Want to act, write, & direct? LEAP: Studio is the space for you! This program will immerse you in the most important part of theatre-making: the process of creation!
Your small cohort of teens from all theatrical backgrounds will work with a SteppingStone Director/Teaching Artist to devise, produce, and perform an original work. You’ll start with brainstorming, riffing, and storyboarding your plot. Then, through a series of improv games, research, and discussions, you’ll begin to write the script. Your rehearsal process will help you build an inclusive ensemble where you are heavily involved in all production facets. This class is not about fancy sets or crazy special effects; instead we focus on supporting you in acting technique and collaboration as you work to tell a compelling story. This experience culminates in two performances at Park Square Theatre.
An excellent choice for those who: want more writing experience, are curious about directing, are hungry to act in an original show, and want to stretch their acting chops by playing complicated characters in an ensemble-based production.
REGISTRATION & PREREQUISITES
This program, designed for grades 7-12, is devoted to creating a growth mindset around the concept of mastery. Young Artists of all theatrical backgrounds (including first-time theatre makers) are encouraged to register. There are no prerequisites to register and all those who register will be cast in the production. Conflicts with rehearsal and performance dates must be minimal.
Things to consider: This is an intensive program. There is an expectation to engage in verbal & written group collaborations, as well as memorize individual staging & dialogue quickly. For the wellbeing of all involved, young artists must have the endurance to withstand a 6-week rehearsal process which entails extensive information processing, social interaction, and physical activity, while meeting and maintaining their basic physical and mental health needs. Please contact us if your young artist needs accommodations.
REHEARSAL DATES & TIMES
Monday-Thursday | January 24 - February 24 | 4:00pm-6:30pm
DRESS REHEARSAL DATES & TIMES
Monday-Friday | February 28 - March 4 | 4:00pm-6:30pm
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Saturday, March 5 | 6:00pm-8:30pm
Sunday, March 6 | 1:00pm-3:30pm
Rehearsals will take place at Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. A high level of dedication, work-ethic, and focus is expected at rehearsal and there is a requirement to work outside of rehearsal on research, memorization, character development, and show promotion.
Young artists will hold two performances at Park Square Theatre. On performance days, young artists will be called 1 hour prior to the show and are dismissed following the performance. Conflicts with performance dates must be approved by the director and may affect casting.
COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
Mask wearing, health screenings, social distancing, hand washing, professional cleaning of classrooms & common spaces.
Pay As You're Able ($445 value)
ALL PROGRAMS ARE PAY AS YOU’RE ABLE.
That means exactly what it says - pay what your family can afford.Our full registration fee represents the amount that it costs us to bring this program to you. But for your family, Pay As You're Able may mean covering your fees and someone else's. It could also mean paying half or some of the fee.
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