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Summer Acting Workshop

Summer Acting Workshop, Musical Theatre and Improv Classes

Fun-Filled Theatre Camps for Kids and Teens (Grades 3-12)
ON SALE FEBRUARY 13, 2023

The skills developed—and explored—in SCR’s Summer Acting Workshop classes build confidence and self-esteem. The two-week camp is designed for students new to SCR and introduces them to solving creative problems through inspiration and innovation! Enthusiastic and experienced professional artists will help students explore and deepen their understanding of the craft of acting and strengthen important life skills.

Classes meet in the safe and creative environment of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, which has been at the forefront of theatre in America for more than 50 years.

What's a day like at the camp? Each day begins with an invigorating all-camp warm-up. Class time follows, as students join their age groups for two lively hours of interactive instruction in voice, movement, character development and more—led by SCR’s staff of theatre professionals. The final hour is spent with special guests who bring to life various aspects of theatre, such as design, improvisation, combat, singing and playwriting—it's something different every day. The two-week camp concludes with students sharing their work onstage in a demonstration for invited family and friends.

Classes are taught by a faculty of theatre professionals. Meet Our Faculty!

Current and past students talk about the quality of what they learn—and how Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa inspires them.

CLASS OPTIONS

Tuition is $435 per two-week session (unless otherwise noted) and sibling discounts are available.
Please call (714) 708-5510 for questions or to register by phone.
Cancellation and refund policies.

SESSION I

July 1 0-21, 2023

3-4 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
5-6 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
7-8 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
9-12 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
OR
4-6 Grade: Meet from 1-4 p.m.
7-1 0 Grade: Meet from 1-4 p.m.


SESSION II

July 24 - August 4, 2023

3-4 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
5-6 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
7-8 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
9-12 Grade: Meet from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
OR
4-6 Grade: Meet from 1-4 p.m.
7-10 Grade: Meet from 1-4 p.m.

MUSICAL THEATRE

Grades 5-7 
Date and time to be announced
Instructor: Rachel McLaughlan
TUITION: $385

In this exciting class, students will start to explore the world of musical theatre, including audition, rehearsal and performance techniques. Above all, they will learn what it means to "act" a song with emphasis on healthy use of the voice, how to work with others, how to sing with confidence, and, of course, lots of fun!


MUSICAL THEATRE

Grades 8-12 (7th graders who have completed one year in the SCR program are welcome to enroll.)
Date and time to be announced
Instructor: Rachel McLaughlan
TUITION: $480

This exciting and action-packed class teaches students how to audition for a musical role and then prepares them to perform that role. They’ll enjoy vocal work, while learning to interpret the music and the text. In other words, they’ll learn what it means to “act” a song and “sing” a scene. Throughout, emphasis will be on healthy use of the voice.


ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE

GRADES 8-12
Date and time to be announced
Instructor: Erin McNally
TUITION: $4860 (enrollment after instructor approval)

Take your musical theatre skills to the next level! In this fun, fast-paced class, 8-12th grade students delve deeper into the skills necessary to believably perform a musical theatre scene. Week one, students will work on a short audition piece, as well as two ensemble numbers. In the second week, students will be given a duet, trio or quartet. For the returning and/or serious musical theatre performer!

Prerequisite: have taken Advanced Musical Theatre in SCR's Year Program or by video audition. To audition, please fill out this questionnaire and upload a video of a song from a musical.

Grades 9-12
(For those entering 9th grade in the Fall 20​23. Eighth-graders are welcome if they have completed at least a year in SCR’s Conservatory.)
In-person
Dates and time to be announced
Instructor: Christopher Sullivan
TUITION: $435

Explores working within an ensemble and “Writers Groups” to create narrative based sketches and improvised stories. Students will focus on creating Character, Relationship, Objective, and Where and understanding how they work with narrative structure. The class will encourage each actor to explore truth in acting while cultivating their comedic voice.

PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE

GRADES 4-7
July 10-22, 2023, from 9-12 p.m.
Instructor: TBA
In-person
TUITION: $435

The performance Ensemble is for students who have completed at least two 10-week sessions in the Youth or Teen Acting Classes. Using skills learned in the Conservatory, students rehearse a performance piece to be performed for family and friends in the Nicholas Studio. Armed with a theme, text and their talent, students collaborate with their director and bring a play to stage in only 2 weeks. No audition is required to join.


PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE

GRADES 8-12
Dates and times to be announced
Instructor: Kristina Leach
TUITION: $510

  • WEEK ONE – Write a new piece. Talk about the structure; do anything to kick start a new story idea. By Friday of the first week, we have the rules of the play, the topic of the play and the characters are starting to take shape and have something resembling a first draft.
  • WEEK TWO– Start blocking, memorizing lines, working on character development, figuring out our objectives and making the strongest choices possible.
  • WEEK THREE– Make final edits, costuming/music/prop selection, we get off book and get ready for the LIVE performance.

We’re going to create an original piece of theatre SPECIFICALLY TAILORED to be performed by you.


SUMMER PLAYERS PRODUCTION

July 5 - Aug 13, 2023
TUITION: $725

This is for returning students who must have completed at least one year in our Youth and Teen Acting Classes. The show (title to be announced in March) will be directed by Hisa Takakuwa, with musical direction by Erin McNally. Acceptance into this program is through audition only. The auditions will be held in late April-May and eligible students will be emailed details and audition information by April 1.

The Theatre Conservatory has been a part of Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory for more than five decades. The Theatre Conservatory and its staff of professional working artists have been an integral part of SCR from the theatre's start, with the goals of laying a strong training foundation and enriching the lives of all its students.

Would you like to register by phone or do you have questions? Call the Education Office at (714) 708-5510

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