Spring 2020

Registration begins February 3, 2020

Spring 2020 Schedule

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5 Weeks April 4 – May 2
NEW CLASSES ON SUNDAYS!

Little Twisters
4-4:45pm MONDAYS – Musical Theatre featuring The Wizard of Oz (starting March 30) – Ages 4-5 ONLY
Instructors: John Rea and Emma Ditnes
Welcome to the merry old land of Oz! Imaginations spring to life as you perform songs from the classic movie musical, The Wizard of Oz. 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:  ‘Over the Rainbow’, The Lollipop Guild’, ‘The Merry Old Land of Oz’ and ‘If I Only Had a Heart’. There will be a performance of the songs from the class on the last day of class, April 27th, at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!

4-4:45pm TUESDAYS – Musical Theatre featuring The Wizard of Oz PLUS (starting March 31) – Ages 6-7 ONLY

Instructors: John Rea and Emma Ditnes
Welcome to the merry old land of Oz! Imaginations spring to life as you perform songs from the classic movie musical, The Wizard of Oz. 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:  ‘Over the Rainbow’, The Lollipop Guild’, ‘The Merry Old Land of Oz’ and ‘If I Only Had a Heart’. In addition to the songs, the class will perform a scene from the show. There will be a performance of the songs and scenes from the class on the last day of class, April 28th, at 4:30pm; at the end, each actor will take their professional bow!

SATURDAYS

YOUTH (7-10 yrs)
10am How to Audition
Instructor: Emma Ditnes
Do you want to get the lead in your show? This important class will help you prepare for and perform to the best of your ability at an audition for a play or musical.  Learn how to present yourself in the best possible light. Scenes from contemporary plays and musicals will be used. We encourage you to try out your monologue or song in front of an audience at our Open Mic Night on May 2nd at 7 PM. The more you get in front of an audience they less nervous and more confident you’ll feel.

11am Musical Theatre Prep featuring songs from Seussical, the Musical
Instructor: John Rea
Oh, the places you’ll go! Try out your inner Broadway voice as you become the Cat, Horton, Gertrude, JoJo and more from Broadway’s Seussical, the Musical with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. You’ll learn to sing ‘Notice Me, Horton’, ‘Alone in the Universe’ and more.’ You’ll get to take your dancing skills to the next level and develop your acting and characterization skills.  A must for those students who will be taking our Musical Theatre Camp! We encourage students to perform one of these songs at our May 2nd Open Mic Night in front of an audience.

12pm From Page to Stage: All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
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!

OLDER YOUTH (9-10 years) and MIDDLERS (9-14 yrs)
1pm Comedy Improv: Free Form
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 takes your skills to the next level as you explore free form improv, where there is one suggestion and many directions to find your funny. A great time for all! If you like the tv show Whose Line is it Anyway, you can’t miss this class!


MIDDLERS
 (11-14 yrs) and TEENS (15-18 yrs)
9am Musical Theatre Prep featuring songs from Disney’s Descendants (MIDDLERS ONLY)
Instructor: John Rea
Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Descendants is a brand-new musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the films! Become Carlos, son of Cruella de Vil; Jay, son of Jafar; Evie, daughter of the Evil Queen; and Mal, daughter of Maleficent.  You’ll learn to sing ‘If Only’, ‘Rotten to the Core’, ‘Evil Like Me’ and more.’ You’ll get to take your dancing skills to the next level and develop your acting and characterization skills.  A must for those students who will be taking our Musical Theatre Camp! We encourage students to perform one of these songs at our May 2nd Open Mic Night in front of an audience.

10am Musical Theatre Prep featuring songs from Chicago: High School Edition (TEENS ONLY)
Instructor: John Rea
“That’s showbiz, kid” Try out your inner Broadway voice as you become Velma, Roxy, Billy, Mama and the Merry Murderesses from Kander and Ebb’s Broadway hit musical, Chicago. This version was specially designed for high school students. You’ll learn to sing ‘All That Jazz’, ‘They Both Reached for the Gun’,  ‘When You’re Good to Mama’ and more.’ You’ll get to take your dancing skills to the next level and develop your acting and characterization skills.  A must for those students who will be taking our Musical Theatre Camp! We encourage students to perform one of these songs at our May 2nd Open Mic Night in front of an audience.

11am Acting with Costumes
Instructor: Emma Ditnes
Who would Batman be without his cape? Who would Dorothy be without her Ruby slippers? What would happen if the fairy godmother never gave Cinderella her gown? Costumes play an integral role in theatre. When worn appropriately, costumes can deepen your characterization and help to tell the story. Scenes from classic and contemporary plays will be explored and costumes will be worn every week!

12pm Commercial Acting
Instructor: John Rea
What’s a great way for actors to support themselves financially? Commercials. Learning how to sell a product is a skill every actor needs to learn. Using scripts from real commercials you will break down the text, show off the best side of your face and present the product in the best light you can possibly shed on it.


SUNDAYS

OLDER MIDDLERS (13-14 yrs) and TEENS (15-18 yrs)

10-11:30am Makeup for Actors (ages 13-18)
Instructor: Emma Ditnes

“The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, and makeup all express something.” – Gene Simmons

Take your character development to the next level and put your design and application skills to the test as you create a new look each week. From old age to battle scars, from fairies to the undead, from the masculine to the feminine, and so much more. Students will be responsible for providing their own basic stage makeup (foundation, blush, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, and lip balm). MacGuffin will provide speciality makeup from the Ben Nye collection. Come prepared to create!

This class is limited to ten students—no exceptions!

1-3pm Directing Lab (ages 13-18)
Instructor: Liz Fredette

“Directing is like putting together a collage.” – Ethan Hawke.

A director’s job is the same as that of an actor…to tell a story. But while the actor tells the story from their own speaking, actions, and reactions, the director thinks about creating a living and breathing world with actors and set and props and costumes and music that should all work to support the text and story.

This NEW class will explore the process of directing from conception to execution. Learn the fundamentals of script analysis. Practice guiding and enabling actors as they build characters. Establish the aesthetic of the design in order to create a cohesive environment that serves the play while adding your own style and point of view. Each student will have the opportunity to direct a duet of two other students from the class.

This class is perfect for actors who think they might like to direct one day or want to understand how the other side thinks.

This class is limited to nine students—no exceptions!

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Five Week Class Tuition**: $125.
**Make Up Class – $180
**Directing – $200

FINE PRINT

Theatre classes are 1 hour in length unless otherwise indicated.

Tuition will NOT be refundable after the 1st week of theatre 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/study opportunities are available for MacGuffin’s theatre classes on a financial need basis. Learn More

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