Acting Classes & Workshops



NOTE: These listings are usually out of date. We maintain obsolete listings so you may anticipate classes, camps, and workshops.

 


ACTA Workshop:     ACTA Theater in Trussville offers Children's Acting Classes at the theater from time to time  For more information or to register, call the theater at 655-3902, leave a message and your call will be returned.

 


A.C.T.S.:   A Church Of The Highlands Theatrical Small Group.  Please join us for fellowship and Biblical theme events, including; Praise and Worship Karaoke, Dramatic Readings from the New Living Translation Bible, Musical and Dramatic Skits and Improv.  We will end the summer small group with an informal showcase for family and friends.  No experience required.  Bring a Friend!  The meeting place is in the 280 area.  Adult volunteers welcome!  Please call Melanie Lyons at 205-699-2664 for questions or directions.

 


Adult Cabaret Workshop:   On demand. Instructors:  Jan D. Hunter, Local Performer;  Randall Richardson, Chair of Performance Studies, Samford University; Lonnie Parsons, Music Director. Location: WorkPlay, 500 23rd St. South (on the corner of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue South).  Call 967-3779.

 


Alys Stephens Center's “Kids on Stage” 2009 Summer Drama Camp:  The Alys Stephens Center presents “Kids on Stage,” a drama summer camp for children ages 7-14. The drama camp is a two-week experience that shares with children the wonder and detail of theater performance. Campers will be introduced to many aspects of theater with a variety of fun, intense classes. They will learn theater games, improvisation, warm-ups, concentration exercises, voice and diction, terminology, acting and stage production. Best of all, the children will get a chance to showcase their newly developed skills when the camp culminates in a fully-staged production. The camp’s big show will be completely produced by campers and open to all parents and friends. Auditions will be required for casting. Alicia Johnson-Reed and Quinton Cockrell of "Make it Happen" Theatre Co. lead the camp. Cost is $325. Camp hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended care hours for an additional fee. All campers should bring their lunch and snack each day. Campers are asked to prepare and bring a 30-60 second comedy or drama monologue and a song to class the first day for performance auditions. Campers can bring a CD for the music audition or sing a capella. For more information please call Kimberly Kirklin, 205-934-0862 or email kkirklin@uab.edu.

Session 1: June 15 - 26, 2009, School House Rock Live! Jr.
Session 2: July 6 – 17, 2009, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr. (SOLD OUT)
Session 3: July 20 - 31, 2009, Disney's Aladdin Jr.

 


Audio Theatre Workshop:  If you would like to contact them by phone call 205/324-0684 between 9:00 am to 6:00pm CST or contact them by e-mail at radthea@bellsouth.net

 


Actors Outlet Actors Outlet in Birmingham  is starting the next Introduction to On-Camera class April 13 at 5:30 PM at the Homewood Library. To Celebrate the signing of the Entertainment Bill, Actors Outlet will offer a one time fee fall back to the 2008 rate of $210 for a five session class. Space is limited. Go to www.actorsoutlet.com for more information about this class and others or call 205- 945-8228.  

 


Boutwell Recording Studios Voice Over Classes:  Conducted in the professional recording studio and are active 'on mike' classes. They have been on-going for 19 years and have helped hundreds of broadcasters, actors, salespersons, lawyers, preachers, etc. Techniques for microphone performance are handled in a non-intimidating manner. Marie Prater, casting director and an affiliate of the state film office is the instructor as well as Ken Osborn, an international voice talent. A staff engineer will work every class and run the all of the technical.  Applicants from 10 years to the older young are welcome. For more information contact Marie Prater at 822-8135 or pprater@bellsouth.net.

 


Birmingham Children’s Theatre:  Birmingham Children's Theatre offers Performing Arts Workshops.  For more information about the workshops, please contact the Director of Education, Dane Peterson at 458-8182.

