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Spring and Summer classes

  • Spring

    Pre-School • First Stages: Shakespeare’s Stories

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:15-10:15am • 7 weeks • Devon James and Erica Fox • $110

    Our dynamic First Stages programming is designed specifically to introduce theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. A variety of acting exercises and theatre games sparks imaginative play and builds social skills. Each class promises the delight of telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The final Saturday culminates in an open class sharing. All actors must be potty trained.

     
    Pre-School First Stages: Shakespeare's Stories

    Tue • Apr 7-May 19 9:30-11:30am • 7 weeks • Tam Dalrymple Frye •  $165

    Our dynamic First Stages programming is designed specifically to introduce theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. A variety of acting exercises and theatre games sparks imaginative play and builds social skills. Each class promises the delight of telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The final class culminates in an open class sharing. All actors must be potty trained.

     
    Pre-School First Stages: Shakespeare's Stories

    Fri • Apr 10-May 22 9:30-11:30am • 7 weeks • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski and Emily Norman •  $165

    Our dynamic First Stages programming is designed specifically to introduce theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. A variety of acting exercises and theatre games sparks imaginative play and builds social skills. Each class promises the delight of telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The final class culminates in an open class sharing. All actors must be potty trained.

     
    Grades K-1 • Mo Willems’ Pigeons

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:15-10:15am • 7 weeks • Emily Norman •  $110

    Explore the quirky world of children’s author, Mo Willems, creator of the Pigeon books. Whether Pigeon wants to drive a bus, own a puppy or stay up late, the results end up in situations perfect for theatrical play. Participants will have fun learning the basics of acting as they perform (and create) events based on these beloved books. On the last day of class, our work takes flight in a sharing with friends and family.

     
    Grades K-1 • Mo Willems’ Pigeons

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 10:30-11:30am • 7 weeks • Emily Norman •  $110

    Explore the quirky world of children’s author, Mo Willems, creator of the Pigeon books. Whether Pigeon wants to drive a bus, own a puppy or stay up late, the results end up in situations perfect for theatrical play. Participants will have fun learning the basics of acting as they perform (and create) events based on these beloved books. On the last day of class, our work takes flight in a sharing with friends and family.

     
    Grades 2-3 • Curious George!

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:15-10:15am • 7 weeks • Justin Walvoord •  $110

    Become a part of the many adventures of H.A. and Margret Rey’s beloved little monkey. Through imaginative exercises, young actors will encounter the twists and turns resulting from George’s on-going curiosity. The Reys’ books provide wonderful opportunities for character play and imaginary travels. Students will share their monkeyshines on the last day of class.

     
    Grades 2-3 • Curious George!

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 10:30-11:30am • 7 weeks • Justin Walvoord •  $110

    Become a part of the many adventures of H.A. and Margret Rey’s beloved little monkey. Through imaginative exercises, young actors will encounter the twists and turns resulting from George’s on-going curiosity. The Reys’ books provide wonderful opportunities for character play and imaginary travels. Students will share their monkeyshines on the last day of class.

     
    Grades 4-5 • Sideways Stories from Wayside School

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:15-10:15am • 7 weeks • Mackenzie Paulsen •  $110

    Every school is a little strange but author Louis Sachar’s Wayside School is the strangest. Students will become part of the school’s memorable characters and silly situations through theatre games and activities based on the popular series of books. Students will share their own sideways creative creations for family and friends on the last day of class.

     
    Grades 3-5 • Musical Madness

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 10:30am-12pm • 7 weeks • Mackenzie Paulsen and Robyn Yamada •  $165

    Transform your ideas into your very own original musical. You create the story, lyrics and dance moves to produce an original musical. We’ll perform for family and friends on May 16 at 11:30am.

     
    Grades 3-5 • Sew Together: Parent and Child Sewing Lessons

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 12-1:30pm • 7 weeks • Jackie Scott and Teresia Larsen •  $185 (per parent/child pair)

    Working together, families will learn the fundamentals of sewing and fabrics from DCPA master costume technicians through designing, stitching and other beginner-friendly projects. Classes meet with sewing machines and materials provided.

