Summer Programs 2012
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MELODRAMA FESTIVAL PROGRAMS
Directors: Nick Bombicino & Jane Baker
Part I: ages 9 – 11
JUNE 18 - June 22 and June 25 - June 29 9:00am-3:30pm (training and rehearsal)
Performances: June 29,30 and July 1
Part II: ages 12 – 15
JULY 16 - July 20 and July 23- JULY 27 9:00am-3:30pm (training and rehearsal)
Performances: July 27,28,29
Want to learn lots of great stuff about theater by playing action packed, fun and funny cartoon characters like heroes, villains, and fools? You get to be big, bold, loud, and silly. You dress in wild colors, and get sprayed with water or shaving cream. And at the end of the two weeks, you get to do real live shows for packed houses with audiences that hiss and boo and cheer your every move! Melodrama has been NEYT’s favorite summer program for eleven years running. It fills up almost immediately so don’t wait! Get ready for the fun time of your life!
MUSICAL THEATER: GODSPELL
Director: Stephen Stearns
Performing: July 6-14
JUNE 18 – JULY 6, 9:00am-4pm
Singing! Dancing! Acting! During NEYT’s Musical Theater Summer Program you can play in all three areas! In essence, "Godspell" is a clown show, retelling the stories from the Gospel of Matthew. It is an ensemble theater piece with many parts for everyone to play, and a place in the spotlight for every actor. Auditions are mandatory, and will be held on April 18th from 4-6pm at NEYT, with callbacks on April 19th from 4-6pm.
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak
Godspell is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com
THEATRE ADVENTURE PROGRAM
Directors: Laura Lawson Tucker & Darlene Jensen
Location: Guilford Central School
JUNE 25– JULY 13 (No camp July 4) 9:00am-12:00pm ARRIVALS 8:30- 8:50)
Presentation: Fri July 13, 7 pm, Guilford Central School
Theatre Adventure Program is a theater arts experience for students who have disabilities, and a few of their typically developing peers. The Theatre Adventure Summer Troupe includes youth and adult students. This dynamic inclusive Theater Troupe will explore percussion, pantomime, improvisation, scene studies, costuming, filming, and fabric arts. The tech students of this Troupe will create a thirty-minute film highlighting the creative work of the students during the seminar. The film will be shown on Friday, July 13 at 7 pm with an actor’s talkback session immediately following the film.
Contact the Directors for further details:
JUNIOR SHAKESPEARE:Get Thee to the Funnery
Show: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Directors: Jonny Flood & Veronica Barron
Performing: July 20-21 Tuition: $400
JULY 9 – JULY 20 9:00am -3:30pm
Kids and adults everywhere have heard about the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. They usually think of his plays as hard to understand, humorless and dull. Boy, are they wrong! Get The to the Funnery will take you on the fun, funny and action packed journey of your life when you act out this summer’s Jr. Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night. Jonny & Veronica will teach you how to act Shakespeare as if you were a college student and a fool at the same time. Your vocabulary will grow by 100% and your acting skills will triple! If you want to become a good actor and you’re between the age of 12 and 16, this program is for you. Please sign up early, because we only take 16 students!
DRAMA & DRESS UP
Teacher: Jessica Callahan
JULY 30 - AUGUST 3 9:00am-12:00pm
The classroom is bedecked with a rack of wild clothes, musical instruments, and lots of silly props. Each day a dramatic story will be used as a springboard for imaginative and supported play for youngsters. We will incorporate acting, singing, dancing, and even some yoga! Every day will be a new adventure into different cultures, characters and emotions. It will be your child’s first step into the NEYT family.
Teachers: Ben Stockman & Maureen Ward
JULY 30 - AUGUST 3 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Like to read books? Do you ever imagine yourself as the characters that you read about, like Max who journeys to Where the Wild Things Are, or Harold who creates his own adventures with a Purple Crayon? In this summer program students ages 6-8 can explore many aspects of theater using great books as jumping off points! Students get to let their creativity loose to create characters from princesses to monsters. They will make scripts, build and paint scenery of any place you might imagine, and put together colorful costumes!
Director: Kevin O'Keefe
Performing: July 21 at NEYT
Rehearsals will be held at the Vernon School
JULY 10 – JULY 21
We know you’re a kid who wants to run away and join the circus, to learn all the tricks of the jugglers, clowns and wirewalkers! At Circus Minimus you’ll find fabulous toys to play with: mats to tumble on, balls to roll, unicycles to ride, plates and poi to spin, rings to toss, flags to wave, stilts to walk upon and all kinds of wild and wacky clothes to wear! Every day will be a new adventure and the show at program’s end is utterly thrilling. So don’t wait–sign up now for the greatest time of your life; we want you in the act! Directed by ringmaster Kevin O'Keefe and friends.
SENIOR SHAKESPEARE: TITUS ANDRONICUS
Director: David Vann, with Keely Eastley
JULY 23 – AUGUST 10 9:00am-4:00pm
LEAP INTO ACTING
Teachers: Stephen Stearns & Jane Baker
AUGUST 6 – AUGUST 10 9:00am -12:00pm
“Playful pedagogy for petite players!” Leap Into Acting focuses on finely fixing first-timers’ tips of the tongue, teeth and lips around tricky text; tuning students’ appetites to comedy and dramedy; and cleverly clowning camaraderie. With Stephen Stearns and Jane Baker, kids will explore characters, poetry, music and clowning, and be grinning from ear to ear while begging their parents to stay and play all night. This program blends acting games with effective voice and physical training. Children are introduced to the magic of theater along with the rhythms and rhymes of our amazing English language.
TECHNICAL THEATER PROGRAM
Teacher: Rick Barron, with Jerry Stockman
Monday, June 18-Sunday, July 15; 9am-3:30pm weekdays + all weekend performances
Monday, July 16-Sunday, August 12; 9am-3:30pm weekdays + all weekend performances
The technical theater program at NEYT trains students in elements of stage carpentry and set construction, painting, decorating, and set management- moving sets and set pieces, changing sets between scenes or shows, and generally being responsible for all that the audiences see and the actors use during a performance of a play. In addition, they learn how to light a show, and operate lights, sound, and follow spots when needed. In the summer, this is particularly intense, as we do 4 melodramas, a major Shakespeare and a major musical, and several other smaller productions, all in the space of 8 weeks. The time commitment is huge, so be sure you can make all the dates if you sign up.
For any new techies out there- you will help design, build, assemble, and paint the sets, change sets between shows, run lights, sound, projections, and follow-spots as needed. You are a vital part of each production and performance, so make sure you can handle the time commitment. We may be able to allow the occasional day off during the week, if there is no tech or dress rehearsal going on that absolutely requires your attendance.