Grades: 4-6

Explore Performance

Immerse yourself in a Devised Theatre rehearsal process as you create, stage, and perform an original short play or musical! Inspired by the class theme, and under the guidance of your Director, work with your class to develop the show’s setting, characters, dialogue, and staging. While you’re creating the show, study two theatrical skill-sets and apply the skills you’ve learned to the final performance. Throughout this process-driven class, engage in rehearsal practices, and theatre games/activities to sharpen your foundational performance skills. On the final day of class, perform your original work for family & friends!

 

THEATRE LEARNING LOOKS LIKE:
  • Integrating multiple performance styles & theatre concepts
  • Rich collaboration – discussing & contributing ideas to enhance performance
  • Director’s notes – observation, suggestion, support, and feedback to introduce and refine performance concepts
  • Providing opportunity for intentional group reflection on artistic work
SKILL-BASED LEARNING LOOKS LIKE:
  • Learning skill-specific vocabulary & concepts at an age-appropriate level
  • Understanding concepts though warm-ups, games, exercises, projects, and exploration
  • Scaffolding & building-upon concepts to achieve mastery

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Sessions for this Program


Summer Fun Days

June 10 - June 12, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

These day-long workshops are designed to be both fun and educational as you explore a variety of skill-sets in theatre.

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Musical: A Pop Culture Musical + Dance & Music

June 15 - June 19, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

…Being a tween is complicated. Let’s talk about it and celebrate OUR CRAZY LIVES with a Pop Culture Musical! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Pop Culture Musical. Explore Music and Dance and incorporate what you’ve learned into your final performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Singing & Dancing and any/all things pop culture & social issues, including (but not limited to): Funny GIFs and Memes, 90’s Nostalgia, Pop Music, Climate Change, The Latest Dance Moves, Gaming, Social Justice & Equity, YouTube, VSCO, Gender Identity, Graphic Novels, Harry Potter, DCOMs, LoveIsLoveIsLove… 

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Mystery: Buried at the Bottom of the Ocean + Prop Design & Stage Makeup

June 22 - June 26, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

What exactly *is* buried at the Bottom of the Ocean? Are you clever enough to crack the case? Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: Buried at the Bottom of the Ocean. Design props to be used for the show and learn how to design & apply stage makeup (like Pirate or Mermaid) to enhance your character. This class is perfect if you’re into: Good mysteries in the style of Nancy Drew, Stranger Things, Goosebumps, Scooby Doo, Spy School, Boxcar Children… and/or if you’re obsessed with mysteries of the Ocean like Mermaids, Sharks, Narwhals, Octopuses, Sea Turtles, Pirates, Sunken Ships, Wise-Cracking Parrots, Eye Patches, Peg Legs, Hook Hands, Walking the Plank, Gold Doubloons, and very sparkly Buried Treasure…

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Downtown – Musical: A Mic Drop Musical + Beat Box & Dance

June 22 - June 26, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Downtown Campus 16 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
Do you love singing along to pop music or hip hop? Do you love movie or stage musicals? Do you have a favorite song from Hamilton? Would you like the chance to create your own musical? You can! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Mic Drop Musical! Explore Beat Box and Dance and incorporate what you’ve learned into your final performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Dancing, Singing to Pop Music or Showtunes, Hip Hop, Musicals like Hamilton and In the Heights or any stage or movie musical!

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Build a World: Outer Space Adventure

June 29 - July 2, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Transform the basement of SteppingStone into an Outer Space Adventure. Create an intergalactic ambience by crafting space-themed scenery, props, costumes, and stage makeup. Embellish your world by developing out-of-this-world scenes and characters. On the final day of class, family & friends will tour your outer space odyssey.

