Town’s Youth Theatre programs continue to grow!
Traditional Youth Theatre Classes
Our traditional youth theatre classes follow our tried-and-true weekly class structure that culminates in a large-scale production at the end of the class period. Our traditional classes are offered TWO TIMES A YEAR – one fall program and one spring program. Students may participate in one or both sessions, but enrollment for each is separate.
For Fall 2021, traditional youth theatre students will produce Elf Jr. and Santa’s Workshop.* Students meet one time a week with their class beginning the week of August 30. There will be NO classes the week of Thanksgiving. Students come together with their casts for rehearsals beginning November 29 up until the weekend of the performance which is set for December 17-19, 2021. During this time, students can expect a rehearsal schedule that mirrors that of a show as compared to the regular class time. Rehearsals will generally be held within the 5:00 PM/5:30 PM time frame and will conclude no later than 7:00 PM/7:30 PM. Younger students are often dismissed earlier.
*K to 4th grades will appear in their own segment called Santa’s Workshop which will be Act I. All students will appear in Elf Jr. which will be Act II.*
Upon enrollment, you will choose a class day that corresponds with your grade level. Classes will run weekdays from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM. See matrix below for options.
Group Voice and Tap Options
Students enrolled in our Traditional Youth Theatre Classes are eligible to sign up for group voice OR tap lessons. Group voice runs from 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM and is on the same day as your traditional class. Students can enroll and pay for group voice at the time of enrollment in their traditional class. Group voice follows the schedule of our traditional offerings with weekly lessons through November 19.
Tap classes are offered through the SC Music and Dance Academy. All registration and payment is done through SCMADA. Please note that, because they offer a year-long program, start and ending dates may vary. We do work to coordinate.
Town Tweens are a group of students in 4th to 8th grade that meet weekly. The purpose of the Tweens is to continue to develop theatrical and musical theatre skills. Tweens are not in the casts of the fall or spring traditional youth theatre programs but have other performance opportunities which may be at Town Theatre or other venues. Students can participate in both Tweens and the traditional program as there is no overlap, however, the time commitment of doing both should be taken into consideration. In general, students are permitted to continue in the Tween program from year to year without re-auditioning. Town Tweens is a YEAR LONG commitment. When possible, Town holds a summer workshop where students interested in Town Tweens can work directly with one or more of the faculty members. At the end of the week, an audition is held. Students may participate in the workshop and not choose to participate in Tweens. Likewise, students can participate in the workshop and not be selected for Tweens. A separate audition may be scheduled for those who wish to participate if they cannot attend the camp if space is available.
The Town Thespians is a year-long acting troupe that will work specifically on the craft of acting. Students should be in at least 7th grade to participate OR have the recommendation of the instructor. Students will learn various techniques from numerous acting methods; exercises to hone their craft; work on character development by determining a character’s history and objectives; collaborate in an ensemble and learning to give and receive from their fellow actors onstage. As they grow as a troupe, they will utilize these skills in progress for two one act performances: a comedy and a drama. During this highly tailored program, students will have the opportunity to work on drama pieces with more challenging themes and more mature situations. They will be exposed to theatre history and how it informs their acting choices and relational interactions while performing. They will have the chance to pursue serious roles and spread their acting abilities with multi-faceted and conflicted characters. It is a demanding and intense program for students who are serious in developing their performance abilities. In this inaugural year, Town Thespians will be open via enrollment. Moving forward, the Thespians could become an auditioned troupe.
Town Teen Troupe (T3)
T3’s mission is to provide musical theatre/performing arts development and performance opportunities for older youth at Town Theatre – typically those in 9th through 12th grades. Students are introduced to multiple faculty and offered a variety of performance experiences that are unique. T3 focuses both on ensemble work AND individual progress for each student. T3 is a year-long commitment. Most classes are held at Town Theatre though some may be moved to alternative locations to accommodate the theatre’s schedule. When possible, Town holds a summer workshop where students interested in T3 can work directly with one or more of the faculty members. At the end of the week, an audition is held. Students may participate in the workshop and not choose to participate in T3. Likewise, students can participate in the workshop and not be selected for T3. A separate audition may be scheduled for those who wish to participate if they cannot attend the camp if space is available.
Private Voice or Acting Lessons
Private voice lessons as well as private acting lessons are also offered. Students may enroll for a 10-pack of 30-minute sessions. Upon enrollment, the student and selected teacher will determine a weekly meeting time for the duration of the pack of lessons. Students will be expected to meet weekly, though some exceptions may be made.
Early bird enrollment for students who participated in a summer camp is Aug. 2-4 online starting at 3 PM. Watch for your special email with details!
Regular enrollment opens Aug. 9 at 3 PM.
Town Theatre’s youth theatre program is sponsored by: