High School Theatre Festival 2020

April 22 & 23, 2020, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A full day of performing arts inspiration and instruction designed especially for high school students and teachers. Regardless of your students’ interests – onstage or backstage – they will enhance their theatre skills through a rich selection of workshops led by experienced artists in the ambiance of a premiere professional theatre. This festival is a full day of workshops, lunch and the opportunity for networking among groups.

Last year’s festival sold out, so don’t miss your chance to experience this rewarding opportunity by reserving early! Thanks to our generous sponsors, cost is only $400 per school group of up to 30 students.

Deadline for reservations is Friday, March 13, 2020


Acting Through Song
This workshop will teach you how to make a great first impression at your next audition. Gather valuable tips to prepare for auditions, cold readings, headshots and more. Students are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song from the musical theatre, up-tempo or ballad. The end of the song is usually the strongest section.  Bring sheet music in the correct key, the piano conductors cut. No acapella singing.

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, pro-viding 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.)

Scene Development
In this workshop, students will take a fun and interactive approach to relaxing and preparing for cold scene readings through character and confidence building. Students will be placed in small groups and given a scene to analyze while developing characterization. 

Musical Theatre Dance
Participants from beginner to advanced learn an overview of dance styles that make up and are from several Broadway shows. Learn tips and techniques to use for your next dance audition. Please wear comfortable clothing to move, and appropriate shoes.

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 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, Senior Education Programs Manager at (518) 382-3884 x197.