Theatre Classes

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

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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FUNdamentals of Acting

Ages 10 & up

Tuesdays, January 9 – March 6 (no class on February 27)
6:30 – 7:30pm

Tuition: $125

Director/instructor Nate Mares tackles acting skills for our older students! Students will discuss the difference between comedic and dramatic acting styles, work with movement characterizations, and workshop two monologues.

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Improv with Beth Muehling & Shelley Griess

Ages 10 and up

Wednesdays, January 10 – March 7 (no class on February 28)
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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Young Performers Group

Ages 6 – 9

Thursdays, January 11 – March 8 (no class on March 1)
6:30 – 7:30pm

Tuition: $125

Join instructor Katie Frankforter for an acting group specifically made for young performers! Students will learn acting styles, creative movement, and stage presence.

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Winter Musical

Ages 8 and up

Saturdays, January 13 – February 24, with extra rehearsals on Sunday, January 28 & Sunday, February 11

9am – 3pm each day (10am – 3pm on the two Sundays)

Tech rehearsals: Monday, February 26 – Thursday, March 1 (dress rehearsal), 4:45pm – 8:30pm. Tech week rehearsals are mandatory.

Performances: Friday, March 2 at 7pm; Saturday, March 3 at 2 & 7pm; and Sunday, March 4 at 2 & 6pm

Director: Nate Mares

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

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Spring Break Workshop – The Entire American Revolution (in 40 minutes or less)

Ages 7 and up

Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16
9am – 3pm each day with a performance on the last day

Directors: Katie Frankforter & Kresse Alvey

Tuition: $175

History has never been so fun…  or so fast!  Flying through the major points of America’s quest for independence, this fast-and-loose comedy plays like a highlight reel of history in hilarious fashion!  Sorry, Hamilton’s busy in a different play, but laugh and learn as you watch patriots such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Samuel and John Adams, Patrick Henry, and Benjamin Franklin battle the vain King George III and his British soldiers.  From the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Bunker Hill (Did you know it was really Breed Hill?!)  to the crossing of the Delaware and onward to the British surrender at Yorktown, the historical meets the hysterical in this fun play! 

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