Spring 2020 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

Acting Intensive (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) 

Instructed by Dom Del Greco and Kate Neubert-Lechner


Kids Beginning Acting - Session 1 (Ages 8-11)

Meets every Monday from March 23rd through May 18th of 2020
Mondays 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!

PLEASE NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 are the same! We have split the classes into two groups due to heavy registrations!

Instructed by Michael Hipwell


Teen Beginning Acting (12+)

Meets every Tuesday from March 24th through May 19th of 2020
Tuesdays 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 Michael Haas

 


Kids Beginning Acting - Session 2 (Ages 8-11)

Meets every Tuesday from March 24th through May 19th of 2020
Tuesdays 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!

PLEASE NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 are the same! We have split the classes into two groups due to heavy registrations!

Instructed by Michael Haas


Acting and Imagination

Meets Every Wednesday from March 25th through May 20th of 2020
Wednesdays at 4pm 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 Michael Hipwell

Musical Theatre

Beginning Musical Theatre - Session 1 (Ages 6+)

Meets every Friday from March 27th through May 22st of 2019
Fridays at 4pm 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 Leah Mathie


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

Meets every Friday from March 27th through May 22nd of 2020.
Fridays at 5pm 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 Leah Mathie


Beginning Musical Theatre Session 2

Meets every Thursday from March 26th through May 21nd of 2020
Thursdays at 4pm 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! 

PLEASE NOTE: Session 1 and Session 2 are the same!   We split them into separate sessions due to heavy registrations!

Instructed by Michael Hipwell

Voice & Musicianship Classes

Singing for the Stage (Age 10+)

Meets Every Thursdays from March 26th through May 21st of 2020
Thursdays at 5pm 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.


Teaching Artists

Maeve Kirby

Pre-K Creative Drama and Movement, Beginning Musical Theatre

Leah Mathie

Singing for the Stage

Michael Haas

Intermediate Acting, Teen Beginning Acting, Beginning Acting


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.