Founded by the Junior League of Birmingham in 1947, Birmingham Children's Theatre is Birmingham's only full-time professional theatre and is one of the largest children's theatres in the country. Now in its 58th season, BCT operates a three-theatre complex in Birmingham, Alabama, and produces four national tours with a combined audience of more than 300,000 annually.  http://www.bct123.org

 

BCT Academy of Performing Arts - Summer 2009. BCT Academy at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest and largest professional theaters for children, draws on a six decade legacy of educating and entertaining over twelve million children. BCT Academy theatre curriculum instills fundamental childhood growth skills: teamwork, interpersonal communication, reading comprehension, self-confidence, self-discipline and leadership; while fostering creativity, imagination and a playful curiosity. BCT Academy instructors are highly qualified, working theatre professionals. BCT Academy limits class enrollment, ensuring your child will have access to one-on-one instruction. BCT Academy sessions culminate with a performance piece involving every child. BCT Academy students receive preference in casting for the 2009/2010 BCT MainStage Professional Season, including: Narnia, Scrooge the Musical,  and The Wizard of Oz.

Class Descriptions

ACT ONE: Little Ones. Upcoming 3½ to 5K. Meets M-F, 10:00am - 1:00pm. One or both sessions available. June 15 - 19 and/or June 22 - 26

COST: $180/student ($335 for both). Goals and Focus: Acting and Dancing! This class will instill the acting basics of Concentration and the Development of the Five Senses necessary for actors.

ACT TWO: Primary. Upcoming 1st and 2nd Grader. Meets M-F, 10:00am - 2:00pm. One week session. July 6 - 10

COST: $200/student. Goals and Focus: Puppets and Singing! Building on Concentration and the Five Senses, students will discover how to draw on their Memory of Emotions when working on stage. 

ACT THREE: Ensemble. Upcoming 3rd, 4th and 5th Grader. Meets M-F, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Two week session. July 13 - 17 and 20 - 24

COST: $360/student. Goals and Focus: Storytelling and Physical Acting! Maintaining work on Concentration, the Five Senses and Memory of Emotion, students will learn to identify and utilize Dramatic Action in rehearsal and performance.

ACT FOUR: Supporting. Upcoming 6th, 7th and 8th Grader. Meets M-F, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Two week session. July 13 - 17 and July 20 - 24

COST: $360/student. Goals and Focus: Stage Clowns and Musicals!  Continuing with Concentration, the Five Senses, Memory of Emotion and Dramatic Action, students will explore various Characterization techniques in their stage work.

ACT FIVE:  Principals. Upcoming High School Student. One week intensive. Meets M-F, 9:00am - 5:00pm. July 27 - 31

COST: $275/student. Goals and Focus:  Scenic Design and Performance! This course will introduce Observation and Rhythm to the acting process as students work on a fully staged production presented for the public at our BJCC complex.

EACH and EVERY ACT: Previous acting experience is not necessary!  Classes are guided by the Acting Techniques established by Richard Boleslavsky in the Stanislavski tradition. In addition to the specific Goals and Focus, each class will utilize singing, dancing, storytelling, reading, staging, designing and socializing as its core theatre curriculum.  Registration forms may be found at www.bct123.org, requested by calling 205-458-8182 or e-mailing education@bct123.org.

 


Birmingham Southern College Camps:   This summer the BSC Conservatory of Fine and Performing Arts offers two Theatre Arts Programs.

Creative Arts Camp will run June 15-19, for 1st-5th grades, 9am-12pm, $150. Classes will include creative drama and movement, dramatic games, improvisation and story-telling. Ellise Mayor, instructor. Call 226-4960 for more info or visit http://www.bsc.edu/achttp://www.bsc.edu/academics/music/conservatory-summer.htm

Performance Camp will run for two weeks, June 15-26, for 6th-12th grades, 9am-4pm, $350. Classes include monologue work, scene study, Spolin improvisation and voice/diction. Students will go through the audition process and casting for a production of “A Lesson Learned”, a new script entered into the New England Theatre Conference by Jeanmarie Collins. All students will perform in show on Friday, June 26. Camp director, Ms. Jeanmarie Collins. Call 226-4960 or visit http://www.bsc.edu/academics/music/conservatory-summer.htm

