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Junior Conservatory

ACT II: Nurturing the Promising Performer (Grades 5-8)

The Junior Conservatory builds on the groundwork laid in the Fundamental years and continues to develop the young performer’s craft through rigorous classes and performance opportunities. Students will expand their theatrical and communication skills through improvisation, story development, and character exploration.

BENEFITS:

  • Self-confidence
  • Self-expression
  • Creativity
  • Projection
  • Communication
  • Working in an ensemble

SKILLS EXPLORED:

  • Character development
  • Improvisation
  • Scene Study
  • Voice / breath control
  • Coordination & Balance
  • Devising

Enrich your Experience: (Intro to Acting, Intermediate Acting I and II) A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness- add HIP HOP I, BROADWAY STYLES II and/or LYRICAL. The voice is a vital tool for a performer and proper training in singing is important – add PRIVATE or SEMI-PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS.

Intro to Acting (Grades 5-7)

Mondays: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Are you looking for something new and fun for your child? Then, this class is perfect for the beginner! Intro to Acting explores the basics of the body, the voice and the imagination in theatre. Students will be challenged to create characters and improvise scenes, as well as engage in exercises in movement and voice – all helping to build self-confidence.

Intermediate Acting I (Grades 5 and 6)

Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Prerequisite: Either Fourth Stage or previous training

Welcome to the first step in PYT’s Junior Conservatory! Working as an ensemble, students continue developing basic acting skills through storytelling with the body, the voice, and the imagination. The introduction of theatrical techniques like imagery work, scripted scenes, and stage combat help elevate the actor to the next level. Placement in this class is based on previous experience and age.

Intermediate Acting II (Grades 5 and 6)

Wednesdays: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Prerequisite: Either Fourth Stage, Intermediate Acting I or previous training

Building on their experiences in Intermediate Acting I, students are introduced to more challenging scripts, scenes, and monologues. Instruction in acting, creative movement, and voice emphasize honest character development through work as an ensemble. The exploration of physical comedy and scene study rounds out the young actor’s experience. Placement in this class is based on previous experience and age.

Enrich your experience: A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality and expressiveness- add BROADWAY STYLES II OR III, HIP HOP II, TEEN BALLET, TEEN JAZZ and/or TEEN TAP. For advanced dancers, call for recommendations. The voice is a vital tool for a performer and proper training in singing is important – add PRIVATE or SEMI-PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS.

Ensemble Workshop (Grades 6 and 7)

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Prerequisite: Either Intermediate Acting I, II, or previous training.

The journey continues as this unique class allows students to devise shorter scripted pieces based on themes and ideas from the students themselves. Through this complex process, they receive instruction on physical, emotional and vocal skill-building and the development of believable characters. This class is for students with previous experience.

Young Actors Company (Grades 7 and 8)

Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Prerequisite: Either Ensemble Workshop or previous training

This exclusive ensemble of students will delve into the world of playwriting. While still working through the coordination of the body, the voice and the imagination, students will add scripted materials to their training. Not only will Young Actors explore previously published work, but also begin the process of devising their own material. This class is for students with previous experience.

Intro to Acting for Teens (Grades 8-11)

Mondays: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

This introductory class is a perfect fit for that teen who may be interested in acting, directing, singing and/or dancing. Instruction in basic acting principles and vocal technique will be emphasized, along with how the body can be used to help tell stories. Students will create characters and improvise scenes, as well as engage in exercises in movement and voice – all helping to build self-confidence. Students will perform in PYT Performs!

Lil’ BIT:  Fill In The Blank Improv Troupe for Grades 7-9 

Tuesdays: 7:30 – 9:00 PM

Prerequisite: Either Ensemble Workshop, Young Actors Company or previous IMPROV training.

High energy improv games and scenes allow students to explore creating characters and stories in the moment. Challenging, collaborative and relentlessly positive, Lil’ BIT is a great training ground for students interested in learning the foundations of improv. Lil’ BIT members will focus on ensemble building, listening skills, acceptance, being creative and, of course, having fun! Students will create and perform their own show, plus perform in PYT Performs!.

Students must be enrolled in a PYT Drama Division class to participate OR receive Artistic Director’s permission.