2022-2023 Classes

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Scenic Design

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An introduction to the basics of scenic design through weekly projects in scale models, drawings, research, lighting, and storyboards. Students will also study the collaborative process among scene designers, directors, costume, and lighting designers. Students will have the opportunity to assist tech students and staff scene designer on current projects. 

Elementary Theatre
Ages 8-11

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This class will utilize games, activities, and scene work to teach acting, theatre history, stage movement, and technical theatre principles for ages 8-11.

Elementary Theatre
Ages 5-8

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The class will utilize games, activities, and scene work to teach acting, theatre history, stage movement, and technical theatre principles. Ages 5-8

Elementary Art Ages 5-8

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This class will focus on art appreciation, directed art projects, and exploratory, open-ended "process" art experiences. Students will engage with a variety of art media and techniques to include painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and collage.

Elementary Art
Ages 8-11

Monday Tech Class

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This class will focus on art appreciation, directed art projects, and exploratory, open-ended "process" art experiences. Students will engage with a variety of art media and techniques to include painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking, and collage.

Students will work on building sets and props for our company’s productions. They may also help with lights, sound and/or projections, as needed. Students will be assigned technical positions, such as stage manager, backstage manager, light board operator, spot operator, sound board operator, props manager, backstage crew etc., for performances of our productions. The student will be given a calendar of rehearsals and performances for the shows, and will be able to choose which shows they tech.

 

PLEASE NOTE: extra rehearsal days outside of scheduled class times will be required, which may include Saturdays and/or weekdays. Students must be available for all crew rehearsals for the shows they have chosen to work unless other arrangements have been made.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. To be placed on a waiting list, contact Registrar.crystalseadrama@gmail.com

Intermediate Sewing

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This is a continuation of the beginning sewing class. Students will learn additional skills which will be useful for making garments and other costume items for the theater, as well as adding more sample pages to their notebooks. They'll also learn fitting techniques and how to do basic pattern alterations.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Sewing class or Instructor's consent

Mon Performance Class

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FULL

Students will prepare and perform a play March 3-4, 10-12, 2023. They will learn acting basics and may help with the technical aspects of the show. There will be some added rehearsals outside of regular class time when we get near performances. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals unless they have submitted conflicts at the beginning of the rehearsal period, they are ill, or there’s a family emergency. A specific rehearsal schedule will be available in the fall. After the show closes, the class will reflect on the production and will explore acting and theatre topics.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. To be placed on a waiting list, contact Registrar.crystalseadrama@gmail.com

Thu Tech Class

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Students will work on lights, sound, and projections for our company’s productions. They may also help build set and/or props, as needed. Students will be assigned technical positions, such as stage manager, backstage manager, light board operator, spot operator, sound board operator, props manager, backstage crew etc., for performances of our productions. The student will be given a calendar of rehearsals and performances for the shows, and will be able to choose which shows they tech.

 

PLEASE NOTE: extra rehearsal days outside of scheduled class times will be required, which may include Saturdays and/or weekdays. Students must be available for all crew rehearsals for the shows they have chosen to work unless other arrangements have been made.

Sewing

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We’ll begin with some basic hand sewing skills and progress to an introduction to the sewing machine and basic tools used in sewing. Students will come away from this class with basic sewing skills that include reading and using commercial patterns for clothing construction – an apron, a kimono-style robe, and pajamas, and may also be helping as needed with construction of costume items for current shows. They will also have a sampler notebook to keep for reference, which they will add to throughout the class.

Medieval STEM Engineering

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Students will work as a team, researching, designing, and building a medieval siege weapon. Students will be supervised in their work by Mr. George Lamberson, who is a mechanical design engineer. This is a great opportunity for students to learn engineering and STEM skills.

Scenic Painting

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Students will participate in hands-on production work while learning the basics of water-based paint media, color theory, and simulating texture through painting techniques. Techniques will include marble, stone, brick, wood grain, wallpaper/stencil, metal, Trompe l’oeil, and others. Students will also learn how to use a grid system and a projector for mural applications. Students may also work on sets and/or props for CSDC’s productions. 

Acting & Stage Movement

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Acting and Stage Movement is an in-depth course designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of acting, as well as extensive training in various performance techniques. It will challenge their knowledge, help them to gain confidence in their abilities, and teach them new skills to master stage presence and create memorable performances that will stand out. Students should be prepared to have fun, but work hard and should come dressed for movement and to be active. This

class is especially good for those with some acting experience who wish to take their performances to the next level, and also for non-actors or those with little to no experience who wish to gain an introduction to acting! Homework will be required, and will include characterization exercises, memorizing lines, and in-class performances.

