Fall 2019

Registration begins August 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Schedule

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8 Weeks September 21 – November 9
NEW PRODUCTION CLASSES ON SUNDAYS!

Little Twisters
4-4:45pm MONDAYS – Musical Theatre featuring Disney’s Aladdin (starting September 16)
Ages 4-5 ONLY
Instructors: John Rea and Emma Ditnes.
Welcome to Akraba, city of enchantment! Imaginations spring to life as you become Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and more from Disney’s hit musical, Aladdin. 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. Songs include:  A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and One Jump Ahead. There will be a performance of the songs from the class on the last day of class, November 4th, at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!

4-4:45pm TUESDAYS – Musical Theatre featuring Disney’s Aladdin PLUS (starting September 17)
Ages 6-7 ONLY
Instructors: John Rea and Emma Ditnes.
Welcome to Akraba, city of enchantment! Imaginations spring to life as you become Aladdin, Jasmine, Jafar and more from Disney’s hit musical, Aladdin. 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. This class will also work on memorizing lines from short scenes and learn how to perform them. Songs for both groups include: A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and One Jump Ahead. There will be a performance of the songs and scenes from the class on the last day of class, November 5th, at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!


SATURDAYS

Youth (7-10 yrs)

9am Musical Theatre featuring songs from The Wizard of Oz
Ages 7-10
Instructor: John Rea
We’re off to see the Wizard! Try out your inner Broadway voice as you become Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch and more from Broadway’s The Wizard of Oz. You’ll learn to harmonize on Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead. You’ll get to take your dancing skills to the next level with Jitterbug. If I Only Had a Brain will develop your acting and characterization skills. Over the Rainbow will build and strengthen your voice. A must for building your musical theatre presence! We encourage students to perform one of these songs at our November Open Mic Night in front of an audience.

10am Wings, Wands and Wigs
Ages 7-10

Instructor: Emma Ditnes
This class is one of the most important ones an actor can take! Learn how to make props in a scene help you to define your character. From wings to wands to wigs, you will discover how to use objects to create tension, comedy and spectacle. The scenes will be from popular plays and movies. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your acting to the next level.

11am Disney Fight Scenes
Ages 7-10

Instructor: Julia Hopkins
Stage combat is magic. It’s all about creating illusion. Learn to fall without hurting yourself. Take a slap on the face without being hit. Scream on cue when it looks like your hair is being pulled. Coordinate your body by hitting your marks and reacting in ways that will fool an audience. Scenes from Disney musicals and films will be used in class. If you like action, this is the class for you!

12pm From Page to Stage: Lions and Gators and Wild Things – Oh My!
Ages 9-10 ONLY

Instructor: Emma Ditnes
This NEW class takes scenes from classic books and brings them to life on stage with your help. Develop your acting skills while becoming classic characters from your favorite books. Build your confidence, project your voice and memorize your lines!

1pm Comedy Improv
Ages 9-14

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!

SUNDAYS

10-11:30am Production Class featuring Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (starting September 22)
Ages 7-10

Directed by Mwazhuwa Kuretu
This production class will feature completely re-imagined fairy tales and bring them to life on stage. There are great parts for everyone! Discover your acting skills and creativity and put it all to use as you portray a wide variety of fairy tale characters. On Saturday, November 16 there will be a performance at 6:30 PM. All students participating in this class must be available for the performance.

SATURDAYS

Middlers (11-14 yrs) & Teens (15-18 yrs)

9am Finding Your Character Voice
Ages 11-18

Instructor: Emma Ditnes
This NEW class will definitely take your acting to the next level. Discover how to find your creature  and villain voices. Find the compelling and hilarious parts of your voice and how to project them out to the audience. Scenes from contemporary plays and films will be staged and developed.

10am-12pm Film Acting
Ages 11-18

Instructor: John Rea
It’s time to get in front of the camera! Every actor needs to learn how to calibrate their performance to play on the silver screen. This class will feature film professionals who will speak about acting secrets and tips when on location and how to create a reel for auditions. Actors will also get to perform scenes on our set. Scenes will be edited together by John Rea and shown during class so that actors can see from a behind the scenes angle.  All filmed scenes can be emailed to each of the actors if they wish.

12pm Musical Theater featuring songs from Les Miserables
Ages 11-18
Instructor: John Rea
You love the musical, right? Well, now you can portray a character you’ve always wanted to play! Strengthen your confidence and musical theatre presence as you learn songs and dances from Les Miserables. Become Eponine in On My Own, Marius in Empty Chairs at Empty Tables,  and  the people in At the End of the Day and One Day More. Learn to project your voice, take your dance moves to the next level, and interpret these fantastic songs as only you can.

1pm Comedy Improv
Ages 9-14 ONLY

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!

SUNDAYS

1-3pm Production Class featuring Ruckus in the Garden by David Farr
Ages 13-18 ONLY
Director: Liz Fredette

Put your acting and performance skills to the test in Peter Bloedel’s one-act comedy The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. You already know the basics of line memorization and character creation—now take those skills to the next level. Use your text and prior experience to make bold decisions that reveal how your character moves, talks, emotes, and interacts. Discover the art of collaboration by working with other talented actors under the guidance of the director.

Due to the short time frame in which to put up this production, this class will move quickly and require outside of rehearsal work by each student in line memorization and character development.

There will be a performance on November 16th at 8pm. All students participating in this class must be available for the performance.

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Tuition: $200 per 8-week class. Production and film class tuitions are $250.

FINE PRINT

Most classes are 1 hour in length. Exceptions:
– Sunday Youth Production Class  (1 hour, 30 minutes)
– Middler/Teen Film Acting and Sunday Production Class  (2 hours)
– Little Twister Classes (45 minutes)

Tuition will NOT be refundable after the 1st week of classes.

Our email address is info@macguffintf.com

Classes are held at: The Adrienne 2030 Sansom Street, 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

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

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