Musical theater classes help students develop vocal technique, confidence and work on personalizing performances to tell a story! Young actors will learn the basic principles of acting in a class that incorporates vocal diction and projection, improvisation and scene study, and theater exercises to help build a strong ensemble. No experience necessary, everyone is welcome.
Broadway and Beyond
Ages 11-17 This class will work on choreography from musicals and movies, utilizing movement ideas from these shows to create original choreography, and teach the basics a dancer would need for the dance component of an audition. Students in this class will also act as the dance ensemble for the NMS Musical Theater Workshop spring musical presentation.
Cabaret is a medium that combines the performers’ musicality and interpretive imagination in an intimate performance setting. Students in this class will explore different approaches to understanding what motivates a song, and work towards a public performance at the end of each term. Students will choose material in consultation with the instructor. An informal interview is required. Teens welcome with permission of instructor. Maximum of six students per class.
Musical Theater Workshop
Performers who can dance, sing and act are considered a “triple threat”. These courses encompass all three disciplines. Skills are taught through vocal coaching, improvisation, comedy, monologues and multiple dance genres. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a year end performance of musical theater scenes and/or abridged productions.
Age 8-12: This class is a great introduction to the world of musical theater. The basics of dance, voice, and drama are incorporated in this fun and exploratory 60 minute class. The teaching artist works with students to build a strong foundation of skills in all three areas.
Age 13-15: This 90-minute course builds upon the format of our Level 1 class. Students work with a vocal coach (both individually and in groups), as well as a director/choreographer. This more focused approach propels the students’ expressive freedom and confidence in all three areas.
Age 16 & up: Students in this 90-minute course work toward integration of the three skill areas toward a complete, dynamic performance. Working with a vocal coach and director/choreographer, students polish their skills in preparation for competitive auditions and fully staged performances. In addition to taking Musical Theater Workshop, students are required to enroll in a minimum of one additional activity (voice, dance or acting) to further build their technical skill and support their growth.