 


Bruno Academy Summer Drama Camp: Workshop with final performance. Every aspect of production, from designing and creating sets and costumes to performing on stage.  Enrollment is open to the entire community.  Parents will be invited to visit for the final performance to observe what their children have worked on during the previous two weeks. http://www.jsbacademy.org/summer_drama_program.htm

 


CenterStage’s Getting the Part – How to Audition Workshop:  2008 CenterStage Productions and Narrow Way Kids (a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church) present a workshop for youth, Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall and Chapel. Sessions include: * Music - How to select an audition piece (Bring a 16 measure audition piece); * Acting - Work on acting skills and techniques with instruction from a current professional actor; * Dance - How to project your most graceful movements; * Future Opportunities in Theater - What lies in store for you? Registration $50 per person; Make checks payable to “CenterStage”. To register, please email: ttownes@bellsouth.net . Registration fees are not due until arrival on May 3. Faculty: Melissa Bailey, Leah Luker, Chris Sams, Frank Thompson, Matthew vonRedlich

 


Children’s Dance Foundation:   CDF's StageDoor Youth Theatre Camp / Summer 2009! • For entering 6th - 8th Graders /  In this 2-week theatre camp, 6th-8th graders will explore all aspects of theatre, led by a caring, enthusiastic and talented faculty of theatre artists, including Charla Cochran and Alexa McElroy.  Daily classes will include acting technique, voice and movement, improvisation, stagecraft, ensemble building, play rehearsal and a few other surprises, too!  In addition, all students will be cast in a play to be performed for their families at the end of the second week in CDF's Studio Theatre. Fee: $395 / Monday-Friday / 9am – 4:15pm

2-week session / July 20-31. To register, visit our website:  http://www.childrensdancefoundation.org/  or call us at 870-0073.

 


Dane Peterson's Theatre:   Dane Peterson's Acting Studio has openings available to get you ready for upcoming auditions and competitions. Monologue work, scene work, song intent. *Stanislavski and Boleslavsky based acting approach *Over ten years experience directing more than forty professional and education productions *Over twenty years of appearing in numerous productions ranging from regional to off-off Broadway *Former students currently working in the major markets of Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Tokyo *Recipient of the 2001 U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award *Founding vice-president, Birmingham (Alabama) Area Theatre Alliance *Artistic Director, Dane Peterson's Theatre Series (www.dptheatreseries.org) *Guest Acting Instructor, Birmingham-Southern College Dance Department *Head of Theatre, John Carroll Catholic HS (1997-2007) Private 30min Instruction: $30.00 Private 60min Instruction: $50.00 Inquire about Group Instruction Private and Group Work... Call or e-mail for an appointment. 205-515-2082 DaneNYC@gmail.com

 


Drama Kids International: Drama Kids International is a 27 year old company which teaches drama, acting and speaking skills to children and young adults in after school programs. We presently operate in 15 countries and teach this program to over 40,000 children worldwide each year. Our award winning, proven program provides participants with the skill and confidence to speak properly as well as act in a live theatre environment.

Drama Kids of Alabama is presently enrolling children for the 2006-2007 school year. Participants learn the basics of acting and perform in multiple live theatre events. Our Drama Kids program is for children aged 5-12 separated into two age appropriate divisions. Our Acting Academy program is for ages 13-17 and is a professional level program for young adults. For class schedules or more information call 205-822-2050 or visit www.dramakids.com

DKI Acting Academy Playhouse: Calling all 11-17 year olds!  Would you like to begin acting classes, or further develop your theatrical skills?   Our 2007 summer workshops will develop your creative abilities as you learn to work with others to write, produce, and act in a play - that you create!  You will be challenged with limited time and team resources to get your show together.  Learn the art of playwriting, directing and production through creating interesting dialogues, conflict and confrontations, design sets, props and teamwork.  You’ll have fun putting on the big show in a wonderful night of DKI Acting Academy Playhouse! Call 822-2050 to enroll. Space is limited!

