (and in real life, too!). There are countless different games that teach such skills as mental focus, ensemble, healthy vocal production, physical awareness, and emotional connection to your text (text is the Shakespeare word for your lines). Students learn advanced concepts and overcome personal hurdles while laughing and creating.

Q: Is there a final show?
A: All classes have a final "open class" or workshop presentation. It is a celebration of the growth each student has made in their acting journey. We do not use costumes. Instead, we focus on the student and what they can communicate with their voices, bodies and emotions. On the second to the last day of class we will send your child home with a letter detailing the time of the presentation.

Q: What type of clothing is recommended?
A: Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sturdy athletic shoes.

Q: Can kids really do Shakespeare?
A: YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.

Q: May I watch the class?
A: We do not permit parents to watch acting classes. We have discovered that when parents are in the room the younger students who are labeled "shy" always cling to their parent. Most of the time, these same students thrive when there is not a parent in the room. Non "shy" students tend to try and perform for their parent's approval instead of focusing on the instructor. This limits their ability to fully participate.

Q: Can my child be moved up a grade level?
A: Many parents, who know and love the sheer joy and brilliance of their children, would like for their child to be moved into a class with older students. While we respect this view, we simply do not move children up a grade level. We put a great deal of energy and thought in the composition and curriculums of our classes and believe that we provide a quality experience for all children.

Q: What is the refund policy for classes?
A: No refunds will be given after seven days prior to the class start date.

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Auditing: Students may audit a class for a $10 fee, which will be deducted from the class fee upon joining.


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