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Our Theater Arts program includes classes in acting and musical theater for children and adults.  Click on the links below to learn about class offerings for different ages.

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KIDS COMPANY provides young people of all backgrounds and experience levels the opportunity to work with theater professionals to develop skills in singing, acting, and choreography. Kids Company is made up of children and teens ages 6-14 who learn and grow together as an ensemble.  KIDS COMPANY includes 4 offerings: PRODUCTION, SHOWCASE, THE IMPROVISATIONAL ACTOR, and VOCAL LAB.  PRODUCTION, SHOWCASE, and STUDIO PRODUCTION programs provide in-depth musical theater experiences that culminate in exciting fully developed performances. Each program session is modeled off of a professional rehearsal process and participants are required to make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. PRODUCTION participation is by audition only and culminates in a scripted musical.  SHOWCASE culminates in a musical review/cabaret style presentation. STUDIO PRODUCTION culminates in a mini scripted musical performance.  With an ensemble focus, SHOWCASE and STUDIO PRODUCTION are an excellent place for newer performers to develop skills, confidence, and technique in a supportive, dynamic, and fun environment. THE IMPROVISATIONAL ACTOR is a new class for ages 5-12 that focuses on acting, characterization, and improvisation skill building.  THE IMPROVISATIONAL ACTOR includes rehearsing scripted scenes as well as developing student-devised material and culminates in a performance in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.

KIDS COMPANY FALL SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE: ANIMALS | Sunday, December 17, 2017  | 5 PM (Call time 1 PM)

KIDS COMPANY SPRING SHOWCASE 2018 | 6-12 years
Tuesdays | 4-6:30 PM 
Starts January 9, 2018; 20 classes + 3 off-site performances (No class Feb 20, April 3)
Fees: $1050 Member; $1,250 Non-Member
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 5 PM
KIDS COMPANY STUDIO PRODUCTION | 7-12 years
Wednesdays | 4:30-7 PM

Starts January 3, 2018; 20 classes (No class Feb 21, April 4)
Fees: $1250 Member; $1,450 Non-Member
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 5 PM

KIDS COMPANY THURSDAY SHOWCASE | 6-14 years
Thursdays | 4:30-7 PM

Starts April 12, 2018; 10 classes
Fees: $525 Member; $625 Non-Member
PERFORMANCE: Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 6 PM

 

KIDS COMPANY: THE IMPROVISATIONAL ACTOR | Ages 5-12
Mondays 4:30-6:30 PM
Starts January 8, 2018; 19 classes (No class February 19, April 2, May 28)
Fees: $800 Member; $940 Non-Member
PERFORMANCE: Monday, June 4, 2018 @ 6:30 PM

 

KIDS COMPANY PRODUCTION | Ages 8-14 yrs.
Kids Company Production: GETTING TO KNOW... OKLAHOMA!
PERFORMANCES: November 15-19, 2017
Wednesday-Friday @ 7 PM, Saturday 2 & 7 PM, Sunday 1 & 4 PM

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KIDS COMPANY PRODUCTION: GUYS AND DOLLS, JR.
Registration by AUDITION ONLY.  CLICK HERE to sign up for an audition.

Guys and Dolls JR. is an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Its namesake ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950 and won numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes Guys and Dolls JR. a perennial crowd pleaser.  Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
Thursdays 4:30-7:30 PM & Sundays 1-4 PM + New SKILLS Workshops on 2 Saturdays!
Starts January 4, 2018 (25 rehearsals + 7 performances)
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: March 10-13, 2018
PERFORMANCES: March 14-18, 2018

Wednesday-Friday @ 7 PM, Saturday 2 & 7 PM, Sunday 1 & 4 PM
FEES: $1,325 Member; Non-Member $1,660


KIDS COMPANY VOCAL LAB
2 students, 1 instructor – focused intensive instruction
Instructor: John T. Prestianni
Classes are 90-minutes in length. Students can sign up for classes in packs of 4.
Fees: 4 Classes - $325 Members; $375 Non-Members

Sessions start with vocal warm-ups and then move to individualized coachings on material of students’ choice. Students could choose to work on material from the shows they are working on (Kids Company or otherwise) or any audition materials. If there are harmonies, or other musical challenges from the shows, specialized time is devoted to these challenges. Some groups would learn duets as well. Classes meet Tuesdays or Fridays after-school or late Saturday afternoon. Upon registering, program participants will confirm their schedule with John Prestianni and Cassandra Richards.
 

