Registration begins August 1, 2021

Fall 2021 Schedule

All classes will be in person!
See COVID-19 restrictions under Fine Print.

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Little Twister Classes (ages 4-6)

Jungle Cruise

Mondays
Time: 4-4:45 PM
Ages 4-5
September 13 - November 1
Instructor: Emma Ditnes

Welcome to our Jungle Cruise! Imaginations spring to life as you become characters from The Jungle Book, Tarzan, The Lion King, and Bambi. Learn how to speak, sing and dance for an audience. Find your voice and build confidence as you learn to speak and sing clearly…all the way to the BACK ROW! Coordinate your body and create dance moves that reveal character.  There will be a performance of the songs from the class on the last day of class, Monday, November 1st at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!

Jungle Cruise Plus

Tuesdays
Time: 4-4:45 PM
Ages 5-6
September 14 - November 2
Instructor: Emma Ditnes

Welcome to our Jungle Cruise! Imaginations spring to life as you become characters from The Jungle Book, Tarzan, The Lion King, and Bambi. Learn how to speak, sing and dance for an audience. Find your voice and build confidence as you learn to speak and sing clearly…all the way to the BACK ROW! Coordinate your body and create dance moves that reveal character. Also dive into dialogue and character development as you learn how to memorize lines and  conform your body and voice to fit the scene. There will be a performance of the songs and scenes from the class on the last day of class, Tuesday, November 2nd at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!

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Youth and Middler & Teen Classes

Saturdays

September 18 - November 6

Youth Classes (Ages 7-10)

Kicklines and Grapevines 

Time: 9-10 AM
Instructor: John Rea

Ready to get back on stage and working together again? This class will get you in sync with your fellow actors and having a great time. Strengthen your confidence and musical theatre presence as you learn songs and dances from Beauty and the Beast, Hamilton, Cabaret, Hello Dolly, and Damn Yankees. Learn to project your voice, take your dance moves to the next level, and interpret these fantastic songs as only you can.

 

From Page to Stage 

Time: 10-11 AM
Instructor: Emma Ditnes

Let’s take scenes from classic books and bring them to life! This Fall we'll be working on a new play by Kate Leone based upon characters from the books of Mo Willems (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the Piggy and Elephant books). You will practice the building blocks of acting such as memorization and projecting your voice, but your confidence as an actor will really grow as you explore what it means to create fully formed, three dimensional characters! There will be a filmed performance on Saturday, November 6 at 6 PM.

 

Production Class 

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM
Instructor: Emma Ditnes

Be part of a world premiere new comedy by Kate Leone called, A Catered Event. A group of friends attempt to put on a dinner for a very important guest and things go very wrong. Can the meal be saved? They'll have to work together and improvise to pull it off. Learn how to project your voice and develop your character. Real food will be used in the play and flour is sure to go flying. Get into the act of working with an ensemble to tell a funny story. There will be a filmed performance on Saturday, November 6 at 6 PM. The cast size is limited so sign up today!

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Middler & Teen Classes (ages 11-18)

Kicklines and Grapevines
Time: 10-11 AM
Instructor: John Rea

It's time to work together again. Get your legs and arms in sync.  This class will get you moving with your fellow actors and having a great time. Strengthen your confidence and musical theatre presence as you learn songs and dances from Hamilton, Chicago, Cabaret, Hello Dolly, and Damn Yankees. Learn to project your voice, take your dance moves to the next level, and interpret these fantastic songs as only you can.

 

Production Class
Time: 11 AM - 12:45 PM
Instructor: John Rea

Ready to stretch yourself as an actor? Director, John Rea, will lead you on a dramatic slam poetry exploration. You will perform in ensemble and solo using the bombastic and quiet texts of some of America's best slam poets. Develop your artistic voice as you create your own slam poem which you can perform if you choose. We'll take you step by step and help you build your confidence and take acting chances that will delight our audience. There will be a performance on Saturday, November 6 at 7 PM.

 

Comedy Improv
Time: 1-2 PM
Instructor: Jen Jaynes

Making people laugh is one of the great joys in life. Get your funny on while you learn to create comedy on the spot, using simple suggestions and your own top-of-your-head responses. Comedy and the ability to bring humor to a situation serves you in every aspect of your life. We have a long tradition of creating comedy improv at MacGuffin, with our expert comedians performing in This Side Up Comedy Improv Troupe. This class is a perfect first step in learning how to work with partners, make up wacky jokes and characters, and test your limits…all while having a great time! If you like the tv show Whose Line is it Anyway, you can’t miss this class!

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Sunday Class

Life and the Social Situation: African American Cultural Representation in Theatre

Dates: September 19-November 7
Time: 2-4 PM
Ages: 13-18
Instructors: Liz Fredette & Devon Sinclair with Special Guests

“The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.” – Stella Adler

Adler was well aware that by telling the truth we, theatre artists and makers, wield a great power for change. For a long time people were informed about life and society through the word and performances. While we now have a variety of ways in which we learn news and hear stories, theatre continues to be an opportunity to illustrate experiences in a more personal and detailed fashion. Now is a crucial moment in time to take stock of whose truth is being told and who is being represented in the messaging.

Our goal is to more deeply examine and relate to others whose life and social situation are outside of our own daily experience using the powerful educational medium of theatre. In this particular course we will explore the stories and experiences of Black theatre and film artists. We will read and discuss plays and musicals with support from other mediums including poetry, essays, and news articles related to the topics of race, identity, culture to find connections, understanding, and empathy for those who are often overlooked. Additionally, students will be assigned scenes and monologues from these works (and regardless of their race, ethnicity, and gender) to workshop, within the class setting only.

Throughout the course of the class we will invite special guests to join us for discussion. All reading materials will be paid for and/or provided by MacGuffin.

This class is the second in our ongoing series of classes titled Life and the Social Situation. We will explore different plays, themes, and/or focuses each season. While our theme this year is the same as it was last season, we will be looking at entirely different works. This class is appropriate for returning and new students.

***We will hold four of the eight classes in person at MacGuffin and four of them over Zoom.***

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FINE PRINT

COVID-19:
- All students and instructors will wear masks during their time in the MacGuffin space.
- For production and performance classes, special instructions will be issued and agreed upon.
- Students who are sick or have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 may not attend class.
- COVID-19 restrictions may be adjusted at any time depending on Philadelphia guidelines.
- For specific question, please contact Liz at LFredette@MacGuffinTF.com

Most classes are 1 hour in length. Exceptions:
- Middler & Teen Production Class (105 minutes)
- Life and the Social Situation  (2 hours)
- Little Twister Classes (45 minutes)

Tuition will be refundable up to 24 hours before the 1st class.

Our email address is info@macguffintf.com

All classes are held at 2030 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor (purple door), Philadelphia, PA 19103

A limited number of scholarships and work/studys are available for MacGuffin classes on a financial need basis. Learn More