Theatre Classes

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

Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions set, our Fall Programming will be virtual until further notice.  We cannot wait to see our actors back up on stage at YAAL, but the safety of our actors take priority. 

Please make sure to check out our virtual programming as new classes will be added weekly.  Our instructors have taken careful thought and have spent countless hours developing classes that are stimulating and preserve the integrity of YAAL.  Also, they are fun!

We are posting classes weekly so check in often and sign up for fun!

Fall 2020 Programming

August 24th-25th

Shrek the Musical Watch Party


Ages 8 & up

Monday- 6:00pm- 8:00 pm

Tuesday- 6:00pm- 8:00 pm

5 student minimum

We ALL know how much we love Shrek: The Musical! Well flip on your Netflix, pop some popcorn, and take your mind off the stresses of school joining a two-night watch and discuss party! We will be watching together (via Zoom) Act One the first evening, and Act Two the second. Get ready to bring your favorite Shrek facts, as we will often pause the show for Shrek: The Musical trivia and fun facts. Win the trivia over the two nights, and win either a YAAL water bottle or one of our BRAND NEW YAAL holographic stickers!

MUST HAVE (not supplied by YAAL):

Access to Zoom

Access to Netflix

Preferable dedicated learning area

Register for Shrek the Musical Watch Party

August 26th-27th

Hamilton Watch Party


High School Students

Wednesday- 6:00pm- 8:00 pm

Thursday- 6:00pm- 8:00 pm

5 student minimum

HAMILTON. How many times do they say his name throughout the musical? Do you know? Which actors won Tony’s for their performances? Did anyone win some from behind the scene? Join Broadway artist, Hank Fisher in a HIGH SCHOOL ONLY Hamilton watch party, but with some trivia added. With Act One the first night and Act Two the second, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in some awesome trivia as well as discuss major themes and important areas of this amazing piece of art!

MUST HAVE (not supplied by YAAL):

Access to Zoom

Access to Disney+

Preferable dedicated learning area

Register for Hamilton Watch Party

Our Spring 2020 Programming

(classes closed)

A Night at the Wax Museum

The hysterical meets the historical in this comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history!

School’s out for summer, but not for six unlucky students who don’t know much about history — they have to re-take the class in summer school.  First year teacher Heather Fairchild has arranged for them to help her two aunts set up a new wax museum as a class project.  Though the students’ eyes glaze over with boredom, there’s a twinkle in the wax figures’ eyes when a mysterious incantation from the back of Cleopatra’s bracelet brings them to life!  King Henry VIII finds himself smitten with Cleopatra, making his queen, Anne Boleyn, furious.  If she can just not lose her head, John Adams is there to serve as her divorce attorney!  When Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Blackbeard and a bevy of lady pirates show up, everybody’s out for one thing — treasure!  Supposedly, there’s a mighty valuable one hidden in the museum!  It’s a wild goose chase to find it, with a greedy museum landlord and her bumbling son joining in the mad search.  And why is Lizzie Borden lurking in the shadows, since the aunts say they never had a wax figure of her?!  Join the hilarious fun as treasure-hungry outlaws, pirates and royalty mount the greatest siege since Vicksburg!

Wax historical in this mad-cap comedy adventure where the magic of history comes alive…  literally!

Rehearsals: Saturdays (March 21, 28, April 4, 18, 25, May 2; plus Sunday, April 26)
9am – 4pm each day **NEW EXTENDED HOURS**

Tech week: Monday -Thursday, May 4th-7th from 4:45 – 8:30pm. Tech week is MANDATORY. If a cast member does not appear for a tech week rehearsal, his or her role may be recast.

Performances: Friday,  May 8th at 7pm; Saturday, May 9th at 2pm & 7pm; Sunday, May 10th at 2pm & 6pm

Tuition: $350 (includes cast t-shirt, cast member yard sign, & two complimentary show tickets)

Pint- Sized Players

Ages 5-7

Tuition $125

Taught by Charisa Ramsey

Monday evenings, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

March 16th-April 27th

Join us at YAAL for a Creative Drama class for our youngest of actors!!

Each week our Pint-Sized Players will develop their self-expression through drama activities, puppetry, and storytelling. It might just look like fun and games; however, students will expand self-awareness, think independently, improve communication skills, build social awareness, work cooperatively, and most importantly build self confidence and develop their imagination.

Students will also gain a basic understanding of aspects of theatre through director led games and activities.

Registration limited to 12 students

Pirates of Penzance- Musical Theatre Class

Ages 8 and up

Tuition: $175

Adapted from Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic musical. Frederic plans to give up life as a pirate on his 21st birthday and marry Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley.  Alas, it is discovered that he was born in a leap year…  February 29th to be exact.  As birthdays go, he is only four and will not reach his 21st birthday for 66 years.  When all seems lost, the pirate crew discovers they are peers of the realm, and they give up life on the high seas to settle down as gentlemen.

The score includes wonderfully singable versions of the classic songs, including “I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General” and “Poor Wandering One.”

Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

March 17th-April 28th, & Monday May 11th

Performance May 12 at 7pm

Registration limited to 20 actors

Improv Acting

Ages 10 and up

Tuition: $125

Instructor:  Christina Docter

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!

Beginning Improv

Wednesdays, March 18th- April 29th (demonstration on April 29th at 6:30)

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Advanced Improv (Prerequisite- must have completed 2 Improv classes with YAAL)

Wednesdays, March 18th- April 29th (demonstration on April 29th at 7:45)

7:15pm – 8:15pm

**If you are an Advanced Improv Student and you would also like to take the Beginning class (for more practice), you can do so for 50% of the tuition price of the beginner class.  Please email for a coupon code for registration.

Musical Theatre Audition Class

Ages 8 and up

Tuition $175

Thursday evenings, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

March 19th-April 30th

Each week in this class, actors will be taught a song from a popular Broadway production and choreography to that song.  They will also be given sides to read/rehearse from the same musical.  At the end of each class actors will audition for a part in the musical and be cast!

Each week is a different musical that they will learn the song, choreography, and be “cast” in.  Actors will learn valuable choreography skills and audition skills that will help them in future auditions.

Registration limited to 20 students

MELK Improv Troupe Auditions:

Winter/Spring Auditions February 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm

The YAAL Improv Troupe is an elite audition troupe for Improv Acting.  Rehearsals will be Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:30.  It is required that you take one (or both) Wednesday night Improv acting classes while participating on the Troupe.  During Troupe rehearsal the Troupe Members will be fine tuning the fundamentals (that they learn in class) in order to independently host an Improv Show once a quarter.

The Troupe audition will consist of a panel of 3 experienced Improv coaches watching the actors participate in several Improv games to see how well they work together and problem solve in an Improv setting.  The maximum amount of members on the Troupe will be 12.

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