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Performing Arts Academy

Online Classes

Next Session Runs May 26 through June 19.

Online registration closes at 11 am on the day a class begins.

Questions? Not sure what class will be the right fit? We're here to help! Send us a message on Facebook or email [email protected]

Financial Assistance: Please do not let cost prevent your students' participation in our academy programs. Contact our Box Office at [email protected] for information financial assistance.

Summer 2020 Classes

We are hopeful that we will be able to meet for small classes this summer following social distancing guidelines (students wear masks, limited class size, each class assigned a single working space, staggered start times).

Our tentative lineup of summer classes is below. If classes are not permitted to meet due to social distancing guidelines, online alternatives will be presented, or, in this special case, credits or refunds will be made. Instructors subject to change based on class size.

The Algonquin's Performing Arts Academy is presented with support from Broadway Ray, PNC Bank, Dodge Foundation and The New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Policies: Payment is due in full at time of reservation. For Summer Classes, Multiple enrollment discount (20%) is by household (i.e. 2 students taking 1 class, or 1 student taking 2 classes). All reservations are final (no refunds) after the first day of class. Discounts cannot be combined. No discount available for online classes.

May 26 - June 16
Acting for the Small Screen (Online)
Ages 8-12
4 Week Online Class
Tuesdays: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16
3 pm - 4 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Tyler Cicardo

This is an introductory level class that will introduce theatre and acting principles that can be applied on the small screen. This class will focus on character development and storytelling.

This class will build on the previous session of Acting on the Small Screen, but there is no pre-requisite. First-time students are welcome.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 26 - June 16
Improv (Online)
Ages 13-18
4 Week Online Class
Tuesdays: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Tyler Cicardo

This is an intermediate to advanced level class that will bring improvisation online into our Zoom classroom.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 26 - June 16
Acting - Monologue Work (Online)
Ages 13-18
4 Week Online Class
Tuesdays: May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16
6 pm - 7 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Nicole Clark

Students can bring a monologue (or our teaching artist will help them pick one) and work alongside their peers to prepare the monologue to be shared. This class can help a student preparing a monologue for an audition.

First-time students are welcome. Returning students can come back to continue to work on their monologue, or select a new monologue to develop.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 27 - June 17
Musical Theatre I - Making a Mini Musical (Online)
SOLD OUT
Ages 8-12
4 Week Online Class
Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17
3 pm - 4 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Alison Gleason

This class introduces and reinforces some of the basics of musical theatre. Under the direction of the teaching artist, students will collaborate to create an short original musical.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 27 - June 17
Musical Theatre II - My Story Through Song (Online)
Ages 13-18
4 Week Online Class
Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Alison Gleason

Students will create and perform a Musical Theatre parody. There are a lot of stories to be told about life for a teen with school closed and activities canceled. In this class, students will put that silly or serious story to song by writing, workshopping and performing original lyrics to existing music.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 27 - June 17
Improv for the Small Screen (Online)
Ages 11-14
4 Week Online Class
Wednesdays: May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17
6 pm - 7 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Luke Pearlberg

Improv goes digital! This class will feature improv games and activities suitable to a zoom classroom.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

The teaching artist for this class, Luke Pearlberg, just finished his second-year studying acting at Pace University in NYC. He'll adapt some of improv games and activities he learned as his coursework went online to fit our Academy, where he participated as a student and intern for more than 10 years.

May 28 - June 18
Acting - Thoughtful Theatre (Online)

Ages 8-12

4 Week Online Class
Thursdays: May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18
3 pm - 4 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Nicole Clark

In this class, students will use theatre as a tool to create and play through activities, games and writing exercises. Students will begin working to develop characters and original monologues for these characters.

This class will build on the previous session of Thoughtful Theatre, but there is no pre-requisite. First-time students are welcome.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 28 - June 18
Creative Playmaking (Online)
Ages 11-14
4 Week Online Class
Thursdays: May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Anthony Giorgio

Students will work together to develop the characters and plot for an original zoom play.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 28 - June 18
Dramatic Scene Study (Online)
Ages 13-18
4 Week Online Class
Thursdays: May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Anthony Giorgio

Students read, rehearse and perform scenes. This four-week session will focus on dramatic scenes. The teaching artist facilitates in the role of both teach and director, helping students make choices in how material is presented.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 29 - June 19
Musical Theatre Dance I (Online)
Ages 8-12
4 Week Online Class
Fridays: May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19
3 pm - 4 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Kathleen Pearlberg

Each class will include a warm up, introduction of skills and technique and then and a musical theatre combination that is choreographed within the space available at home.

