Theatre

Theatre

The next session of Theatre Workshops begin October 30!

MoCo Arts’ award-winning theatre program offers classes in Musical Theatre and technique focused Acting Workshops. (If your student is in 1st grade or younger, please refer to our Young Arts program.)

Musical Theatre (Runs Fall & Spring Semester only)

  • Students grades 2-6 participate in our “Tweens” Musical Theatre program
  • Students grades 6-12 participate in our “Teens” Musical Theatre program.

Each musical theatre class meets for 18 weeks and culminates in a fully produced performance. All students are cast in a role and then work together learning elements of acting, singing and dancing to put on the production.

Theatre Workshops at MoCo Arts take a closer look at developing technique in each budding performer. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to enhance their characterization, emotion, performance and auditioning skills or for students who simply want to explore the world of theatre. These classes supplement the Tweens and Teens Musical Theatre classes or can be taken as a standalone program. These classes run in half session terms, with new and engaging workshops available each session.

Check out our Class Schedules for pricing and more info.
Tuition Assistance is Available

 

If your student is in 1st grade or younger, please refer to our Young Arts program

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Tweens

Tweens Musical Theatre
Grades 2nd through 6th

The Velveteen Rabbit
Rehearsals: August 30, 2017 – December 3, 2017
Auditions: August 30, 2017

Performance: 
December 3, 2017 at 2:00 & 4:00pm
MoCo Art Black Box Theatre

Emperor’s New Clothes
Rehearsals: January 3 – April 8, 2018
Auditions: January 3, 2018

Performance:
April 8, 2018 at 2:00 & 4:00pm
MoCo Arts Black Box Theatre

About Tweens Musical Theatre
Our Tweens Musical Theatre program produces 2 shows each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All students who enroll in Tweens Musical Theatre are cast in a roll and then work together through the semester towards a fully produced performance.

As part of the education process, MoCo Arts provides professional performance experience for our students and family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages at our Black Box Theatre on Railroad Street.

Teens

Teens Musical Theatre
Grades 6th through 12th

Elf the Musical Jr.
September 1, 2017 – December 16, 2017
Auditions: September 1, 2017

Performance: 
December 16 , 2017 at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College

Les Misérables: School Edition
Rehearsals: January 5 – May 19, 2018
Auditions: January 5, 2017

Performance:
May 18, 2018 at 7:00pm & May 19, 2018 at 2:00pm
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College

About Teens Musical Theatre
Our Teens Musical Theatre program produces 2 shows each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. All students who enroll in Teens Musical Theatre are cast in a roll and then work together through the semester towards a fully produced performance.

As part of the education process, MoCo Arts provides professional performance experience for our students and family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages at our Black Box Theatre on Railroad Street as well as other stages including The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

Theatre Workshops

We have redesigned our Acting Workshops to become the new Theatre Workshops! With a wider range of topics, these workshops will rotate each session. These workshops are an affordable option and will cover a broad range of exciting subjects. Check back often to see what subjects are available!

Theatre Workshops

Fall 2017: August 28 – January 20 – Registration now open
Summer 2017: June 26 – August 19 Registration now open, it’s not too late to join

Theatre Workshops at MoCo Arts are a series of fun and engaging classes that explore all kinds of theatre based topics. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to enhance their characterization, emotion, performance and auditioning skills or for students who simply want to explore the world of theatre. These classes run in half session terms, with new and engaging workshops available each session. Examples include stage combat, miming, monologues, and more. Theatre Workshops are available for kids 2nd – 12th grade.

Check back often to see what Acting Workshops are available, they change each session!

FALL WORKSHOPS
Session 1
: Aug 28 – Oct 28

Storytelling with Shannon
Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:30pm, ideal for grades 2nd – 6th.
Students will learn the basics of creating a short play or scene. They will learn the elements of a play such as plot, characters, setting, dialogue, stage directions, and more. This workshop encourages collaboration, creative problem solving, and creative storytelling in a supportive, engaging environment. The class will culminate in students sharing their work as a staged reading for family and friends.

Acting with Partners with Eric
Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:30, ideal for grades 6th – 12th.
It is often said that Theatre is a team sport, and this is true.  Although each individual actor makes their own choices, those choices are also constantly informed, shaped, and supported (or not) by others.  In this workshop, we’ll use exercises, scene-work, and reflection to explore what it means to be a good acting partner, and how to get good partnership from others.  We’ll then use those partnerships to create scenes with strong character, truthful emotions, interesting conflicts, and engaging action.

Advanced Improv with Eric
Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30, ideal for grades 6th – 12th.
Improvisational Theatre (Improv) is the creation of whole realities onstage, right away, from scratch.  This is great fun, exciting, challenging, and sometimes even a little scary, all at once.  In this playful and supportive class environment, we’ll explore ways to make great characters, tell great stories, and understand how improvisational scenes really work.  Through it all, we’ll focus on ways to support ourselves, other actors, and the scene itself.  Whether you’re a talented beginner or an experienced improviser looking to deepen your skills, you’ll find something that serves you, here.

Session 2: Oct. 30 – Jan 20

Reader’s Theatre with Shannon
Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:30pm, ideal for grades 2nd – 6th.
Students will read, perform, and create simple props for short plays based on popular stories. We will also play fun theater games and learn more about theater and what it takes to put on a play! Students will not be required to memorize lines. This workshop encourages reading fluency, collaboration, and creative problem solving in a fun, engaging way. Stories will be chosen based on class size.

Expression & Speech with Eric
Tuesday, 4:30 – 5:30, ideal for grades 6th – 12th.
How do you transform the words in a script into meaning, emotion, and motivation onstage?  In this class, we’ll explore the answers to that question by digging into some texts, using exercises to expand our vocal-expressive range, and bringing the results into action onstage.  Whether you’re serious about becoming a more expressive actor or just love playing with language, there’s something for everyone.  All experience levels welcome!

Intro to Playback Theatre with Eric
Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30, ideal for grades 6th – 12th.
Playback Theatre is a specialized form of improvisational theatre focused on performing the true stories of audience members.  We listen closely to the audience-teller, and then instantly bring their story to life onstage through improvised acting, music, movement, and spoken word.  In this class, we’ll explore the basics of Playback Theatre, touching on all the roles from actor to musician to director.  Beginning and experienced actors welcome!  (Class must have at least 6 registered students to run.)

 

 

How to Register

  • Visit or call the MoCo Arts front desk at 603-357-2100 to inquire about classes.
  • Payment in full or setup of a payment plan is required upon registration. The front desk staff will gladly work with you to create a payment plan.
    • Accepted methods of payment
      • Cash
      • Check
      • Credit/Debit Card
  • To register for Fall 2017 classes fill out the ‘Class Registration Forms 2017 – 2018’
    • Class Registration Forms must be filled out once per school year. Please fill out a new set of paperwork for the 2017-2018 school year.
    • Paperwork is available for download On the ‘Parents Page’ or can be picked up at the MoCo Arts front desk
  • Return paperwork to MoCo Arts before the first day of class. We suggest that paperwork is returned at least one week prior to class.
    • Paperwork can be dropped off or mailed to:

MoCo Arts
76 Railroad Street
Keene NH 03431

  • MoCo’s front desk staff is there to help with any questions or concerns.

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