Going to miss the Drama Studio during Summer vacation?
Not to worry!
You can sign up for our Summer Programs!
To download the course descriptions as a pdf, click here.
Stories on Stage
Come join us for SOS as we create an entire production of Story Theatre and Story Improv for pre-school and kindergarten audiences to attend by the end of the week! We’ll perform stories, poems, alphabet games and even improv the young audience's stories for them. You will gain character, voice and performance skills as you bring favorite stories to life, and turn the “page into stage.” We will also perform our Story Theatre Production piece for your family and friends on Friday afternoon.
Note to Actors: please also bring in favorite children’s books, fables, poetry, etc that you think might work onstage.
Note to Families: we would welcome volunteers to help with our pre-school audiences. If you are able to “greet and seat” or help with the workshop, please let us know. These performances are part of Drama Studio’s outreach program to children at risk in Springfield, and are a great way to have our actors be significant role models.
August 6-10, 2018 (9am-3pm)
Faculty: Amelia Hays-Rivest & Seth Olsen
TeenScene – Grimm Theatre
Once upon a time. . . TeenScene dared to take on Grimm Theatre.
What is this power of fairy tales to keep hold of us, long past childhood? Why do these tales still magically weave their way into movies, literature, and even current TV shows (seeking a happy ending with a prince and a rose?). Far from being mere children's tales, the imagery, themes and characters from Grimm's fairy tales are spun into our every day culture, references and understandings. Power struggles, family honor, cruelty, rewards and punishments, as well as enchanted forests, kingdoms, beasts and beauties, mirrors and poisoned apples, all still claim our imaginations, and nightmares.
Don't miss this year's TeenScene, where we will explore the myths and tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, including Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, The Frog Prince, and other popular stories. As we create scenes from these amazing tales, and explore their underlying psychology, we will develop a connecting narrative that brings them to life for us. The two week intensive will culminate in a workshop production presented on the final Friday, featuring scenes, monologs, music, dance, and, of course, Grimm-worthy stage combat.
July 23 - August 3, 2018 (9am-3pm)
Faculty: Seth Olsen
Here’s your chance to be part of the Drama Studio’s production intensive where we’ll stage a complete full-length melodrama with dastardly villains and good-hearted heroes and heroines. Past productions have included daring train-track rescues, fierce battles, charming orphans, and saving the day in the nick of time! Audiences will cheer the heroes and boo the villains as you present this year’s melodrama, complete with full costumes, scenery, make-up and even stage combat. You’ll strengthen your acting, improvisation and character-building skills and gain production experience in Summer Scene.
This camp also includes opportunities for actors to write and stage their own original scenes, monologues and dances. Performances will take place on the final Thursday evening and Friday day.
July 9-20, 2018 (9am-3pm)
Faculty: Steve Hays, Amelia Hays-Rivest, and Seth Olsen
Join us for another thrilling exploration of the Comedy Improv universe! During this exciting week, we’ll explore games, sketches, and fully improvised plays! Learn to think on your feet and activate your imagination through the wonderful world of comedy improvisation.
This intensive will culminate in a hilarious improvised performance for family and friends.
August 13-17, 2018 (9am-3pm)
Faculty: Seth Olsen
To download the intensive course descriptions as a pdf, click here.