Courses listed in order of grade and age range.
- Let’s Make Music (9-30 months with an adult)
- Little Characters (3 & 4 years with an adult)
- Little Characters (JK/SK)
- Drama Play (JK/SK)
- Musical Theatre Junior Company (Grades 3-6)
- Music Theatre Performance (Grades 2-5)
- Improvisation with Drama & Visual Art (Grades 2-6)
- Clowning Around (Grades 4-6)
- Acting for Film & TV (Grades 4-9)
- Advanced Acting for Stage & Screen (Grades 7-10& Grades 9-12)
- ARAS Musical Theatre Company (Grades 7-12, by audition)
- Improv (Grades 8-12)
Let’s Make Music (9-30 months with an adult)
with Soli Joy
Music offers young children a way of naturally expressing themselves, developing social skills and enhancing their love of imagination and play. This class combines songs, puppets, rhymes, games, finger play and creative movement activities that allow children to develop their love of music. Rhythm instruments such as sticks, bells, shakers and drums are used so that children develop their natural responsiveness to rhythm, beat, melody and tone. Parents and caregivers participate while acquiring a delightful repertoire of poems and songs to sing with their child.
9329 - Wednesdays 9:45-10:30 AM
Little Characters (3 & 4 years with an adult)
with Nicola Wismer
Self-esteem and confidence will begin to soar! Young artists will be introduced to drama, performance, story-telling and creative movement while they incorporate works of art that they create. Costumes, puppets, masks, musical instruments and various props will be created by the children themselves and then used in developing imaginative and unique stories and characters.
9375 - Thursdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Little Characters (JK/SK)
with Madeleine Domingue
Young artists will be introduced to exciting themes through art and drama lessons, while they create projects that will be worn, used and interacted with to develop imaginative and unique stories and characters. Students will be exposed to a variety of art materials, which will then be incorporated into storytelling, drama and creative movement.
9448 - Saturdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Drama Play (JK/SK)
with Madeleine Domingue
Through fun theatre and music games and creative movement exercises, drama helps to develop a child’s confidence and imagination. This class will give students the opportunity to role play, create fun characters, improve confidence and self-esteem, work in a group, problem-solve, take direction, develop creative skills and most importantly - have FUN! This is a supportive class setting where young performers can work together to create a small presentation for family and friends at the end of each session.
9403 - Fridays 4:30-6:00 PM
Musical Theatre Junior Company (Grades 3-6)
with Allison Beula
If you love acting, singing and dancing and want to be in a musical show, then this class is perfect for you. The cast will work on a new mini-musical performance each term. Using improvisation, drama exercises, vocal and movement studies and script work, young performers will learn how to perform in a musical theatre show. Performances will all be based on shorter versions of well-known musicals.
- Fall Term Show: Annie
- Winter Term Show: Beauty & the Beast
- Spring Term Show: The Wizard of Oz
9314 - Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 PM
Music Theatre Performance (Grades 3-6)
with Katherine Wilson
In this class, students will be introduced to fun drama exercises, basic script work, improvisation games, singing and choreography. Young performers will start building the skills and confidence needed to perform in a musical theatre show. A supportive and encouraging environment will be provided so students feel safe exploring and learning, while creating their performances. The final presentation for family and friends will take place on the last day of class each term.
9460 - Saturdays 1:30-3:00 PM
Improvisation with Drama & Visual Art (Grades 2-6)
with Michele Coleman
This class combines drama and visual art in a truly exploratory way. Working from themes like the environment, art history, world cultures and nature, students will create visual art pieces like fun abstract paintings, collages and mixed-media and photo-inspired art. Students will then use drama and improv exercises to create a unique story about their art and communicate this story through a developed performance piece. Each student will receive a DVD of the completed performance piece.
9430 - Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM
Clowning Around (Grades 4-6)
with Allan Turner
Playing is a valuable skill to help inspire creativity. New ideas are born out of imagination and imagination is exercised through play. Exercises will explore feelings, movement, and interacting with others and an audience. Students will learn to have the confidence to create unique clown characters and to be silly. And there’s nothing silly about that. Plus it’s fun!
0000 - Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM
Acting for Film & TV (Grades 4-9)
with Allison Beula
If you dream of being on television or acting in a film, then this class is for you! Through improvisation, students will gain a better understanding of creating a character, working with a script and having a great on-camera presence. Each term will offer different skill-building exercises and will continue to prepare students for performing and auditioning. This class is also appropriate for kids who want to sharpen their presentation and public speaking skills. The class will produce a short on-camera piece every semester and copies will be given to each participant.
9442 - Saturdays 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Advanced Acting for Stage & Screen (Grades 7-10 & Grades 9-12)
with Allison Beula
This program is perfect for those who are ready to take the next step in their acting training. Using improvisation, monologue and scene work for both stage and screen acting, students will see their abilities and confidence soar. Each term will offer different skill-building exercises and will continue to prepare students for performing and auditioning. The class will produce a short on-camera piece every semester and copies will be given to each participant.
9350 - Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 PM (Grades 7-10)
9323 - Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM (Grades 9-12)
ARAS Musical Theatre Company (Grades 7-12, by audition)
This is a class for students who are serious about learning the skills required to perform in musical theatre. Singing, voice work, choreography, movement, improvisation and character development will be incorporated in this performance-based class designed in a professional, company setting format. This is a year-long program with the cast working on two productions at a professional theatre venue. One on one singing/music coaching as well as choral work will be part of the program. Costumes, set, props are part of each performance and students will be expected to attend extra blocking, dress and technical rehearsals. Students may choose to register for the full year and participate in both shows or registration will also be accepted for one production alone. Students must request an audition if new to the program.
- Performance I: Disney-Inspired Broadway Revue
- Performance II: Grease
Attention: Students must request an audition if new to the program.
9290 - Mondays 4:30-7:00 PM
Winter Performance I: $825.00
Spring Performance II: $825.00
Full Year: $1500.00
Improv (Grades 8-12)
with Allan Turner
In this course, all the basics of improvisation will be taught through games and scene work. An emphasis will be placed on performance and students will discover how improv is a great tool used by actors and performers. Each term will introduce new skills and exercises and challenge students to advance in their skill levels. Students will learn such improv fundamentals as:
- Who? What? Where?
- Giving and receiving offers
- Character and status
- Structure and storytelling
Plus it’s fun! No experience required.
9353 - Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 PM