fundamentals

Fundamentals

Act I: Inspiring the Growing Performer (Grades Pre-K-4)

Engaging the imagination is at the heart of every PYT experience, and our Fundamentals classes allow students to unlock their unique, theatrical creativity. PYT’s Fundamentals classes help the youngest performers discover how their bodies and voices bring comedic or dramatic situations to life.

BENEFITS:

  • Self-confidence
  • Self-expression
  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Friendships

SKILLS EXPLORED:

  • Improvisation
  • Ensemble Building
  • Voice / Breath control
  • Projection
  • Coordination & Balance
  • Stage Presence

Playmakers (Ages 3-4 / Preschool)

Fridays 4:30 – 5:15 PM

The young artist in your family will find inspiration as they explore storybooks through creative drama, movement, and art. These Playmakers will create characters and the world of the story using a multitude of props, costumes, and crafts. Children will perform in an end-of-the-year showcase, as well as informal “sharings” throughout the year.

Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add CREATIVE DANCE.

Kinderplay (Ages 4-5 / Pre K-Kindergarten)

Fridays 4:30 – 5:15 PM

Munchkins, monsters, mermaids, and dinosaurs spark your young explorer’s imagination as they enter the storybook worlds of fantasy and adventure. Creativity and self-expression are nurtured through a fun mixture of drama, movement, and art. Children will perform in an end-of-the-year showcase, as well as informal “sharings” throughout the year.

Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add CREATIVE DANCE, INTRO TO JAZZ/TAP AND/OR BEGINNING BALLET.

First Stage (Grades 1 and 2)

Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM (1.5 hours)

Jump into the joys of storytelling through dramatic play in a creative environment in First Stage. Working with their classmates, young performers explore imaginary worlds while developing basic skills in character development, movement, and voice. Using theatrical techniques, students will explore stage presence, basic dance techniques, and body coordination.

 Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add INTRO TO JAZZ/TAP, BEGINNING BALLET and/or BALLET I.

Second Stage (Grades 2 and 3)

Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 PM (1.5 hours)

The spotlight shines on the body, the voice, and the imagination in Second Stage. Artistic energy will be focused on the exploration of dramatic structure and new creative movement techniques. Together, the young performers continue to develop language skills, unique characters, balance, coordination, and stage presence.

Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add JAZZ/TAP I and/or BALLET I.

Third Stage (Grades 3 and 4)

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30 PM (1.5 hours)

Tapping into the excitement of theatre games, creative drama, and music, Third Stage takes students on a high-octane tour through the world of performing arts. In groups, students will devise short scenes suggested by literature and art using the body as an essential tool. Their journey continues with vocal training, movement techniques, and improvisation.

Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add JAZZ/TAP I, HIP HOP I and/or BALLET I. The voice is a vital tool for a performer, and proper training in singing is important- add PRIVATE or PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS WITH PIANO COMPONENT.

Fourth Stage (Grades 4 and 5)

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:30 PM (1.5 hours)

Fourth Stage is our most advanced Fundamentals class emphasizing complex movement and acting techniques. Students will be introduced to script analysis using familiar stories, plays, and musicals. Improvisation will also be key, as the class works together to discover how the imagination inspires acting choices.

 Enrich your Experience:  A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add HIP HOP I, BALLET I and/or JAZZ/TAP II. See the Dance Division for other class options. The voice is a vital tool for a performer, and proper training in singing is important- add PRIVATE or PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS WITH PIANO COMPONENT.

Saturday Drama Sessions

Musical Theatre Jam! (Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6)

Saturdays Only 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fall Session (Beauty and the Beast):  September 17th– November 5th

Winter Session (Aladdin):  January 14th – March 4th

Spring Session (Camp Rock):  March 11th – May 6th

(8 weeks each)

Delve into the world of musical theatre in these intensive sessions! Your favorite songs, scenes, and characters come to life in Musical Theatre Jam! Over the course of 8 weeks, students will experience classes in acting, singing, and dancing, plus master classes on a variety of subjects, helping to bring the modern American musical to life. Our emphasis will be on the wonderful world of body, mind, voice, and imagination. Children will perform in an end-of-the-session “sharing.” Students may pair these sessions with any of the applicable Stages classes.

Enrich your Experience (Grades 1-3): A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add INTRO TO JAZZ/TAP, JAZZ/TAP I, BEGINNING BALLET, or BALLET I.

Enrich your Experience (Grades 4-6): A weekly dance class is an essential part of developing technique, musicality, and expressiveness – add JAZZ/TAP II, BALLET I, HIP HOP I and/or JAZZ/TAP I. The voice is a vital tool for a performer, and proper training in singing is important – add PRIVATE or PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS WITH PIANO COMPONENT.