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Performing Arts Training – Spring 2017

TECH CREW – Once on This Island, Jr. (Grades 6-12).

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All other Spring classes are underway and no longer available for registration! See you this summer!


SPARC offers high-quality performing arts training classes for students ages 3 to 18!

You’ll find fun and rewarding opportunities, including some new offerings! Every student, no matter their age or level of experience, will discover their best self at SPARC. Our classes build confidence, enrich character, and cultivate creativity.

SPARC’s faculty is simply the best! Our teaching artists are highly qualified, and their passion is “sparking” the imaginations of the next generation.

SPARC’s spring classes continue a carefully curated, yearlong cycle of programming. Those returning to the same class they took in the fall term will find new material and dynamic goals. And new students are always welcome, regardless of whether they took the fall class!

Preschool through Grade 4

Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-4

TOGETHER TIME – Tiny Tots (Ages 18-36 months)

Play, pretend, and patty-cake with a favorite grown-up! Explore classic nursery rhymes and beloved stories through music, creative movement, and puppetry. Get ready to be silly and have fun together while developing basic cognitive and socialization skills.

Developmental benefits include: early language development, repetition and rhythm, cooperation, motor skills and coordination, emotional awareness.

Life skills emphasized include: following the leader, playing with others, and making eye contact.

Please note: This is a six-week offering (session one on Saturdays, January 14 – February 18, and session 2 on Wednesdays, February 22 – March 29). Parents are active participants in this class and should dress comfortably.

$110 (per 6-week session)


Session 1: Saturdays (January 14 – February 18)
SPARC Center
9:00-9:45 a.m.


Session 2: Wednesdays (February 22 – March 29)
SPARC Center
10:00-10:45 a.m.

SPARC PLUGS – The Zoo in You! (Ages 3-5, Pre-K)

If you ran the zoo, what would you do? Little ones will unleash their inner beast as they explore exciting stories and become favorite characters and creatures as they sing, dance, and play with simple props. Curiosity and creativity are guaranteed to be piqued!

Performing arts skills emphasized include: memorization, exploring imaginative characters, following patterns and rhythms, basic understanding of musicality (sing-along, call and response), developing language skills through fun storytelling elements.

Life skills emphasized include: listening, following directions, teamwork, body awareness, and body control.

Please note: Students must be toilet-trained to enroll in this class. Parents are asked to stay onsite for the duration of class.

$215


Mondays
SPARC Center
4:30-5:15 p.m.

This class will begin on Monday, January 9, and will end on Monday, March 27. On the last day, parents will be invited into class for a special final share.


Saturdays
SPARC Center
10:00-10:45 a.m.

This class will begin on Saturday, January 14 and will end on Saturday, April 1. On the last day, parents will be invited into class for a special final share.

MINI SPARC – Island Adventures (Kindergarten)

Cowabunga, mellow Minis! Ride the waves of story and song to the Isles of Imagination, where young performers will discover the treasures of musical theatre. Group singing, simple choreography, and basic story drama techniques are combined to give students the stepping stones needed to feel like superstars!

Performing arts skills emphasized include: articulating ideas, building a foundation of character, enhancing physical awareness and body control, executing rhythm and pitch, memorization, working with text and retention, and developing improvisational skills.

Life skills emphasized include: respect, bravery, confidence, kindness, and making new friends.

$297


Mondays
SPARC Center
4:30-5:30 p.m.
This class will begin on Monday, January 9. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.


Saturdays
SPARC Center
11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

MUSICAL THEATRE FOR BEGINNERS – When I Grow Up (Grades 1-2)

Little stars with big dreams just can’t wait to grow up! This inspiring class will have students singing and dancing alongside famous young characters from musical theatre like Annie, Oliver, and Matilda. Youngsters who love to sing and dance will enjoy practicing the building blocks for musical theatre — basic vocal and choreography skills are taught in fun and exciting ways that prepare students for the spotlight. This charming class will have students singing and dancing all the way home!

Performing arts skills emphasized include: developing vocal and physical control, memorizing and executing patterns through choreography, learning to work as a supportive member of an ensemble, connecting to emotion and expression.

Life skills emphasized include: acceptance, trying new things, following the leader, perseverance, and collaboration.

$297


Tuesdays
SPARC Center
4:30-5:30 p.m.

This class will begin on Tuesday, January 10. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.


Saturdays
SPARC Center
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

ADVENTURE THEATRE – Legends of the Hidden Temple (Grades 1-2)

Discover uncharted ruins in mysterious, sacred lands! Students will unearth their imaginations as they are guided through ancient adventures in this character-driven, improvisational storytelling class.