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Adventure: Epic Myths & Legends + Character Development & Stage Makeup

July 6 - July 10, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Far-off places, daring sword fights, a prince in disguise! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: Epic Myths & Legends. Go deep into character development and learn how to design & apply stage makeup (like a Hobbit or Voldemort) to enhance your character & performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: adventure & fantasy stories like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Heroes of Olympus, Doctor Who, Percy Jackson, Legends of Tomorrow, Princess Bride, Shrek, Aru Shah, Wings of Fire, Neil Gaiman, Mythology, Fairy Tale, or Urban Legends…

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Musical: A Musical with Music from Musicals – The Musical! + Dance & Music

July 13 - July 17, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Do you love singing? Do you love dancing? Do you know every lyric to your favorite movie or musical? Do you want to co-write your own musical?! Now’s your chance! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Musical with Music from Musicals – The Musical! Explore Music and Dance and incorporate what you’ve learned into your final performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Musicals! Singing! Dancing! Lin Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Llyod Weber, Team Starkid, Disney, and other Musical Greats…

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Downtown – Musical: A Potter-verse Musical + Dance & Music

July 13 - July 17, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Location: Downtown Campus 16 W 5th St, St Paul, MN 55102
You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to create the musical! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Potter-verse Musical! This class is perfect if you’re into: Singing & Dancing PLUS Harry Potter Books, Harry Potter Movies, Harry Potter Costumes, Harry Potter Games, Wands, Cloaks, Magic, Witches, Wizards, Feeling deeply connected to your House Identity, Talking Hats, or having super-awesome friends who love adventures as much as you do!

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Sci-Fi: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away… + Prop Design & Stage Combat

July 20 - July 24, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Calling all Space & Sci-Fi Fanatics! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: In a Galaxy Far, Far Away… . Design props to be used for the show and learn how to create simple & safe fight choreography you can incorporate into your performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Old Star Wars, New Star Wars, Star Wars Books, Star Wars Games, Star Wars Costumes, BABY YODA(!!!)… but also, if you like other outer space adventures like Star Trek, Thor, Captain Marvel, Doctor Who, Wall-E, Monsters vs. Aliens OR if you like books about Aliens, Galaxies, Planets, Black Holes, and Stars! 

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Action: Amazing Adventures! Fantastic Fights! Hilarious Heroes! + Comedy & Stage Combat

July 27 - July 31, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Calling all Graphic Novel, Comic Book, Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson fans! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: Amazing Adventures! Fantastic Fights! Hilarious Heroes! Keep the action light as you take a comedy sampler course and learn how to create simple & safe fight choreography you can incorporate into your performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: All things Action/Adventure! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Hero Movies, Marvel, DC, Dog Man, Captain Underpants, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter,  The Avengers, The Last Kids on Earth, or Amulet…

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Musical: A Potter-verse Musical + Dance & Music

August 3 - August 7, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, now it’s time to create the musical! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Potter-verse Musical! Explore Music and Dance and incorporate what you’ve learned into your final performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Singing & Dancing PLUS Harry Potter Books, Harry Potter Movies, Harry Potter Costumes, Harry Potter Games, Wands, Cloaks, Magic, Witches, Wizards, Feeling deeply connected to your House Identity, Talking Hats, or having super-awesome friends who love adventures as much as you do!

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Social Change: Act Now! + Recycled Costumes & Creative Writing

August 10 - August 14, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Just like Greta Thunberg, take a stand against the Climate Crisis! Young people’s voices are powerful, use yours to Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: Act Now! Design costumes from found materials and recycled objects to be used in the show and explore your thoughts through creative writing which you can incorporate into your final performance. This class is perfect if you’re into: Social Issues centered around climate change, recycling, waste reduction, caring for the environment, wanting to make a positive impact on your community, and wanting to make a positive change in the world.

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Musical: A Daring Disney Musical + Dance & Music

August 17 - August 21, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Calling all Disney fanatics! Create and Perform an original show based on the theme: A Daring Disney Musical! Explore Music and Dance and incorporate what you’ve learned into your final performance. Singing & Dancing plus DCOMs like Descendants, Zombies, and High School Musical OR if you enjoy other Disney Stuff like Disney Songs, Disney Characters, Disney Movies, Disney Shows, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and all things Wonderful World of Disney.

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Build a World: Under the Sea

August 24 - August 27, 2020

8:30am - 4:00pm

Transform the basement of SteppingStone into an Underwater Adventure. Give each room an ocean ambience by using your imagination to construct sea-themed scenery and create ocean-dwelling characters. Design basic stage makeup & costumes, and create an entire underwater world using crafting materials. Family & friends will explore your aquatic adventure on the final day of class.

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