The Newman Summer Series: Children's Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Pre-K

    Pre-K • First Stages: Dramatic Play with Fairytales
    June 15-19 • Mon-Fri • 9:30am-12:30pm • $125

    Our dynamic First Stages programming introduces theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. Through imaginative play, students will build social skills through telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The class culminates in an open sharing on Friday. All actors must be potty trained.

    REGISTER
     

    Pre-K • First Stages: Dramatic Play with Shakespeare’s Plays and Poems
    July 6-10 • Mon-Fri • 9:30am-12:30pm • $125

    Our dynamic First Stages programming introduces theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. Through imaginative play, students will build social skills through telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The class culminates in an open sharing on Friday. All actors must be potty trained.

    REGISTER
     

    Pre-K • First Stages: Dramatic Play on Safari - Animals, Habitats and Adventures
    July 13-July 17 • Mon-Fri • 9:30am-12:30pm • $125

    Our dynamic First Stages programming introduces theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. Through imaginative play, students will build social skills through telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The class culminates in an open sharing on Friday. All actors must be potty trained.

    REGISTER
     

    Pre-K • First Stages: Dramatic Play on Screen - Lights, Camera, Action
    July 27-July 31 • Mon-Fri • 9:30am-12:30pm • $125

    Our dynamic First Stages programming introduces theatre skills to budding actors ages 3-4. Through imaginative play, students will build social skills through telling stories, role playing, and singing and dancing. The class culminates in an open sharing on Friday. All actors must be potty trained.

    REGISTER
     
  • Kindergarten

    Grade K • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade K • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER
     

    Grade K • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade K • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade K • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade K • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    You love to sing, act and dance. Join us for the summer finale. You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • First Grade

    Grade 1 • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 1 • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 1 • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 1 • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 1 • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 1 • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • Second Grade

    Grade 2 • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 2 • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER

    Grade 2 • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 2 • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 2 • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 2 • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Join us for the summer finale. You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • Third Grade

    Grade 3 • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 3 • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 3 • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 3 • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 3 • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 3 • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Join us for the summer finale. You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • Fourth Grade

    Grade 4 • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 4 • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 4 • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 4 • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 4 • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 4 • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Join us for the summer finale. You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • Fifth Grade

    Grade 5 • Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Ready for Broadway? Learn the basics of acting, dancing and singing when you perform scenes from your favorite Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 5 • Improv
    June 15-19 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Theatre in an instant! Students will create characters on the spot, imagine instant stories, develop their own dance moves and work as a team to become a quick-thinking improv ensemble. Be spontaneous in this fun class!

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 5 • In Focus
    June 22-26 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Explore the magic of mixed media! You’ll learn the secrets of working in front of the camera as you create your own scenes frame by frame, record character voices, broadcast the news, and learn how to act in commercials, TV scenes and films.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 5 • Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 9am-3:30pm • $250

    Get ready to be a triple threat! Learn the skills—singing, dancing and acting—to get you started on the road to Broadway.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 5 • Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Perform at the DCPA! You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on July 24 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
     

    Grade 5 • Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 9am-3:30pm • $500

    Join us for the summer finale. You create the story, lyrics and scenic elements to produce the best original musicals. The curtain goes up on Aug 7 at 1:30pm for a performance to be shared with family and friends. This is your chance to transform your ideas and skills and create your very own ten-minute musical.

    REGISTER
  • After-class Programs 3:30-5pm

    Encore: After-class Program, Triple Threat
    June 8-12 • 3:30-5pm • $50

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER
     

    Encore: After-class Program, Improv
    June 15-19 • 3:30-5pm • $50

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER
     

    Encore: After-class Program, In  Focus
    June 22-26 • 3:30-5pm • $50

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER
     

    Encore: After-class Program, Broadway Bound
    July 6-10 • 3:30-5pm • $50

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER
     

    Encore: After-class Program, Musical Madness
    July 13-24 • 3:30-5pm • $100

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER
     

    Encore: After-class Program, Musical Mayhem
    July 27-Aug 7 • 3:30-5pm • $100

    Can’t get enough drama? Grades K-5 can stay with us for the afternoon to explore more theatre and drama skills. Each week will vary in theme. Encore students must be registered in an all-day Education program. Limit 30 students.

