Acting Classes

Winter / Spring 2021

Enrollments are now open for Winter/Spring 2021 sessions for ages 4 through 17.  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.

  • 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

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.

Ages 12- 17

Acting Workshop

$ 215 Mondays
  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Classes held Mondays from 4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Classes start January 11th (15 week semester)
  • Showcase of Scenes: April 26th

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.

Ages 10 - 17

Propmaker Space

$ 215 Mondays
  • Ages 10 - 17
  • Classes held Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:15pm
  • Classes start January 18th (15 week semester)
  • Showcase will be held April 26th - May 1st

Over the years, we have had so many kids and families ask where we get our props for our shows. And the response, almost every time, is “we made it.” Our teachers decided that it was time to create a new, hands-on class that allows students to work with many of the materials we use to create props, as well as learn how to creatively “upcycle” an item to become a new prop for a show. This class will give students the ability to be as creative as they possible can to see regular, every day prop items (and “trash” items) as something new and exciting for use in a show. Our teachers will also expand this class to include activities ranging from regular show props to puppets, masks, and even costume accessories. We will teach students how to take items that seem like “junk” into something necessary for a production. We will also demonstrate how we use things like cardboard to create set pieces, prop pieces, and even crowns! This class will not have a formal show, but all items will be put on display so other classes can see the items, and students can give a presentation to their families on their last class day of what they made and how they did so.

Price includes all materials.
Some props may even appear in our Performance Workshop showcase on May 1!

Ages 7 - 10

Page to Stage Acting

$ 185 Wednesdays
  • Ages 7 - 10
  • Classes held Wednesdays from 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Classes start January 13th (15 week semester)
  • Performance will be held April 28th

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 10 - 15

Improvisation: Fun & Games On Stage

$ 200 Thursdays
  • Ages 10 - 15
  • Classes held Thursdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Classes start January 14th (15 week semester)
  • Showcase will be held April 29th

This workshop is designed for students who want to have a great time “playing” on stage while developing skills in improv theater. Through the use of theater games and improvisation formats, 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. This class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past and want to experiment without working with scripts and “memorizing” lines. And for students with some theater background, this class will help develop skills in quick-thinking, listening and responding, and finding new ways to use their creative “acting” side.

Ages 8 - 12

Lights! Curtain! Musical!

$ 200 Saturdays
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Classes held Saturdays from 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Classes start January 16th (14 week semester)
  • Performance will be held April 24th

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 12 - 17

Performance Workshop: Intro to Classics

$ 215 Saturdays
  • Ages 12 - 17
  • Classes held Saturdays from 11:15am - 12:30pm
  • Classes start January 16th (15 week semester)
  • Showcase will be held May 1st

In this semester's Performance Workshop, we will be exploring classic works from playwrights such as William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, Oscar Wilde and more! With more students expanding their love for theater, we have found that many are curious about and eager to perform classic works. We are excited to bring this class to our stage for the first time, and we hope to give your teens a unique experience learning through some of theater’s “beginnings.” Through scene work and discussion, we will work with our Gemini students to expand their theatre knowledge and skills with the hopes of a greater love and appreciation of theatre through the ages along the way.

Please note: “Playdate On Stage” is currently unavailable due to class size limits. You can call our office at 412.243.6464 to inquire about waiting list. Thank you!

Ages 4 - 6

Play Date on Stage

$ 150 Saturdays
  • Ages 4 - 6
  • Classes held Saturdays from 12:45pm - 1:30pm
  • Classes start January 23rd (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 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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