Performing Arts

The Schools of St. Mary Performing Arts Department
2017-2018
 

Art: Set Design and Construction for the Performing Arts Production
Grades 9-12; Credit 1; Type Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites: None
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

Introduction to the world of set design and creation for performing arts projects. The class will allow the student to work hand in hand with set artists, design and construction professionals. Students will learn the basic skills and then put those skills to use to create working sets and scenery for the school’s performing arts program. Students will learn the technique used in designing a working set from a professional set designer. Students will work hands on designing, creating, building, painting and finishing working sets while under the supervision of professional artists.

Chorus 9-12
Grade: 9-12 Credit: 1:  Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites: None
Requirement: Fully graded course study

This course provides the opportunity for students to experience the beauty of sung sound by incorporating as many vocal parts as group capability allows. An individual’s talent is recognized as much as possible. These students will be featured at events, church liturgies, the Christmas Concert, and the Spring Concert. 

Chamber Chorus
Grades: 9-12: Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisite: Must have completed or be registered for 9-12 Chorus, Audition
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

This course is designed for students interested in continuing their group-based vocal studies. It provides highly motivated students with the opportunity to explore more advanced choral repertoire and in addition, the department’s program of music. These students will perform at church liturgies, the Christmas Concert, the Spring Concert and at other special occasions on and off campus. As a group and individuals, they will have opportunities in high profile performances which could include media such as recording sessions, radio, film and TV.

Master Class: Advanced Voice Instruction for the Performing Artist
Grades: 11-12; Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisite: Must be in Chorus or Musical Theater Program, Audition
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

This class is a voice lesson workshop for musical theater performers. Students will work in a master class format, learning basic vocal technique, song preparation and performance techniques while performing solos, duets, ensemble, and chorus songs. Focus will be on acting in song, musical interpretation, vocal technique, styling, and stage presentation. Course is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of professional singing and theater, further study at university, or in preparation for a professional audition.

Concert Handbell Choir
Grades: 6-12: Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisite: None
Requirement: Registration

Open to all students as an introduction to the handbell experience. Beginner to Intermediate repertoire, with opportunities for concert performance throughout the year. 

Dance Instruction for the Performing Artist
Grades: 9-12; Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites: None as class is for beginners and experienced dancers
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

In this class students will investigate the vocabulary and creative potential of performance techniques through dance. Students will engage with these techniques through in-class technical teaching, practices and performances. This course will focus on preparation for the final performance. Styles of dance used in the musical theater world will be touched on in this class. Course is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of professional dance and theater, further study at university, or in preparation for a professional audition. The class will generate a dance recital performance. 

Introduction to the Musical Theater
Grade: 9; Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites: None
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

Students assume leadership positions in the production of a theatrical event as they take part in building a musical theater production from the ground up. Experiences may include acting, dance, singing, directing, design, and from behind the scenes of the production side. Students will study the various areas of show production. Students will become more acquainted with the acting process, theater terminology, music and script analysis, improvisation, and other fundamentals to give them a greater sense of building a musical theater production. Students will be taught to tap their own powers of concentration, observation, discipline, creativity, and imagination. Course is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of professional acting, singing, dance, further study at university, or in preparation for a professional audition. The class will generate theater productions and performance.

Musical Theater Arts
Grades: 10-12; Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites: Introduction to Musical Theater
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

Students assume leadership positions in the production of a theatrical event as they take part in building a musical theater production from the ground up. Experiences include on stage experiences such as acting, dancing, singing, and behind the curtain experiences such as directing, stage management, and other aspects of production. Students will become more acquainted with the acting process, theater terminology, music and script analysis, improvisation, and other fundamentals to give them a greater sense of how to bring their talents forward. Students will be taught to tap their own powers of concentration, observation, discipline, creativity, and imagination. Course is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of professional acting, singing, dance, stage production, further study at university, or in preparation for a professional audition. The class will generate theater productions and performance.

Master Class: Advanced Acting Instruction for the Performing Artist
Grades: 9-12; Credit: 1; Type: Regular (full year)
Pre-Requisites:  Must be in Musical Theater Program, Auditions
Requirement: Some after school sessions, fully graded course study

This class introduces the student to the basic principles of the art of acting – focusing on how and why actors do what they do in preparation for a performance. Students will become acquainted with acting processes, theater terminology, script analysis, improvisation, and other fundamentals to give them a greater sense of the actor’s work as an artist. In doing so, students must tap their own powers of concentration, observation, discipline, creativity, and imagination. A major focus in the course is the development of the ability to analyze one’s own work and the work of peers in the class. Problem-solving in solo, paired, and/or large groups is a requirement. Some attention will be given to physical and vocal characterization of the character. Course is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of professional acting, further study at university, or in preparation for a professional audition. The class will generate an actor’s staged reading or performance. 

Elementary School Theater Program
Grades: 6-8; Activity Fee
Pre-Requisites: Auditions

Students will be taught to assume leadership positions in the production of a theatrical event as they take part in building a musical theater production from the ground up. Experiences may include acting, dance, singing, and behind the scenes of the production side. Students will be introduced to the acting process, theater terminology, music and script analysis, improvisation, and other fundamentals. Students will be taught how to begin to tap into their own powers of concentration, observation, discipline, creativity, and imagination. The class will generate theater productions and performance. 

Special Master Class and Private Group Study Options
Registration required, Monthly Activity Fee

Learn from professional artists at fractions of the cost for private study groups. Presented in partnership with The Josephine Foundation. 

Piano Lessons Elementary School Grades: Instructor Pat White, Thursday sessions 2:30 pm

Piano Lessons High School Grades: Instructor Pat White, Thursday sessions 3:15 pm

Voice Lessons Elementary School Grades: Instructor Reagan Stone, Monday sessions 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm

Voice Lessons High School Grades: Instructor Reagan Stone, Monday sessions 4:15 pm, 4:45 pm

Tap Dance Elementary School Grades: Instructor Rich Masin, Tuesday 2:30pm, 3:15 pm

Tap Dance High School Grades: Instructor Rich Masin, Tuesday sessions 4:30 pm, 5:15 pm

Jazz Dance Elementary School Grades: Instructor Alyssa Pitaluga, Thursday sessions 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm

Jazz Dance High School Grades: Instructor Rich Masin, Thursday sessions 4:30 pm, 5:15 pm

Ballet/Fundamental Dance Elementary School Grades:
Instructor Alyssa Pitaluga, Monday sessions 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm

Ballet/Fundamental Dance High School Grades:
Instructor Alyssa Pitaluga, Monday sessions 4:15 pm, 5:00 pm

Acting Lessons High School Grades: Instructor Andrew J. Koslosky, Monday sessions 4:15 pm, 5:00 pm