Academy 2019-2020

Academy Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 season. Applications for the 2020-2021 season will be available in June of 2020. 

Academy classes are year-long, application/audition-only classes that offer more focused curriculum and training that builds throughout the year. Each June, students have a chance to apply online and gain acceptance before our July 1st fall registration deadline. Students will enroll for the 2019-2020 season (3 sessions) and perform a 10-15 minute showcase each session, with an extended full performance at our Academy Festival the weekend of June 5-6, 2020 (tech rehearsals on June 1, 2, 3, 4  in the evenings). Those enrolled in Academy are eligible to audition for the main stage productions each session.

The Academy Festival is a weekend of Academy class performances in a black box setting. Each class will have at least one performance during the festival. Students, parents and friends can choose to attend all of the Academy class performances if they would like, or just one or two. The Festival will take place the evening of Friday, June 5 and all day and evening Saturday, June 6, 2020. Tickets are $5 per performance, or $10 for an Academy pass to get into all of the showcases. 

Students must be minimum age of the Academy by end of October, 2019 (end of fall session).

Acting for the Camera/Film will be offered as a Spring Intensive in 2020.

Junior Academy (Ages 10-13) Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 Gayton Baptist Church, Instructor: Becky McNamee

Junior Academy returns to give up and coming young actors a year long opportunity for focused growth and training in musical theater performance. In the first two sessions, students will be introduced to essential acting and singing techniques through improv, games and exercises while working on scenes and songs from a full Junior musical. Session three will challenge the students to apply what they are learning by staging the musical production to be performed at the Academy Festival the weekend of June 5 & 6, 2020. The class will welcome both new and returning students.

Students who would like to audition for Junior Academy should submit an Academy Application. The application will include a place to attach a theater resume, a short essay about why they want to be in the class and a video of the student singing 16-32 bars of a song with an introduction. If you have any questions about this class please contact Becky McNamee at Becky@cworkstheater.org. Applications are due by midnight on June 21, 2019. 

The cost for Junior Academy is $275 per session  ($225 covers class tuition, plus an additional $50 fee per session for performance rights, sets, props, artistic/tech team, performance space).
 

Musical Theater Academy (Ages 13-16) Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45pm Gayton Baptist, Instructor: Silvia Ledon and Alana Smith

This Musical Theater Academy class will focus on proper vocal technique, acting through song, Stanislavski based character development and dynamic performance skills. The second two sessions will continue technique development, as well as challenge the students to apply what they are learning by putting together a One Act Musical which will be performed at the Academy Festival the weekend of June 5 & 6, 2020. 

Students who would like to audition for Junior Academy should submit an Academy Application. The application will include a place to attach a theater resume, a short essay about why they want to be in the class and a video of the student singing 16-32 bars of a song with an introduction as well as a video of a monologue from the link below. If you have any questions about this class please contact Alana Smith at alanacsmith@me.com. Applications are due by midnight on June 21, 2019. 9. 

The cost for Junior Academy is $275 per session ($225 class tuition, plus an additional $50 fee per session for performance rights, sets, props, artistic/tech team, performance space).

Advanced Acting Academy: “Our Town” (15-19), Tuesdays, 6:45-8:45pm, Gayton Baptist, Instructor: Becky McNamee

Students in Advanced Acting Academy will focus on learning different acting techniques, and then apply those to develop interesting and honest characters in a production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning American drama, "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder. During the fall session students will be introduced to theory and exercises developed by great acting teachers like Constantin Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and Standford Meisner. The students will also audition for their roles in "Our Town" during the fall session. During the winter session students will continue to learn exercises along side their scripts. Each scene will be worked using different techniques the class is working on to help understand how to put into practice the acting theories they are learning. Trying different kinds of exercises will help each actor understand which techniques bring out the best work for each individual actor. The spring session of Advanced Acting Academy will be dedicated to finishing blocking, and continued character development. The class will present Thorton Wilder's "Our Town" at the spring Academy Festival the weekend of June 5 & 6, 2020.

Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes -- from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, "Our Town" offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.

Student's interested in applying for this class should fill out an Academy Application form and attach a video audition of the student performing a 1-2 minute monologue from the link below.  If you have any questions about this class please contact Becky McNamee at Becky@cworkstheater.org
 
The cost for Advanced Acting Academy is $275 per session ($225 class tuition, plus an additional $50 production fee per session or performance rights, sets, props and artistic team).