Acting and Theatre Offerings

New Semesters Begin in September and January


Youth Acting Company (Invitation Only)

The Youth Acting Company is our resident performance company. The company is comprised of students between the ages of 12 and 19. Actors are selected for this company by invitation only. Students rehearse for three performances/presentations a year in three eight-week blocks (fall, winter and spring). Students must attend two or more rehearsals per week while in session. Performances may take place on stage, in studio, at a blackbox venue or other area venues.
 
The Youth Acting Company was created to give young, capable actors performance opportunities throughout the year. In addition, The Youth Acting Company members are granted automatic acceptance into the Youth Summer Program at The Hanover Theatre.
 
Company Requirements:

Enrolled in two or more classes per week (any genre, but one acting class minimum)
Attend rehearsals two to three times per week
Perform with full energy, desire and commitment, sometimes twice in a day
 
Schedule: Two 60 min. class/week
Director: TBA/Varies by season
Times:
Mondays 7 PM - 8 PM
Thursdays 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates:
Sept 9 - Oct 28
Jan 13 - Mar 12
April 27 - June 18
(24 weeks total)
Tuition: $800

Imaginative Play (Grades K-1)

Young thespians express themselves in a structured and supportive environment. Using games, props and theatre techniques, characters and short stories are brought to life. Children learn to use their imaginations to explore stories, express their feelings and activate pretend play. Audience etiquette is introduced.

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Jannatha Coffin
Times: Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM
Dates: Sept 7 - Dec 21 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Folk & Fairytale (Grades 2-3)

Children explore characters, relationships and plot by telling stories from a variety of cultures and genres. Movement, expression and speech are developed as storytelling tools. Students practice listening and responding in character and begin to identify specific details of a performance. New stories are explored each semester.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Jannatha Coffin
Times: Saturdays 11 AM - 12 PM
Dates: Sept 7 - Dec 21 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375
 
Creative Drama I (Grades 4-7)

Beginning and intermediate actors explore games and age-appropriate acting techniques. Characters and scene work (scripted or improvised) are explored while students work in pairs or ensemble. Stage presence and vocal acting skills like diction, projection and inflection are taught and theatre terminology is introduced. No singing is required.

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Times:
Mondays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM OR
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM OR
Thursdays 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Just Added)
Dates: Sept 9 or 12 - Dec 16 or 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Creative Drama II (Grades 6-8)

Prerequisite: 1-2 years of Creative Drama I or permission from instructor 
 
Intermediate actors execute games and age-appropriate acting techniques while building their artistic ability. Character dimension is developed and scene work is used to advance a student’s experience, responsibility and commitment. Theatre terminology is expanded.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Times:
Mondays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM OR
Thursdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Dates: Sept 9 or 12 - Dec 16 or 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Beginner's Improv (Grades 4-7)

Students are on their feet from day one exploring laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven games. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to experience individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support and build the foundation for successful improvisation. Learn the power of collaboration and commitment!
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Andrew Shoro
Times: Thursdays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Dec 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Beginner's Improv II (Grades 6-8)

Prerequisite: 1-2 years of Beginner’s Improv I or permission from instructor 
 
Students who have completed Beginner’s Improv I continue to build upon the foundations of improvisation by learning tactics to spark creativity in the moment and tools to aid in preparedness. Explore key concepts such as “yes, and,” commitment, communication, relationship building and truth in comedy.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Jenn Webb
Times: Thursdays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Dates: Sept 12 - Dec 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Stage Combat (Grades 5-8)

Learn how to safely fight, slap, punch or fall on stage without hurting yourself or others in the process. Students are introduced to the design, practice and performance of fight choreography. The class focuses on unarmed or hand-to-hand stage combat. Students explore the techniques used to create the illusion of danger and the means by which we use combat to tell stories on stage and screen. Emphasis will be placed on safety, partnering and physicality.
 
Schedule: One 60 min. class/week
Instructor: Jenn Webb
Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Dates: Sept 10 - Dec 17 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $375

Acting I (Grades 9-12)

Teen actors explore drama through improvisation, monologues and scene work. Students learn to build characters through choices, actions and emotions. Solo and ensemble work are explored. Students learn to respond to coaching, feedback and constructive criticism.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Jenn Webb
Times:
Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM
OR Tuesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM (Just Added)
Dates: Sept 10 - Dec 17 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475
 
Acting II (Grades 9-12)

Prerequisite: Acting I

After exploring the “self” in the process of the actor as Acting I students, intermediate actors use Acting II to concentrate on how actors share and communicate through truthfulness. Acting II also delves much further into the script, with scene work and further monologue work from great plays. Actors learn text analysis, as well as how to break down and prepare a scene.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Jenn Webb
Times: Tuesdays 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Sept 10 - Dec 17 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475
 
Teen Improv (Grades 9-12)

Teens advance their improvisational skills by building a toolbox of techniques to successfully create rich characters, heighten relationships, tackle group scenes and explore the environment and given circumstances. Students build trust through collaboration and commitment while gaining confidence in scene entrances and their ability to stay in the moment.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: TBA/Sharon Hart
Times:
Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 7 PM OR
Thursdays 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Dates: Sept 11 or 12 - Dec 18 or 19 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475

Acting the Song (Grades 8-12)

Make a song come alive through your acting choices. Actors are storytellers. It’s not just about having a fabulous voice, you must convey a story when performing a song in an audition. Develop the skills to act the song as a monologue or scene. Students create an acting journey in a musical theatre song with analysis of the text, music and character intentions. Each student should bring sheet music of a vocally prepared piece. An accompanist/vocal coach is provided during specific classes in order to put these acting techniques to use.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: TBA/Mark Mummert
Times: Mondays 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Dates: Sept 9 - Dec 16 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $675

College Audition Prep (Grades 11-12)

Every actor should be equipped with a few audition-ready monologues in their back pocket! Learn how to pick the right monologues and showcase your widest range. Understand the distinctions among “classical,” “modern,” and “contemporary” selections. Gain the tools to break a monologue down via essential questions about given circumstances, relationships, motivation, stakes, arcs and tactics. Investigate the choices that make an audition professional and memorable. This class arms you with the techniques you need to create compelling, quality, successful work.
 
Schedule: One 90 min. class/week
Instructor: Jenn Webb
Times: Fridays 5:30 PM - 7 PM
Dates: Sept 13 - Dec 20 (15 weeks)
Tuition: $475