Theatre

Zeal for the Debut

Take part in the exciting process of theatre production while developing crucial skills and knowledge necessary to excel in theatre performance.

Courses

Ages 9-12

From Page to Stage

Ages 9–12

July 8-21
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.

This fun-filled program combines writing with acting in an exciting and creative workshop that culminates in a performance of an original work you will get to perform with your fellow students.

Starting with characters you create as a group, you will explore scenes as actors and writers using improvisation, acting games, storytelling, and group brainstorming.

Write to your own strengths as an actor-if you can play an instrument or sing or dance, use it! Express yourself with yourself. The pieces may take many forms: poems, scenes, monologues, even songs. Learn how to refine and rewrite, direct and combine, until finally the pieces take the shape of your show.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020 Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Faculty: Judy Heneghan, Laurel Ollstein

Mini Musical Theatre

Ages 9–12

June 24-July 7
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 a.m.

This fun, two-week course will incorporate singing, acting and movement in a musical theatre piece complete with live accompaniment.

The show will focus on ensemble performance and group numbers but there will be auditions for individual roles and solos as well. You will learn acting techniques through fun theatre exercises and improvisational games.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020 Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Faculty: Johanna McKay

Theatre of Myth and Folklore

Ages 9–12

July 22-August 4
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, August 4, 10:45 a.m.

A fun theatre experience designed to help you explore the world of imagination. Through the processes of brainstorming, improvisation, and rehearsals, you will collaborate with your instructors to create and perform an original play based on themes in mythology and world folklore, like last summer’s spin on Pacific Island legends.

Within the fun of theatre games and improvisation, you will learn acting techniques, vocal production, movement for the stage, and the art of collaboration. Discover a true sense of confidence that will carry into other areas of your life.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020 Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Faculty: Donna Johnson, Judy Heneghan

Ages 11-13

Musical Theatre for Junior Artists

Ages 11-13

July 8-21
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 21, 11:30 a.m.

This unique and exhilarating program is designed for talented actors, singers and dancers. You will work on an original or adapted musical from its early stages of development to its premiere performance. Rehearsals with the director, musical director, and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend. You also may have the chance to learn various technical aspects of production such as costuming, props, and set construction.

You will audition on the first day of class, which will require a prepared, memorized song of your choice or song from the chosen show. You will also do some dancing and a read-through of the play. The summer 2017 show looks to be as innovative and high-spirited as past productions like Mean Girls: The Musical! Every actor will have a speaking part and every actor will sing, although some parts are more demanding than others, and not every actor will have a singing solo. Several dance solo opportunities will be available. You will receive a letter in June with more specifics about the production and audition.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Faculty: David Bauman

Shakespeare’s World: What’s Cool in the Classics

Ages 11-13

July 22-August 4
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, August 4, 11:30 a.m.

Dive into this fun, hands-on approach to the works of William Shakespeare. You will learn about the life and times of Shakespeare and rehearse an adapted version of one of his plays, which you will perform at the end of the session. We’ll study the play in depth and take a field trip to see a live, professional production.

You will audition for parts and learn amazing and direct acting techniques for bringing Shakespeare’s words to life. The production also may include basic stage combat, singing and dancing, depending on the talents of the individual cast members and the needs of the show. Rehearsals with the director and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and improvisational games and exercises.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Faculty: Johanna McKay

Theatre Adventures

Ages 11–13

June 24-July 7
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 7, 11:30 a.m.

Theatre Adventures gives young actors an opportunity for bold character development. You will explore the art of storytelling through acting, improvisation, dance and vocal work.

The workshop culminates with a short play either based on adapted stories and poems, or original works created by the faculty and class. Everyone will be highlighted in a role that is quirky and larger than life. Past productions have been adapted from The Little Prince, Alice in Wonderland and Grimm’s Fairytales. This is a fun two-week program for enthusiastic and motivated actors. Rehearsals with the director and choreographer take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with additional rehearsals as needed in the evenings or on the weekend.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Faculty: David Bauman, Linda Miller

Ages 14-18

Triple Threat Boot Camp: Musical Theatre Intensive

Ages 14-18

June 24-July 7
Two-week session

Student Performance
Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Formerly known as Song and Dance, this intensive will further your training as a singer, dancer, and actor.