    REGISTER

Spring and Summer classes

  • Spring

    Middle School Acting Factor I

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:30am-11am • 7 weeks • Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski •  $165

    Learn the craft of acting when you explore scene analysis, improvisation, working with an objective and key vocabulary that’s used in all acting theory. This class is a pre-requisite for all Middle Acting classes.

     
    Middle School Acting Factor II

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:30-11am • 7 weeks • Heather Hughes •  $165

    Expand on your skills from Acting Factor 1 with scene work and monologue exploration that focuses on creating strong characters, developing a solid relationship with your scene partner and examining advanced text. Pre-requisite: Middle School Acting Factor I.

     
    Middle School Improv: Short Form

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 11:30am-1pm • 7 weeks • David Saphier •  $165

    This class will explore the fun and spontaneous world of improv! Using group activities, short form games and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity, making strong choices, and increasing confidence both on stage and off.

     
    Middle School Performance Program: Mustaches!

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 1:30-4:30pm • 7 weeks • Justin Walvoord and Robyn Yamada •  $275

    Get your best villainous mustache ready to twirl as you create your own melodrama! Under the guidance of master melodramatist Justin Walvoord, students will create their own plot, characters and script, all of which will be underscored in the most dramatic fashion by musical director Robyn Yamada. Friends and family can come cheer the heroes and boo the villain during final performances at 3:30pm Saturday, May 16.

     
    Middle School Workshop
    Introduction to Songwriting

    Sat • Apr 18 1:30-4:30pm • One Day Only! • Laura Jo Trexler •  $50

    Whether you play an instrument or not, learn how to hone the craft of songwriting. This workshop will teach you the beginning stages of writing lyrics and/or music. While the main focus of this workshop is experimenting with your own style of songwriting, the goal is to combine the work into small groups to create songs that can be shared at the end of day. While playing an instrument is not required, if you do play one, please bring your instrument with you.

The Newman Summer Series: Middle School Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Improv: Short Form

    June 8-12 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    This class will explore the fun and spontaneous world of short form improv. Using group activities, games and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity and strong choices. The week will conclude in a Short Form Showcase celebration on June 12.

    REGISTER
  • Original Musical — Two-week Program

    June 15-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    Put your skills to the test and devise an original musical one-act. Students will work on the acting process while incorporating the singing voice and dance choreography in their own original work. On June 26, students will showcase their creation and talents for family and friends.

    REGISTER
  • The Acting Factor

    July 6-10 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Understanding the structure of a good play helps the actor make strong character and acting choices. We’ll reaffirm fundamentals in the process as we develop the vocal, physical and analytical aspects of classical and contemporary acting techniques using scenes and monologues.

    REGISTER
  • Teen Performance: The Hobbit — Two-week Performance Program

    Directed by David Saphier
    July 6-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    This adapted version of JRR Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit, will allow actors to fine-tune their acting skills, work as an ensemble and share it with an audience. Prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue for the first day of rehearsal. Casting will be based on auditions; every student will have a role. The course culminates with public performances on Friday, July 17. Participants must attend all rehearsals and performances.

    REGISTER
  • Improv: Advanced Forms

    July 13-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Take your improv to the next level! This class will expand your improvised world and allow performers to explore advanced short form games, long form structures and write original comedy sketches. Previous experience is not necessary, but enrollment in Improv: Short Form is encouraged. This week will conclude in an Advanced Improv Showcase celebration on July 17.

    REGISTER
  • Get Reel

    July 20-24 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Explore acting in front of the camera using scripts from current commercials, TV shows and movies. Learn to analyze scripts, flesh out characters and connect with the camera. Get comfortable in front of the lens!

    REGISTER
  • Broadway Bound

    July 27-31 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Build the necessary skills to be a triple threat! This class will work on your singing, dancing and acting skills as we explore scenes and songs from Broadway musicals.

    REGISTER
  • The Audition Intensive

    Aug 3-7 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Auditioning might just be the hardest job an actor has to do. This workshop is designed for students eager to hone their auditioning skills. This class will help actors take control of their audition situations and prepare their material. Actors will learn how to nail the cold reading and take the fear out of the audition room.

