WELCOME to Theatre School at Midland Community Theatre!
Below are some commonly asked questions parents ask when registering their children for our Theatre School program. Hopefully this will answer any general questions you may have. If you do have additional concerns, or specific questions concerning certain classes, I am happy to talk with you about them. Just give me a call at 682-2544, Extension 3021 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT IS THEATRE SCHOOL?
MCT’s TheatreSchool philosophy relies on “creative drama” as the basis for all of its theme-based classes. What does this mean? Creative drama incorporates improvisation springing from a variety of activities such as storytelling, movement and physical action, music and art which lead to imaginative play and creative expression. The hope is that your child will build social skills, self-confidence and a love of creative expression. These skills can be beneficial in all areas of life beyond a performance arena.
Our final session each spring will focus on production and performance. Please see the current year’s brochure to see themes utilized in classes, as well as the title of the play for the upcoming year.
HOW IS CREATIVE DRAMA DIFFERENT FROM ACTING?
Acting and creative drama are similar in that they both require imagination and reflect human experience. The major difference is that creative drama is focused on the process of self-expression and its goal is not performance for an audience. However, though the final goal is not production, we do integrate age appropriate production elements into the classes, such as audition techniques and staging of a production, as well as a classroom showcase for parents to see what students have been working on.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CREATIVE DRAMA?
Many benefits come from participation in creative drama. Activities are structured to provide an open environment for the class to focus not only on imagination building, but also concentration activities, socialization and self-expression. This open environment is less stressful than being asked to perform for an audience. By creating a safety net for students to experiment in drama-related activities, they can then move more easily into the world of theatre production because they will have the confidence in themselves and the skills they have learned to take them to the stage.
WILL ACTING BE A PART OF THEATRE SCHOOL?
Although the main focus of TheatreSchool is the creative process, some activities will emphasize acting. Work with character development, improvisation with given circumstances, and monologue and scene work may be included, especially as students get older and/or more comfortable with what theatre is all about. We will also work on practical elements of the rehearsal process, such as blocking and stage movement, especially as we plan for the spring production.
WILL MY CHILD GET TO PERFORM FOR AN AUDIENCE?
As stated above, most sessions of TheatreSchool are not oriented toward performance. It is our hope that the skills learned throughout the year will lead your child to be more comfortable and confident within the world of theatre and beyond. If your child is involved in any or all of the first three sessions of TheatreSchool during the school year, they will have the opportunity to audition for Session IV, the spring production. Session IV goes from audition, through rehearsal, to a technically supported production in May. Session IV is considered a class, which means registration and tuition are required to participate.
Parent Observation Day occurs the last 15 minutes of the final class day for each session. At this time, students perform a classroom showcase which can include games and activities from the class, a short play based on the work of the session, or other performance projects in a low key atmosphere. We have found that, when parents sit in regularly on classes, students tend to restrict their creative exploration in order to do activities “right.” Since this is not the goal of our classes, we ask that you follow our observation guidelines.
I WANT TO REGISTER, BUT CLASS IS FULL. WHAT DO I DO?
Classes usually do fill up quickly. We fill classes on a first come first served basis. A student is considered registered when they have completed the registration form and paid tuition. A spot in class cannot be held without tuition payment. Also note, there are NO REFUNDS OR TRANSFERS of tuition, so be sure you are ready to commit the time and money to our program.
If a class is full, please consider signing your child up for our Fine Arts Academy Classes. New to Theatre School this year, the Academy classes offer alternative class days for each grade level to develop additional fine arts skills more keenly. Also, your child will still be able to audition for the Spring Theatre School production that comprises Session IV.
In addition, you may wish to be added to the Education Department mailing list. Mailing list students receive our information a week in advance of its city-wide distribution. So when you get that brochure in the mail, it’s best to make a decision quickly about whether you want to register.
Our class sizes depend on a number of factors including the age of students, the type of projects for the class, and the number of teachers and/or assistants. In general, class sizes have a minimum registration of 10 students, and a maximum ranging from 12 to 30. For specific information on class size, you can contact me by phone or email any time.
DO YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
I hope this answers most of your questions regarding TheatreSchool. If you would like to know more please feel free to peruse the education page on the MCT website at (http://mctmidland.org/MCTEducation.php), find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCTEducationDepartment, or contact me as listed below. Thank you for your interest in our programs!
Judith Giebler, Education Director Midland Community Theatre 2000 W. Wadley Ave. Midland, TX 79705 432-682-2544 ext. 121 email@example.com