Actor training for high school students age 13-18
Available June 24-28!
Spend a week at Phoenix! Join us for a five-day actor program focusing on techniques necessary to excel in professional theatre. Students hone their craft in acting, voice/dialects, and movement through exercises and professional feedback.
What to Expect:
8:45am Drop off
9:00-11:00am First Class
11:30-1:30pm Second Class
1:50-3:50pm Third Class
4:00pm Pick up
Meisner-based Actor Trainer
Practice tools to become a more open, genuine actor, ready for anything!
Find your voice as an actor and singer, practice strong diction & projection, and explore commonly used dialects.
Movement for the Actor
Stage combat, Linklater technique, Viewpoints and more to develop your physical expression.
Seuss and Other Nonsense Stories
The works of three children’s authors are brought to life in this presentation of theatrical readings. Students will be introduced to the idea of nonsense poetry, and will enjoy the simple pleasure of silliness.
This program meets standards in Language Arts, Listening & Speaking
Speak the Speech by Sapphire Theater Company
With the help of a professional actor, students will build confidence in reading aloud using small, manageable Shakespearean texts. Students will also try their hand at “performing” the text, using different acting techniques to give the words deeper meaning.
Stories & Shadow Puppets
Students will explore shadow puppetry as they create their own stories then perform them. Puppet characters will be created by each child from random shapes, art foam, and other creative materials.
Student Humanities Presentations
Our student matinees in the Humanities brings to life original productions based on classical beginnings or living history presentations.
The best-known production of our matinees in the Humanities is Indy In Revue: The Story of Indianapolis. This student matinee uses audiovisual tools, narration, dance and popular song to bring the story of Indianapolis to life. Indiana schoolchildren learn state history in the fourth grade, and this production enhances their curriculum with a focus on the city’s history, creativity and innovation. Shows are held at different venues throughout the city of Indianapolis – most recently at the historic Athenaeum and Herron High School.
In addition to Indianapolis students, fourth-graders from the metropolitan area’s seven contiguous counties and from Terre Haute and Evansville attend the Revue during field trips. Claude McNeal Productions often arranges additional outings, such as visits to the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum or the Children’s Museum.
The Humanities Theatre Group has performed for more than 100,000 primary, secondary and higher education students. Other productions include:
• The Greeks: In the Beginning
• The Renaissance Era: Europe Awakens
• The Modern Era: The Age of Technology
• Painting the Universe: How the Humanities Shape Our World
• French Cabaret Masters
• Cigar City Chronicles: The Story of Tampa, performed for elementary, middle, and high school students in Tampa Bay, Florida
Experiencing History Where It Happened: Living History and Re-enactment as Public History Tools:
“Indy In Revue” is a living history of our capital city. It brings to life the people, sites, innovations and culture that make up the community’s collective memory. The production is used as a learning tool to allow our students and adults to experience history, and instead of just reading about it, they are watching the events unfold in front of their very eyes.
Living history presentations such as “Indy In Revue” have become an increasingly important tool for accomplishing the goal of presenting a community’s history and cultural memory to its ever-changing audiences in a manner that is attractive, engaging, and authentic. The show serves the dual function of serving both history and the community. Using living history presentations as a learning tool makes the process of contextualization much more effective for students. Connecting to place makes historical inquiry more accessible, and challenges the idea that history is an abstract concept far removed from the present. Learning the story of the events that occurred in a particular location and being able to witness the impact of those
events, enhance the learning experience, also allowing for the discourse of place in history, and providing a sensory experience beyond the written text.
Back in early 1993, author, playwright, founder and then Artistic Director of American Cabaret Theatre, Claude McNeal, wanted to create an original cabaret-style production that centered around the origins of our capital city. As an educator and artist, McNeal’s fascination with place, culture, and history has always been in the forefront of his original works. Around the same time, David Bodenhamer, Executive Director at the Polis Center at IUPUI (a research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI), was putting together the first-ever
“Encyclopedia of Indianapolis”. McNeal, a tenured professor of English at that time with the School of Liberal Arts, then approached Mr. Bodenhamer about collaborating with our production team as a consultant on a new production entitled “Indy In Revue”. McNeal and his team spent the next two years researching and developing content for the production, with Bodenhamer helping to provide historical context and lending historical accuracy and authenticity. After an extensive rehearsal process, the production opened to the public as part of A.C.T.’s season of shows in September 1995.
For the next eleven years, “Indy In Revue” was presented annually to Indiana fourth-graders as part of our ongoing educational programming at the cabaret. From 2006-2009, presentations were held at the historic Madame Walker Theatre. In 2011 and 2012, we collaborated with Herron High School to present the show once again, this time as part of the annual “Spirit & Place Festival” sponsored by IUPUI.
The Circus of Imagination
Adzooks Puppets will bring ordinary objects to life to perform in a puppet circus. Twenty students will be involved as volunteers, taking center stage alongside the puppets.
The Experiment at Young Actors Theatre started as just that: an experiment. Five years ago, we wanted to see what would happen if we tried to bring a group of students together for an intensive creative theatre project. What ended up happening was a revolution in the way we think about theatre and about summer. In the five years since that first camp, the Experiment has grown into an annual tradition, and something students come from across the country each year to take part in.
Located at Camp Pyoca in southern Indiana, this 4th-12th grade overnight camp is a whirlwind of creativity. Campers work with theatre artists all week to develop an original outdoor performance that incorporates global theatre trends. Through the week, campers work together, solve problems, compete in games, explore the outdoors, and rehearse like they never have before.
The result? An unforgettable, transformational theatre experience that will leave students excited about their artistic power, connected to new friends, and eager to get started on the next amazing project.
The Madam Walker Story
Learn the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the self-made millionaire, as told from a “different” point of view. Learn about her early life and the legacy she created. Freetown Village has created a special interactive, one-character portrayal to bring this history to life.
Her name is synonymous with specialized products for African-American hair. But Madam Walker was more than an entrepreneur with savvy business acumen. She was a civil and political rights activist who lobbied an American president to make lynching a federal crime. She was a philanthropist whose generosity led to the largest donation ever by an African-American for the construction of an Indianapolis YMCA.
Madam Walker left an imprint on the Indianapolis community and across America. Her rich legacy gives us a glimpse into early African-American entrepreneurship.
The Tortoise & the Hare
The classic Aesop fable comes to life for students in this tale about the infamous race. The audience helps the race end well and discovers that there are no losers when it comes to friendship.
The Wild Things of Sendak
Will Gould and Dave Hepler lead you on a journey into the works of Maurice Sendak that includes a wacky rendition of Where the Wild Things Are.
Thomas Edison: Inside the Inventors Minds
Thomas Edison had 1,093 patents, more than any other American, living or dead. This interactive one-man play by Hank Fincken will discuss the process that led to the electric light, the gritty nuts and bolts day to day business of the inventive business with its failures, team-approach, and eventual success.
This program meets standards in Social StudiesU.S. History & Culture
Healthy singing and performing techniques are demonstrated in collaborative settings through our vocal workshops: Opera-ting for theatrical performing and Singing For Success for a choral environment. Our Resident Artists will demonstrate healthy singing techniques through performance, as well as discussion/teaching. These workshops can be tailored to the desires of the presenting organization. We can work with your students on specific skills, including breathing, diction, interpretation, etc. upon request. The theatrical workshop also adds staging and other dramatic interpretive elements.
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