 


Drama Kids of Alabama:     South City Theatre is a non-profit community theatre located in Alabaster, the heart of Shelby County!  Founded in 1998 by Alan & Francie Gardner, South City Theatre has grown to produce a year round adult theatrical season, conduct seasonal acting workshop productions for kids (Acting Up!) and an annual Summer Musical Theatre Camp. South City Theatre is only 17 miles from downtown Birmingham at I-65 South and highway 31.  The theatre offers seating for 99 and produces mainly dramas and comedies, classical to contemporary.  For the date of the next audition or information about classes, visit their web-page at http://www.SouthCityTheatre.com

 


Film and Stage Acting Classes and Coaching: Birmingham Stage and Film Actress (two time AL State Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, 5th Place National Title) Siusan Buie offers Beginning Film and all levels of Stage classes in Vestavia, Trussville, and Clay through Dawn Dixon's Music Plus! Studios. Specializing in many different areas of stage and film work, including Audition Technique, Performance, Natural Polish, and so much more! Now taking students for January-May! Contact Dawn for prices for group and individual classes, scheduling, etc at 205-969-1443. Contact Siusan for a resume, or any other questions at 205-903-7871 (please leave voice mail) or mailto:debatedoll@earthlink.net

 


Goldstein's Private Acting Lessons: Jonathan Miles Goldstein, fresh off a New York production of Reflections of a Heart, and his National Television debut on NBC's Law & Order: SVU, will be in Birmingham, and offering private acting lessons, during July and early August.  Originally from Birmingham, Jonathan was seen in dozens of local productions prior to moving to New York, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Long Days Journey Into Night, Take Me Out, The Full Monty, and Greater Tuna.  Jonathan has received professional training at Circle in the Square Theatre School and Michael Howard Studios in New York, and has performed at venues across the country.  If you are interested in brushing up a monologue, preparing for an audition, or if you're just looking for some beginning acting lessons, please contact Jonathan and reserve a time.  Rates - $25 per half hour/$40 per hour (discounted rates on multi-lesson packages)  Email - calijong@yahoo.com  or call 205-862-1595 (email is preferred)

 


Indian Springs School:   SUMMER AT SPRINGS, Indian Springs School's summer camp program! For more information, or a brochure, please contact Elizabeth Holcomb at 988-3350. You can also visit us online at http://www.indiansprings.org

Please visit our website http://www.indiansprings.org . Tuition: $300 for the two-week course. Contact Elizabeth Holcomb at 988-3350 or eholcomb@indiansprings.org for more information or a brochure.

 


Lawrence Studio Classes:    The Lawrence Studio offers studio classes taught by Jamie Lawrence. Class sessions are usually in the evenings and 6-7 weeks long. For information or to register contact Jamie at 205/226-4619 or e-mail jlawrenc@bsc.edu for more information.  Do you have a suggestion of a class that you would like to take? Let us hear from you. We aim to be your full service performance studio. -- Jamie Lawrence

 


Leeds Arts Council Workshop:   2008. High School Theatre Workshop – The Leeds Arts Council – July 21 thru August 1. Conducted by Cliff Keen Jr. We are pleased to offer a theatre workshop for students entering 9th grade to 12th grade in high school. The subjects that will be covered are: Basic in Acting, Improvisational Theatre, Auditioning for the right role, Characterizations, Musical Theatre, Introduction to Dance with Dale Serrano, Set Design and Backstage.

All of this will culminate into the “Broadway High School Review” at the end of the workshop. The show will be on August 2nd with two performances on that day.  It will be a fantastic way for the talented teens in our area to have fun with theatre for two weeks and to show off their talents in our Review. The review will feature high school topics, for our aspiring actors and for our aspiring musical theatre students, songs for popular shows all performed in a high school setting. Some come and join us for two weeks of fun and theatre like you have never encountered. The 1st week will be Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the 2nd week will be Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information contact Cliff Keen Jr. at 334-791-1732. To reserve your spot for our workshop contact Sandi Nicholson at 205-640-4491.

