The SOOP Theatre Arts Workshops provide the perfect solution for children who are just starting out in theatre and want to learn about the performance process – or who do not have the time to commit to the intensive schedule of a Mainstage Production – or who would like to just continue honing their skills!. Our Workshop productions follow a class format for ten weeks; there is no audition for the class – if you register, you are in! Below is a more detailed description of each age level.
K-2 Workshops (Alphabet SOOPers)
In this 10 week workshop, students will explore their “actor’s toolbox” helping to open their voices, creatively move their bodies, and expand their imaginations through exercises and interactive theatre games. Each week, children will work on diction and projection, singing (in a sing-along format), creative movement as well as an abridged script. The class will culminate with a low pressure final sharing to give them a nurturing performance opportunity. Class goals are to teach students how to tell a story using text, movement and song while learning how to collaborate, improve focus, gain confidence and expand their creativity through imaginative theatre play.
3-5 Workshops (Child Stars)
In this 10 week workshop, students will learn how to further develop their instrument and begin to have a greater understanding of the process of putting together a production. Emphasis will be on ensemble building, character development and creative collaboration while also working on actor’s exercises to help open the voice and body. A selection of songs (this time with performance track accompaniment) and scenes will be chosen from the Musical Theatre genre and each student will be assigned 1-2 scenes as well as several ensemble songs with staging and choreography. The final day of class will culminate with a student presentation to share their work and creativity with family and friends in a supportive, low pressure performing opportunity.
6-8 Workshops (Pre-Teens)
In this, 10 week workshop, our oldest students will continue to further develop their instrument at a more intense pace with higher expectations and begin to work in a self-motivated atmosphere. Emphasis will still be on ensemble building, character development, creative collaboration, actor’s exercises to help open the voice and body, etc. The new implementation at this level will be the instruction of music and singing technique with a teaching artist / music director – all from a specific score of music, where each student will learn about creating an ensemble sound, distinct voice parts, etc. An abridged version of the musical libretto will be assigned, as well as staging and choreography – all in an attempt to “present” a mini-musical on the final day of class for family and friends in a supportive, low pressure performing opportunity.