Acting Classes

Fall 2021 Classes

Classes begin September 14th through September 23rd

Registrations begin September 1, 2021. Please note: all students will continue to be masked while in our facility and theater space. In an effort to complete our class semester without worry of switching to virtual learning, should that need arise, the Fall 2021 semester will run 10 weeks with longer class times so students will still cover the same learning hours and materials as our normal 15-week semester.

 

Classes cover a variety of disciplines such as creative play, puppetry, story writing, theater games, scene work, improvisation, monologue studies as well as a variety of technical theater skills such as lighting, sound, prop and costume design.

Classes are held at our location in the Ryan Arts Center
420 Chartiers Avenue; McKees Rocks, PA

We are strictly adhering to CDC guidelines. Social distancing will continue to be utilized as part of the theater education experience, masks will be required, and each class will have a maximum of 10 students to ensure there is plenty of space for movement.

  • No Classes:  March 29 – April 3 “Spring Break” (classes resume April 5)
  • Sto-Rox Residents are eligible for a community discount on all classes. Contact Jill at 412.243.6464 or jjeffrey@geminitheater.org

Class Descriptions and Pricing

Due to many families taking precautions this Fall as COVID-19 cases increase in youth, we are running a minimal amount of classes based on the enrollments we received by September 15th.  We will be offering more programs as we see an ability for more families to participate.  We appreciate your understanding as we, as well as all arts education programs, make adjustments to best fit current events.  Check back frequently for new class listings and special holiday programs!

Thank you!

Ages 12- 17

Acting Workshop

$ 200 Tuesdays
  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Classes held Tuesdays from 5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • September 14th - November 15
  • This class will culminate in a showcase of scenes and monologues

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. We recommend this class for students who have taken the Fall Acting Workshop or have previous class or performance experience.

Ages 4 - 6

Play Date on Stage

$ 150 Wednesdays
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • Classes held Wednesdays from 4:15pm - 5:00pm
  • September 22nd - November 17th
  • This class does not culminate in a formal performance

This introductory-dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through simple theater games, puppetry, story acting (i.e. The Three Little Pigs, etc.) speech/diction exercises, music, and stage movement, students will develop age appropriate acting and social skills. Classes will focus on weekly themes that will provide hands-on activities that will support the child’s focus in learning. All materials provided by Gemini Theater for this class, including all crafting supplies for “maker theater” days.

Ages 7-10

Acting Workshop for Kids

$ 185 Wednesdays
  • Ages 7 - 10
  • Classes held Wednesdays from 5:15pm - 6:45pm
  • September 22nd - November 17th
  • This class will culminate in a showcase of scenes and monologues

This beginning acting 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. This class is designed to help kids learn about short script work, monologues, and stretching their character skills.

Ages 7-10

Acting Workshop for Kids

$ 185 Saturdays
  • Ages 7 - 10
  • Classes held Saturdays from 9:00am - 10:30am
  • September 18th - November 20th
  • This class will culminate in a showcase of scenes and monologues

This beginning acting 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. This class is designed to help kids learn about short script work, monologues, and stretching their character skills.

Ages 10 - 14

Performance Workshop

$ 200 Saturdays
  • Ages 10 - 14
  • Classes held Saturdays from 10:45am - 12:15pm
  • September 18th - November 20th
  • This class will culminate in a formal performance on the final class day

This class will work together to rehearse and perform a one-act production at the end of the semester. Students will work together to rehearse and prepare a condensed version of a Gemini main-stage show. In-class auditions will be held to assign roles, with all students participating in the production. In true Gemini fashion, students will have the opportunity to give input on how their characters will look and sound, as well as collaborate to make unique twists in the story. Students will learn how to take blocking notes, work as a team on stage, and help create their own live performance in one semester! This class is great for students who want to perform in a live production but need a less rigorous rehearsal schedule.

Ages 11 - 16

Audition Workshop

$ 200 Saturdays
  • Ages 11 - 16
  • Classes held Saturdays from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • September 18th - November 20th
  • This class will culminate in an informal presentation of student work

This class will focus on preparing actors for three major audition situations: Cold-Readings, Prepared Monologues, and Musical Theater. Students will be given material throughout the semester to workshop in class as well as to prepare independently. Teachers will work with students, helping them develop skills needed for most audition situations. Scene work, monologue character study, voice (including diction, speech, and singing), and dance will be taught throughout the semester, and every student will be given various times to “audition” for a panel of Gemini staff and guest theater professionals as a means of receiving feedback on their success in preparation as well as advice for strengthening their audition. Teachers will coach students on audition attire, attitude and expectations for before, during, and after their audition including appropriate etiquette while waiting for a casting decision. Students will be encouraged to audition for Gemini Theater productions and other professional opportunities.