 


Magic City Actors Theatre Musical Theatre Workshops: Magic City Actors Theatre presents its second annual “Heart and Soul” workshops for children ages 6 through 12, and youth ages 13-18.  These musical theatre camps focus on acting, dance, music, audition techniques, stage combat, makeup, dialects, and improvisations.  At the culmination of the camps, participants may audition for High School Musical 2 to be produced at the Virginia Samford Theatre in September 2009.  Enrollment is limited so act now to be part of the magic under the direction of artistic director Carl Dean.

Young Performers Workshop, June 15-26, Alabama Dance Academy, Hoover.  Cost $300.  Additional fee for early drop off or late pickup.  Participants will get to perform songs and scenes from High School Musical 2 o a live audience at Magic City Actors Theatre’s Peek Behind the Curtain in June.

Teen Performers Workshop, July 8, 9, 13-16, 20-23, location TBD.  Cost $475.  Additional fee for early drop off or late pickup.  Participants will work one on one with theatrical professionals and be part of a full throttle mainstage production of HSM2 in Birmingham. 

Think you have seen High School Musical 2?  Well think again!  Forget EVERYTHING you've seen on the film or in any other stage production you may have seen, 'cause Magic City Actors Theatre is about to blow the roof off what you think you know about HSM2!  MCAT's Artistic Director, Carl Dean, will Direct and Choreograph Magic City's production of HSM2 and you are not going to know what hit you!  Dean's choreography has been hailed as "a work of art" by Alec Harvey of the Birmingham News, and what he has in store for this show is going to blow your mind!  His full throttle attack will rock your senses and leave you dancing in the aisles!  So if you think you know HSM2 - make sure you don't miss MCAT's 2009 season opener - cause you ain't seen nothin' yet, folks!

For registration forms or more information, visit www.mcactorstheatre.com,  call 205-253-9604 or email leah@mcactorstheatre.com.

 


Montessori Academy Summer Children's Workshop:    The Joseph S. Bruno Montessori Academy Summer Fine Arts Workshop features classes in drama, visual art, music, and dance. Enrollment is open to the entire community. Parents will be invited to visit on Friday afternoon to observe what their children have worked on during the week. For more information visit our website at http://www.jsbacademy.org/Activities/drama.htm or call JSB Montessori Academy at 205-995-8709.

 


Our Lady of the Valley School SUMMER THEATRE WORKSHOPS:   Sponsored and Coordinated by Michael Bridges, Drama Director, Our Lady of the Valley School. For further information call 995-9375 or 991-5963; ext. 239, or e-mail mbridges6231@charter.net  Mike Bridges/Theatre Workshop; 6231 Sioux Lane; Birmingham, AL 35242.  Fees include workshop, materials and souvenir t-shirt (students bring lunch)

Now in it’s sixth year, the theatre workshops at OLV are some of the most unique and successful in the area as they are always themed with a known theatrical production. They offer a wholesome learning environment with a wonderful performing opportunity. No theatrical background is necessary—only enthusiasm!

 


On-Camera Commercial Class:  with RODNEY CLARK of THE ALABAMA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL.  Birmingham-  At the Virginia Samford Theatre.The main thrust of the course will be the students’ acting techniques, and learning to relax and enjoy being in front of the camera .  If you are interested in attending a Birmingham class, please contact Rodney Clark at either:  rodneywclark@msn.com, or telephone (334) 263-4732, or write to:   Rodney Clark;  c/o ASF;  1 Festival Dr.Montgomery, AL  36117

 


Pazazz School of Dance:   Jan Berry, director of Pazazz School of Dance, Inc. has trained for years since the age of 12 years old.   Offers training for all ages, for the public and private sector.  Email address. Pazazzdancestudio@yahoo.com

