Winter 2019 Classes

The Erie Playhouse has always been dedicated to the pursuit of education and community enrichment. If you or your children share our passion for creativity, learning, and the arts, take a look at these fun and educational classes we offer!  Details below.

Acting

Advanced Acting (eligibility based on experience rather than age)

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Cost: $85

If your young actor 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 more intensive monologue and scene work, provide more tools to help create character, and explore more advanced improvisation to help students develop the knowledge and techniques they'll need for a career or lifelong hobby in the theatre. 

We'll tackle more advanced scene and monologue work and help educate students for future roles on stage, auditions, and help prepare them for work above and beyond high school theatre.

If you are interested in taking this class, please email Dom DelGreco at dom@erieplayhouse.org to discuss eligibility and times.

(please note that the time and availability of this class is flexible based on student interest and enrollment) 



Kids Beginning Acting (Ages 8-11) Session 1

Meets every Wednesday from February 20th to April 10th of 2018
Wednesdays at 5pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

Do your kids have active imaginations? Let us help them focus and harness all that creative energy with this introduction to acting, improvisation, and performing for the stage.  Through fun and engaging games and exercises, your little ones will learn the basics of storytelling, performance, movement, and body language.

This class is ideal for kids who have taken our Pre-K class, our Acting and Imagination Class, or who have already had a little bit of experience on stage! We'll help them develop their stage performance skills and show them some basic techniques for character building and storytelling! We'll also introduce some ideas of how to change your body and voice safely and consciously to help tell their character's stories!

** Note: Sessions 1 and 2 are identical. The difference is just the times and days they meet!

Instructed by Megan Hamm


Teen Beginning Acting (12+)

Meets every Wednesday from February 20th to April 10th of 2019
Wednesdays at 6pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

Do you have a teenager who just discovered their interest in Acting and Musical Theatre and doesn't know where to start?  This class is perfect for just that situation!

This class will introduce them to the basics of acting, improvisation, body language, and storytelling for the stage, but is geared toward a slightly older age group.  This is a great entry point for teens who have not yet had any (or very little) experience with acting and performance and want to get involved and express themselves on stage.  

We'll play improv games, work on character building, and do some scene work to teach your kids how to harness their creativity and use it practically in creating characters and telling interesting stories.

(This class may be profitably taken more than once.)

Instructed by Megan Hamm

 


Kids Beginning Acting (Ages 8-11) Session 2

Meets every Friday from February 22nd to April 12th of 2019
Fridays at 5pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

Do your kids have active imaginations? Let us help them focus and harness all that creative energy with this introduction to acting, improvisation, and performing for the stage.  Through fun and engaging games and exercises, your little ones will learn the basics of storytelling, performance, movement, and body language.

This class is ideal for kids who have taken our Pre-K class, our Acting and Imagination Class, or who have already had a little bit of experience on stage! We'll help them develop their stage performance skills and show them some basic techniques for character building and storytelling! We'll also introduce some ideas of how to change your body and voice safely and consciously to help tell their character's stories!

** Note: Sessions 1 and 2 are identical. The difference is just the times and days they meet!

Instructed by Megan Hamm


Acting and Imagination

Meets every Tuesday from February 19th to April 9th of 2019
Tuesdays at 4pm and the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

If you have a child with an interest in creativity, imaginative games, and playing pretend, who hasn't had the opportunity to try out stage performance yet, this class is a great introduction to the idea of acting!  We'll help bridge the gap between pretend storytelling and acting techniques.  We'll cover some improv games and a little bit of stage performance techniques to give your child a nice and easy sampling of Acting for the stage.  

This class is a great beginning point for younger children who want to try out stage performance in a fun and safe environment.  It is a great stepping stone for children who think they might enjoy acting but have not yet had the opportunity to try!

Instructed by Maeve Kirby

Musical Theatre

Beginning Musical Theatre (Ages 6+)

Meets every Tuesday from February 19th to April 9th of 2019
Tuesdays at 5:00 pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

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 young performer will learn basic musical theatre techniques while learning songs, dances, scenes…and then putting them all together! 

Instructed by Maeve Kirby


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

Meets every Thursday from February 21st to April 11th of 2019
Thursdays at 4pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

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!

This class is a great entry point into Musical Theatre and performance for the very youngest of actors and actresses! 

Instructed by Maeve Kirby

Voice & Musicianship Classes

Basic Singing for the Stage (Kids 6-9)

Meets every Monday from February 25th to April 15th of 2019
Mondays at 6:00 pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

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 building a foundation on ways to interpret songs. 


Singing for the Stage- Teen (Age 14+)

Meets every Wednesday from February 27th to April 17th of 2019
Wednesdays at 7pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

If your teen already has some experience singing in a show or has already taken basic singing classes or voice lessons, and they are longing for a more developed understanding of song interpretation and vocal technique, this class is perfect!

We'll cover more advanced techniques and delve deeper into interpretation to more fully explore where acting and singing intersect to become storytelling through song.

This class is a great place for more experienced singers to push themselves and further develop their skills in stage performance.

This class may be profitably taken more than once.

Instructed by Will Steadman.


Singing for the Stage- Youth (Ages 10-13)

Meets every Wednesday from February 27th to April 17th of 2019
Wednesdays at 6pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

If your child has a basic understanding of vocal technique and wants to continue to develop their talents and skills for stage performance, this class is a great way to start.

We'll build upon the experience they have gained on stage or in the classroom to further their understanding of the difference between "singing a song" and "performing a song", we'll have activities and exercises for developing technique and increasing range, endurance, and support.  We'll also tackle one of the more crucial moments in vocal development: the changing of voices as we age into adulthood.

This class may be profitably taken more than once.

Instructed by Will Steadman.


Teaching Artists

Maeve Kirby

Pre-K Creative Drama and Movement, Beginning Musical Theatre

Dom DelGreco

Intermediate Acting & Beginning Acting

Megan Hamm

Beginning Acting  

Will Steadman

Singing for the Stage

Registration 

Registrations for classes and workshops are taken on a first come, first serve basis based on the time your deposit is received. You will be contacted within five (5) business days, at the email provided, regarding the status of your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have more than one registration, please submit another online registration. For example, if you would like to register more than one person or you would like to register in more than one class or workshop, please complete more than one online registration.

Cost

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 Dom DelGreco at dom@erieplayhouse.org for details. 

Scholarships 

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

Location

Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall 1158 East 12th Street, Upstairs

More Information

If you have questions, please email Dom DelGreco, Youtheare Director at dom@erieplayhouse.org.