Acting & Musical Theatre
As students explore the worlds of acting and musical theatre, they grow from the world of play to applying more advanced, specialized training. All classes, regardless of age, foster personal growth, teamwork, and creativity.
Creative Drama (Grades K-3): Students use storytelling, books, and songs as springboards to explore characters through structured, creative, and fun activities culminating in short scenes or skits created by the students. Through various drama, music, movement, and visual art activities, these classes also promote confidence, self-esteem, and creative expression, while working on skills such as active listening and sharing.
Creative Drama class titles include: Create a Story, Adventures with Percy Jackson, Create a Character, Thursday Night Live! Improvisation.
Acting Technique (Grades 4-5): Students transition to Acting Technique: the actors’ process of creating three-dimensional characters and truthful actions for the stage. Classes utilize theater games, guided improvisation activities, and scene work to develop characterization and script analysis skills. Classes culminate in a sharing of 2-3 person scenes.
Acting Technique (Grades 6-12): Classes continue to hone the core concepts of acting: from script analysis to performance skill building. As the acting student matures in his or her performance skills, they are encouraged to delve more analytically, and more emotionally, into each of those concepts. Students learn to apply interplay and spontaneity, as well as work on transitions and moments of decision.
Acting Technique class titles include: Fundamentals of Acting, Actor’s Toolbox, Improvisation, Acting for the Camera
The Musical Theatre program at Imagination Stage is passionate about teaching singing technique that will promote vocal health and longevity, as well instilling the importance of acting technique. Many musical theatre programs focus only on performer charisma and vocal volume, neither of which will sustain the performer in high school or college (or beyond!). Students begin their voice training by developing proper breathing habits and posture, gradually building their technique with proper sound placement, mouth shapes and vocal dynamics working to produce clear, full singing voices. They also learn to create sustainable characters and to make motivated character choices on stage.
Musical Theatre (Grades K-5): Students choose classes that combine two of the three musical theatre disciplines (acting, singing, and dance) at a time. Broadway Song and Dance uses dance and singing and works towards large choreography numbers from popular musicals. Fundamentals of Musical Theatre works more closely in the disciplines of acting and singing to integrate character choices and stage movement with the story of the song.
Musical Theatre (Grades 6-12): Classes begin to incorporate all three disciplines in classes such as Musical Theatre Bootcamp and Musical Theatre Technique. Although these classes will incorporate some dance, Imagination Stage encourages the addition of dance specific courses as ways to better study and improve dance technique and become a true musical theatre triple threat.
Look to our Conservatory and Ensemble Program