Spring Classes via ZOOM

Spring Classes via ZOOM

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Our spring ZOOM classes focus on building the theatrical skill that we need the most right now: IMPROVISATION!  Small class size and a supportive, high-energy environment will take your acting to the next level.  All classes end with a showcase performance on ZOOM.

What students from our spring break camps (via ZOOM) are saying:

I liked it because we got to do all of the fun things we do at camp but from home.

— Student

The only thing I would change would be to make it a month!

— Student

May Madness Improv!

For a current 4-6th grader plus an adult, ideally on different computers.

Your family team will create characters, environments and scenes with your new virtual BFFs!  Liberate your imagination, respond spontaneously, and have a blast with other Traveling Players families.  Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun!  Beginners very welcome.

Dates: every Wednesday in May (6, 13, 20, 27), 4-5pm

Instructor: Joe Godburn

Early Bird Tuition: $55 per participant, $110 per camper + parent (before Apr 26 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $60 per participant, $120 per camper + parent

Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun!  A great introduction for the beginner and a deeper exploration for the more experienced, this class will focus on listening, practicing to be a leader and a follower, liberating the imagination, responding spontaneously, physical and vocal specificity and committing to choices.  Students will create characters, environments and scenes; and they’ll learn how to apply their improvisational skills to developing a character for a play, as well as improvisational performance.  And, we might even delve into LONG form!  Ooohhh!  You have to join!

Dates: every Thursday in May (7, 14, 21, 28), 4-5:15pm

Instructor: Katie Elliott

Early Bird Tuition: $60 (before Apr 26 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $75

8th graders accepted by permission of the instructor. If you have been accepted into Shakespeare Ensemble, you already have permission.

Improvisation is an actor’s life-long tool, and the best part is, you’re only doing it right if you’re having fun!  A great introduction for the beginner and a deeper exploration for the more experienced, this class will focus on listening, practicing to be a leader and a follower, liberating the imagination, responding spontaneously, physical and vocal specificity and committing to choices.  Students will create characters, environments and scenes; and they’ll learn how to apply their improvisational skills to developing a character for a play, as well as improvisational performance.  And, we might even delve into LONG form!  Ooohhh!  You have to join!

Dates: every Friday in May (8, 15, 22, 29), 4-5:30pm

Instructor: Katie Elliott

Early Bird Tuition: $75 (before Apr 26 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $90

Improv Jam + Open House!

Whether you’re a Traveling Players lifer or a total newcomer, this event is for you!

Invite Grandpa!  Get your Mom!  Heck, ask Aunt Sue, too!  Free to everyone, and everyone can play!  Jam masters and improv gurus Joe Godburn and Katie Elliott get you up, playing, and creating something truly memorable in no time.  Rated G the whole evening. 

Plus — Artistic Director Jeanne Harrison will be there to answer your questions about our summer programs, how the shift to digital camp will work, and what makes a Traveling Players summer joyous, artistically challenging, and a place for friendships to flourish!

  • Friday, June 5th, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Tuition: FREE! (Registration required.)
  • Ages: 4th grade to adult – alums, parents and grandparents can play!
  • Improv Jam will be held online via ZOOM.
  • Instructor: Joe Godburn and Katie Elliott

Puppetry Class! (grades 6 - 8)

Mondays (May 11, 18, 25, June 1), 4:00-5:30pm

So, what’s the deal with puppets?

Take an object—any old object—and look at it. It’s a just a thing. A useful thing, maybe, but an object with no life.

But with puppets, you get to be a craftsperson and a magician, taking an object and breathing it to life!

Using a design from your imagination, we will create puppets and give them personalities. We’ll experiment with movementgames, and storytelling where your puppet takes center stage.

We’ll begin with theater games and design activities, and then move to puppet design and construction. Then it’s time to put on the finishing touches and make your puppet come alive with movement and speech.  We’ll finish the month with original puppet plays!

Puppetry emphasizes developing motor control and proprioception. Building puppets requires design, planning, problem solving, and even engineering skills.

For the developing actor, manipulating a puppet teaches stage presence and focus, as well as sharing the stage, in addition to building strong skills in character development, character voice, projection, and compelling storytelling.

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. We also value the spirit of the ensemble. Our ensemble- and team-building activities create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Tuition: $90

Location: Online via ZOOM!

Teacher: Morgan Shotwell & Ronit Schorr (guest appearance by Jeanne Harrison)

Monologue Coaching

Applying to college? Need to sharpen up those audition monologues? Get some pointers from TPE’s founder & producing artistic director, Jeanne E. Harrison.

Select, rehearse and perform monologues that showcase your strengths as a performer!

We will delve into acting techniques, explore textual analysis, physically train the actor’s body and voice, and discuss/practice audition strategies.

This training is ideal for high school seniors who are preparing audition monologues for college, or anyone who wants to prepare themselves for college, professional, or Traveling Troupe auditions.

Tuition: $150/hr.

Availability: Tailored to your schedule! Contact jeharrison@travelingplayers.org for details.

Want private coaching on a different topic?  Just let us know!  Many of our brilliant instructors have the time to reconnect with you right now. Prices vary with instructors.  Send an email to jeharrison@travelingplayers.org and we’ll help set it up.

Grades 4-5

Early Bird Tuition: $50 (before Apr 24 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $60

Dates: every Wednesday in May (6, 13, 20, 27), 4-5pm

Instructor: Joe Godburn

Grades 6-8

Early Bird Tuition: $60 (before Apr 24 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $75

Dates: every Thursday in May (7, 14, 21, 28), 4-5:15pm

Instructor: Katie Elliott

Grades 8-12

Early Bird Tuition: $75 (before Apr 24 at midnight)

  • Standard Tuition: $90

Dates: every Friday in May (8, 15, 22, 29), 4-5:30pm

Instructor: Katie Elliott