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THEATRE CLASSES

"Clearly! Confidently! Creatively!"

For over 66 years DJT has given students the tools to express imaginatively, dream big, and have fun!  Skills and friendships found here last a lifetime.  All classes are led by top area professionals.  Every class concludes with a showcase onstage in our very own Nighswander Theatre.

Fall Session Schedule- September 9 - November 19, 2017

Winter Session Schedule - January 13 - April 7, 2018

INDEX OF CLASSES

(Click on any title to see a description.)
Creative Theatre Fun (3-4yrs)
Broadway Babies (3-4yrs)
*Stuents must be potty-trained before joining.
Acting (5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12yrs)
Teen Acting (13+)
Improv (5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12yrs)
Broadway (5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12yrs)
Magic Workshop (10+) - Fall/Winter Sessions Only
Intermediate Acting (7-9 / 10-13yrs, + pre-requisites)
Advanced Acting (9-13yrs, + pre-requisites)
Homeschool Acting (5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12 / 13+) - Fall/Winter Sessoins Only
Mainstage Studio (11+ yrs, current mainstage student)

Design Classes

Puppetry (8-11 yrs)
Theatrical Design (11+ yrs) - Fall Only
Costume Creation (11+ yrs) - Winter Only

Creative Theatre Fun (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 3-4
Fun! Imagination! Game-Play! Students explore creative role-play, mime, imaginary play, basic improvisation, movement, crafts, and games to develop a healthy & physical imagination. Your little one is sure to gain the confidence to succeed. 

Broadway Babies (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 3-4
Explore storytelling through song and dance.  Broadway develops coordination and social skills through exercises, movement, crafts and games.  Class concludes with a song onstage. 

Acting (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12
New, dynamic, and fun each session, acting class can be taken time and time again to expand foundational skills. Acting develops students' ability to speak clearly, confidently, and creatively! This imaginative, high energy environment provides basic theatre terminology, improvisation, characterization, vocal technique and physical skills.  Concludes with performance of a play!

Intermediate Acting (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 7-9 / 10-13
Pre-requisite: Acting + Other Course or Acting + Teacher Recommendation of skills accomplished
Building on skills learned in previous courses, Intermediate Acting provides a greater learning challenge. Physicality, characterization, and vocalization skills are expanded upon. Grow your skills and make your story larger than life.

Advanced Acting (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 9-13
Pre-requisites: Intermediate Acting x 2 + Teacher Recommendation of skills accomplished
Upon mastering the skills of Intermediate Acting, students are recommended into Advanced Acting. Class deepens the imagination and technique of storytelling.  A variety of tools are used to develop new skills, while reinforcing old ones. It’s something new each time!

Fall Session for Adv Acting : Vocal Work : A lucid and multi-leveled exploration and development of the human voice; your voice is one of the key tools in reaching your full potential as an actor. This class will explore how imagery and imagination in exercises used by professional actors can slowly remove all the things inhibiting your most expressive voice. Once free your voice will follow emotional impulse, connect viscerally with language and transform your ability to communicate on stage... and in life.

Winter Session Focus : TBD

Improv (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12
Ever see ComedySportz or Whose Line is it Anyway? Theatre Improv will have you thinking on the spot in no time!  Countless comedians and public speakers credit their success to improv training.  Through games and exercises, students develop ability to think quickly and imaginatively.

Broadway (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12
Ever wonder what it’s like to be in a Broadway Musical? Come find out!  Broadway class develops storytelling and communication skills in a musical environment.  Physical coordination and confidence flourish.  No one is required to sing a solo (some may be offered), as this class is about building confidence.  It is recommended that students first take an ‘Acting’ class.

Teen Acting (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 13+
Whether a first time actor or experienced veteran, this class is an exciting challenge! Teen Acting is a great way to get theatrical training, some onstage experience, and meet other teens from around the QCA who share an interest in theatre.

Puppetry (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 8-11
Imagine life as a puppet!  What would you do?  What would you say?  How would you perform?  Students explore the creative, and fun, world of stage puppetry!  Through movement, games and exercises, puppetry builds strong motor and coordination skills, while developing the bonds of teamwork with fellow puppeteers.  Class concludes in a one of a kind performance that you won’t want to miss.

Theatrical Design (Fall Schedule)
Ages 11+, Fall Session Only
What does it take to put up a theatrical production?  How do you program lights, design sound, build a set, or collaborate as a designer with a director?  This class is hands on, exploring all the work that goes behind the magic of theatre. Concludes with sharing of new skills and designs.

Costume Creation (Winter Schedule)
Ages 11+, Winter Session Only
Design creatively, using anything in the world around you.  Learn what it takes to create costumes for an entire theatrical show. Students will learn how to develop and alter costumes using a variety of techniques including a sewing machine, sewing by hand, and even gluing and pinning. Costumes created in this class will be shared during showcases for family and friends.

Homeschool Acting (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 5-6 / 7-9 / 10-12 / 13+
New, dynamic, and fun each session, acting class can be taken time and time again to expand foundational skills. Acting develops students' ability to speak clearly, confidently, and creatively! This imaginative, high energy environment provides basic theatre terminology, improvisation, characterization, vocal technique and physical skills.  Concludes with performance of a play!

Mainstage Studio (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 11+
Pre-requisites: Current Mainstage Student
The Mainstage Studio class is designed to offer continued challenges for our most experienced students.  Class will focus in on a single area: an acting style, movement method, vocal technique, or more.  Keep learning and growing through all your years at DJT.

Fall Session : Stanislavski Acting Method : Constantin Stanislavski is considered by some the greatest acting teachers of all time. His notes on productions and classes are crucial documents in the history of modern stage.  Students will study through scene work Stanislavski's "system," offering both a means of mastering the craft of acting and of stimulating the actor's individual imagination and creativity. Generations of actors have been inspired by his ideas - the "magic if," "emotional memory," the "unbroken line" - and by his hallmark of an unwavering commitment to theatrical truth. This class will have you playing your characters with great strength, intention, and creativity.

Winter Session for Mainstage : Vocal Work : A lucid and multi-leveled exploration and development of the human voice; your voice is one of the key tools in reaching your full potential as an actor. This class will explore how imagery and imagination in exercises used by professional actors can slowly remove all the things inhibiting your most expressive voice. Once free your voice will follow emotional impulse, connect viscerally with language and transform your ability to communicate on stage... and in life.

Magic Workshop (Fall Schedule / Winter Schedule)
Ages 10+
Award-winning magician, David Casas, will lead this special 6-week magic workshop series at Davenport Junior Theatre! Students will learn basic tricks involving slight of hand, rope, balls, cards, and other everyday items turned to magic. Magic teaches focus, dedication, coordination and communication. All magic supplies are covered by the enrollment fee. The class will conclude with a demonstration of skills learned.




 
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