 


Pell City Center: Our 2008 PCC Drama Camp for K through 12th grade students was taught at the Pell City Center located on the Pell City High School campus. www.pellcitycenter.com

 

The 3rd Annual PCC Drama Camp:  Taught at the Pell City Center, 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL 35125. . The camp is open for student’s age 5 to 14 years old. The camp will be directed by Ashley Burrage. This is a ten-day camp beginning on June 15th and concluding on June 26th. The camp hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.  The final production, Robin Hood, will be presented Friday night, June 26th at 7:00 p.m. The total cost for Drama Camp is $150.00 per student. Please email Kathy@PellCityCenter.com for an application.  Space for Drama Camp is limited.

 


Positively Funny, Inc.:“Fundamentals in Improvisation” Class, Level 101 – Winter Semester 2011 – This class covers the fundamentals of Improvisation that include: acceptance, agreement, thinking-on-your-feet, living-in-the-moment, teamwork, and creativity.

“Scenic-Improvisation” Class, Level 201 – Winter Semester 2011 – This class is for graduates of the Level 101 class or actors with previous experience in Improvisation.  This class leverages the fundamentals taught in the Level 101 class in the building of scenes, more in-depth character and environment work; as well as more extensive training on the fundamentals of Improvisation.

Classes meet each Thursday from 6:30 pm to 8::45 pm, beginning THURSDAY, January 6th, 2011.  Registration is now open.  Tuition is $175 for the 8-week course.  Visit www.positivelyfunnyinc.com to register or call us at 888.492.8197, ext 102.

“Spring Break 2011 Teen-Only Improvisation Intensive Workshop” – This week long workshop will meet from 9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, with an on-stage performance for friends and family on Friday evening.  (March 14 to 18, 2011). 

The class will cover the fundamentals of Improvisation and basic scene work.  Graduates of the workshop will be eligible to join the Teen Improv Troupe that will work along side professional Improvisers from Positively Funny, Inc.

Registration is now open.  Tuition is $125 for the 5-day workshop.  Visit www.positivelyfunnyinc.com to register or call us at 888.492.8197, ext 102.

“Fundamentals of Improvisation for Home-Schooled Students” – This workshop will meet for FOUR consecutive Thursdays, from 9 am to 1 pm in February 2011.  This workshop will focus on the fundamentals of Improvisation with special focus on the socialization and creative aspects of Improvisation.  All content presented by Positively Funny, Inc. is socio-positive and socially-responsible in nature.   We conduct a middle-school and a high-school level class.

Registration is now open.  Tuition is $125 for the 5-day workshop.  Additional family members are at a $75 rate.  Visit www.positivelyfunnyinc.com to register or call us at 888.492.8197, ext 102.

 

Classes will be held at the Virginia Samford Theatre – Metropolitan Arts Center, 1116 26th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama, 35205. 

 


Private Vocal Instruction:   Frank Thompson, Artistic Director of CenterStage Productions, offers for private vocal instruction.  Thompson has performed professionally as a singer and actor with companies in New York, Virginia, and North Carolina, and that his credits include stage, television, and radio.  Students age 10 and up accepted, with any level of previous instruction, as well as beginners. Class price is $30.00 for one half-hour. Both vocal technique and presentation/style will be covered, and a recital is tentatively scheduled for next spring. If interested, please contact Frank Thompson by email at mailto:actorguy1970flt3@yahoo.com.

 


Red Mountain Theatre Company (formerly Summerfest):  2008.  (Business Office) 2900 1st Avenue South, Suite A, Birmingham, Alabama 35233, United States.  www.redmountaintheatre.org  Email: info@redmountaintheatre.org  Phone: (205) 324-2424 ; Fax: (205) 324-3434

Youth Musical Theatre Workshop: Each June, this workshop offers more than 300 children ages 7-18 an intense, two-week musical theatre education with the help and instruction of nationally recognized performers and instructors.

