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Civic Theatre School

Now enrolling:

Summer Acting Sessions 2014 &

Fall Session 2014 & Winter Session 2015

September 6 through November 8, 2014



Imagine… Create… Explore…

Enroll your young actor at Civic Theatre School and unlock the transformative power of the arts!

Grow! Civic Theatre School kids don’t just learn how “to act” but gain important life skills that help them grow.  Students involved in the arts watch less TV and display more tolerant behavior towards others! Classes like those at Civic Theatre help foster positive achievement, collaborative-working and critical-thinking skills. Studies have shown that theatre classes can not only enhance creativity, but help develop skills that assist in learning languages and even mathematics.

Learn! Since theatre education is an interdisciplinary art form it satisfies our human need to express thoughts and feelings through written text, dramatic interpretation and multimedia production. The Civic Theatre School, the oldest continually operating theatre education program in the Lehigh Valley, is based in solid educational principles and incorporates many of the elements of the Pennsylvania Education Standards for the Arts and Humanities.

Sessions: Fall 2014 & Winter 2015

Thursdays, September 11 through November 6, 2014

Pre-k/K   Thursdays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Saturdays, September 6 through November 8, 2014

Grades 1-2
Studio 1 – Drama & Movement: Saturdays 9 am – 11 am
Studio 1 – Voice (Optional): Saturdays 11:00 am

Grades 3-4
Studio 2 – Drama & Movement: Saturdays 9 am – 11 am
Studio 2 – Voice (Optional): Saturdays 11:00 am

Grades 5-6
Studio 3  – Drama & Movement: Saturdays 12:15-2:15 pm
Studio 3 – Voice (Optional): Saturdays 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Grades 7-8
Studio 4  – Drama & Movement: Saturdays 12:15-2:15 pm
Studio 4 – Voice (Optional): Saturdays 11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Grades 9-12
Studio 5 – Drama & Movement: Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Studio 5 –  Voice (Optional): Saturdays 12:30 – 1:00 pm

Theatre Beginnings (Pre K/ Kindergarten)

This class allows children to begin learning basic theatre skills such as listening and following directions in a safe, creative, and fun way. Students work on listening and following directions, stage direction, memorization, creative movement and getting comfortable being in front of and audience. Students also learn that they are part of a big picture and that everyone’s part is important. There will be a short showcase at the end of each session.
Teacher: Kirsten Rani-Almeida 

The Civic Theatre Studios (Grades 1 – 12)

Students are divided into acting studios by grade level. All studios include planned warm-up exercises, theatre games and exploration that encourage teamwork, positive social interaction and personal expression in a nurturing, risk-free environment.

Studio 1 (Grades 1-2): Young performers immerse themselves into the world of creative play! As they explore the art of storytelling and stretch their imaginations, students will develop basic understanding of character development, stage movement, and vocal control. Students will work with each other and with props (including work with puppets) to learn positive social interaction and to gain an introduction to theatre terminology (stage directions, decorum) while they receive important lessons in focus, collaboration, expression, and active listening.
Teachers: Kirsten Rani-Almeida & Gwen Swanson-Vigorito

Studio 2 (Grades 3-4): Participants will journey through the world of theatre skill games and improvisation. As they develop an awareness of the world around them, students will utilize the drama of life to create their own characterizations and unique situations in which to practice theatre techniques and movement for expression. Students will begin to create unique character for themselves, experiment with basic prop building, and explore theatre traditions from other cultures and time periods. They will continue to build important life skills including learning to collaborate, listen and have positive social interaction. At this grade level, students will also gain a basic introduction to scripted materials.
Teachers: Kirsten Rani-Almeida & Gwen Swanson-Vigorito

Studios 3 & 4 (Grades 5-6, 7-8): Time to get in touch with the instrument of the performer … the body. With a focus on how the body expresses feelings (even before any words are spoken), this class teaches performers to use physicalization as a tool to enhance the script. Blending stage movement with the power of the language, these students will reach new heights of expression! Students will also work with masks and understand the cultural use of masks in other art forms. Students also gain an introduction to scene work and short monologues, and will work towards breaking through their inhibitions and an understanding of the power of communication skills through theatre.
Teachers: Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst & Sue Danish

Studio 5 (Grades 9-12): Interpreting a scene is the first step to interpreting the universe! Guided by our professional instructors, these students will begin to master the techniques cherished by performers throughout the centuries. Character analysis, physical comedy, vocal manipulation, and emotional context take center stage as they enter the realm of scene study. Students will continue to work on voice and articulation and discover ways to use and refine their own vocal instrument – by controlling volume, projection and understanding the connection between voice and the body. Students will develop a comfort level for basic public speaking and presentation and will be introduced to the different schools of acting techniques – including Hagen, Meisner, and Stanislovksy.
Teacher: Melisa Klausner


The Musical Theatre Option 

(open to all studios, Grades 1 – 12)

Gain a better understanding of basic musical theatre techniques. In this special 30-minute add-on class (a small fee applies), your student will be introduced to the musical skills and techniques that can be applied during their next musical audition or appearance on the musical stage. Working with your classmates and a pianist/vocal coach, the students will develop the skills needed to make the best possible impression the next time they take center stage or audition for their next musical theatre project – at Civic or elsewhere.


Fall & Winter Session Dates: TBA