Playwriting, poetry, dance, comedy characters, Shakespeareâs monologues and stage combat! These are some of the classes for young people during Theatricum Botanicumâs 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, Theatricumâs philosophy of arts education does not changeâthey seek to encourage collaboration, creativity and critical thinking in a positive, nurturing environment.
Theatricumâs youth and teen classes can build confidence, poise and sparks creativity.
âMy program is divided into ages 8-11, 12-14 and 15-18,â said Cindy Kania-Guastaferro, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Youth /Teen Programs Manager. âThere is even a young peopleâs program from ages 4-7 online.â Enroll at: (theatricum.com/youngpeople).
Based on the age category, the online classes are about one and a half hours or less.
âWe all hate the Zoom, but most of the classes are only half hour,â said Kania-Guastaferro. âthey 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 âA Midsummer Nightâs Dreamâ or they have parents in the business, especially in Los Angeles âŠ there is a proliferation of opportunities for children, with so many actors who teach; itâs a way of keeping their creative juices going.â
Kania-Guastaferro also said we need more playwrights and itâs a great way to start kids at a young age.
âFor some, acting is not for them, so playwriting is a great way to keep kids with a creative voice involved,â she said. âSome kids are really creative, itâs amazing, 12 to 18-years-old. The classes are exciting and creative and add some zest to your childâs day. Plus, friendsÂ and relatives living in different cities can take classes together.â
Youth Teen class. Photo courtesy Theatricum
DynamicÂ DanceÂ with Shivaniâages 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (310) 455-2322.
Comedy Characters with ChristineâAges 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 atÂ email@example.com or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.
Purpose in PoetryâIntro to Writing Poetry with Candace Nicholas-LippmanâAges 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.Â Why Poetry? âI love poetry,â Nicholas-Lippman wrote. âJust like many other art forms, poetry isÂ anotherÂ form of expression. It allows an artist an outlet to express their thoughts and feelings which is extremely importantÂ especiallyÂ for children and youth who may often times feel unseen, unheard or as though no oneÂ understandsÂ them.Â The poetry community is soÂ supportiveÂ and I find poetry (all art) extremely therapeutic. Putting your words, your thoughts, your feelings on paper is so brave; but then toÂ alsoÂ share your art with others, is when healing, self-discovery and self-empowerment begins.â 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 atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.
Shakespeare Monologues with Max LawrenceâAges 14-18
Bring serious or comedic monologues up to performance level. Theatricumâs 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 studentsâ 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 atÂ email@example.comÂ or leave her a message at (310) 455-2322.
with Karen Hardcastleâ13-18 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 atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org 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 itâuse one, two, or all 13! Once purchased, students can watch / review / repeat each segment as often as theyâd like. All videos are available to watch online or download and keep forever.
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