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Youth Theater Workshop

Childrens Show

Our Youth Theater Workshop was created to help nurture the inner artist in our young performers!

This program will be a learning experience for students interested in understanding the basics of being a part of a theater.

If you would like to see our full syllabus of this workshop, click the "read more" button below!

HSP Youth Theater Workshop 2023 This workshop will consist of lessons and activities to educate younger students and provide a basic theater foundation. Students between the ages of 8 years old and 13 years old may participate. Since this is a new program, only 10 spots will be offered. Enrollment is $100 for the first child and $80 for each additional. Please read the “Parent Expectations” section for refund policy. Meeting Times: 9:00am to 10:30am at the High Springs PLayhouse ● Saturday, June 3rd ● Saturday, June 10th ● Saturday, June 17th ● Saturday, June 24th Class Objectives To provide students with the basic education of theater principles that will prepare students for practical application in real world situations. Benefits to students ● Improve acting skills ● Gain confidence in public speaking and performance ● Utilize creative thinking to develop characters and scenes ● Build relationships with other students ● Engage in fun learning activities Class Topics Who Works in a Theater Lesson: Teach students about the different positions in a theater setting and what each position does to make a production run smoothly. Theater Etiquette Lesson: Explain what manners are in general and ways we can be respectful as different groups. Building a Character: Motivations, Sound, Movement Lesson: Explain how exploring a character’s motivations, sound and movements help create a fleshed out persona on stage. Building a Character: Costumes Lesson: Explain why costumes are important to a character and how they can convey a lot about that individual to the audience. Scene Work Lesson: Teach students the importance of good delivery (projection, cheating out, listening, etc.) Auditions Lesson: Define the different types of auditions and how to approach them Expression and Movement Lesson: Explain the importance of movement and facial expression. Lights, Sound, and Scenic Design Lesson: Describe how lights, sound and scenic design help to create an atmosphere. Classroom Rules 1. Keep your hands and feet to yourself; be respectful of personal space. 2. Use appropriate and polite language. 3. Do not talk over the instructor or other people’s performances. 4. No rough housing or horse play. 5. Be prepared to learn and work when you come to class. 6. Be supportive of each other. 7. Do not go to areas that are off limits (stage with set, costume rooms, light booth) Consequences Talking during instruction or performance Or Inappropriate or impolite Language 1. Verbal Reminder 2. Verbal Warning 3. Removal from Activity Not keeping hands or feet to yourself 1. Verbal Warning 2. Removal from Activity Rough Housing, Horseplay, or any action that is unsafe to yourself or another student 1. Removal from Activity with verbal warning 2. Expelled from the class with no refund. Procedures 1. Students will not work in areas that are not supervised. 2. Students will applaud for their peers’ performances. 3. During Critiques, student will provide one constructive criticism and one positive. 4. Students will pay attention when the instructor calls for it. 5. Wear appropriate clothes for movement activities (shorts, leggings, pants, shoes must be worn at all times, etc.) 6. Students will help clean up at the end of the class. Parent Expectations 1. Class will start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am. 2. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for movement activities. 3. Pack a reusable water bottle and a snack (if desired). 4. Payment is per program not per class. Refunds will not be given for individual missed classes. 5. Behavior issues: Your child is expected to participate and adhere to the class rules and procedures. Failure to comply may result in expulsion. Documentation of incidents leading to expulsion will be provided. Refunds will not be given if child is expelled due to misbehavior. 6. Refunds will not be given, unless there is an extenuating circumstance (i.e. family death, prolonged illness, etc.) Circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 7. Parents are free to drop off and leave the premises if they choose but must return for pick up at 10:30am. Parents are also welcome to stay and observe but we ask that they refrain from participating unless invited to do so by the instructor. Instructor Information Sarah Hanson will be the instructor for this course. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in Theater and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Florida. She also attended Santa Fe College’s Educator Preparatory Program to better equip herself to teach younger students. She earned her teacher’s certification in Drama and Exceptional Student Education. Feel free to email any questions to

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