Wolf Theatre Academy • Summer 2014
At the Wolf Theatre Academy, we set the HIGHEST STANDARDS for our faculty and students. Our students work with THEATRICAL PROFESSIONALS who are experienced in the art of theatre EDUCATION. At the younger ages, we emphasize a POSITIVE, nurturing style of teaching with students growing through ENCOURAGEMENT in an environment that supports their development as individuals and as artists.
Although our teaching focus shifts for older groups to QUALITY PERFORMANCE, we are proud that most students complete our programs with a sense of incredible accomplishment for a job well done. AGE-APPROPRIATE programming allows younger children to focus on FUN, creation and fantasy, while older students learn the SKILLS that will enable them to approach both CLASSICAL and CONTEMPORARY material with ease.
ONE & THREE-WEEK classes include creative dramatics, workshop performance classes, technical apprenticeships, audition techniques and fully mounted mainstage productions.
Summer 2014 Mainstage Productions
• Annie Get Your Gun
• Much Ado About Nothing
All grade levels refer to the grade students will be entering in the fall of 2014.
Preschoolers have the option of shorter hour and a half drama classes in the morning (9:00-10:30 am and/or 10:30am-12:00pm) or a longer drama and art combined class in the afternoon (1:00-4:00pm). Additionally, these younger students can combine the morning sessions into a full morning program.
Students in grades 1-3 can participate in our Playmaking & Set Design classes. New this year we are offering both a morning and afternoon session for this level. Students in grade 3 generally have two options. They may participate with younger students, which gives them greater responsibility and the possibility of larger roles in Playmaking and Set Design, or they can choose to work with older students and face the challenge of more mature work. Students at the younger end of the grade requirements should expect smaller roles in productions and workshops (see also Day One Auditions and Casting below).
The Academy Is Different Than Camp (Grades 3 & up)
The Wolf Theatre Academy’s summer experience should not be confused with a typical camp experience, which focuses on constant activity and stimulation. At the youngest ages, our classes are similar to those in camps, where programs are conducted as structured play. However, at the older ages (grades 3 and up), we are a serious training academy where the focus of our program is quality performance. While students are supervised at all times during academy hours, all students in performance or production workshops will be expected to work on their own at home and when not directly working with faculty. Also, students with leading roles will be asked to spend significant time studying at home. We encourage parents who are looking for a more recreational camp experience to take this into consideration when making their summer choices.
Students in grade 6 generally have two options. They may participate with younger students, which gives them greater responsibility and the possibility of larger roles in Dramatics Performance Workshops, or they can choose to work with older students and face the challenge of more mature work. Students at the younger end of the grade requirements should expect smaller roles in productions and workshops (see also Day One Auditions and Casting below).
These students can choose between performance or technical programs for the mainstages throughout the summer. These mainstages are:
- Annie Get Your Gun
Performances: 6/25 – 6/27 & 6/29
Don’t miss one of the greatest big musicals of all time!! Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Colonel Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but he is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of feminine ingenuity.
Performances: 7/16 – 7/18 & 7/20
Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical. Please note: that we will be doing the school edition of the play which has been carefully adapted, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, while softening some of the content to make it appropriate for a student company. In addition, some of the music has been simplified. Parents should note that even though we are producing the school edition, Rent contains mature content (PG-13).
- Much Ado About Nothing
Performances: 8/6 – 8/8 & 8/10
Spend the summer in beautiful Messina, Italy with Beatrice and Benedick, two of Shakespeare’s greatest characters, as they rail against love. Witness their friends’ quest to outwit them with their own words and bring them together at last. Watch as the evil Don John plots to make everyone unhappy by slandering the good name of the virtuous lady Hero. Meet the bumbling Dogberry, a silly constable, who unwittingly saves the day. In the end everyone realizes it was all just “much ado about nothing”! Join us for this heartwarming and hilarious tale of romance, intrigue and wit.
*Day One Auditions
An asterisk and the note (*Day One Auditions) after the title of a workshop indicates that acting auditions and the casting of roles are part of the class. It should be noted that students do not need to audition before enrollment and all students enrolled will be guaranteed a part in the play/workshop. Auditions for individual roles will be held on the first day of class, and rehearsals begin after roles have been assigned. Barring absences or policy violations, each student will retain his or her role for the duration of the class. Generally no preparation is required for auditions (see musical exception below).
**Day One MUSICAL Auditions
Two asterisks and the note (**Day One MUSICAL Auditions) after the title of a workshop indicates that both musical and acting auditions and the casting of roles are part of the class. It should be noted that students do not need to audition before enrollment and all students enrolled will be guaranteed a part in the play/workshop. Auditions for individual roles will be held on the first day of class, and rehearsals begin after roles have been assigned. Barring absences or policy violations, each student will retain his or her role for the duration of the class. The musical workshops are slightly different than our non-musical workshops. It should be noted that no musical experience is necessary to sign up for these classes. However, all students enrolled in these musical workshops must come to the first day prepared to sing a song from a Broadway musical. Recommendations and further instructions will be provided once you sign up. It should also be noted that students are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the music from the show before the first day of this workshop. Also note in order to facilitate the rehearsal of additional music and choreography, we have increased our Sunday rehearsal time by one hour (from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.).
While the objective of the summer performance classes at the Wolf Theatre Academy is to give all students equal opportunities, we cannot promise specific parts to any student, and no student should expect a leading role or preferential treatment in any production. We make every effort to ensure that all children are engaged by the collaborative effort needed to put on a play, and that every student finishes the session with a positive feeling. Some children, especially those who have less theatrical experience or who are moving into a new age category, may initially be disappointed with their casting. Parents should understand that even if a child is disappointed with his or her casting, tuition cannot be refunded.
Attendance at Performance Classes
Students who will miss even a single performance of a production should not register for the class. Students who miss even one day of any class for any reason, including illness, may be re-cast at the instructor’s discretion. Extensive absences may result in the reduction or even elimination of a student’s performance responsibilities. MACC will not refund tuition because of a student’s absences.
Scheduling: Sunday Rehearsals; June 15 (Father’s Day) and July 4 (Independence Day)
Please read the class descriptions carefully, as some workshops list mandatory attendance at Sunday rehearsals and performances. There will be no Academy rehearsals or performances on Friday evenings or at any time on Saturdays. Please note also that some workshops have mandatory rehearsals on Father’s Day (Sun., June 15). Families planning activities or trips on Father’s Day should not sign up for classes that conflict with their plans. Also, there are NO MACC Classes or rehearsals on FRIDAY, JULY 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Class Cancellations: If a class is cancelled due to a teacher’s illness or inclement weather, parents will be notified immediately by phone. If scheduling allows, a make-up class will be offered at the convenience of the teacher and students.