Workshops and Classes

Ready to take the stage? Check out these classes and workshops to help you shine your brightest!

A yearly enrollment fee of $15 for the first student and $10 for additional students not to exceed $50 must be paid to enroll with ATC.

ON THE STAGE

Acting 101
Acting 101 is the first stop in your journey to the stage. We will approach the art utilizing various acting philosophies and approaches. This class is “hands on” as we learn through exercises, games, scene work, discussion, and analysis.  Acting is a craft and requires a disciplined commitment to voice, speech and movement training, and an intellectual rigor in dissecting text. We focus on the work of the Ensemble, cultivating the unique spirit of collaboration that is inherent in the theatre.  Class meets Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:00 for 1st – 6th grades and Tuesdays 5:00 – 6:00 for 7th – 12th grades. Fee: $50 for four weeks, $200 for 16 week semester.

Improv Skills
No script, no planning, no problem! Improve the art of making it up on the spot. “Yes, and…” is the foundational principle of improvisational theatre. Students will learn what it means to be an open, receptive scene partner, to help tell a story that hasn’t been written, and to be ready for anything when on the stage (and off it). Exercises to help the mind work faster, find solutions in the moment, to be more creative, and to push their boundaries will be just a few of the things this class covers. Oh, yeah, and we’ll play some Improv Games while we’re at it. This workshop meets for four weeks on Tuesdays beginning the week of October 11th, meeting from 6:00 – 7:30. This is strongly encouraged for those participating in the Christmas production. Fee: $75 for four weeks.

Saturday Workshop available on November 19th, 12:00 – 2:00 with limited places. Fee is $15. Email aroundthecurtaincct@gmail.com to inquire as to availability.

Tumbling Tots
Do you have a mini gymnast? Learn the ropes in this Tumbling Tots class for our littles ages 3 – 5. Class meets Thursdays 1:00 – 1:45. Fee is $50 for four weeks or $200 for the full semester.

Tiny Tots Ballet
Immerse your little ballerina in a class designed just for them that focuses on teaching the basics of ballet. Class meets Wednesdays 1:00 – 1:45. Fee is $50 per four weeks or $175 for the full semester (16 weeks) if paid by August 10th.

Beginners Dance
Do you have a mini between 7 and 11 that has always wanted to learn to dance? This class is designed to give the the basics and a feel for dance. Half of the class will focus on ballet and the other on jazz as students learn the fundamentals of dancing. Class meets Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:00 with a fee of $50 per month or $175 for the full semester.

HOMESCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

Homeschool classes meet throughout the semester. Students must be a currently registered ATC student in order to enroll. Current students will find enrollment information in ATC communications and new students may enroll below. Course fees are due by the first day of class to avoid late fees of $25 per attended class.

Choir
Homeschool choir focuses on providing a musical education that surpasses expectations while honing skills in a safe and fun environment. Students have the opportunity to audition for All State and Honor Choirs as well as experience performing throughout the community. They learn and study a variety of music, are taught theory and musical history, and develop vocal technique. Students are required to attend 80% of rehearsals to participate in performances, and are able to receive homeschool credit and grades. Grades: K – 6th Tuesdays 12:00 – 1:00, Grades 7th – 12th Tuesdays 1:30 – 2:30 (7th/8th graders may choose which group). Fee: $50 for semester.

Living History
A look at real life history by strategizing battle plans with only the information that each army would have had at the time, holding mock trials on different crimes throughout the history books, building historical tools to see and work with them ourselves, and all around learning the nitty gritty of what all is not discovered from just reading the history books. This course includes one on one instruction and monologues in the first person that represent different individuals throughout history, and strives to the students to see beyond the pages of their textbooks into the lives of those that came before us. This class meets weekly on Tuesdays 10:00 – 10:50.

French and Spanish
Join the perfect start to any stage accent and discovering a new culture.  French meets every Tuesday from 2:30 – 3:15 and Spanish meets Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:00.

PreK Puppeteers
This class for our preschoolers (ages 3 – 6) learns all the ins and outs of making puppets and using them to tell a story. Each month features a new theme and each week will unravel a new tale. Class meets Tuesdays 12:00 – 12:45. Fee is $5 per class.

Lip-sync Battles
Come battle it out and burn some energy in this energy infused hour that focuses on stage presence and dance moves. Classes meet Tuesdays 11:00 – 11:50.

WORKSHOPS & CLUBS

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Book Club
Meeting once a month, this book club is built to keep learning literature and the arts fun for all. Ages 4 – 8 meet for an hour to learn a new story, and complete a corresponding art project and adventure. Fee is $10 to cover materials.

The International Thespian Society
The International Thespian Society is the only honor society of its kind for middle and high school theatre students. Membership in this troupe opens the door for countless performance opportunities, competitions, workshops and classes on state and national levels, as well as scholarship opportunities. For more information about the organization, check out their website.

Audition Workshop
The Audition workshop will prepare students for their upcoming Willy Wonka Audition and help them know exactly what to expect. The class meets November 5th 9:00 am – 11:30 am. Fee: $15.

Creative Writing
This class is meant to spark literary interests and talents, so that your child can walk away with a clearer image of who they are – or rather, who they might be – as a writer. Students will have the opportunity to explore several different types of poetry and fiction styles, as well as responding to literature, art mediums, quotes, and music. Originality and writing that shows thought will be emphasized. Peer reviews and sharing ideas are essential elements to this class, so students will learn how to share, speak, debate, and constructively critique. Class meets Fridays 3:30 – 4:30 for the designated weeks.
Items needed for the class: At least 2 composition style notebooks ( no spiral) NO 2 pencils ( no mechanical) 24 count colored pencils
Grades: 5th – 8th
Fee: $160

Ready to reserve your seat? Current students may email aroundthecurtaincct@gmail.com to claim your spot. New students must enroll with ATC to begin.