    REGISTER

Spring and Summer classes

  • Spring

    On-Camera Scene Study

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 9:30-11am • 7 weeks • Jeff Roark •  $165

    Put your scene study skills to the test. Learn what it takes to be camera ready and promote yourself for film! This class is designed for students who have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of acting and want to further develop their skills. Discover the key elements of text analysis and characterization while working on theatre’s best scenes for young actors. Outside rehearsal time is required.

     
    High School Master Class
    Sat • Apr 4-May 16
    9:30-11:30am • 7 weeks • Allison Watrous •  $165

    This class is an opportunity for advanced acting students to strengthen their skills with scene and monologue work. Students will work to hone their acting choices, explore new playwrights, make connections to the text and work on script analysis. Outside rehearsal is required.

    Admission to this class is by audition only. Please call 303.446.4892 to set up an audition appointment.

     
    High School Improv: Advanced Forms

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 11:30am-1pm • 7 weeks • Brian McManus •  $165

    Join the Improv Team! This class is for actors looking to expand on their current performance foundation. Participants will fine-tune their talents by focusing on character work, acting technique, and structured short- and long-form improvisations. Find out what it takes to work in an ensemble, stay in character and generate original scenes.

     
    High School Teen Company: Make it a Musical

    Sat • Apr 4-May 16 1:30-4:30pm • 7 weeks • Jessica Austgen and Steff Grogan •  $275

    Heathers, Legally Blonde, Jane Eyre…doesn’t it seem like every book or movie is being made into a musical? That’s what Teen Company is going to do this spring! Students will agree on a well-known book, film or television show and “musical-ize” it with Broadway tunes and pop songs. Will it be Pride and Prejudice and Pippin? The Hobbit meets Hairspray? How I Met Your Mother and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying? We don’t know yet, but we’ll decide on the first day of class! There will be final performances at 3:30pm and 5pm on Saturday, May 16.

     
    High School Workshop
    Commercials with Sylvia Gregory

    Sat • Apr 18 1:30-4:30pm • One Day Only! • Sylvia Gregory •  $50

    Learn to represent yourself and your skills in the best light! This one-day workshop will cover the do’s and don’ts of auditioning for commercials and on camera work. Showcase your talent by having outstanding presence, sharp focus, and tools to prepare you for cold reads and more.

The Newman Summer Series: High School Classes.
Class placement is determined by the grade the student is entering in fall of 2015.

  • Improv: Short Form

    June 8-12 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    This class will explore the fun and spontaneous world of short form improv. Using group activities, games and improvised scene work, students will create a rich, supportive environment for creativity, spontaneity and making strong choices. The week will conclude in a Short Form Showcase celebration on June 12.

    REGISTER
  • The Acting Factor

    June 15-19 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Understanding the structure of a good play helps the actor make strong character and acting choices. We’ll reaffirm fundamentals in the process as we develop the vocal, physical and analytical aspects of classical and contemporary acting techniques using scenes and monologues.

    REGISTER
  • The Combat of Shakespeare

    June 22-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Get combat ready! Shakespeare plays are full of battles, duels and lover’s quarrels but how do you act the fight while still speaking the speech? This intensive class combines stage combat training with Shakespearean scene work to build a performance ready scene for a showcase on June 26.

    REGISTER
  • Get Reel

    July 6-10 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Explore acting in front of the camera using real scripts from current commercials, TV shows and movies. Learn to analyze scripts, flesh out characters and connect with the camera. Get comfortable in front of the lens!

    REGISTER
  • Improv: Advanced Forms

    July 13-17 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Take your improv to the next level! This class will expand your improvised world and allow performers to explore advanced short form games, long form structures and write original comedy sketches. Previous experience is not necessary, but enrollment in Improv: Short Form is encouraged. This week will conclude in an Advanced Improv Showcase celebration on July 17.

    REGISTER
  • Original Musical — Two-week Program

    July 20-31 • 9:30am-4pm • $500

    Put your skills to the test and devise an original musical one-act. Students will work on the acting process while incorporating singing and choreography in their own original work. On July 31, students will showcase their creation and talents for family and friends.

