Theatre Classes

No matter the experience, there's a class for every child.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

Ages 8 and up

Saturdays, August 19 – September 30, with an extra rehearsal on Sunday, September 10
9am – 3pm each day

Tech rehearsals: Monday, October 2 – Thursday, October 5 (dress rehearsal). Tech week rehearsals are mandatory.

Performances: Friday, October 6 at 7pm; Saturday, October 7 at 2 & 7pm; and Sunday, October 8 at 2 & 6pm

Director: Nate Mares
Music Director: Katie Frankforter

Tuition: $310 (includes cast t-shirt & two complimentary show tickets)

This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world.  Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia.

Fiddler on the Roof JR. is a great introduction to the world of musical theatre. Young performers will love its humor, warmth and honesty.

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Improv with Beth Muehling

Ages 10 and up

Tuesdays, September 5 – 26
6 – 7:30pm

 

Tuition: $100

We will focus on the skills of improvisation: team-building, trust, speed, status, active listening, and agreement. Whether you want to be funny on stage, or a more effective communicator, listener, and leader off stage – this course will educate and entertain at the same time. STUDENTS WILL WORK WITH ENSEMBLE, ENVIRONMENT, AND OBJECT WORK. Expect a lot of fun and laughing!

This workshop explores the core principles of improvisation techniques for performance. This workshop explores the core principles of improvisation techniques for performance.

      • Connect with fellow actors and the audience by honing observational skills
      • Connect with fellow actors and the audience by honing observational skills
      • Heighten awareness in order to immediately discover the focus of a scene
      • Heighten awareness in order to immediately discover the focus of a scene
      • Explore opportunities for creating a distinct language that is shared by the player and the audience, leading to a unique experience during each performance
      • Explore opportunities for creating a distinct language that is shared by the player and the audience, leading to a unique experience during each performance

Our instructor is Beth Muehling of Lincoln’s Lyp Schtick improv troupe. Beth trained at Second City in Chicago and will be joined for this class by fellow Lyp Schtickian Shelly Griess. Beth has been with YAAL since its inception in 2011 and directed our largest cast ever in Beauty and the Beast Jr.  Beth trained many of our current instructors, including our lead summer instructor, Christina Stai!

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Show Choir

Ages 10 and up

Thursdays, September 7 – 28
6:30 – 8pm

Director: Hannah Lambert

Tuition: $100

Show choir is all the rage, and this session’s focus will be on the high-energy and vocally big songs! In this fun class, learn the basics of show choir, including singing technique, staging, and choreography. There will also be the opportunity to audition for solos. The last class will culminate with a performance for family and friends.

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"To be an actor you have to be a child." — Paul Newman