Young Actors Guild
Teaching Good Character both on and off stage...
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RPI Young Actors Guild - Program
The RPI Young Actors Guild is entering our 24th year, teaching the performing arts to students ages 7-18. The Young Actors Guild's mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and non-competitive environment in which, through participation in theater arts, young people can develop strong self-esteem, self-confidence, and valuable life skills.
The program serves approximately 200 children per year from over 40 Capital Region public, independent, and parochial schools. Classes in acting, singing, movement, and dance are offered and students have the opportunity to perform in one or more professionally done productions following each session.
Our Center Stage Summer Program runs for five weeks from 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday - Friday, July 8-August 9, 2013 with productions taking place on the evenings of August 2, 3, & 8,9, 10th at 7:30pm.. There is before and after care available from 7:30am to 5:30pm for an additional fee. Come join us for another awesome summer of theatre!
This year's productions are: THERE'S A MONSTER IN MY CLOSET- August 2 and 3, 2013 at 7:30pm
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF-August 8,9,10 at 7:30pm
"NEW" Film and Acting Workshop- Saturdays, January 5-26, 2013
Our Film and Acting Workshop students will conceive very short thematic scenes in the first part of the day, and then film them in the second half for the first three Saturdays. The fourth Saturday will be a screening of all the shots we completed in the first three sessions.
Registration Deadline: December 20, 2012. For more
Information call 518-276-6505
Looking for something exciting to do? Try one of our 2013 Vacation Workshops
February 18-22, 2013 - Day Session - Ages 7-16
April 1-5, 2013 - Day Session - Ages 7-16
The RPI Young Actors Guild will be holding week long vacation workshops during February and April school breaks. Each workshop will culminate with a project of some kind. We will make each one different and have some new staff. These workshops will be fun for anyone who enjoys theater and creative arts. Hope to see you there! Workshops run Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm on the RPI campus in the Mueller Center on 15th Street in Troy, New York. These acting workshops are for ages 7 to 16. Drop off is between 8:30 -9:00am and pick up is between 3:00-4:00pm. Sign up early, as they have been filling up quickly! Please email Yag@rpi.edu with any questions.
Spring Back Stage/Center Stage Program presents "Schoolhouse Rock Live"
Spring Program, Ages 7-18 - Saturdays, March 2- May 11, 2013. Performance Dates: May 17, 18, 19
BACK STAGE (Educational Theater Classes): Backstage Is our educational program. During our spring program, students participate in classes for ten week sessions. The students take classes in Music, Acting and Dance on Saturday mornings from 9:30am to 12:30pm with professional instructors at the Mueller Center on 15th street on the RPI Campus. This is an amazing facility with temperature controlled rooms and floating dance floors. Our classes are structured to go above and beyond the New York Standards for Arts in Education. All students are required to take all three disciplines.
BACK STAGE & CENTER STAGE (Educational Theater Classes & Performance Program): In addition to our educational theater classes students participate in our Center Stage performance program. Center Stage is performance opportunity open to every student. Most students do both but some only do classes. Rehearsals take place on Saturday afternoons immediately following morning classes and a break for lunch.
Back Stage and Center Stage Program (CLASSES AND PERFORMANCE) Saturdays, March 2-May 11, 2013 Day Session - Ages 7-18
Spring Center Stage Program (PERFORMANCE ONLY - Age 15+ meeting pre-requisites) Saturdays, March 2- May 11, 2013 Day Session - Ages 15-18
CENTER STAGE (Performance Program ONLY): Students ages 15 and up with at least one year prior theatre training in the classroom may register for our Center Stage performance program without needing to take our educational theater classes. Prior classes must be in a performing arts environment and taken in the last two years. Rehearsals for a show does not count as training. Any questions, contact Mary D’Amico, YAG Director at (518) 276-6505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This Spring's program will run from Saturday, March 2, 2013 through Saturday, May 11, 2013 with show dates taking place May 17, 18, 19.
- NO CLASSES Saturday, March 30, 2013.
These Saturday sessions are fun for anyone who enjoys theater and creative arts. Hope to see you there! Please call Mary D'Amico, Director at (518) 276-6505 for additional information.
2013 Summer Vacation One-Week Acting Programs
Session 1: June 24-28, 2013 Day Program - Ages 7-16
Session 2: August 12-16, 2013 Day Program - Ages 7-16
We are happy to announce that we will be holding two different one-week acting programs for ages 7-16 from 9:00am to 3:00pm (drop-off 8:30-9:00am and pick-up 3:00-4:00pm). We will do improv, acting games, music and other creative activities. This workshop is a skill building only workshop. Checks should be made out to RPI Young Actors Guild. The program will be held at the Mueller Center on 15th Street on the RPI campus. For additional information call Mary D'Amico at (518) 276-6505.
2013 Summer Young Actors Guild - YAG Flyer and Registration Forms (260KB PDF file)
Come join us for another awesome summer of theatre! Shows will be chosen based on registration! Students will be grouped according to age for classes. Here is a sampling of some of the courses we will be offering this summer.
Acting and Theatre: Our Acting Workshop gives participants an understanding of the skills required to stage and perform in successful productions. The curriculum is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for the many faceted discipline of theatre arts including pantomime, speech and diction, and improvisation.
Musical Theatre Appreciation: Our Musical Appreciation Course is an activity and fun-filled course where the participants are involved in activities related to watching and critiquing musical theatre and listening to and talking about songs. During the course, participants will engage in all kinds of musical theatre from different genres and songs which have been carefully selected by the instructor.
Creative Writing: Our creative Writing Course is aimed at developing a participant’s creative thinking process and helping to channel this thinking into fluent writing. The participant will be encouraged to develop the skills required for writing short stories and also to extend these stories into play form. We hope to promote a writers growth as an individual and to use language as a means to that end. The ultimate goal of the class is to develop these original writings into pieces to be performed at the “Informance” at the end of the program.
Dance and Movement: Our students study different styles of dance. Each class will begin with a ballet warm-up and then the instructor takes the participants through a series of movement, combination, and leaps. This class includes a variety of appropriate musical genres. Each class then prepares a dance performance to be staged for our end of program “Informance.”
Music Theory and Voice: Our music class concentrates on two main skills. The first is composition and theory which many students have not had the opportunity to study, and the other is voice. Our voice classes concentrate on appropriate posture, breathing and of course the joy of singing. Each class aims to produce some music stylings, to be performed at our “Informance.”
Stage Combat: Stage Combat is a specialized technique in theatre designed to create the illusion of physical combat without putting the actors at risk of personal harm. This is all staged while looking realistic and spontaneous to the audience.
What's Acting Got To Do With Learning In The Real World?
We are seeing creative arts and theater arts in particular, quickly moving out of the experience of our children’s education. Budget cuts and reduced staffing in all of our schools result in a net loss for any kind of creative learning for our kids.
The YOUNG ACTOR’S GUILD feels that theater arts provide a catalyst for the intellectual, emotional and creative growth of our students. Participation in the arts increases self-esteem, stimulates creative problem solving, helps develop communication and language skills, and fosters better understanding of one’s cultural heritage and that of others. Some studies have shown that students who participate in the arts show improved learning in classes outside of the arts, such as science and social studies.
Students who engage in the arts are also less likely to drop out of school or get into trouble. Young students engaged in creative projects tend to become well rounded, fulfilled individuals who think creatively and contribute positively to their communities.
The Young Actors Guild is proud to be one of the longest running performing Arts Programs in the Capital Region!
The Skills your child will be developing at YAG
For more information:
RPI Young Actors Guild
Rensselaer Student Union
Phone (518) 276-6505