Registration is already well underway, so if you’ve been putting it off, consider this your reminder! At the time of this posting one class is already full and every class is at least 1/3 of the way filled.
Introducing the NEW Parkway Playhouse Junior! We are excited to be moving to process-based, conservatory style classes with the 2017-2018 school year. At Parkway Playhouse, we believe building a well-rounded foundation in theatre arts is crucial to creating successful productions and, more importantly, setting our students up for life long success!
Conservatory classes will run September-May and culminate with the inspiring Parkway Junior Showcase, a recital-style event that allows each student to share the knowledge and skills they’ve gained throughout the year. Classes will be taught by teachers who have college degrees in their designated field, experience in the arts, and a passion to share it with our students!
Students enrolled in a Parkway Junior Conservatory class can opt to audition for Fall and Spring Junior productions. There will be no cost to participate in Junior productions however, they will be audition-only and limited to a select number of students showing dedication and growth in their conservatory classes.
CREATIVE DRAMA (ages 4-7)
Burnsville: Mon 4:00-5:00pm taught by Erika Tyner
Spruce Pine: Tues 3:30-4:30pm taught by Chelsea Wilson Thayer
Designed with younger students in mind this class explores the exciting world of creative dramatics. Students will focus on story drama activities, expressive movement, beginning character development, ensemble building, pantomime and improvisation, puppetry, mask making, and much more! (Maximum class size: 12)
PLAYMAKERS (ages 8-12)
Burnsville: Tues 4:00-5:00pm taught by Erika Tyner/Jenny Martin (alternating weeks)
Building on the foundation of voice, movement, character development, and storytelling, students will begin learning specific styles in acting. They will prepare and perform comedic and dramatic scenes, developing character monologues, and scoring scripts. (Maximum class size: 20)
STAGEMASTERS (ages 13-18)
Burnsville: Mon 5:00-6:00pm taught by Jenny Martin
This advanced theatre class will explore methods and styles of acting, allowing students to hone their craft. Method acting vs. Meisner will be a piece of cake for students after taking this course. Students will engage in both contemporary and classical texts through prepping and performing scenes and monologues. Preparing audition pieces for college auditions or mainstage productions will be a focus in this class as well. (Maximum class size: 20)
IMPROV FOR TEENS (ages 12-18)
Burnsville: Thurs 4:00-5:00pm taught by Kristen Livengood
The perfect opportunity to take improvisational theatre ALL YEAR LONG! This course will train students to be “in the moment” and spontaneous in the responses as it relates to improvisation. A key to good acting is really listening and reacting truthfully. There’s no better place to hone that skill than our weekly improv classes. This course is a prerequisite to be selected for Parkway’s invitation only improv troupe, “Get the Hook.” (Maximum class size: 20)
MUSICAL THEATRE (ages 8-18) *** FULL ***
Burnsville: Thurs 5:00-6:00pm taught by Roberta Whiteside & Amy Weinmeister
For all the Broadway hopefuls, this class focuses solely on the art of musical theatre. Classes alternate each week between learning music and vocal coaching to learning dance basics and choreography. Students will be doing jazz squares in their sleep with this valuable and engaging course. (Maximum class size: 20)
*** To be placed on the waiting list for this class, register and make the $50 deposit. Also, please consider one of the other classes offered this year. All classes will be a lot of fun and improve different performance skills… all of which help students to be well-rounded, prepared actors.
Students must be enrolled in a class to audition for the fall Junior production Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. — though please remember auditioning does not guarantee that student a role.
Auditions are Saturday, October, 7 from 2-5 pm at the Mountain Heritage Center.
Rehearsals start Sunday, October 8 and continue every Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Parkway Playhouse theatre (not the Mountain Heritage Center), and on Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Blue Ridge Fitness Center. Performances are over Veterans Day weekend, November 10-12th.
Online registration, additional information, and health forms can be found HERE