Fall 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

Kids Beginning Acting (Ages 8-11)

Meets every Wednesday from October 23rd through December 11th of 2019
Wednesdays at 4pm 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!

Instructed by Michael Haas


Intermediate Acting (Ages 10-14)

Meets every Thursday from October 24th through December 12th of 2019
Thursdays at 5pm at the Erie Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
Cost: $85

If your children have already been "bitten" by the theatre bug and already taken Beginning Acting classes or have already had considerable stage experience, 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 and discovering their identity as a performer. We'll give them guidance on making good performance choices that serve the story they are telling and new tools to help them build interesting characters. 

This class is ideal for experienced students looking to further develop their performance skills and learn new methods and techniques of performance!

(This class may be profitably taken more than once)

Instructed by Michael Haas


Teen Beginning Acting (12+)

Meets every Wednesday from October 23rd through December 11th of 2019
Wednesdays at 5pm 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 Michael Haas

 


Acting and Imagination

Meets Every Saturday from October 26th through December 14th of 2019
Saturdays at 10am at 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 Saturday from October 26th through December 14th of 2019
Saturdays at 11am 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 Saturday from October 26th through December 14th of 2019
Saturdays at 9am 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 Tuesday from October 22nd through December 10th of 2019
Tuesdays at 5pm 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. 

Instructed by Leah Mathie


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

Meets Every Tuesday from October 22 through December 10th of 2019
Tuesdays at 4pm 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 Leah Mathie.


Singing for the Stage- Teen (Age 14+)

Meets every Thursday from October 24th through December 12th of 2019
Thursdays at 4pm 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 Leah Mathie.


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.