Academy Audition and Application Information

UPDATE 7/18/17: Academy applications for 2017-2018 are closed. Thank you to everyone who applied and auditioned!

Academy classes are year-long, application/audition only classes that offer more focused curriculum and training. Each June, students have a chance to apply online and gain acceptance before our July 15th fall registration deadline. Students will enroll for the 2017-2018 season (3 semesters) and perform a 10-15 minute showcase in the fall and winter, with an extended full performance at our Academy Festival in the spring, the weekend of June 1-3rd (tech rehearsals on May 29 & 31).

New in 2018, the Academy Festival is a weekend of Academy performances on the Lynn Theater at John Tyler Community Colllege Campus. Each class will have at least one performance during the festival (Advanced Acting will have two). 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 1st and all day and evening Saturday, June 2nd.

The Academy application process for the 2018-2019 season will be posted in the spring of 2018.

Junior Academy (Ages 10-12)

New in 2017-2018, Junior Academy gives up and coming young actors a year long opportunity for focused growth and training in Musical Theater Performance. In the first session, students will be introduced to essential acting technique through improv, games and exercises, and learn to use the vocabulary of theatre (such as plot, conflict, climax, resolution, tone, objectives, and motivation) while working on scenes and songs from musicals. Session two and three 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 on June 2nd, 2018 at the Academy Festival!

To audition for the Junior Academy students need to fill out the Academy application which includes a theater resume, a short essay on why the student wants to be in the class, and a video of the student performing a one to two minute song. Students may use the options provided below or choose their own song. Girls can sing either Almost There, Castle on a Cloud, or I Know It's Today, and Boys can sing either Alone in the Universe, Be Kind to Your Parents, or When Your Feet Don't Touch the Ground. Students should include an introduction before they sing. 

The cost for Junior Academy is $260 per session ($220 class tuition, plus an additional $40 production fee per session to cover the rights for the One Act, accompanist and the performance space). The application and audition video is due by midnight on June 20th. Students who are accepted into the 2017-1018 Junior Academy class will be notified via email during the last week of June and have a chance to accept or decline. Those who accept will need to register on July 5th to secure their spot. 

Junior Academy is at Gayton Baptist Church on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. The lead instructor is Carson Burkett. 

Advanced Musical Theater Academy (Ages 12-15)

The Advanced Musical Theater Academy class will focus on developing triple threat technique with study in jazz dance, voice, and acting. The first session will focus on developing basic jazz dance technique, proper vocal technique, and Stanislavski based character development and script analysis. 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 on June 2nd, 2018 at the Academy Festival. 

To audition for the Advanced Musical Theater Academy students need to fill out the Academy application which includes a theater resume, a short essay on why the student wants to be in the class, and a video of the student performing a one to two minute monologue and a one minute song. Students may use the options provided below or choose their own monologue and song. 

The cost for Advanced Musical Theater Academy is $270 per session ($220 class tuition, plus an additional $50 production fee to cover the rights for the One Act, accompanist and the performance space). The application and audition video is due by noon on June 15th. Please email Brooke@cworkstheater.org if you need an extended deadline due to a previous conflict. Students may also email Becky@cworkstheater.org to sign up for a 5 minute live audition slot at the CWorks Warehouse on the evening of Wednesday, June 14th.  Students who are accepted into the 2017-1018 Advanced Musical Theater Academy class will be notified via email during the last week of June and have a chance to accept or decline. Those who accept will need to register on July 5th to secure their spot. 

Advanced Musical Theater Academy is at Gayton Baptist Church on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30pm. The lead instructor is Becky McNamee. 

Advanced Acting Academy (Ages 15-19)

This year the Advanced Acting Academy class will study finding truthful comedy as actors. The best comedy is based in truthful characters with honest choices, and this class will help students grow in their understanding of comedic styles, techniques and characters. The fall session will be used for script analysis, history of comedy as a genre, learning what truthful comedy means, and casting for the spring play. The students will explore different types of comedy through physical, vocal and improv exercises and do basic analysis of their play script. The last two weeks of the session will be used for play casting. The second two sessions will explore developing believable characters, deeper script analysis, and mounting a full length comedic play on June 1-2, 2018 at the Academy Festival. 

To audition for the Advanced Acting Academy students need to fill out the Academy application which includes a theater resume, a short essay on why the student wants to be in the class, and a video of the student performing a one to two minute comedic monologue. Monologue options are provided below or students can choose their own. 

The cost for Advanced Acting Academy is $270 per session ($220 class tuition, plus an additional $50 production fee to cover the rights for the play and the performance space). The application and audition video is due by noon on June 15th. Please email Brooke@cworkstheater.org if you need an extended deadline due to a previous conflict. Students may also email Becky@cworkstheater.org to sign up for a 5 minute live audition slot at the CWorks Warehouse on the evening of Wednesday, June 14th. Students who are accepted into the 2017-1018 Advanced Acting Academy class will be notified via email during the last week of June and have a chance to accept or decline. Those who accept will need to register on July 5th to secure their spot. 

Advanced Acting Academy is at Gayton Baptist Church on Tuesdays from 6:45-8:45pm. The lead instructor is Becky McNamee. 

 

Film Academy (Ages 14-19)

New in 2017-2018 is the highly anticipated Film Academy! Students will get a chance to spend the academic year learning the art and process of making a movie. The first session will focus on script writing, story boarding and basic editing, as well as the essentials of acting for a camera. Students will then split up into three production teams to create, shoot and edit a 10-minute original movie per team, with final editing done in time to show their films at the Academy Festival on June 1st and 2nd, 2018. 

To audition for the Film Academy, students need to fill out the Academy application which includes a theater resume, a short essay on why the student wants to be in the class and a short essay answering the question "What is your favorite movie and why?" Students also need to include a video of the student performing one of the on camera audition scenes provided below.

The cost for FIlm Academy is $295 per session ($220 class tuition, plus an additional $75 production fee per session to cover film equipment, special teaching guests and the performance space). The application and audition video is due by midnight on June 20th. Students who are accepted into the 2017-1018 Film Academy class will be notified via email during the last week of June and have a chance to accept or decline. Those who accept will need to register on July 5th to secure their spot. 

Film Academy is at Gayton Baptist Church on Tuesdays from 6:45-8:45pm. The lead instructor is Anderson Pusey. 
 

Dance Academy (Ages 13-19)

New in 2017-2018 is Dance Academy! Dance is an essential part of Musical Theater and gaining control of your body and your body in space is a must for every actor. Dance also allows for creative expression and musical interpretation, both important for the well-rounded performer. The Dance Academy will focus on strengthening dance technique, improving flexibility, learning how to move in the body you have and building overall strength. The Academy will work through various styles of dance throughout the year like contemporary, lyrcial, musical theater, hip hop and jazz, and put together an extended dance show for the Academy Festival on June 1-2, 2018, that will feature group, duet and solo performances, as well as student choreography. Dance Academy is tailored for all levels of experience. 

To apply for the Dance Academy class, students need to fill out the Academy application which includes a theater/dance resume, a short essay on why the student wants to be in the class, and a short essay answering the question, "What is your favorite dance style and why?" There is no video audition for the Dance Academy. 

The cost of the class will be $220 per session plus an additional one-time $50 production fee for the year to be used toward additional costs for the final performance and dance costumes. The application is due by midnight on June 20th. Students who are accepted into the 2017-2018 Dance Academy class will be notified via email during the last week of June and have a chance to accept or decline. Those who accept will need to register on July 5th to secure their spot. 

Dance Academy is at Kingsway Community Church on Thursdays from 6:45-8:45pm. The lead instructor is Olivia Natale.