SPRING 2021 PROGRAM
All offerings during the Spring 2021 session are in-person, aside from the World Premiere Zoom Play. All other in-person classes will be held at The Venue Theater in Conifer, CO. In-person classes will be run under the CDPHE guidelines with limited class size, temperature checks, mask-wearing, and social distancing.
There is limited time to take advantage of these classes, with multiple opportunities requiring registration by the first class to participate. Your space will be reserved when your payment is received. Payment information to register will be released during the Zoom event on 1/6/2021. Below you will find class descriptions and important updates including the status of Fiddler on The Roof:
World Premiere Zoom Play by Jess Austgen
This play will be written in collaboration with the students and be performed and rehearsed via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to work on an original play, create a unique character, and work with artists from outside Conifer.
Age: All Ages
Dates: Commitment required by January 7.
Performances-February 19, 20, 21.
Flexible time commitment.
Cost: $100, including 4 tickets to use or sell. Tickets= $15 each.
Shrek Jr. and Musical Theatre Workshop!
The Venue will be producing a modified, slightly minimalist production of Shrek Jr. for a small live audience (public health levels pending) and live-streamed. As this is a continuation of 2020's production: If you did not receive a refund, your student is eligible to keep their part or audition for a new one with our added cast members. Some roles are already filled. To increase value, as not every child can be in every number due to social distancing, we will be combining rehearsals with skill-building workshops.
Instructors: Director: Amy Fletcher, Musical Director: Steph Fernsler, Choreographer: Diane DeMarco
Age: Grades 6- 8
Rehearsal Dates: Not every student will attend every rehearsal. You will receive your schedule one week in advance. Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays and some Fridays. There is a mandatory tech week leading up to performances.
Tuesdays- Starting January 19 -
Fridays- January 29, February 5, 12, 26 and possible additions 3:30-4:30 pm
April 5-8- TECH WEEK (Times TBA based on character)
Performance Dates- April 9-11 and possibly April 16-18
Cost: $325 (for NewCast Members)
Explore the art of performance through improv, acting games, songs, monologues, and dance. We will work on telling our stories, expressing ourselves, being great citizens & friends by building technical skills in theatre, music, and dance. We will do audition prep at the start of the session, and performance practice (in the form of an open class) near the end of our session. Our goals are to: HAVE FUN, GAIN SKILLS, and BE PREPARED to jump into an Elementary PRODUCTION in the future.
Instructor: EP Archer.
Age: Grades 1-5
Dates: Both Section I and Section II will be held over four weeks on Thursdays from 4:30- 5:30 pm.
Section I- Thursday- January 14, 21, 28 & February 4
Section II- Thursday- February 11, 18, 25, March 4
Cost: $115 per session
High School Short Play Series
The Venue will be casting three short plays, featuring small casts- performed and rehearsed live. Students will prepare and submit a 30-second monologue by the dates below for consideration. This opportunity is limited to students who were enrolled in one of The Venue’s Fall 2020 Session classes.
Age: Grades 9-12
Dates: Auditions- accepted 1/11-1/13. Callbacks will be virtual or in-person the week of January 11, dates and times TBA.
Performances- The weekend of March 12 and possibly the weekend of March 19.
Cost: $150 which, including 4 tickets to use or sell. Tickets= $25 each.
Dancing with Diane!
In addition to the two make-up classes from Fall 2020's session, Diane will be holding a new 5-week session.
Instructor: Diane DeMarco
Age: Grades 9-12
Dates: Fall 2020 Session makeup classes will be held on January 8 and 22.
All class levels held on Fridays: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26 and 3/5
Intro Class: 4:45-5:30 pm
Intermediate Class: 5:45-6:45 pm
Advanced Class: 7-8:30 pm
Cost: Intro Class: $60
Intermediate Class: $80
Advanced Class: $100
Get Out of the Box
A creative workshop to raise skills, authenticity, and connection for actors, playwrights, techies, singers, musicians, and aspiring directors of all kinds. It draws from the following topics: Creative Writing, Improv, Musical Arrangement, Devised Theatre, Musical Theatre, Slam Poetry, Dramatic Interpretation, Songwriting, Fluid Characterization, and Creative Tech Design.
We will move beyond the preconceptions, misconceptions, labels, categories, and structures that limit creativity in order to boldly express & authentically connect. Guests artists will be brought in once per session.
Instructor: EP Archer
Age: Grades 9-12
Dates: Both Section I and Section II will be held over four weeks on Thursdays from 5:45- 7:15 pm. Every 3rd Thursday you’re welcome to stay until 8 PM to share the work you are creating with others or invite friends to share work as well.
Section I- Thursdays-January 14, 21, 28 & February 4
Section II- Thursdays-February 11, 18, 25, March 4
Cost: $95 per session
An Evening of Scenes and Songs: The Dream Role Review
Students (10 max) will work on scenes and songs for a performance to be held in the Spring.
Instructors: Amy Fletcher, EP Archer, TBA
Age: Grades 9- 12. Enrollment preference given to Grade 9.
Dates: Class will meet Tuesday evenings. Time TBA. Spring performance dates will be determined based on the schedule of instructors and enrollees.
Cost: $250. If you did not receive a refund for Shrek last year, you can apply your credit to this class.
Update on Fiddler on the Roof: The current plan is to present Fiddler April 29 - May 2 and May 7-May 9 under the supervision of parent volunteers and our student directors. The rights company doesn't allow live streaming, so performance space and audience will be based on current public health levels in May. We will be approaching this creatively and providing a unique experience for the cast. Rehearsals will be minimal up until two weeks pre-production, in small groups. Currently, there are two roles available. One male and one female. For more information on how to be considered for these roles and tuition costs, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org