Summer Performing Arts @Home

By Kathryn Purinton

 

NOTICE: As of 7/27/20, the Summer Performing Arts @ Home 2020 Program has been closed.

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Summer Performing Arts @ Home 2020

Performing Arts Showcase

AGE Range: 4th-8th Grade (aprox. 10-14 yrs)

Instructor: Katie Speed

The Performing Arts @ Home Summer Program is based on a bi-weekly themed theater experience that culminates in students contributing to a virtual showcase. Different weeks offer different opportunities for learning and experimenting in the performing arts. At the end of the summer, work from all weeks of the program will be represented in a final showcase.

Session 1: July 6-17: Theme - Monologues - Write and perform your own short monologue! Don’t want to write? That’s ok! Katie will help you to select an appropriate monologue. Through five independent activities presented through Google classroom and two 30-minute live coaching sessions (one per week, scheduled individually at a convenient time) conducted through Zoom, you will write/select, rehearse, and eventually film your monologue, which will become part of the final virtual showcase. Class also includes three 30-minute group meetings (optional participation) to get to know other students and work collaboratively. Group meetings scheduled for Mondays (July 6 and July 13) of each program week, Time = 2:00pm, and one Friday final week wrap-up on July 17, Time = 2:00pm. (Limits: maximum enrollment = 8) REGISTRATION DEADLINE - June 29.

Session 2: July 20-31: Theme - Dance - Learn a short dance combination and film yourself performing the combination. These videos will be put together to create a virtual ensemble performance, which will become part of the final virtual showcase.  The Dance session offers five instructional videos, presented through Google Classroom, that teach the combination in short chunks, allowing students the time to practice independently.  Two 30-minute live coaching sessions (one per week, scheduled individually at a convenient time) conducted through Zoom will allow each student the opportunity to work with the teacher on anything they're struggling with in the combination. Class also includes three 30-minute group meetings (optional participation) to get to know other students and work collaboratively. Group meetings scheduled for Mondays (July 20 and July 27) of each program week, Time = 2:00pm, and one Friday final week wrap-up on July 31, Time = 2:00pm. (Limits: minimum 5, maximum 15) REGISTRATION DEADLINE - July13.

Session 3: August 3-14: Theme - Improv - Students will attend 6 live virtual sessions via Zoom (5 total hours) where we will discuss and practice various improv techniques. In the last (6th) session, we will record our live session, play a couple of improv games, and feature them in our final virtual showcase.  Schedule Outline: Week 1: Monday, Aug 3, Time = 2:00pm, live intro session (0.5 hours), introductions and getting started. Followed by Wednesday, Aug 5 and Friday, Aug 7, Time= 2:00pm, live group sessions (1 hour each). Week 2: Monday, Aug 10 and Wednesday, Aug 12, Time= 2:00pm, live group sessions (1 hour each). Final session, Friday, Aug 14, Time = 2:00pm, recorded virtual performance (0.5 hours). (Limits: Minimum 5, maximum 15) REGISTRATION DEADLINE - July 27.

Session 4: August 17-28: Theme - Music - Learn a song from a musical and film yourself performing the song. Student videos will be put together to create a virtual ensemble performance, which will become part of the final virtual showcase. The Music session offers five instructional videos, presented through Google Classroom, that teach the song in short chunks, allowing students the time to practice independently.  Two 30-minute live coaching sessions (one per week, scheduled individually at a convenient time) conducted through Zoom will allow each student the opportunity to work with the teacher on anything they're struggling with in the song, as well as expression and character work. Class schedule will also include of 1.5 hours of group meetings (optional participation) divided equally (30mins) on Monday, Aug 17, Time = 2:00pm and Aug 24, Time = 2:00pm, and a final week Friday wrap up on August 28 at 2:00pm.  (Limits: minimum 5, maximum 15) REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Aug 10.

Special Note about Times Listed: Optional group meetings are scheduled at 2:00pm for all weeks.  However, The Umbrella and the instructor reserve the right to change these times for any reason. 

PRICE: $120 for Session 1, 2 and 4.  $100 for Session 3.  

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Katie SpeedKatie Speed is a theatre educator and teaching artist living in Jamaica Plain, MA. She holds a BA in Theatre Education (Acting Concentration) from Emerson College, an MA in Applied Theatre (Drama in the Community and Drama Education) from the Royal School of Speech and Drama in London, and an MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently teaches drama at Wellesley Middle School, but she has taught students as young as age four all the way through high school. Katie is also a performer and director in the Boston area. She most recently appeared as Myrtle Mae Simmons in the Footlight Club’s production of Harvey and looks forward to returning to the stage in the Riverside Theatre Works production of Beauty and the Beast in March 2021.