The Musical Theatre Program

Follow your passion.

The Musical Theatre Program offers both dance and singing to help you build technique, develop new strengths and make the most of your individual style.

How it works

All Muscial Theatre Majors take four core classes: Muscial Theatre Singing, Musical Theatre Dance, Muscial Theatre Performance, Broadway Tap and Jazz. 

 

You can then choose your electives and intro courses.

 

Each class meets for 60 minutes on rotation throughout the week on Zoom.

 

Your time commitment is about 2 hours per day for your core classes up to as many hours as you would like with electives, workshops and events.

MUSICAL THEATRE CORE CLASSES

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE


In this class we look at the various styles involved in musical theatre dance from Fosse to Robbins, Agnes DeMille all the way to Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge). As a dancer it is crucial to develop technical discipline including stamina, precision and finesse. We will not only work to develop these elements but add a sharper focus on how we portray character and style through the choreography. In musical theatre it is crucial not to just be technically impressive, but transform your individual style to match the needs of a show or choreographer. We will discuss how we do this in order to be as marketable and varied as possible in the projects we pursue as artists.




BROADWAY JAZZ AND TAP


This class focuses gives you a grounding in both jazz and tap as it applies to the Broadway stage. Whether you are an actor that moves or an advanced dancer, this class meets every skill level. Get familiar with all styles of tap from Rhythm Tap to Street Tap and work on numbers from current Broadway shows. In our jazz lessons, we will work on the foundational moves necessary for any dancer; extensions, spotting, turns, and dynamic flexibility as well as contemporary dance styles of today's Broadway stage.




MUSICAL THEATRE SINGING


Learn good vocal technique and numbers from a range of musical theatre genres. Learn how to warm up your voice and expand your vocal range to meet the demands of complex numbers. This class will include both solo and group numbers. Solos can be recorded for auditions/show reels and group numbers will be recorded and edited to make sychronous pieces sung by an ensemble.




MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE


Put it all together as you master complex choreography to a range of Musical Theatre numbers. Different Musical Theatre genres will be explored from Oklahoma! to Hamilton as you become versed in the demands of MT Performance. Small and large group numbers will be taught and you will video your work along the way for feedback. Final Pieces will be premiered for the group.





JENNIFER HOPKINS

MT Program

DIRECTOR

Jennifer is a professional dancer, chorepgrapher and actor currently teaching at George Washington University and Metropolitan School of the Arts. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory and an MFA in Classical Acting. Her  credits include 6 summers with Festival 56 where she choreographed Cabaret, The Full Monty, Gypsy, The Addams Family, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Mary Poppins.

 

Dates/Rates

July 6th - 24th, 2020

Monday-Friday classes with optional activities on weekends.

Program cost: $1495

You get:

4 Core Classes (8 sessions each)

1 Elective Class (8 sessions each)

2 Introduction Classes (3 sessions each)

2 private coaching or singing lessons

Unlimited Workshops (One-hour sessions)

Unlimited Access to events

Unlimited Access to offline EXTRAS

Electives and

Intro Courses

ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 1)

MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE


In this class we look at the various styles involved in musical theatre dance from Fosse to Robbins, Agnes DeMille all the way to Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and Sonya Tayeh (Moulin Rouge). As a dancer it is crucial to develop technical discipline including stamina, precision and finesse. We will not only work to develop these elements but add a sharper focus on how we portray character and style through the choreography. In musical theatre it is crucial not to just be technically impressive, but transform your individual style to match the needs of a show or choreographer. We will discuss how we do this in order to be as marketable and varied as possible in the projects we pursue as artists.




BROADWAY JAZZ AND TAP


This class focuses gives you a grounding in both jazz and tap as it applies to the Broadway stage. Whether you are an actor that moves or an advanced dancer, this class meets every skill level. Get familiar with all styles of tap from Rhythm Tap to Street Tap and work on numbers from current Broadway shows. In our jazz lessons, we will work on the foundational moves necessary for any dancer; extensions, spotting, turns, and dynamic flexibility as well as contemporary dance styles of today's Broadway stage.




MUSICAL THEATRE SINGING


Learn good vocal technique and numbers from a range of musical theatre genres. Learn how to warm up your voice and expand your vocal range to meet the demands of complex numbers. This class will include both solo and group numbers. Solos can be recorded for auditions/show reels and group numbers will be recorded and edited to make sychronous pieces sung by an ensemble.




MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE


Put it all together as you master complex choreography to a range of Musical Theatre numbers. Different Musical Theatre genres will be explored from Oklahoma! to Hamilton as you become versed in the demands of MT Performance. Small and large group numbers will be taught and you will video your work along the way for feedback. Final Pieces will be premiered for the group.





INTRO COURSES (CHOOSE 2)

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY


Move beyond auto and begin to master your digital camera’s features. Shutter speed, aperture and ISO all demystified and made to work for you. Explore techniques such as finding flattering light, shoot in shade, harsh sunlight and challenging low light. Discover inspiring ideas for compelling compositions and start taking more professional photographs.




LECOQ TECHNIQUE


An incredible opportunity to learn the techniques and training of theatre legend Jacques Lecoq with Cecily Nash who is currently training at École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Cecily will teach live from Paris, giving you a taste of Lecoq’s work. The workshop will explore the possibilites of the body and the potential for movement as a vehicle for storytelling and expression. INTRO COURSE - 3 SESSIONS




VIEWPOINTS TECHNIQUE


Learn the basics of the Viewpoints Technique as developed by Anne Bogart. Viewpoints provides a vocabulary for thinking about and acting upon movement and gesture. The Nine Viewpoints (Spatial Relationship, Kinesthetic Response, Shape, Gesture, Repetition, Architecture, Tempo, Duration, and Topography) are used to encourage creative exploration and make dynamic work on stage.




PODCASTING


Learn what makes a compelling podcast, the basics of production, tehnical requirements and marketing. Get your podcast started, recorded and get feedback from the group.




ESSENTIAL PLAYWRIGHTS


Want to start reading great plays but don’t know where to start? This course will get you excited about reading plays and covers essential contemporary American and British playwrights, including: Arthur Miller, Paula Vogel, Nick Payne, Sarah Ruhl and more. The class includes discussion around good dramatic structure, what makes a play a classic, and different styles of plays including contemporary, avant-garde and experimental theatre. A reading list will be provided for ongoing, take home study.




CHOREOGRAPHY


The course looks at Musical Theatre choreography from a variety of shows and helps you understand style and genre. There will be opportunites to develop your own work which will be filmed for feedback and a showcase will be developed for the whole group.




I-PHONE FILMMAKING


Get a crash course in I-Phone filmmaking as you learn how to tell a compelling story through film from start to finish. Structure, theme, character and conflict are explored and how to translate these elements through your lens.




MEDITATION


Learn traditional Buddhist meditation techniques through a series of sitting and walking practices, cultivating the sensory experience and learning to live more fully in the moment. Some of the tangible benefits of meditation include: increased concentration, better coping abilities and personal acceptance, a reduction in persistent negative thinking, and an increase in overall feelings of calm and happiness.





Get in touch

Andrea Mardon
Program Director
andrea@berridgeprograms.com
Phone: 1-760-688-8447
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