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Theatre Academy

Developing Excellence – Growing Creativity
All sessions are held at Hershey Area Playhouse at Country Meadows, Sandhill Road at Cherry Drive, Hershey, PA

Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy presents

Fall Acting lessons for children and youth
Saturday mornings for 8 weeks

Beginning Saturday September 16 and ending Saturday November 4th 2017

Click on the link below to register which will hold a space for your child, then simply print and mail your completed registration form and check to us at Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy – PO Box 713 – Hershey PA  17033.  We apologize we cannot accept registrations over the phone or at our box office.

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration is a TWO STEP PROCESS

Step #1- Complete this online form to hold a spot  https://goo.gl/forms/vy03L9SidF2A47pg1

Step #2- Mail a copy of this form with your registration check to Hershey Area Playhouse - PO Box 713- Hershey, PA  17033

Questions?  Please contact Cory Wilkerson at 717-269-9026


Classes:

Connecting to Stories
Bringing them to Life

Age Group: Students grades K-3
Cost: $120
Class Dates: 9/16/2017 to 11/4/2017
Class Schedule: Sept 16-Nov 4 9:00 am-10:30 am
Description:

Our youngest students will explore different stories about fantasy, historical fiction and friendship. They will dive into books without words as well as respond to the text of books. Act out stories, change some characters and create a new ending--it will all be a part of this 8-week class.


Connecting to the Text
Sharing the Scene

Age Group: Students grades 4-6
Cost: $120
Class Dates: 9/16/2017 to 11/4/2017
Class Schedule: Sept 16-Nov 4 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Description:

Grades four through six will learn about working together in a scene. They will choose published works, understand the characters and context and then learn to share the spotlight and help make each other better actors. Drama exercises involving partnership, cooperation and developing character will all be a part of this creative class.

 


Concentrated Improv
Finding the Scene In Between

Age Group: Students grades 7-12
Cost: $150
Class Dates: 9/16/2017 to 11/4/2017
Class Schedule: Sept 16-Nov 4 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Description:

This class will look at texts of different sorts, analyze them and create new scenes that are not there. We will answer the questions, What happened before this scene? and What happens after the ending of the scene? Students will also learn how to stay true to their character. Specific improv and drama exercises have been chosen to explore the possibilities of a scene.


Acting for Adults
Mondays 6:30- 8:00

Age Group: 19-99
Cost: $90
Class Dates: 9/25/2017 to 10/30/2017
Class Schedule: Sept 25-Oct 30 6:30- 8:00
Description:

Join actress, director, and comedy improv pro Lisa Lutton Weitzman in a romp all things acting.  If you’ve ever wanted to try acting, are fascinated by improv groups or just want to have some fun with friends, this repeatable class is for you. Share a laugh with your friends or maybe find a new hobby- come and join us Monday’s at the Playhouse.  


Lisa Lutton Weitzman holds a Master's degree in drama from Villanova University and a BS in education from PSU. From its inception in 2001 to 2016, she taught theater at The Capital Area School for the Arts Charter and is a former adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College.  Lisa is one of the founding members of both Wow! Theatre in Education and the Coffee With Crones theater company and also TMI and No Artificial Sweeteners Improv troupes.  She continues to study acting and has participated in summer intensives in New York City and Toronto, Canada.

 


Meet Our Staff

Ms. Cory Wilkerson

Cory Wilkerson is a director and performer specializing in theatre for youth, who trained in the UK.  Former artistic director of WOW! Theatre. Ms. Wilkerson has taught acting both here and in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Wilkerson is a recipient of a Pennsylvania State Legislature Certificate of Achievement for her work with children and youth.  When not directing or teaching, Ms. Wilkerson is a national arts education consultant.

Ms. Jennifer Feldser

Jen has been with the Playhouse since the beginning, teaching, directing and working behind the scenes as stage manager for many of the productions.  When Jen is not doing theatre she is busy keeping track of dramatic elementary students as a children’s librarian and running the Steelton-Highspire school drama club.

Ms.  Laurie Miller Petersen

Laurie comes to us straight from New York with professional credits in Stage Combat from both theatre and film industries.  Laurie holds a degree in theatre from the prestigious Northwestern University and has been teaching for the playhouse since 2009.

Ms. Jill Panyard

Jill Panyard is an area director and acting teacher and Executive Director of Encore! Productions. Jill directs acts and specializes in teaching young people how to act. Her students have captured several nominations at the Apollo Theatre awards.

Ms. Debra Macut

Debra holds a BA in drama and psychology and an MFA in Acting from Catholic University of America. She has enjoyed a successful career in professional theatre, performing throughout the United States, and has an extensive teaching background with over 20 years of teaching experience.

Lisa Lutton Weitzman

Lisa holds a Master's degree in drama from Villanova University and a BS in education from PSU. From its inception in 2001 to 2016, she taught theater at The Capital Area School for the Arts Charter and is a former adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College. Lisa is one of the founding members of both Wow! Theatre in Education and the Coffee With Crones theater company and also TMI and No Artificial Sweeteners Improv troupes. She continues to study acting and has participated in summer intensives in New York City and Toronto, Canada.

 

 


Class Registration Policies and Refund Procedures

Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy and Theatre Academy Players educational programs and classes are open to all, subject to minimum and maximum ages/grades, experience and class sizes posted in the program descriptions. Registrations are accepted by mail on a first-come-first-serve basis.


In addition, siblings (two or more students living in the same household) registering are each eligible for a $5.00 discount per program.

We will do our best to accommodate each student’s needs. When reasonable accommodation is not possible, concerns will be addressed directly with those involved. Students are requested to disclose needs or other pertinent information at the time of registration.

All refunds are subject to a $15 non-refundable processing fee. If/when students drop out of a class, the amount refunded is pro-rated, based on the number of classes attended/remaining, after deducting the non-refundable $15 processing fee.

Occasionally, because of the age, experience and number enrolled, some programs have to be merged, combined or cancelled. In these instances, our goal is always to provide our programs to as many students as possible.

Decisions of the Playhouse Board member coordinating the programs of Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy and Theatre Academy Players are final.

 

Contact us at 717.533.8525 or TheatreAcademy@HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com if you have questions about future Hershey Area Playhouse Theatre Academy programs.