ACT CONSERVATORY PROGRAMS
For Middle School and High School Students
ACT FALL CONSERVATORY: MAINSTAGE LAB
ACT offers a multi-week, interdisciplinary, ACT Conservatory: Mainstage Lab Program for middle school and high school students each fall. This program capitalizes on the large staff of professional performers, directors and designers present in Ridgefield for our fall mainstage productions, who offer their instruction in acting, movement, vocal performance and technical/design skills. The program also offers special access to behind-the-scenes aspects of a professional theatre company’s rehearsal and performance process. The end goal is to provide our theatre students with an opportunity to observe and learn from a wide variety of working professionals.
Students in ACT’s Mainstage Lab Program in Fall 2019 got an inside view of ACT’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, taking workshops in auditioning, monologues, vocal performance and even puppetry, with the production’s Music Director, Puppet Master, and one of it’s lead performers. In addition to the workshops, students also observed a portion of the ACT production’s tech rehearsal, followed by a Q&A with the creative team, attended the preview of ACT’s production, and also took a field trip to New York City to see the off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Please note: Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are unable to offer this program in the Fall of 2020. Please add your name to the Education Mailing List for updates and visit our Virtual Lessons page if you are interested in individual instruction at this time.
ACT SPRING CONSERVATORY
Weekly acting, movement or musical theatre classes for middle school and high school students.
In Spring 2020, ACT offered a weekly Scene Study class. Students were assigned a scene with a partner or group in the first session, which they rehearsed, refined and perfected over the course of the class. The instructor worked with students on script analysis, methods to approach material, and on incorporating feedback and adjustments into performance. Students built on individual acting skills and experience and delved into reacting to, and playing off of other actors’ choices. Parents were invited to attend the last session of the class for an informal showcase to demonstrate what students had accomplished.
In past years, ACT has offered weekly classes in Acting and Musical Theatre Dance.
Stay tuned for ACT’s Spring 2021 class description! Join the Education Mailing List to receive alerts about new programming.
ACT SUMMER CONSERVATORY: MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE
ACT offers a multi-week Musical Theatre Intensive culminating in a fully-staged mainstage production for middle and high school aged students. Past productions have included Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the musical “13”.
In the summer of 2020, ACT was able to offer a modified Musical Theatre Intensive program (Extended Intermission Edition!) The creative team and students adapted to the unique circumstances and rehearsed a reimagined production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by ACT Artistic Director Daniel C. Levine. Filmed footage was compiled to create a special end-of-program viewing opportunity for students and their families.
Stay tuned for the Summer 2021 show selection and production details! Join the Education Mailing List to receive alerts.