Spring 2017 Acting Classes

(All Classes are Closed for the Semester)

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Classes, Details and Pricing
Cancellation Policy
Tuition Assistance

Class (Level) Day Time First Day Last Day
Page to Stage Acting! (Ages 6-10) (CLOSED) Tuesdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm January 10 April 25
Think Fast Improv! (Ages 10-14) (CLOSED) Tuesdays 6:00pm to 6:45pm January 10 March 14
Imagination to Life! (Ages 4-6) (CLOSED) Wednesdays 4:30pm to 5:15pm January 11 March 29
Acting Workshop (Ages 11-15) (CLOSED) Wednesdays 6:15pm to 7:15pm January 11 April 26
Tell-A-Tale Theater (Ages 8-12) (CLOSED) Thursdays 5:15pm to 6:30pm January 12 April 27
Imagination to Life! (Ages 4-6) (CLOSED) Saturdays 9:15am to 10:00am January 21 April 8
Page to Stage Acting! (Ages 6-10) (CLOSED) Saturdays 10:15am to 11:15am January 21 May 6
Tell-A-Tale Theater! (Ages 8-12) (CLOSED) Saturdays 11:30am to 12:45pm January 21 May 6

Gemini Theater classes will NOT be held April 10 - 15. Gemini will be closed for Spring Break.

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

Classes, Details and Pricing


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

Tuesdays, 5:00pm to 6:00pm (CLOSED) & Saturdays, 10:15am to 11:15am (CLOSED)

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.

This class is held in a 15-week semester; parents are invited to attend the class performance on the final day.


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Think Fast Improv (Ages 10 – 14)

Tuesdays, 6:00pm to 6:45pm (CLOSED)

This workshop is designed for kids who want to have a great time "playing" on stage without the focus on a final performance. Through theater games and improvisation activities, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at character development, dialect work, and thinking on their feet. Props, costumes, and music will play a role in these activities. This class will help students develop problem-solving strategies in a fun and creative atmosphere. No prior experience is required – this class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past, and for students interested in learning more about the art of improvisation.

This class is held in a 10-week semester and does not culminate in a formal performance.


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Imagination to Life! (Ages 4 - 6)

Wednesdays, 4:30pm to 5:15pm (CLOSED) & Saturdays, 9:15am to 10:00am (CLOSED)

This class is a new blend of our previous "Playdate on Stage" and "Imagination Journey" classes. 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 is held in a 12-week semester and does not culminate in a formal performance.

CLASS FEE: $175 (Includes materials cost for theme weeks)

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Acting Workshop (Ages 11 - 15)

Wednesdays, 6:15pm to 7:15pm (CLOSED)

Students in this class will focus on scene development through self-directed group work, complex theater games, and script work to develop broader character choices. This course will teach students how to take blocking notes in a script and to understand the motivation behind their directed movement. Script-work will include studying scenes from classic pieces through contemporary theater, including Gemini Theater original productions. Script work will also include students "directing" one another to focus on applying movement and motivation to a scene. Students will spend time on developing confidence in "cold readings," which are common for auditions as well as how to choose a monologue for an audition situation. Though the class is performance-based, some light writing will occur during certain classes to build upon lessons taught. At least two classes will be dedicated to improvisation scenes that are designed specifically to help develop skills in establishing characters, conflict-resolution, and closure. Though enrolling in this workshop is not required for both Fall and Spring Semesters, materials and lessons are designed to be built upon from Fall to Spring.

This class is held in a 15-week semester and will culminate in a special presentation of student work on the final day of class. .


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

Thursdays, 5:15pm to 6:30pm (CLOSED) & Saturdays, 11:30am to 12:45pm (CLOSED)

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 is held in a 15-week semester and 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 cancel classes or Father Ryan Arts Center to shut down or close temporarily. PLEASE NOTE: always follow WPXI and our website and look for GEMINI THEATER in listing.

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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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