Students should be dressed ready to dance and must wear appropriate athletic or dance footwear.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

May 29 - June 19
Musical Theatre Dance II (Online)
Ages 13-18
4 Week Online Class
Fridays: May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
$35
Teaching Artist: Kathleen Pearlberg

Each class will include a warm up, introduction of skills and technique and then and a musical theatre combination that is choreographed within the space available at home.

Students should be dressed ready to dance and must wear appropriate athletic or dance footwear.

Class will be conducted online. Information on how to join a class will be distributed to registrants. Siblings can share a screen (no additional cost).

June 22 - July 3
Summer Session 1: Acting & Improv (AM)
Ages 6-17
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
9 am - 1 pm
$360 (see chart for discounts)
Instructors: Nicole Clark, Frank Falisi, Kerrianne Spellman

A. Acting I | Ages: 6-8
Explore the world of the stage through characters and role-playing, using theatre games and improvisation to enhance foster creativity and encourage positive self-expression.

B. Acting II | Ages: 9-12
Build performance skills through improvisation, movement and character development.

C. Acting III | Ages: 13-17
Focus shifts to structured performance, taking direction and making acting choice.

June 22 - July 3
Summer Session 1: Acting & Improv (PM)
Ages 6-17
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
1 pm - 4 pm
$270 (see chart for discounts)
Instructors: Nicole Clark, Frank Falisi, Kerrianne Spellman

A. Scene Study I | Ages: 6-10
Using dialogue from well-known plays and stories, young actors will read, interpret and perform written scenes.

B. Scene Study II | Ages: 11-17
Students read, rehearse and perform scenes from a variety of authors and tackle script analysis.

July 13 - July 24
Summer Session 2: Musical Theatre (AM)
Ages 6-17
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
9 am - 1 pm
$360 (see chart for discounts)
Instructors: Ali Gleason, Sheryl Linfante-Guerrero, Michael Olender, Kristin Parker

A. Musical Theatre I | Ages: 6-11
ACT! SING! DANCE! Explore the fundamentals of musical theatre performances through introductory vocal, dance and acting.

B. Musical Theatre II | Ages: 12-17
Learn the essentials of musical theatre performance via vocal, movement, dance and acting instruction.

July 13 - July 24
Summer Session 2: Musical Theatre (PM)
Ages 6-17
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
1 pm - 4 pm
$270 (see chart for discounts)
Instructors: To Be Announced

A. In The Spotlight | Ages: 6-11
How does a performance become a star turn? When actors bring their own unique qualities to the part! Using improvisation to explore familiar roles from musical theatre, students will learn to make distinctive vocal, movement and acting choices to some of musical theatre's best known roles.

B. Showstopper! | Ages: 12-17
How does a musical number become a showstopper? The whole ensemble must build strong individual characters and then work together. In this energetic session, students will sing, dance and act through big, showstopping production numbers.

July 27 - July 31
Summer Session 3: A World Premiere Musical (Full Day)
Ages 9-12
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
9 am - 4 pm
$295 (see chart for discounts)
Instructor: Ali Gleason

Learn an original musical, without a movie or Broadway playbill credit behind it. In addition to originating a character and introducing new music, students will also contribute to design elements like props, costumes and set pieces for a final presentation on the last day of class.

August 3 - August 14
Summer Session 4: Acting & Improvisation (AM)
Ages 6-17
Summer 2020
Weekdays.
9 am - 1 pm
$360 (see chart for discounts)
Instructors: Anthony Giorgio & Ian Moore

A. Creative Dramatics II | Ages: 6-11
Be creative & build a voice through improv.

B. Improv Wiki | Ages 12-17
Fun. Fun. Fun. Our instructor is a Wikipedia of improve games and students will use these tool to learn to think quickly.

August 10 - August 17
Workshop: Audition Prep
Ages 9 & up
Summer 2020
Monday, 1-day workshop
4 - 7 pm
$35
Instructor: TBA

Build a confident approach to an up and coming audition! Auditioning for a school musical, building a performance portfolio or have an interest in auditioning for Elf! The Musical? This 3-hour workshop offers tips, suggestions and constructive guidance for best approach to preparing for an audition.