Youtheatre Classes

Spring 2017 Classes

Acting & Musical Theatre

Beginning Acting (Ages 6-9)

 April 13-June 1, 2017, Thursday 5:00-6:00pm 

Do your little ones have active imaginations? Let their creativity take flight in this introduction to the basics of acting and improvisation.   Using theatre games, basic scenes, and creative movement, your young actors will learn how to translate their imaginings into a performance.  (Cost: $85.)

Intermediate Acting (Ages 10-14) 

April 13-June 1, 2017, Thursday 6:00-7:00pm 

If your children have been “bitten” by the theatre bug, let us help them hone their skills.  Through improvisation, scene work, and collaboration with their fellow students, the students will have a chance to express themselves while refining their stage skills. (Cost: $85.) 

Intermediate/Advanced Acting (Determined based on experience)

April 12-May 31, 2017, Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm 

If your child has already taken several classes, performed in shows, and is already comfortable on stage, let us help them further their knowledge.  We’ll focus on monologue and scene work, provide more tools to help create a character, and work on more advanced improvisation to help young actors stay on their toes! (Cost:  $85)

NEW! Beginning Musical Theatre (Ages 6+)

April 12-May 31, 2017, Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

If you have a budding star who loves to sing, dance, and act, but needs some help putting it all together, this is the class for him or her.  Your performer will learn basic musical theatre techniques while learning songs, dances, scenes…and then putting them all together! (Cost: $85.)

NEW! Pre-K Creative Drama & Movement (Ages 3-5)

April 12-May 31, 2017, Wednesday 4:30-5:00pm

If you have a little one with a flair for the dramatic and a love of music and movement, this is the class for them. Your little one will dance, play, and begin making baby steps to their stage debuts!  (Cost: $50)

Voice & Musicianship Classes

Singing for the Stage (Ages 8-13)

April 8-June 3, 2017, Saturday 10:00-11:00am (No class April 15)

This class is for children who love to sing and would like to get some more experience reading music, learning basic vocal technique, and discovering new music to use for auditions and performances.  Students will begin building techniques for proper breathing, support, diction, and ways to interpret songs. (Cost: $85.)

NEW! Intermediate Singing for the Stage (Ages 14-18)

April 8-June 3, 2017, Saturday 11:00a-12:00pm (No class April 15)

This class is for students with some experience and basic understanding of music and beginning vocal technique.  Students will work on preparing selections to add to an audition portfolio. The focus of the course is to continue developing proper vocal technique and to get comfortable singing for others in a solo setting. (Cost $85)

NEW! College Music Audition Prep

April 8-June 3, 2017, Saturday 12:00-1:00pm (No class April 15)

Let us help your students who are preparing to audition for schools or camps as Vocal, Musical Theatre, or Performance majors.  Students will receive instruction that will be catered to their individual needs.  The class with focus on providing guidance in audition repertoire selections, performance practice, and personal coaching on audition pieces, as well assistance in finding and contacting schools of music at universities and summer camps all over the nation. (Cost $85)

NEW!  Understanding Your Voice (14+)

April 8-June 3, 2017, Saturday 1:00-2:00pm (No class April 15)

A performance based voice class for intermediate to advanced singers that focuses on identifying the physical phenomenon of singing.  Students will focus on assessing their own voices with vocal pedagogy and physiology will be the foundation of this course.  This class will help the students to understand their own vocal mechanism so they can grow from baby steps to leaps and bounds in vocal technique. (Cost $85)

NEW! Basic Musicianship (Ages 10-13)

April 9-June 4, 2017, Sunday 12:00-1:00pm (No class April 16)

This course will provide an introduction to music basics for students who are interested in getting better at learning music for shows, chorus, or solo work. Student will focus on growing their skills reading what's on the sheet of music from note names to dynamic and expressive markings.  This is highly recommended for students who want to continue to perform and be able to learn music more quickly and effectively. (Cost $85)

NEW!  Intermediate Musicianship (Ages 14-18)

April 9-June 4, 2017, Sunday 1:00-2:00pm (No class April 16)

This course is for students who have some experience in reading music notes and markings.  Students will focus on similar skills to Basic Musicianship but at a faster pace, leading into sight singing, and prepping for more advanced study of music. This course is highly recommended for students who are considering to apply for schools as Musical Theatre, Vocal Performance, or Music Majors.  (Cost $85)


NEW!  Fundamentals of Music for Adults (18+)

April 9-June 4, 2017, Sunday 2:00-3:00pm (No class April 16)

Musicianship is for adults, too!  Participants will work on sight-reading, sight-singing, marching pitch, theory, and ear training skills.  The class will be paced to the individual needs of the participants. If you love performing in musicals, but feel lost during vocal rehearsals and would like to be able to learn music more effectively, this is the class for you.  (Cost $85)

NEW!  Group Voice for Adults (18+)

April 10-June 5, 2017, Monday 6:30-7:30pm (No class May 29)

A relaxed class to help adults who want to hone their singing abilities.  Any amount of experience is welcome.  As with Fundamentals of Music, if you love performing in musicals, but would like to improve your vocal skills and technique, this is a fun way to build your skills! (Cost $85)


Costs are listed with the class descriptions, but please note that a non-refundable $15 deposit is required, which will be applied towards your balance. 

If you are registering for more than one class, or registering more than one child in the same family, there will be a discount applied.  Please contact Kate for details.  

Teaching Artists

Ellise Chase (Beginning, Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced Acting, Musical Theatre, & Pre-K Creative Movement)

Ellise Chase studied musical theater at Point Park's Conservatory of the Performing Arts before transferring to Gannon University to study both public relations and theater.  She has been volunteering at the Erie Playhouse for years, and was most recently seen playing Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.  

Will Steadman (Musicianship & Voice)

Will has been a voice instructor since 2011, teaching for the Edinboro University Community Music School and as a private studio teacher.  As a soloist and chorus member, Will has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Cheektowaga Vommunity Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, and the Erie Opera Theatre. He has vocal directed Guys and Dolls at McDowell High School, Scrooge for the Erie Playhouse Mainstage, Lion King Jr for the Youtheatre, and will be music director for James and the Giant Peach for the Youtheatre. Will holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Music Education from Edinboro University & a Masters of Music in Choral Conducing from SUNY Fredonia.


Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
1158 East 12th Street, Upstairs


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Scholarships are available. Please contact Kate for more information regarding full or partial tuition assistance.

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If you have questions, please email Kate Neubert-Lechner