Ages 8 - 12

Lights! Curtain! Musical!

$ 200 Thursdays
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Classes held Thursdays from 5:15pm - 6:45pm
  • September 23rd - November 18th
  • This class will culminate in a showcase of musical numbers as picked by the teacher

This musical workshop allows students to use their voices beyond the script. With focus on proper voice technique for maintaining a healthy performance, students will work with their teacher to use song and basic movement to develop a musical revue which will include award-winning songs from theater and film as well as original music from Gemini Theater’s Lani Cataldi. Each class will be dedicated to learning music and simple choreography to musical numbers. This class is meant to be fun and energetic and is recommended for students looking for an introduction to musical theater and voice.

Ages 3 - 5

Imagination Journey

$ 150 Thursdays
  • Ages 3 - 5
  • Classes held Thursdays from 12:00pm - 12:45pm
  • September 16th - November 18th
  • This class does not culminate in a formal performance

Let your child’s imagination grow through music and acting! This introductory dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through hands-on techniques in acting, experimenting with voice, and using sound to tell a story, children will get an opportunity to use instruments, props & costumes, and physicality to bring their imagination to life. Special themes will be explored through the semester. We encourage a parent, guardian, or adult to participate and attend this class with their child.

Ages 4 - 6

Play Date on Stage

$ 150 Thursdays
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • Classes held Thursdays from 4:00pm - 4:45pm
  • Classes start January 21st (12 week semester)
  • This class does not culminate in a formal performance

This introductory-dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through simple theater games, puppetry, story acting (i.e. The Three Little Pigs, etc.) speech/diction exercises, music, and stage movement, students will develop age appropriate acting and social skills. Classes will focus on weekly themes that will provide hands-on activities that will support the child’s focus in learning. All materials provided by Gemini Theater for this class, including all crafting supplies for “maker theater” days.

We encourage a parent to participate in the class

Ages 10 - 17

Movement Theatre

$ 185 Tuesdays
  • Ages 10 - 17
  • Classes held Tuesdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Classes start January 12th (15 week semester)
  • Showcase will be held April 27th

Traditionally, Movement Theatre focuses on, not only the feelings of a character at any given moment in a play, but what’s most effective in terms of visual impact. In other words, being still on stage can be equally as powerful as big, physical movement across the playing space. In this class, not only will students focus on how they use their bodies on stage to communicate with the audience, but they will also be introduced to various concepts to help them be in tune WITH themselves, gaining confidence in how they not only present on the stage, but how they move in their every day lives, shifting their positive energies into play where they may have felt unsure of themselves in the past. There will also be elements of dance, yoga, and acting blended with the curriculum to create a full class of learning opportunities. This class will not have a formal performance, but an end of semester demonstration of the techniques they have been taught.

Virtual Classes Postponed!

If you are interested in attending a virtual acting class, please contact us at info@geminitheater.org to discuss availability and options.

Virtual Class Descriptions

Please note that we will be using Zoom as our classroom platform for virtual classes. Students are expected to have proper internet connection and access to Zoom prior to their first day of class. Using a computer, tablet, or iPad works best for our classroom purposes.

 

 

Ages 10 - 15

Audition Prep & Technique

This 5-week class will focus on preparing actors for three major audition situations: cold-readings, prepared monologues, and video/virtual auditions. Students will be given material throughout the semester to workshop in class as well as to prepare independently. Teachers will work with students, helping them develop skills needed for most audition situations. Scene work, monologue and character study will be taught throughout the semester. Teachers will coach students on audition attire, attitude, and expectations for before, during, and after their audition including appropriate etiquette while waiting for a casting decision. Students will be encouraged to audition for Gemini Theater productions and other professional opportunities.

Ages 7 - 10

Page to Stage Acting

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.

Ages 12 - 17

Intro to Shakespeare

A more academic class, Intro to Shakespeare is devoted to learning about, understanding, and performing Shakespearean texts. The first initial classes will be focused on learning about Shakespeare’s life, his influences, and understanding Early Modern English…and why reading it is not so scary after all! Moving forward, students will analyze his plays through reading scenes out loud and watching performances. After some initial exposure to reading and watching scenes, students will select a monologue of their choice and work with the instructor and their peers on making the words come to life (and may be asked to individually work on these monologues outside of class). The final class will serve as a live Zoom performance where students will showcase their monologues for friends and family.

Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Fund

The Scholarship and Tuition Assistance Fund is made possible by generous support from 

  • McSwigan Family Foundation of The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • Paige’s Promise
  • Kenny’s Club
  • Christopher 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.

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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