Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute

Winter Break Program 2015

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ACTING FOR THE CAMERA:  This workshop will instruct the student on proper on-camera acting, audition techniques and “on-set” lingo.  Students will learn to create authentic and believable characters for the camera. The class will explore all aspects of on-camera acting, ranging from commercial, industrials, TV series, film, to voiceovers. We will also go over casting breakdowns and learn how to identify our “types.”  The student will be given scenes, commercial copy, and voiceover sides to work on throughout the day and will be coached individually. We will film each student so that their on camera skills can be evaluated and enhanced.  This workshop will teach you how to book a TV Series, film or commercials as well as to gain professional advice and insight from working professionals.

ACT THE SONG: The student’s training will consist of preparing for standard and contemporary musical theatre auditions. They will receive instruction on how best to present themselves to auditors, methods for “acting a song” and learn to build an audition book (a binder with multiple songs) so they can confidently audition for any show they encounter. The student should prepare (memorize in advance) a 32 bar music selection that is character and objective driven that show their acting and singing ability.

AUDITION TECHNIQUES: In this immersive one-day workshop, students will be taught how to nail their audition, callback and then book the job!  This workshop will cover all mediums within the performing arts genre.  Monologues: How to choose an objective driven monologue appropriate for your type, age range, time constraints and individual coaching.  Song:  How to choose an objective driven, dynamic song to use for auditions, 16 bars vs. 32 bars and proper audition etiquette. Dance:  How to move through your dance call with tips on being prepared, what to bring in your dance bag, and how to sell yourself to the best of your availability. On Camera: How to be prepared and professional, get off book quickly, be role presentable, manage slating, and how to stand out in a crowd. Theatre:  Knowing what is required for professional regional theatre auditions, being prepared, how to act with a reader, proper audition room etiquette, headshots and resumes and tips on how to land a callback.  Callbacks:  How to prepare, what to expect and how to best present yourself

BALLET: The students will learn ballet technique and movement vocabulary using a traditional dance class format of barre, center floor and traveling movement patterns. Students will increase their technical skill with ballet, their ability to link movements together to create dance phrases and their general comfort with this dance form. Participants should come in dance clothes, with soft dance shoes.

CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT: This workshop will teach the basic movement principles of body awareness, spatial awareness, qualities of movement, and relationships as they connect to creating dances. Short choreography phrases and structured improvisations will be developed, performed and analyzed.  As a collective, the group will determine an overall theme or story and then collaborate as they choreograph a larger dance work that includes everyone in the class.    This piece will be videotaped in order to view and discuss their work from the prospective of dancer, audience and choreographer.

DIRECTING FOR THE STAGE: Each student in this workshop will serve as a director of a short scene and also work as an actor in someone else’s scene.  As director the student will learn methods for communicating with actors and how to evoke natural, spontaneous performances.  The student director will focus on detailed scene work as well as the practical and technical aspects of directing.  The participants will work on exercises, improvisations and scenes. Attention will be on the director/actor relationship, how directors make themselves understood, giving specific instructions without offering opinions, and making real demands in a progressive and congenial way. The day will end with a collective discussion and presentation of everyone’s pieces. 

IMPROVISATION: In this introductory class students will explore the elements and principles of improvisation. Students will focus on games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement ("yes and"),active listening,character, status,and making yourscene partner look good.

LYRICAL DANCE: This technique fuses elements of contemporary, ballet, and jazz dance. The choreography may be done to either instrumental music or songs with lyrics. Students will learn a short dance routine. Participants should come in dance clothes.

PRIME: PRIME (grades 1-4) is a creative and enriching experience in drama, music, dance, and fine arts. Students will have the opportunity to explore the performing arts with fun and age-appropriate activities. Prime is a creative and enriching experience in drama, music, dance, and fine arts. Students will have the opportunity to explore the performing arts with fun and age-appropriate activities. 

SONGS AND SCENES:This workshop will focus on performance technique, vocal and text performance, and character development through use of scenes and songs from Seussical the Musical.  The students will learn how to smoothly transition from dialogue to song and back again. The student will use scenes and songs from the actual show to build the skills needed to combine acting and singing into one natural expression of theater.  Every student will have the chance to be in the spotlight and showcase his or her skills in a leading role.  The workshop will culminate in a collective presentation of everyone’s work.  

STAGE COMBAT: In this workshop students will be taught the basics of dynamic stage combat movement, starting with spatial awareness and safety, leading to falls and physical conflict with slaps, punches and grapples. The morning instruction progresses to choreographed sequences with performance analysis. The afternoon moves on to armed techniques and choreography with the single sword. 

STORYTELLING: To tell a story is to be the story, and this introduction to storytelling is the first step on the path to telling yours. Using a selected folk tale, students will be guided through the process of building a narrative. Moving from the bare bones to muscle and blood and beyond, students will learn basic storytelling fundamentals such as story structure, metaphor, and timing, and they will use these tools to shape their own telling

TAP DANCE: This tap dance class will offer classic steps and tap combinations, rhythmic development and much, much, more. Every “triple treat” needs a time step or two in their movement repertoire. The class will conclude by putting all you've learned into a 32 count dance with a song from a musical. Don't forget your tap shoes and big smiles


Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed
Early Childhood
19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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