Theatre Classes

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

Wizard of Oz

Ages 8 and up

Saturdays, October 21 – December 9 (no rehearsal on November 25), with an extra rehearsal on Sunday, November 12
9am – 3pm each day

Tech rehearsals: Monday, December 11 – Thursday, December 14 (dress rehearsal). Tech week rehearsals are mandatory.

Performances: Friday, December 15 at 7pm; Saturday, December 16 at 2 & 7pm; and Sunday, December 17 at 2 & 6pm

Director: Nate Mares

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

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Improv with Beth Muehling

Ages 10 and up

Wednesdays, October 11 – November 15
6:15 – 7:15pm

Tuition: $125

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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Fall Break Workshop – Villains of Broadway Musical Revue

Ages 7 and up

Monday, October 16 – Tuesday, October 17
9am – 3pm each day with a performance on the last day

Instructors: Katie Frankforter & Kresse Alvey

Tuition: $75

Have fun during fall break with some of the most famous villain songs on Broadway! We will be producing fully choreographed songs from Annie, Wicked, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. Campers should bring a peanut-free lunch, snack and water bottle each day.

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Winter Break Workshop – A Walk in the Woods

Ages 7 and up

Wednesday, December 27 – Friday, January 5 (no rehearsal on January 1)
9am – 3pm each day with a performance on the last day

Directors: Katie Frankforter & Kresse Alvey

Tuition: $175

Get ready for a fractured fairy tale! Here are the tales of Goldilocks, the Three Bears, Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel, all blended into one delightful play while staying true to the original stories.  Goldilocks, forest-savvy from having to survive in the woods without a family, is on the run from the Three Bears but takes time to help Red Riding Hood, who is leery of her stepmother’s motivation in sending her out into the woods at dusk with a basket full of food and a bright red cloak.  Along the way, they are saved by the Woodsman (who also happens to be Hansel and Gretel’s father) and from the zany Wolf (the same canine who plagues the Three Pigs). 

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