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TEEN THEATER COLLECTIVE | Ages 10 - 18 yrs.
In TEEN THEATER COLLECTIVE, students rehearse and perform a dramatic theater production that is presented in the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater.  The program is a unique opportunity for teens to develop their identity, grow as actors and artists, and build a community with their peers.  Classes include the development of acting, improvisation, writing, directing, and performance skills, the development of original material through a series of dramatic explorations, improvisation structures, writing exercises, and more. The resulting performance presented is a product of the collective of teens, their strengths, personalities, passions, and pursuits.


FALL 2017: Ella Grimm and The Real World 
PERFORMANCES: December 16, 2017 | 2 & 6 PM
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Ella, an outsider in the 6th grade, is bored and beleaguered by her parents, her school, and her life as a kid growing up in New York City. When she starts getting visited by an rotating lineup of characters from Grimm's Fairy Tales, her everyday humdrum existence is turned upside down. A comic and modern play for youth about the power of imagination and what it means to be the hero of your own story.  
This original piece will be created by in collaboration with the actors. Actors will work with the director to create original environments and characters that shift between the real world and the Grimm world ranging from the hyper realistic to the hyper ridiculous. Objects like books, fidget spinners, newspapers, jump ropes and umbrellas will be remixed and reimagined to bring our fairy tale world to life. 

SPRING 2018: METAMORPHOSES by Mary Zimmerman
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 4:30-7 PM
Starts January 9, 2018 (20 rehearsals + 2 performances)

Additional Class meetings on Friday, April 27 & Fridays May 4 & 11 (No class February 22 & April 8)
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: May 10-11, 2018
Fees: $990 Member; Non-Member $1,150
PERFORMANCES: Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 2 & 6 PM


TEEN TECH CREW | Ages 12 - 19 yrs.
In Teen Tech Crew, Technical Theater professionals teach weekly workshops in lighting, stage management, sound, costume, and scenic design. Students practice their new techniques in support of the KIDS COMPANY PRODUCTIONS of Getting to Know... Oklahoma! and Guys and Dolls, Jr. as well as backstage during TEEN THEATER COLLECTIVE’S dramatic play presentations The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon and Metamorphoses.  The Teen Tech Crew is integrated fully into our Kids Company and our Teen Theater Collective Productions, playing essential roles backstage, in the booth, and assisting with the building of scenery, props, and costumes.  Over the course of the year, students also create independent study projects in their aresa of interest (lighting, sound, costume, stage management, scenic design) under supervision by a designated mentor.  At the end of the year, students share out their work in a special TEEN TECH PRESENTATION. Teen Tech is FREE with support from the ANNUAL CAMPAIGN.  Students who register for the program, must make a commitment of attendance, punctuality, participation, and effort. For more information, please call Amanda Selwyn, Community Arts Director at (212) 912-2635.

Weekly class meets Fridays 4:30 - 6:30 PM
INDIVIDUAL PROJECT PRESENTATIONS: Sunday, May 6, 2018  | 5 PM

FALL 2017 REQUIRED BACKSTAGE PRODUCTION DATES
Tech/Dress Rehearsals, December 14-15, 2017; March 10-13, 2018; May 10-11, 2018
Performances:  December 16, 2017; March 14-18, 2018; May 12, 2018

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READER’S THEATER | Older Adults
A great class for theater enthusiasts to learn, explore, and experience dynamic new plays. Each week, the class reads a contemporary play cold from start to finish, developing character spontaneously. With the instructor's creative guidance, students learn to accumulate circumstances and make creative choices about character. At the conclusion of the cold reading, the class has a thoughtful discussion of the play, its cultural context, impact, and themes. No prior theater experience required. Maximum enrollment is 12 students.

Cynthia Mace
Tuesdays | 1-4 PM
SESSION 176 | 6 weeks, 11/7 - 12/12
Fees: $203 Members; $326 Non-Members
SESSIONS 181-183 | 8 weeks, starts Jan 2, Feb 27, and May 1
Fees: $280 Members; $450 Non-Members

YMCA SINGERS FORUM | Adults (all levels)
Enjoy singing in the shower? Looking for a place to practice new material for professional singing? For the novice or seasoned performer, Singers Forum is a friendly and supportive environment for anyone who loves to sing. Classes include group songs and warm-ups as well as individual vocal coaching. Instructor, John Prestianni, has been a vocal coach and an accompanist in NYC for 2 decades. Developing confidence is the most essential part of a singers' success. Singers Forum is a low pressure and fun way to find this confidence and a unique opportunity to be a part of a new YMCA Community of Singers.

John T. Prestianni
Wednesdays | 5:30-7:30 PM
SESSION 176 | 8 weeks, starts 11/1
Fees: $270 Members; $435 Non-Members
SESSIONS 181-183 | 8 weeks, starts Jan 3, Feb 28, and May 2
Fees: $280 Members; $450 Non-Members

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