Explore your interests with advanced training from seasoned theatre professionals. Your faculty will include singing, dancing, and acting coaches who are well- connected veterans, with experience from Broadway to LA and around the world. Develop performance skills in classic and contemporary musical theatre, for fun and in preparation for college or stage careers. Be prepared to work hard, make friends, be challenged, and have a great time!

Your typical day will include group dance class, with jazz and tap instruction, emphasizing foundational skills while learning choreography; individual vocal coaching, maximizing the healthy use of your instrument in song interpretation; and acting workshops, integrating movement, singing, and text into fully-realized performances.

Expect to be in classes every morning, afternoon, and evening, dedicating your time to improving your performance skills and presenting a polished recital (first Friday) and final performance (second Friday).

Recorded audition is required. Audition materials will be posted at idyllwildarts.org/summeraudition.

Early auditions with possibility of early acceptance are encouraged. Auditions accepted until intensive fills.

Returning Song & Dance students need not audition, but should register by March 31 to ensure placement.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 35 students.
Chair: David O.

Two-Headed Monster: Writing and Performing for the Stage

(Formerly New Play Development)

Ages 14-18

June 24-July 7
Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, July 6, 8 p.m.

Slay the two-headed monster of writing and performing for the stage! Flex all your creative muscles in this new class that combines two of Idyllwild Arts Academy’s most exciting departments: Theatre and Creative Writing. In only two weeks you will create a completely original play to be performed for the public, under the stars. This workshop is ideal for emerging artists from around the country who want to lend all of their talents to this 100% student –created work. Instructors from Idyllwild Arts Academy, boasting professional theatre and writing credits, will work with student writers, actors, and artists with an interest in making theatre; to create, develop, and perform a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event.

All students will be strongly encouraged to write and act; but if your interests lie on the other side of the curtain, you will be able to contribute to the creative process in those disciplines as well. Everyone is welcome, so sign on for this unique artistic journey!

Performance sessions will include acting, voice and speech, and movement for the stage. Writing sessions will include improvisation games, playwriting exercises, editing and individual instruction for drafting and mentoring. Technical and Design sessions will include Costuming, Stage Make-up, Set, Sound and Lighting (week 2).

Tuition, room and board:
$3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Faculty: Abbie Bosworth and Rendon Ramsey, Co-Chairs. Technical and Design Faculty TBD

Shakespeare Theatre Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 8–21
Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, July 20, 8 p.m.

For serious actors and theatre techs! Perform an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays under the stars with professional lighting, sets, costumes, and music!
In this intensive program (comparable to conservatory theatre training programs found at the college level), you will strengthen your skills in voice and speech, stage movement and choreography, text analysis, dramaturgy, improvisation, and stagecraft. Other activities may include Elizabethan mask-making, sonnet writing, and acting games and exercises.

Want to be a part of theatre but don’t want to act? Then come train in the technical aspects of theatre. Do you play an instrument? Bring it! Do you know how to juggle? We can use you!

Production may include solo and/or ensemble singing, mask work, and stage combat depending on the specific needs of the production. This program includes a field trip to see the same play we will be studying, meet the actors, and enjoy professional theatre under the stars. All are welcome!

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Faculty: Johanna McKay

The Summer Show: Musical Theatre Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 22–August 4

Two-week session

Student Performances
Friday, August 3, 8 p.m.

Looking to enhance your experience or even take your first dance step into musical theatre, then THE SUMMER SHOW is for you! This fast-paced intensive, is designed for talented and aspiring musical theatre performers. This two-week program builds to the premiere production of an original or adapted musical!

You will work closely with the director, vocal coach, musical director, and choreographers, throughout the rehearsal process, and be a part of an ensemble musical theater piece in which every actor will have a speaking part and will sing and dance. Some roles will be more demanding than others and not every actor will have a singing or dancing solo, but here will be great opportunities for everyone.

We aim to provide a professional audition experience, so come prepared with a song and a short monologue from a musical or comedy that best shows off your talents. Instructors, all working artists with professional credits, will coach you on your audition pieces and help you prepare for the formal auditions on the second or third day of the program. This is a great experience if you’re preparing for a college or conservatory theater program.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165
Lab fee: $50
Enrollment limited to 30 students.
Faculty: David Bauman