Performing arts skills emphasized include: acquiring fundamental improvisational skills, grasping basic character development, expanding physical awareness, and interacting with simple production elements.

Life skills emphasized include: listening, following directions, imagination, making predictions, and group storytelling.

$297


Saturdays
SPARC Center
10:00-11:00 a.m.
This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

RISING STARS – Hakuna Matata (Grades 3-4)

♫ It means no worries while singing, acting all day. Don’t forget choreography, our specialty: Hakuna Matata. ♫ Your Rising Star will shine while learning selections from The Lion King. Students continue on a journey of creative exploration while introducing a more structured rehearsal process, which introduces the triple-threat musical theatre training model through acting, song, and dance.

Performing arts skills emphasized include: following stage directions, understanding blocking, exercising vocal control, matching pitch, accomplishing basic musical theatre choreography, performing memorized dialogue, and embodying and portraying character and emotion.

Life skills emphasized include: responsibility, empathy, respect, passion, dedication, and ensemble-building.

$385


Tuesdays
SPARC Center
4:30-6:00 p.m.

This class will begin on Tuesday, January 10. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.


Saturdays
Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

ADVENTURE THEATRE AND BEYOND – Hogwarts Adventure (Grades 3-4)

Cast spells, discover enchanted creatures, and transform the classroom into a labyrinth of secrets. No wand necessary! The magic used to summon courage, disarm fear, and transcend to new heights of imagination will come from within during this character-driven, improvisational storytelling class.
Students will build on creative drama skills and create stories of their own as they go on new journeys. They will begin to explore the basics of improvisation and scene creation as they work with new friends to solve problems together.

Performing arts skills emphasized include: expanding improvisational skills, building elements of character, presenting new ideas to a group, understanding the foundation of storytelling, playing multiple distinct characters, and working as an ensemble.

Life skills emphasized include: teamwork, creativity, problem-solving, acceptance, and goal setting.

$385


Saturdays
Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church
10:00-11:30 a.m.

This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

No longer available: JUST FOR BOYS – How to be a Jedi

Wait a minute… Where’s that Jedi class?
You may have noticed a class in our spring brochure entitled, “Just for Boys – How to be a Jedi,” for which the registration link is no longer available. Our goal in offering this class was to get more boys excited about the performing arts. However, upon further reflection, SPARC has decided to cancel and restructure this class in order to better suit our mission and our hope to be inclusive of all people. Stay tuned for a revamped version of this class for all of our J.I.T.s (Jedis in Training) soon.

In the meantime, check out our Hogwarts Adventure theme in Adventure Theatre and Beyond!


Grades 5 through 8

Grades 5-8

CORE – You Can't Stop the Beat! (Grades 5-8)

Hey, all you cool cats out there, get ready to shake, shimmy, and shout while learning hot tunes from the hip musical, Hairspray. Expand your triple threat repertoire with this classic SPARC experience that builds on the foundational musical theatre skills of acting, song, and dance.
Taught by instructors who excel in each area, students will have a chance to work on each facet individually and put them all together as they apply to a more challenging level of musical theatre training.

Training skills emphasized include: expanding theatrical development of body, voice, and mind; mastering basic dance technique in multiple dance styles; building engaging characters; nurturing ensemble energy; understanding physical communication; broadening music skills like syncopation and harmony; understanding vocal health; blending song, acting, and dance as one practice.

Life skills: taking direction, self-expression, poise, bravery, and acceptance.

$475


Wednesdays
SPARC Center
4:30-6:30 p.m.
This class will begin on Wednesday, January 11. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.


Saturdays
Tuckahoe Presbyterian Church
10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
This class will begin on Saturday, January 14. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

STUDIO ACTING – Acting Essentials (Grades 5-8)

This dynamic NEW class offers a unique opportunity for students to build audition technique, dive into scene study, and sharpen improvisational comedy skills. Students will enjoy exploring the craft of acting in this course that focuses on these three keystones. This is the perfect next step for young performers who want to have fun and strengthen their acting skills in a focused setting.

Training skills emphasized include: script analysis, creating dynamic characters, honing creative impulse, developing audition techniques, memorization, and implementing vocal and physical awareness.

Life skills emphasized include: taking risks, listening, focus, teamwork, and self-confidence.

$475


Thursdays
SPARC Center
4:30-6:30 p.m.
This class will begin on Thursday, January 12. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.

