High School Theatre Festival 2019

APRIL 17 & 18, 2019 | 9 A.M. – 2 P.M.

A day of inspiration and theatre instruction designed especially for high school students and drama teachers. Regardless of your students’ interests—onstage or backstage—they will enhance their skills through a rich selection of workshops led by experienced theatre artists in the ambience of a Broadway-caliber professional theatre. This festival is a full day of workshops, lunch included, and the opportunity for networking between schools. Last year’s festival sold out, so don’t miss your chance to experience this rewarding opportunity.

Workshops for the day include: Make-Up FX, Stage Combat, Musical Theatre Dance, Acting through Song, Improv & the Art of Comedy, Monologue Mash, and Storytelling with Lighting.

Cost is $350 per school. A maximum of 30 students per group will allow the best interaction and experience; students from each group are asked to choose three out of the seven workshops to participate in. 

Participation will be limited to a first come, first served basis for the first five drama groups for each of the days.

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 15, 2019 


Acting Through Song 
This workshop will teach you how to make a great first impression at your next audition. Gather valuable tips on preparing for auditions, dress and decorum, body language, cold readings, headshots and more. Students are asked to prepare a song of 32 bars. 

Improv & the Art of Comedy 
Explore the elements of Improv in this introductory course.  Learn core fundamentals and principles focusing on various games and exercises that encourage trust, communication, agreement (“yes and”); active listening, character, status, and making your scene partner look good!  

Make-Up FX 
An introduction to special effects make-up design, providing a basic understanding of this specialized variation of make-up artistry. You will have a chance to explore the tools, instruments and materials used to create bruises, cuts, blood, aging skin and more. Character creation and methods used to visualize an effect are analyzed. (Make-up provided for the session.)

Monologue Mash
In this workshop, students will take a fun and interactive approach to relaxing and preparing for the audition monologue through character and confidence building. Students are asked to come prepared with one contemporary monologue of their choice, no more than 2 minutes in length. 

Musical Theatre Dance
Participants from beginner to advanced learn an overview of dance styles that make up and are from several Broadway shows. Learn about tips and techniques to use for your next dance audition.

Stage Combat
Students learn the basic concepts of safety, partnering and targeting that make stage combat safe and repeatable as needed in a production, and to the performance skills that make a fight effective and dramatic. Students will gain understanding of body mechanics by using physical acting to tell a story through theatrical contact.  

Storytelling with Lighting
This is an introduction workshop to lighting design. Students will learn the basics of lighting from designing to hanging, focusing, gelling, and programming. Learn about the new standard of lighting with LED lights and moving light fixtures.

High School Theatre Festival Submissions

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For more information and questions please contact Michael Gatzendorfer, Youth Programs Manager at (518) 382-3884 x197.