Theatricum Offers Youth and Teen Fall Online Programs

Annemarie DonkinBy Annemarie Donkin

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Theatricum Offers Youth and Teen Fall Online Programs
Online Stage Combat Series—Quarterstaff. Photo courtesy Theatricum
Playwriting, poetry, dance, comedy characters, Shakespeare’s monologues and stage combat! These are some of the classes for young people during Theatricum Botanicum’s fall session.
It is a widely held belief that the main benefits of performing arts for young people include improving life skills and academic performance. While classes are now conducted online via Zoom, Theatricum’s philosophy of arts education does not change—they seek to encourage collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in a positive, nurturing environment. Theatricum’s youth and teen classes can build confidence, poise and sparks creativity. “My program is divided into ages 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18,” said Cindy Kania-Guastaferro, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Youth /Teen Programs Manager. “There is even a young people’s program from ages 4-7 online.” Enroll at: (theatricum.com/youngpeople). Based on the age category, the online classes are about one and a half hours or less. “We all hate the Zoom, but most of the classes are only half hour,” said Kania-Guastaferro. “they are only twice a week, three weeks long and only six classes per session. Kids who come to Theatricum are very special, most of them are aware of live theatre from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” or they have parents in the business, especially in Los Angeles 
 there is a proliferation of opportunities for children, with so many actors who teach; it’s a way of keeping their creative juices going.” Kania-Guastaferro also said we need more playwrights and it’s a great way to start kids at a young age. “For some, acting is not for them, so playwriting is a great way to keep kids with a creative voice involved,” she said. “Some kids are really creative, it’s amazing, 12 to 18-years-old. The classes are exciting and creative and add some zest to your child’s day. Plus, friends and relatives living in different cities can take classes together.”
Youth Teen class. Photo courtesy Theatricum
Dynamic Dance with Shivani—ages 7-9
Get out of your seat and onto your feet! Discover dance moves to make you groove. This class will keep you moving while you travel through the world, experiencing dances from all genres. Maximum 10 students.
Ages: 7-9 years old
Days: Wednesdays and Fridays.
Times: 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., PST
Dates: Sept. 23 to Oct. 23
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $100
Enroll at: theatricum.com/yp-dance
For more information about the Young People classes, contact Elisa at youngpeople@theatricum.com or leave a message at (310) 455-2322.

Comedy Characters w/ KiDanĂ©! —ages 8-11
In this course, students will explore different ways they can use their bodies, voices and imagination to create comedic characters. Students will use the tools that they learn to bring to life two characters (one human and one non-human) of their own creation. Maximum 12 students.
Ages: 9-11
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., PST
Dates: Sept. 29 to Oct. 29
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $100
Enroll at:theatricum.com/youth-characters
For more information about Youth Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave a message at (310) 455-2322.

Comedy Characters with Christine—Ages 12-14
Using theatre games, improvisation, physical exercises and traditional Commedia, students will learn how an actor uses their body, voice and imagination to create funny characters and have fun doing it! Maximum 15 students.
Ages: 12-14
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 4 p.m. to 4:45 pm, PST
Dates: Oct. 6 to Nov. 5
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $125
Enroll at:theatricum.com/yt-characters
For more information about Youth/Teen Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.

Purpose in Poetry—Intro to Writing Poetry with Candace Nicholas-Lippman—Ages 13-18
Candace Nicholas-Lippman is an actress, spoken word artist and arts educator with a passion for using her God-given talents to uplift others. Why Poetry? “I love poetry,” Nicholas-Lippman wrote. “Just like many other art forms, poetry is another form of expression. It allows an artist an outlet to express their thoughts and feelings which is extremely important especially for children and youth who may often times feel unseen, unheard or as though no one understands them. The poetry community is so supportive and I find poetry (all art) extremely therapeutic. Putting your words, your thoughts, your feelings on paper is so brave; but then to also share your art with others, is when healing, self-discovery and self-empowerment begins.” Maximum 15 students.
Ages: 13 to 18
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Times: 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., PST
Dates: Sept. 21 to Oct. 21
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $150
Enroll at: theatricum.com/teen-poetry
For more information about Teen Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.

Shakespeare Monologues with Max Lawrence—Ages 14-18
Bring serious or comedic monologues up to performance level. Theatricum’s celebrated Actor/Teaching artist Max Lawrence will guide, shape and nurture your performance of a Shakespeare monologue (choose a favorite, or we can provide one for you!). Learn from others while working together in a supportive group of teenage artists, actors and Shakespeare lovers! Final session will be a sharing of students’ work. Maximum 15 students.
Ages: 14 to 18
Days: Tuesdays
Times: 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., PST
Dates: September 29 to October 27
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $150
Enroll at: theatricum.com/youthteen
For more information about Teen Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.

with Karen Hardcastle—13-18 years old.
Work with fellow teens in a supportive ensemble writing and sharing short scenes and monologues. Learn playwriting exercises designed to create more dynamic and unique characters; write scenes that show (not tell) the action; make playwriting fun and accessible. Students will share their work throughout the process in a space where it is safe to take risks and try new things. A chance for all voices to grow stronger and be heard! Final invited reading open to family and friends. Maximum 9 students.
Ages: 13-18
Days: Saturdays
Times: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., PST
Dates: Sept. 26 to Oct. 24
Location: Online, via Zoom App
Tuition: $150
Enroll at: theatricum.com/yt-playwriting/#enroll.
For more information about our Youth/Teen Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.

Combat Snippets! Online Stage Combat Series
Theatricum teaching artists, choreographers and fighter/performers Celina Lee Surniak and Mollie Wilson take participants through short, fun, physical stage combat moves using a Broadsword, Lightsaber and Quarterstaff! Each short segment includes a warmup, breakdown of a move, practice, and a cool-down. Each segment builds on the one before it—use one, two, or all 13! Once purchased, students can watch / review / repeat each segment as often as they’d like. All videos are available to watch online or download and keep forever.
Purchase at:theatricum.com/snippets
For more information about our Youth/Teen Classes, contact Cindy Kania-Guastaferro at youth@theatricum.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322 n

For more information about Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, go to theatricum.com; Twitter—Twitter.com/theatricum; Facebook—Facebook.com/theatricum
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