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Skill-Building Workshops

Shakespeare Intensive  |  Teen Acting Intensive  |  Audition Skills  |   Scene & Song Study

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Young actors, writers, and students ages 9-18 of all levels of experience can hone their stage presence, movement, knowledge, writing, and musical theatre chops with this range of fun, active, and challenging summer workshop programs. Whether preparing for a big audition or eager to try something completely new, there’s something here for almost everyone.

Summer Shakespeare Intensive

Ages: 13-18

Session: June 5-23
Instructors: Jennifer Pennington, Charlie Sexton
Mondays-Fridays
10:00am-4:00pm

$495

(payment options available)
What you need…
  • Be prepared with notebook, pencil/pen.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

Participants explore next season’s festival productions while immersing themselves in the history, performances, and rich language of William Shakespeare. Working from the First Folio of 1623, students will discover many different ways of approaching the text while preparing sonnets, monologues, and scenes for a public showcase. Instructors challenge students to engage with Shakespeare fearlessly and make brave artistic choices in a collaborative and encouraging environment that prepares them to audition confidently for our highly-acclaimed Young American Shakespeare Festival. Experience required.

Shakespeare Intensive Payment Options

  • Option 1 – $495.00 (full payment due with registration form)
  • Option 2 – $535.00 ($200 payment due with registration form ; $335.00 balance due on or before first day of program)

Cancellation policy: $200.00 non-refundable fee regardless of payment option ; cancellation notice must be received via email to donna@CommonwealthTheatre.org seven days prior to first day of program.

Teen Acting Intensive

Ages: 13-18

Session 1: July 10-14
Session 2: July 17-21
Session 3: July 24-28
Instructor: Adam Brown, Mitchell Martin, Zoe Greenwald
Mondays-Fridays
10:00am-1:00pm

$125/wk or $325 for all 3 weeks

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack or money for takeout. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

Teens interested in the serious study of theatre deepen their familiarity with and sharpen technique in acting, voice, movement, and scene analysis. Each year, this program is taught by Walden Theatre alumni who’ve studied at top post-secondary theatre programs. Content varies week to week, but in general alumni share their knowledge of using imagery in monologues and scenes, delivering vocal honesty, channeling vocal power, and how to use one’s body effectively on stage. Participants may sign up for all three weeks or any one or two weeks. Some acting experience required.

Content/activities vary with each week.

Participants may sign up for any one week, any two weeks, or all three weeks.

Audition Skills

Ages: 9-17

Dates: July 31-Aug 4 (tentative)
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack as needed. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class is for anyone who has thought about auditioning for a play or musical OR for anyone who has an upcoming audition and wants to be PREPARED! Students will learn or improve the process of selecting, studying, and performing a monologue, learn how to approach “cold readings” from a script, and even navigate their way through a 16-bar musical piece and a dance break. Time will be given to help create an audition package of two song cuttings (one up-tempo, one ballad) and a monologue. All levels of experience welcome (limit 20 students).

Scene & Song Study

Ages: 9-17

Dates: August 4-11 (tentative)
Instructor: Sharon Kinnison
Mondays-Fridays
9:30am-12:00pm

$175

What you need…
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that will stay on. (No flip-flops.)
  • Bring a marked lunch and/or a snack. We have a fridge and drink and snack machines.
  • Please no electronic devices (photo/video/game/music), jewelry, excessive cash, weapons, or chewing gum.

This class explores the triple discipline of musical theatre: acting, singing, and dancing. Students will train in all three areas as they work together on scenes and songs from musical theatre. Students will break down text, gain skills in vocal production, movement, dance, physical attack, and character development. This class is a blast and all levels of experience are welcome (limit 25 students).

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