This Beginner class allows your young actor to enjoy the feeling of trying something new and making new friends. Students will be introduced to theatrical concepts including character development, play production, and performance by exploring various theater games, improvisation skits, and scene work from children’s musicals in this fun and exciting class.
This Intermediate class allows young actors to explore all the magic and mysteries in an actor's toolbox during this skills and techniques class. Students will develop their acting skills by working on core elements of theater: improvisation, ensemble making, vocalization, movement, and creativity. Students will discover what makes a good actor great. This class is a complete theater experience that includes warm-up theater games and acting exercises, with an emphasis on building collaborative and communication skills.
This Advanced class starts with improvisations and moves into work on scenes. Actors will discover how to use their experiences and imagination to create a character in a musical or play. In an atmosphere of creativity and self-discovery, students will come to understand and experience the level of preparation and discipline you will need to move forward to the next level in the theater. We’ll also work on how to prepare for auditions and cold readings.
Telling a Story Through Song:
Telling a Story Through Song is for singers looking to take that next step with their performance. As performers, we often hyper focus on our pitch, placement, or any myriad of technical worries about our voice. What tends to get lost in that hubbub is the story of the song. In this class, students will thoroughly examine songs by dissecting the lyrics, studying the orchestration, and digging into the character and the world of the show. Songs studied will range from Golden Age book musicals (Oklahoma!) to Contemporary jukebox musicals (& Juliet). By the end of the session, students will be able to find a character arc through a song, articulate the purpose of the song in the show, and perform a well rounded interpretation of the number.
Script Analysis 101:
Feeling comfortable on the stage? Ready to shake things up? Ready to challenge yourself as an actor?! Then this is the class for you! By using a number of variety of monologues and scenes, students will begin to learn how to approach any script given to them whether it’s a Disney musical or a Teneesee Williams melodrama. By the end of the class, students will be able to analyze a given piece of text, ask themselves questions about it, and use those answers to create solid choices when performing it.
DANCE & MOVEMENT
All classes may not be offered each session.
Descriptions are for information only.
Dance is an integral part of musical theater. It is important for actors and singers to have some kind of movement experience. It's even better when they are triple threats! Movement helps to create characters and portray emotions. The more tools you have in your arsenal, the easier to get cast. Keeping up your dance training will maintain your strength, endurance and flexibility, build strong technique and vocabulary, and keep you on the path to expand your skills to a more advanced level.
PLEASE NOTE: Our dance classes are based on experience, NOT age. All ages for classes are approximate. Some classes may require approval from the Dance Director.
DANCE DRESS CODE
Girls: Leggings and form-fitting shirt or leotard.
Boys: Comfortable pants and t-shirt
Non-binary: Comfortable pants and t-shirt
Students signing up for Intermediate and Advanced classes should have previous experience.
Ballet/Lyrical for Theater:
Ballet training is an important part of dance and musical theater training. Jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theater dance are all based on ballet technique. Ballet can be found in many musicals including "Oklahoma!", "Carousel", "Brigadoon," "West Side Story", and "An American In Paris". Classes will consist of a warm-up and stretch, barre, and center work. Lyrical teaches the student to portray emotions through movement.
Jazz dance is a technique that may refer to classic jazz or to Broadway or theatrical jazz. Commercial jazz, which has been popular since the 1980s, combines aspects of hip hop and jazz and is often done to pop music. These classes will focus on warm-ups, stretching, basic steps, and proper technique. This class is best when taken in conjunction with a ballet class.
Intermediate Jazz/Musical Theater:
This class goes beyond the basics. We introduce more advanced skills and some contemporary concepts. Students should have previous jazz experience and/or permission from the Dance Director.
Advanced Jazz/Musical Theater:
This class introduces advanced skills in jazz, musical theater & contemporary. Students should have previous jazz experience and/or permission from the Dance Director.
Tap Dance an integral part of a musical theater that can be seen in class shows like "Anything Goes" and "42nd Street." This class will focus on warm-up, basic steps, technique, coordination, and musicality.
This class builds upon the basics and introduces more advanced skills. Students should have previous jazz experience and/or permission from the Dance Director.
This class introduces advanced skills and tricks. Students should have previous jazz experience and/or permission from the Dance Director.
Musical theater is a style used in Broadway musicals that relies heavily on a knowledge of ballet, tap, and jazz. This class will focus on warm-ups, combinations from musicals, and the proper technique to perform them.
Introduction to Musical Theater:
A fun introduction to acting, dancing, and singing for ages 3-6. Students will learn songs, basic movement, and acting games.
Combination Classes - see descriptions above.
Intro To Musical Theater For Voice: Intro to Musical Theater for Voice is a warm and welcoming introduction to musical theater and to the studio environment. This class will teach musical theater skills, elementary music theory through singing. This class will focus on the music from Seussical The Musical. A performance piece will be shared with families at the end of
Required Attire: Activewear and Sneakers/Jazz Shoes
Group Voice Lessons: This class will learn music theory and enjoy amusing warm-ups. This class will work on solo and group musicianship skills, music theory, learning harmony, and character building through song. This group will work music from Encanto and Moana. A performance piece will be shared with families at the end of the session.
Required Attire: Activewear and Sneakers/Jazz Shoes
MTC Vocal Ensemble: A new offering by the Moorestown Theater Company, this will provide solo and group vocal training for teens. This class will work on solo and group musicianship skills, music theory, learning harmony, and character building through song. This group will work on music from Contemporary Broadway and will provide a session ending performance for families. This Ensemble will have opportunities to perform for the public.
Required Attire: Activewear and Sneakers