Summer 2023 Intensive
All classes are tuition-free and open to all rising 9th-12th grade students! Free Theatre alumni are also welcome if there is room in the class. You must be able to commit to attend all sessions of the class in order to register (exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis). Also, please watch for classes that overlap — you cannot be in two places at the same time. Classes will be held in-person. Calendar and registration form links are at the bottom of this page!
Instructor bios can be found HERE.
Class Locations: BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD 20874 The Ratner Museum, 10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
AUDITIONING WORKSHOP (1 class, limited to 30 students) Date: Sunday, August 13 Time: 2-6 pm Instructors: Rikki Howie Lacewell and Marci Shegogue Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
This workshop will prepare you for the basic musical theatre audition process. We will be covering what to bring with you, how to prep materials, best ways to present yourself, and how to get through the audition feeling confident. We will focus on the vocal part of the audition including choosing songs, warming up, and how to collaborate with an accompanist; the dance audition, including what to wear and how to do your best even as a non-dancer; the cold read, including how to prepare for anything. We will have some demos on dos and don’ts! Please bring with you: a 3-ring binder (any size) with two clean hole-punched print-outs of sheet music for songs you like to sing, several pieces of notebook paper, a highlighter and a pencil.
(6 classes in the session, limited to 10 students) Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, July 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 Time: 6-9pm Instructor: TJ Lukascina Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
ACTING A SONG
(3 classes in the session, limited to 10 students) Dates: Tuesdays June 20, 27 and July 11 (no class July 4) Time: 9am-12pm Instructor: Jimmy Mavrikes Location: The Ratner Museum
(4 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: Saturdays July 8, 15, 22, 29 Time: 12-3pm Instructor: Melanie Barber Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
This class will consist of discussions and practicum in the art of dance-making (choreography) using dance steps and working through how they fit into pieces. You will learn how to create dances that fit time, place, story and skill levels, and also work on audition setups. We will focus on how to collaborate with the rest of the creative and production team (director, musical director, stage manager and designers) and talk about tips, tricks and pitfalls when it comes to being a choreographer.
(3 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: Wednesdays July 12, 19, 26 Time: 6-9pm Instructor: Rikki Howie Lacewell Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
The principles of choreographing include structure, design, devices, and relationships. Learn how to use these principles in conjunction with organization to create choreography. If you are considering leadership roles, this class is a great companion class to the Choreography Intensive!
MUSIC DIRECTING INTENSIVE (7 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 and Aug 1 Time: 6-9pm Instructor: Marci Shegogue Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
This workshop is intensive training for students interested in being hired as a Music Director for theatre productions. Prerequisite: intermediate piano, note reading and choral singing. You will learn everything that is involved in music directing, including preparing a score, working with the creative and production teams, auditions/casting, the rehearsal process, assigning and teaching vocal harmonies, vocal coaching basics, hiring and working with pit musicians, conducting, and how to be an effective leader. This class will focus on applying these skills.
COSTUME DESIGN INTENSIVE
(6 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: July 8, 11, 13, 22, 25, 28 Time: July 8 and 22 are 9am-12pm, the rest are 6-9pm Instructor: Kristina Martin Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts
LIGHTING DESIGN INTENSIVE
(5 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: Monday-Friday July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Time: 12-3pm Location: The Ratner Museum Instructor: Hailey LaRoe
SCENIC DESIGN INTENSIVE
(4 classes, limited to 10 students) Dates: July 6, 8, 10, 12 Time: July 8 is 12-2pm at BlackRock Center for the Arts The rest are 3-5pm at The Ratner Museum
Ever wonder who decides what scenery ends up on stage? Join local scenic designer Megan Holden as she takes you into the world of scenic design! This hands on workshop will cover the basics of designing scenery for the stage and give each student a chance to design, model, and share their very own designs. Learn how to bring your ideas to life on stage!
PROPS DESIGN INTENSIVE
(1 workshop, limited to 10 students) Date: July 24 Time: 12:30-3:30pm Location: The Ratner Museum Instructor: Rooster Skylar Sultan
In this one-day workshop, you will learn the process of theatrical prop design, including organizing, procuring, creativity and tracking techniques. We will discuss how prop design fits into the bigger picture of the production, and how collaboration with the creative and production teams can make or break a show.
THEATRE & IMPROV GAMES!
(3 individual workshops, limited to 10 students each) Dates: June 30, July 6 and July 18 Time: 6-9pm Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts Instructor: Jessica Vogel
Sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 Theatre Improv Game nights! We will spend the whole time playing theatre games – have fun with some old favorites, and experience some new ones with us!
STAGE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
(1 workshop, limited to 10 students) Dates: July 22 Time: 3-8pm Location: BlackRock Center for the Arts Instructor: Brittany Huffman and Lauren Markovich
Regardless of your level of stage management knowledge, this is a chance for you to walk through the basics, ask questions and get them answered, and learn problem-solving.
INTRO TO DRAMATURGY
(2 classes, no limit) Dates: July 27 and 28 Time: 6-8pm Location: on Zoom, link will be sent to registrants Instructor: Rikki Howie Lacewell
Click on the links below for the full calendar and registration form!