BACKSTAGE BASICS – Strike That! (Grades 6-12)

Students will have fun learning about the magic that happens behind the scenes in this foundational technical theatre production course. Instructors will guide students through different areas such as stage management, lighting, sound, and costume design. Tech students will walk away with an overall understanding of the process and a firm grasp on backstage terminology, prepared to take the next step by working backstage as crew for a SPARC show or taking a more hands-on stagecraft course.

$297


Mondays
SPARC Center
4:30-5:30 p.m.
This class will begin on Monday, January 9, and students will have the opportunity to work backstage during SPARC’s Spring Showcase performances at the Gottwald Playhouse, March 31 – April 2.

STAGECRAFT – Putting it Together (Grades 6-12)

Students will have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the Backstage Basics class by working alongside the production team building scenery, hanging and focusing lights, drafting, creating sound cues, and much more.

Materials and safety equipment for this class will be provided.

$410


Wednesdays
SPARC Center
4:30-6:00 p.m.
This class will begin on Wednesday, January 11, and students will have the opportunity to work backstage during SPARC’s Spring Showcase performances at the Gottwald Playhouse, March 31 – April 2.
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TECH CREW – Once on This Island, Jr. (Grades 6-12)

Students interested in working behind the scenes will have the chance to work backstage for our spring teen production, Once on This Island, Jr., which will take place at the SPARC Center. Students must be available for all rehearsals during tech week (April 29 through May 3, 2017) and performances (May 4 through May 7, 2017). Some prior experience is helpful.

$80
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… and students in Grades 6-12 should check out our audition-based production, Once on This Island, Jr.

Grades 9 through 12

Grades 9-12

STUDIO PERFORMANCE – 12 Weeks to Curtain (Grades 9-12)

Students hone acting technique, approach script analysis, and develop dynamic characters through the rehearsal process as they prepare for a staged reading at the conclusion of the semester. This upper-level acting lab gives students an opportunity to strengthen their acting choices as they learn to apply objectives, obstacles, sense memory, subtext, and other techniques to scripted scene work.

Training skills emphasized include: approaching acting technique through Stanislavski’s method; discovering and engaging natural impulses; script analysis; emphasizing ensemble; implementing advanced character building techniques like archetypes, Viewpoints, and finding physical centers for characters and emotions; manipulating vocal tempo and tone while fostering proper support through breath and the body.

Life skills emphasized include: empathy, compassion, analysis, and commitment.

$475


Wednesdays
SPARC Center
6:15-8:15 p.m.
This class will begin on Wednesday, January 11. A final showcase performance will take place at the Libby S. Gottwald Playhouse at the Dominion Arts Center during the week of March 27 – April 2. Specific time and date to follow.
REGISTER

BACKSTAGE BASICS – Strike That! (Grades 6-12)

Students will have fun learning about the magic that happens behind the scenes in this foundational technical theatre production course. Instructors will guide students through different areas such as stage management, lighting, sound, and costume design. Tech students will walk away with an overall understanding of the process and a firm grasp on backstage terminology, prepared to take the next step by working backstage as crew for a SPARC show or taking a more hands-on stagecraft course.

$297


Mondays
SPARC Center
4:30-5:30 p.m.
This class will begin on Monday, January 9, and students will have the opportunity to work backstage during SPARC’s Spring Showcase performances at the Gottwald Playhouse, March 31 – April 2.
REGISTER

STAGECRAFT – Putting it Together (Grades 6-12)

Students will have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the Backstage Basics class by working alongside the production team building scenery, hanging and focusing lights, drafting, creating sound cues, and much more.

Materials and safety equipment for this class will be provided.

$410


Wednesdays
SPARC Center
4:30-6:00 p.m.
This class will begin on Wednesday, January 11, and students will have the opportunity to work backstage during SPARC’s Spring Showcase performances at the Gottwald Playhouse, March 31 – April 2.

TECH CREW – Once on This Island, Jr. (Grades 6-12)

Students interested in working behind the scenes will have the chance to work backstage for our spring teen production, Once on This Island, Jr., which will take place at the SPARC Center. Students must be available for all rehearsals during tech week (April 29 through May 3, 2017) and performances (May 4 through May 7, 2017). Some prior experience is helpful.

$80
REGISTER

… and students in Grades 6-12 should check out our audition-based production, Once on This Island, Jr.

Audition-Based Production Classes

Audition-Based Performance Opportunities

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR. (Grades 6-12)

The cast of SPARC’s spring musical will rehearse twice a week while taking on a legendary story, Once on This Island, Jr. Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island.

Casting in this production is open to middle- and high-school students by audition only.

Auditions are October 28 and 29, 2016! Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, and performances are May 4-7, 2017 at the SPARC Center in the Sara Belle November Educational Theater.

$597
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