High School Theatre Festival

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.

Cost is $300 per school! A maximum of 25 students per group will allow the best interaction and experience; students from each group are asked to choose three out of the six workshops to participate in. Participation will be limited to first come, first served basis for the first 8 drama groups. 


Workshops for the day include: Make-Up FX, Stage Combat, Musical Theatre Dance, Auditioning Tips & Techniques, and Improv & the Art of Comedy


(Download PDF of workshop descriptions here!)

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.)

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 an understanding of body mechanics by using physical acting to tell a story through theatrical contact.  

Musical Theatre Dance 
Participants from beginner to advanced learn an overview of dance styles that make up and are from several Broadway shows. 

Auditioning Tips and Techniques   
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 bring a monologue and prepare a song of 32 bars.  

Improv and 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!  

Exploring Shakespeare
In this 90-minute workshop, students will take a fun and interactive approach to Shakespeare through improv games, character building exercises and exploration of scenes and monologues.

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