    REGISTER
  • The Audition Intensive

    Aug 3-7 • 9:30am-4pm • $250

    Auditioning might just be the hardest job an actor has to do. This workshop is designed for students eager to hone their auditioning skills. This class will help actors take control of their audition situations and prepare their material. Actors will learn how to nail the cold reading and take the fear out of the audition room. Actors will prepare for a mock audition on Aug 7.

    REGISTER
  • 2014 DCPA Regional High School Playwriting Competition Winner

    HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

    Audition date: Sat, May 16, 2015 • 12-2pm
    Rehearsal dates: June 8-26 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performances: Fri, June 26 1:30pm and 7pm

    $300

    Join us for the full-production of a brand-new play written by, cast with and produced by Colorado teens. The winner of the Regional High School Playwriting Competition was selected from submissions across the state and received a staged reading at the 2015 New Play Summit. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fully-staged world premiere! Prepare a two-minute contemporary monologue.

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  • Runaways by Elizabeth Swados

    HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

    Directed by Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski
    July 20-Aug 7 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performance: Aug 7 • 7pm
    Three weeks • $650

    This powerful play explores the complex dynamics of running away. Having created a tribe for themselves, a group of lost and losing souls struggle together through their common reality and celebrate their dreams and hopes. Both dark and joyous, Runaways' beautiful poetry provides a unique journey for performers and audience alike. Actors must be able to attend all rehearsals and performances.

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  • The Craftsmanship Intensive The Hobbit

    HIGH SCHOOL TECHNICAL THEATRE SUMMER SERIES
    June 22-26 • 9:30am-4pm • $300

    Dive in to the world of props and craftsmanship! Design, create and craft the puppets, masks and environment of Middle Earth for our production of The Hobbit including Smaug the dragon! This week of hands-on invention will explore puppetry, mask, costume design and much more.

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  • Technical Theatre Practicum: Runaways

    HIGH SCHOOL TECHNICAL THEATRE SUMMER SERIES

    July 20-Aug 7 • 9:30am-4pm
    Performance on Aug 7 • 7pm
    Three weeks • $650

    Calling all technical theatre students! Students with an interest in technical theatre will have an opportunity to design, build, stage manage and run performances of Runaways in our Conservatory Theatre. Scenic elements, lighting, sound and costumes for the production will be crafted by students with the guidance of our skilled technical theatre instructors.

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  • High School Summer Intensive

    July 6-17 • 9am-5pm
    Two weeks • $650 • Call 303.446.4892 for more information.

    Designed for students who currently excel in school drama productions and are considering a serious career in theatre or film. Modeled after prestigious curriculums of the nation’s top acting programs, this is a unique opportunity to improve acting skills and rub elbows with DCPA acting professionals. Limited to 24 students. Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors should apply by June 3 by mailing:

    • One letter of recommendation
    • Current resumé
    • Current photograph
    • Student’s letter of interest
    Send to:  
       Denver Center for the Performing Arts Education
       Attn: High School Summer Intensive
       1101 13th St.
       Denver, CO 80204

    Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 8, 2015.

Sponsored by Robert & Judie Newman and Lewis Meyers Fund

Academy Summer Classes: 

Robert & Judi Newman Summer Series for Children 
Lewis E. Myers, Jr. Scholarship Fund

Arts in Education, Student Matinees, Study Guides: 
The Anschutz Foundation 
Boeing 
CoBiz Financial 
Colorado Creative Industries 
Corley Legacy Foundation 
DaVita 
Faegre Baker Daniels 
Fidelity Investments 
Keith & Kathie Finger 
Alan & Katie Fox 
Margot & Allan Frank 
IMA Foundation 
Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund 
Kinder Morgan Foundation 
Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust 
SCFD 
Target 
US Bank 
Xcel Energy Foundation


“DCPA has some fantastic educational programs for children and teens. My daughter Katie has enjoyed being a part of the DCPA for several years. The teachers do a great job of making the students feel like they are a part of something special, and I am pleased to give back to a program that gives so much.” — Michael Roche