2018 Fall Acting Classes

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Class Dates and Times
Class Descriptions and Pricing
Cancellation Policy
Tuition Assistance


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Class Dates and Times

Class (Level) Day Time First Day Last Day
Page to Stage Acting! (Ages 6-10) Saturdays 9:30am to 10:30am September 8 December 8
Tell-A-Tale Theater! (Ages 8-12) Saturdays 10:45am to 12:00pm September 8 December 15
Acting Workshop! (Ages 11-14) Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm September 6 December 20

There will be NO CLASSES on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH while we are on tour!


In the event classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, a class will be added to the end of the semester.  Weather cancellations are displayed on our website, on our Facebook Page, and on WPXI.  Families will also receive an email notification, which will include the make-up date reminder.

Performance Dates

Page To Stage Acting (Saturdays): December 8 (Snow Day date December 15)
Tell A Tale Acting (Saturdays): December 15 (Snow Day date December 22)

Sto-Rox residents are eligible for a community discount on all classes. Contact Jill at 412.243.6464 or jjeffrey@geminitheater.org

Classes are held at the Gemini Theater located in the Ryan Arts & Culture Center at
420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks PA 15136

I've been attending Gemini shows since I was a kid, and now my own children enjoy classes and shows! I was so glad when you moved closer to us, and Emma is just LOVING her Page to Stage class on Saturday mornings.

She literally comes out of class dancing in the streets. Lol. Thank you and your team for all of your patience, and for helping Emma find her niche. :) - Parent

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Class Descriptions and Pricing


Imagination to Life! (Ages 4 - 6) (CLOSED)

This introductory class, designed for our younger actors, explores the most basic elements of acting, music, movement and creative expression. Through simple theater games, puppetry, story acting (i.e. The Three Little Pigs, etc.) speech/diction exercises, and stage movement, students will develop age appropriate acting and social skills. Students will also use music to boost imagination through singing, learn sound recognition games, and play with basic instruments to learn rhythm, simple sound effects, and working to create a "symphony" of sound in theater. Classes will often have themes to help enhance learning, and activities may include crafting of props, puppets, masks, costumes, or instruments. Parents and guardians are always welcome to participate in this class, especially to help a new or shy child feel comfortable during activities.

This class does not culminate in a formal performance.

CLASS FEE: $165 (Includes materials cost for theme weeks)

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Page to Stage Acting! - (Ages 6 - 10)

This more advanced dramatics class, designed for young actors, moves students out of the "fairy tale" stories into more in-depth scene work, skits and short plays. Through higher level acting games, beginning improvisation exercises, directed script work and note taking, students will further understand the rehearsal process. Students will also build confidence in their acting and auditioning skills through character development training, more advanced stage movement and voice/diction drills. Students will utilize several weeks of class creating characters and a script, to enhance the experience of how a story can become a show.

Parents are invited to attend the class performance on the final day.


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Acting Workshop (Ages 11 - 14)

Students in this class will focus on scene development through self-directed group work, complex theater games, exercises and improvisation work and monologues. Script-work will go beyond the Gemini Theater Library, with student actors researching and working on scenes and monologues of their choice as the semester progresses. All students will also learn audition techniques and methods of preparing for auditions for various venues. This class is held in a 15-week semester and does not culminate in a formal performance.

Families welcome to attend final day for presentation of scenes and monologues.


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Tell-A-Tale Theater (Ages 8 - 12)

This class will focus on creating a "mini" version of a Gemini Theater production originally adapted for our classic children's season. Each week, time is allotted for production so students can rehearse, pick costumes, prepare props, and draw background scenery for their own Gemini show. Everyone in this class will perform in the production selected by the teacher, with characters being assigned based on student interest and comfort-level with size of role. Some students will play multiple roles, getting the opportunity to demonstrate their skills with characters and dialects. Students will learn how to take blocking notes, collaborate with their fellow actors, and give creative input to strengthen the performance. This class is great for those actors who want to perform in a regular-season Gemini production but are not able to commit to a full rehearsal schedule.

This class will culminate in a final performance on the last day of class. .


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Camp Cancellation Policy

In the event you choose to cancel and withdraw your child from a Gemini Theater Class, the following restrictions apply:

  • A student withdrawn after attending less than three weeks of classes will be refunded 75% of their tuition;
  • Student withdrawal after three weeks of classes will only eligible for credit or special refund due to emergency or medical situations or at the discretion of the Executive Director;
  • “No Show” students may not be offered a refund if Gemini Theater is unable to make contact within three weeks of class start date. Credit for another class will be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director;
  • Gemini Theater reserves the right to change these policies based on individual circumstance;
  • Special circumstances where a credit may not be issued include loss of class day due to severe weather conditions causing Gemini Theater to shut down or close temporarily.

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is made possible by a generous grant provided by Paige's Promise, Kenny's Club, the McSwigan Family Foundation and the Christoper Lynch Memorial Fund. We do our best to give every child an opportunity to participate in our assistance program.

Applications for Tuition Assistance for Acting Classes and Summer Camps are processed online during the registration process. To apply, register your child for the class you are interested in attending and select "Applying for Tuition Assistance" and complete the form. Please note that incomplete applications will delay your request.


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