Vocal Prep

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Improvisation

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Vocal Prep is an intensive and in-depth course designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of singing and vocal performance. Students will learn how to care for their voice, good warmup exercises, proper singing pronunciation, and proper breathing techniques. We will explore different genres of music and learn techniques for singing in those various genres and styles. We will determine each student's vocal range and help them learn ways to increase their singing range. This class is good for students who are new to singing and want to learn good vocal habits and stage presence as well as those who have some vocal training/experience and would like to improve their skills. Homework will consist of practicing the techniques and skills we work on in class. Students should be prepared to have fun and sing (a lot!) both in class and at home. Due to the progressive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all classes unless they have submitted conflicts at the beginning of the semester, they are ill, or they have a family emergency. A specific class schedule will be available in the fall.

Students will learn the art of improvisation. This class will give students a fun and safe place to learn and to implement the rules for improvising. Whether you’re an experienced performer looking for more practice, or a newbie wanting to give improv a try, this class is for you. Class will perform in April. There will be a few required rehearsals outside of class time, TBD.

Performance & Prof. Prep

Shakespeare

Senior Intensive

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In the fall, students will be taught auditioning and acting techniques. Auditions for the spring play will be held later in the fall semester. Rehearsals will start second semester, and performances will be May 12-13, 19-21, 2023.
 

PLEASE NOTE: During the spring, extra rehearsal days will be required outside of scheduled class times, including one to two Saturdays a month for January - April, plus added evening rehearsals starting in late March or early April. Students must be available for all rehearsals unless other arrangements have been made. A specific rehearsal schedule will be available in the fall.

Improv Troupe

BY AUDITION ONLY 

No Service hours 

COST: FREE 

Supply Fee: $25 for Imps shirt (if needed) 

Student Leader: Sam Moellendorf

Adult Mentor: Mike Dannelly 

 

This is the performance Improv troupe. Students who have gone through the improv class and have advanced their skills are able to audition for the troupe. The troupe performs 2-5 times per year, with rehearsals 1-2 times per month. Enrollment in the Improv class is REQUIRED to be in the Troupe. 

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Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or whether you are sure his works are too hard to understand, this class is for you! Students will prepare Shakespeare monologues and scenes, as well as learn more about Shakespeare and his plays. Our plan is to compete at area Renaissance Festival Student Days, if any are available. If there are none being offered, we will do a showcase performance for family and friends.

Show: TBD 

Grades: 12th grade seniors and others by invite only 

Instructor: Irene Miller 

COST: $130 Per Month 

Supply Fee: $75, Students may be asked to provide costume items such as tights, shoes, etc. 

This performance class is only open to Seniors and invited students. Rehearsals will be 3-5 times per week starting sometime first semester, with performances In November 2022.  A specific rehearsal schedule will be available in the fall. 

 

*Must be enrolled in at least 1 other class at CSDC in the 22-23 school year.

NEW CSDC OPPORTUNITIES!

Students may sign up to be an Assistant Director or a Swing for any of the performances!  Only one assistant and one swing per show.  To register for these positions, please send an email to Irene Miller,  Irene@crystalseadrama.org. These positions are First Come, First Served. 

Assistant Director

Ages: 15+

Monday Production- $130/mo

Senior Intensive-  $130/mo

Performance and Pro Prep- $140/mo

Summer show- $300

Supply Fee:  $75 for each show/per semester (except summer)

The Assistant Director (AD) position is an opportunity for a student to learn firsthand an individual director's process and the production process as a whole. The duties of an AD vary from show to show. Some of these duties could include, but aren't limited to: Read the play; discuss and understand the director's vision; research background information on the play; attend production meetings; attend auditions; attend all rehearsals; take notes for the director; give opinions on blocking and characterization; maintain all blocking in the script; send out rehearsal reports; run line rehearsals; fill in for a missing actor as needed; set up and strike props and set pieces during rehearsals; make lists of what props and set pieces are needed and where they should stay when offstage. There will be one student Assistant Director per production.

Swing

Ages: 12+

Monday Production- $130/mo

Senior Intensive-  $130/mo

Performance and Pro prep- $140/mo

Summer show- $300

Supply Fee:  $75 for each show/per semester (except summer)

A swing is a member of the production who understudies all the characters in the show. Usually, the swing only performs if a cast member can't attend a performance, although in some plays a swing may also be a member of the ensemble. A swing needs to learn all of the blocking, choreography, dialogue, and costume changes for the show. Swings fill in for missing actors during rehearsals. When not onstage, a swing watches the play, takes notes, and assists in other ways as needed. The swing may also help with set and costume changes. There will be one student swing per production.

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