Wolf Theatre Academy

At the Wolf  Theatre Academy, we set the highest standards for our faculty and students. Our students work with seasoned theatrical professionals who are also versed in the art of theatre education. Our students grow through encouragement in an environment that supports their development as individuals and as artists.Age-appropriate programming allows younger children to focus on play, fun, creation and fantasy, while older students learn the skills that will enable them to approach demanding dramaticmaterial with ease.

  • • Creative Dramatics (Creative play for preschoolers and first graders)
  • • Beginning Dramatics (Beginning drama for grades 1–3)
  • • Performance Workshops (Beginning/intermediate performance class for grades 3–12)
  • • Production and Performance Classes (Fully mounted production for grades 6–12)

Call (303) 316-6360 for more information or to register for any Wolf Theatre Academy program.

The Academy Is Different than Camp (For 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 (grades PreK–2), 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.

A New Theatre:
The Shwayder becomes The Elaine Wolf Theatre

Many of you know that due to a generous gift from Elaine Wolf, our mainstage theatre space (formerly The Shwayder Theatre) has received a significant renovation. Our new space includes a mezzanine level with additional seating, a new accessible aisle in the orchestra, a new stage floor, as well as new lighting and sound systems. We hope you will join us in our exciting summer of mainstage productions as we inaugurate this state-of-the-art theatre facility.

Summer 2012 Mainstage Productions

• Guys & Dolls
• Hairspray
• Taming of the Shrew

Mainstage Production Sessions

Patrons of our program should note that, again this year, our mainstage productions rehearse in one “camp” session and perform in the next “camp” session. This is to accommodate those students whose schools let out during the first few weeks in June. This might be an issue if parents are trying to match schedules for other three week programs. Check dates carefully and please feel free to call our staff for assistance if you have any questions.

Emily MacIntyre, Assistant Director of the Wolf Theatre Academy
Emily MacIntyre, production manager of MACC for the last eight years, will assume a new responsibility this summer as the assistant director of the Wolf Theatre Academy (WTA). Many know Emily as a significant “behind the scenes” presence in all WTA activities. Her new duties will include assisting WTA director, Steve Wilson, in communicating with parents, students and faculty to insure the highest-quality experience possible – much like a school vice principal. Congratulations Emily.

Grade Levels & New Afternoon Option for
Preschool Students (Ages 4-6)

All grade levels refer to the grade students will be entering in the fall of 2012. Students in grades 3 and 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). Also note that for the first time we are offering an afternoon option for our preschool students ages 4-6. This is an expanded version of our morning classes that combines drama and art in a creative afternoon of enrichment.

*Day One Auditions

An asterisk and the note (*Day One Auditions) after the title of a workshop indicate 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. Although no preparation is required for auditions (seemusical exception below), it is always helpful for inexperienced students to enroll in the Audition Techniques Workshop, which runs from May 29–June 1.

**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. This summer we are running two musical workshops in the Pluss Theatre. These are slightly different in terms of preparation then our non-musical workshop. 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.

Casting

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 more than 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: Weekend rehearsals, May 28 (Memorial Day),
June 17 (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. This summer begins with a short week of programming (Tuesday,May 29–Sunday, June 3, no classes taking place on Monday, May 28,Memorial Day). Please note also that some workshops have mandatory rehearsals on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17). Families planning activities or trips on Father’s Day should not sign up for classes that conflict with their plans. Also, again this year there will be no MACC classes or rehearsals on Wednesday, 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.

Location:

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held in the theatre spaces of MACC, which is located at the JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St. To accommodate other productions and rental events as well as the renovation of our theatre space, the Academy reserves the right to move classes to a different location at the Center.