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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 STUDIO PRODUCTION: THE LION KING KIDS | 7-12 years
Fees: $1,085 Member; $1,287 Non-Member
Wednesdays | 4:30-7 PM; 15 sessions
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 5 PM
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KIDS COMPANY SHOWCASE | 6-14 years
Fees: $1,012 Member; $1,225 Non-Member
Wednesdays | 4-7:30 PM; 14 sessions
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, December 16, 2018 @ 5 PM

KIDS COMPANY PRODUCTION: MARY POPPINS JR.
Registration by AUDITION ONLY. 

The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. is an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs and breathtaking dance numbers. This show is a perfect opportunity to showcase a strong, iconic female performer, as well as unique special effects and illusions.

Fees: $1,362 Member; $1,700 Non-Member
Rehearsals: Thursdays 4:30-7:30 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM; start September 6, 2018
TECH/DRESS: November 11-13, 2018

PERFORMANCES: November 14-18, 2018
Wednesday-Friday @ 7 PM, Saturday 2 & 7 PM, Sunday 1 & 4 PM

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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 teens, their strengths, personalities, passions and pursuits. 

THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon
Fees: $1,300 Member; $1575 Non-Member
Tuesdays 4:30-7 PM, starts September 18, 2018; 18 sessions
PERFORMANCES: Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 2 & 6 PM
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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

2018 REQUIRED BACKSTAGE PRODUCTION DATES
Tech/Dress Rehearsals, November 10-13; December December 13-14, 2018
Performances:  December 15, 2018; November 14-18, 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 183 | 8 weeks, starts May 1
Fees: $280 Members; $450 Non-Members
SESSION 184 | 6 weeks, starts July 10
Fees: $210 Members; $338 Non-Members

SESSIONS 185 & 186 | 8 weeks, starts September 11 & October 30
Fees: $288 Members; $463 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
SESSIONS 183 | 8 weeks starts May 2
Fees: $280 Members; $450 Non-Members
SESSION 184 | 6 weeks, starts July 11
Fees: $210 Members; $338 Non-Members
SESSIONS 185 & 186 | 8 weeks, starts September 5 & October 31
Fees: $288 Members; $463 Non-Members

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