About the Grades 4 to 6 Programs

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Developing artists will build foundational actor’s tools and explore storytelling through different genres: ensemble acting, musical theatre, and more! With a rich variety of course offerings students can deepen their skills while stretching themselves to try new artistic approaches, developing their own unique voice and style.

If you have questions about whether a program is the right match for your child or if your child needs accommodations to access any of our programming, please reach out to Jeri Hammond, Director of Education, at jerih@bu.edu

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Saturday Classes

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

Acting Technique (Grades 4 to 6)

Acting Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every actor needs to grow as an actor, individually and in ensemble. Through these 4-week sessions, students will dive deep into one specific area of an actor’s craft while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Students can take one session or all three!
Students can take one session or all three!

Playmaking: Create your own play! In this DIY (do it yourself) theatre class, students will use theater exercises to work as an ensemble and create original scenes.
Mastering the Monologue: Learn how to “take the stage” and tell the character’s story in those dramatic moments when the actor is alone with the audience.
Scene Study: Students will learn how to analyze scripts and identify key storytelling elements, while working with scene partners to sharpen their actor's tools. Taught by: Pascale Florestal

Tuition: $120
Spring: Scene Study on Saturdays, May 1 - May 229:30am to 11:00am

Musical Theatre Technique (Grades 4 to 6)

Musical Theatre Technique engages students in honing the essential skills every musical theatre actor needs to grow as a performer, individually and in an ensemble. Through these 4-week sessions, students will dive deep into one genre of musical theatre, while continuing to develop their actor’s toolbox (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Students can take one session or all three! Taught by: Zoe Nadal, Isaac Leaverton

Tuition: $120
Spring: Mega-Musicals on Saturdays, May 1 - May 2211:00am - 12:30pm

Playwriting (Grades 4 - 6)

Creating Five Minute Plays. A concise introduction to the playwriting process. Students will explore the most effective way to tell stories through exploration of the basic elements of drama (action, character, conflict, dialogue). Students will build on initial ideas through improvisation, develop short scripts, then produce and perform their original works.
Taught by: Dev Luthra

Tuition: $120
Spring: Saturdays, May 1 - May 221:00pm - 2:30pm

Masterclasses

ACTivate Your Story: A Theatre for Social Justice Masterclass

Theatre performance can be presented and created through many different approaches. Learn how to identify, build, and connect to character through real narratives that can shape your world. Using Forum Theatre and other elements of Theatre for Social Justice, Rehearsal for Life will lead students in grades 5 to 8, over Zoom, through different theatrical forms to discover ways and words that help address challenging circumstances. By finding your intersection of performance and different lived experiences, you can create theatre that is powerful and transformative! Workshop experience will culminate in short, new performances created by participants. Offered in collaboration with Rehearsal for Life Taught by: Elena Velasco

Tuition: Sliding Scale from $15 - $145
Friday, February 26 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm & Saturday, February 27 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Multi-Week Performance Classes

Our multi-week virtual performance-based programs are perfect for the young theatre artist looking to create characters and bring to life imagined worlds with a final show as the end result. Building on our processed oriented programs, these classes challenge students to continue to sharpen their actors’ tools while  working as an ensemble to create a virtual production for friends and families. All programs are first-come first serve and while previous performance experience is not required it is highly encouraged

Virtual Play Production - The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon (Grades 4-6)

Focuses on coordinating the Actors Tools of voice and body to create dynamic characters. In 10-weeks, students will work together to perform a 45-minute play over Zoom. While working on the play, they will develop their acting, creative movement and storytelling skills while also learning more about production elements such as set, props, costumes, and sound and lighting design. This class culminates in a virtual performance-demonstration for families and friends on the final day of the class. Previous performance experience is recommended in this fun and fast-paced performance class.

About the Show
Narrators & a troupe of actors attempt to recreate all 209 of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm in a wild, fast-paced extravaganza. To make it more difficult, they attempt to combine them into one gigantic fable using Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and other more obscure stories like Lean Lisa and The Devil's Grandmother. Taught by: Emily Ranii

Tuition: $450
Monday & Wednesdays, January 20 - March 31 (No class the week of February 15)4:30pm to 6:00pm

Semi Private Coaching

Are you looking to take your singing or acting to the next level? In our NEW semi-private coaching, students will work in small groups of 2 to 3 with professional voice and acting coaches to develop their skills and learn to maximize their instruments of body and voice. Spots are limited and are first-come first-serve.

  • Students will be paired with a teacher and in small groups based on their grade and previous experience. 
  • All lessons last an hour.
  • 6 – week sessions
    • Session I (Week of 1/18 – 2/22)
    • Session I (Week of  3/1 –  4/5)
    • Session III (Week of  4/26 – 5/17)
  • Lessons are scheduled based on the teacher and students availability.

Semi-Private Voice Coaching

Taught by: Todd Gordon

Tuition: $150
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 31Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.

Semi-Private Acting Coaching

Taught by: Danny Bolton, Fran Weinberg

Tuition: $150
Session II: Starting the week of April 26 through the week of May 31Days & times of lessons are coordinated with families and the coach.

February Vacation Programs

A week of creative role playing, where students use their imaginations and actor’s tools to solve a mystery before the week is up. A mix of both asynchronous and synchronous learning, students will spend the morning on their own in creative exploration – using that day’s clue and pre-recorded video messages to guide them through their adventure. In the afternoon students login and work collaboratively as an ensemble to further develop their theories on “Who Dunnit?” through creative play and acting techniques. 

To further inspire the week’s adventure, each student will receive their personal Mystery Box in the mail, containing detailed instructions, key clues, and other important items necessary to a fun and creative week of sleuthing. 

Mystery Box Theatre: "Lights, Camera, Mystery" (Grades 4 to 6)

About the week:
“Lights, Camera, Mystery!” On the set of the latest Hollywood blockbuster, a film noir for the next generation, the plot isn’t the only mystery to be solved. Our head writer is missing along with the script changes that have already stirred Oscar Award winning buzz, and everyone’s a suspect - even you! Join us to clear your name and find our missing script pages and of course our head writer.

The program has only 20 spots, to best optimize the experience for Zoom. Registration is first-come, first-serve. Registration closes Sunday, February 7 at 5pm to ensure enough delivery time for the Mystery Boxes. Taught by: Jenna Lea Scott

Tuition: $225
Monday, February 15 to Friday, February 19Asynchronous learning in the morning with synchronous learning on Zoom from 1:00pm to 3:30PM
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