Class Descriptions

2018 FALL CLASSES at Mode Music and Performing Arts 

 

Class Descriptions

Tiny Modes, 0-4

Using both original tunes and the music of Caspar Babypants, this program encourages children at a very young age in movement, song, dance, play and story time. More info and to register click here.

 

Drama Adventures, 4yrs-K students

Young performers learn to create their own characters and tell stories as they work as individuals and cooperatively in this super fun, high-energy class. Exploring new worlds through drama is a great way to build confidence and communication skills. We’ll play games, read stories, sing songs, and create art!

 

Hogwarts Scene Study, 2-5 grades

Travel to Hogwarts in this Scene Study Class. Using some of our favorite scenes from the Harry Potter universe students will learn how to turn words on a page into living, breathing characters. On the last day of class we’ll share our scene work with families and friends.

 

Broadway Singers, 6-8 grades

Students will learn vocal technique and acting technique in this musical theater performance class. Students will select songs from Broadway musicals and explore “acting the song.” The class will end with a musical revue performance for our families and friends!

 

Beauty and the Beast, 1-3 grades

Sing songs and play the characters from Beauty and the Beast! Students will sing songs and learn choreography from the musical Beauty and the Beast. We will focus on building a character, stage presence, and acting a song. On the final class day we’ll share a musical revue complete with songs and a scene that we create!

 

Comedy Scene Study, 3-5 grades

Using some of the greatest scenes from comedic plays, students will learn how to turn words on a page into a living, breathing scene on stage. We’ll learn acting technique, comic timing, and how to work with a partner on stage for the biggest laughs. On the last day of class we’ll share our scene work with families and friends.

 

Comedy Combat, 5-8 grades

In this physical comedy class, young actors will learn the basics of unarmed stage combat by learning to fall, punch, kick, and even pull hair safely. The physical comedy you see on stage is often the most fun for the audience, and the actors! We’ll take lessons from some the greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain. Then, we’ll create our own comedic scenes and learn how to use our voices, bodies and faces to tell hysterically funny stories!

 

Improv Comedy, 2-6 grades

Students will learn to think fast on their feet, work as an ensemble, create stories, and perform improv in front of others. We will learn to take risks and not be afraid to fail. Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of improvisation. Our class will end with a final presentation for our family and friends!

 

One Act Play Production, 3-8 grades

We’re putting on a one act play!  We’ll choose just the right script to match our group of young performers.  Through our performance preparation, we’ll learn acting skills and gain confidence while working as an ensemble to tell a great story. On our final class day we’ll perform our play for family and friends.

 

One Act Musical Production, 5-8 grades

Perform a short one musical play complete with costumes and props! Students will develop a deeper understanding of stage fundamentals and character development through dynamic and fun exercises. We will work with a script, rehearse our play, and perform it for our friends and family on the final class day!

 

Elephant and Piggie Story Drama, K-2nd grades

Elephant and Piggie are the best of friends and their adventures await! In this story drama class we will dive into several Elephant and Piggie books. We will use our bodies, imaginations, and voices to create our own Elephant and Piggie play. We’ll rehearse our play and share with friends and family on the final day of class!

 

Beginning Playwriting*, 18yrs and up

No experience necessary for this fun, interactive writing course. In this introduction to the core elements of playwriting, we will explore the craft of creating plays through written exercises and readings of contemporary plays. The course culminates with a final showcase, a staged reading of student work read by professional actors at Mode Music and Performing Arts.

 

Intermediate Playwriting*, 18yrs and up

In this intermediate playwriting course, we will experiment and explore writing dialogue.

Through weekly writing exercises we’ll focus on creating dialogue and experiment with several different approaches to writing scenes. We will also read and analyze four contemporary plays that have unique approaches to dialogue creation and/or demonstrate a specific writing exercise for the class.

The course culminates with a final showcase, a staged reading of student work read by professional actors at Mode Music and Performing Arts.

 

Questions about classes? Contact us at 206-860-2970 or register by phone or email info@modemusicandperformingarts.org

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