Advanced Workshop: Created to give outstanding students a unique chance to shine, the Advanced Workshop is a two-week summer workshop that focuses on sharpening the skills of participants through concentrated study of musical theatre and enhanced methods of character development, scene work and choreography.

Junior Workshop: this one-week summer workshop introduces 5-6 year olds to the world of music, theatre, movement and instrument playing in a fun and creative learning environment.

Exceptional Workshop: a new one-week summer workshop opportunity for exceptional students (ages 11 and up) with special needs. These students participate in areas of musical theatre, including singing, acting and movement games and techniques.

Creative Drama Workshop: a spring workshop which takes place every Saturday for six weeks and focuses on developing student actors' creative thinking and writing skills through playwriting and theatre activities.

Acting Intensive Workshop: a hands-on, participatory class/spring workshop will allow students to learn warm-up techniques, polish improvisation skills, identify essential acting elements and work on prepared text.

 


Samford University Theatre Summer Camp:  Samford University Theatre holds a summer theatre camp for children ages 4 to 12. Campers will explore classic tales and invent new ones based on their own experiences. They will engage in all aspects of theatre production, including script writing, costuming, set designing and performing. Their knowledge of math, science, grammar and social studies will be put to work in a creative, supportive atmosphere led by Samford theatre faculty and students. For information, contact Lisa Gibbs at (205) 726-2951 or email mailto:legibbs@samford.edu.

 


Showstoppers Promotions:   A source for musical theater singing, Steve Pennington ShowstoppersPro@aol.com  specializes in "theatrical Belt" style singing. He worked with Andrew Gainey for over 16 years in addition to having a Music Education major from Samford University  You may contact the e-address above or phone 798-5361 for more information and reservations for classes. For more information go to:  http://www.showstopperspromotions.com

2008. "SING LIKE THE BIG GIRLS" will be an eight (8) week series of classes for those ages 10 and under who want to begin prepping their child's voice for stage and competitions. Idina Minzell, Kristin Chenoweth, Eden Espinoza of Broadway  fame and Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks  from American Idol are the ladies that make millions $$ with  their commanding "Belt" style singing. Start your child singing correctly with their "big voice" and have the comfort of knowing their delicate voices will not be damaged. Classes will be in groups for 10 AM - Noon twice a week in Hoover and Irondale, just off I-459 # exit #27(private classes available as well) for eight sessions. Instructor Steve Pennington has 19 years full time experience teaching and training children who have been seen on national TV programs as well as cast roles in Theater in and around our area. Please contact: showstopperspro@aol.com or phone: 205-798-5361 for more information.

 


South City Theatre Summer Musical Theater Camp:  Helena Old Town Amphitheater, for ages 8-18. June 1st - 13th, 2009. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm. There will be a showcase production on Saturday morning, June 13th, beginning at 9:00am. Campers will study acting, singing, dance, and visual art or acting for the camera. Instructors are professional performers and certified teachers.     Registration deadline is May 24th, 2009 - Class sizes are limited.  This will be our 10th year Old Town Helena.  For more information about our staff, call 621-2128 or email southcityinfo@gmail.com. Registration available online at www.southcitytheatre.com.  2009 Tuition is $275

 


Spolin Technique Acting Classes:   Instructor: Jeanmarie Collins.  For more information, call 957-2549 or 226-4960.  Jeanmarie Collins is a professional actress, director, and playwright.  She is the artist in residence for Jefferson County Schools and the drama coordinator for the conservatory at Birmingham Southern.  She trained with Andy Harmon, a direct student of Spolin's while studying at the Drama Studio of London and has Spolin's written permission to teach the technique. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL  JEANMARIE COLLINS at 957-2549 or Conservatory office at 226-4960

 


Steven Grebel Center for Dance:    205-987-7234; 102 Commerce Pkwy.  Pelham, Al  35124

Jazz Master Classes with Sara deFuniak: Stevan Grebel Center for Dance, 102 Commerce Parkway, Pelham (behind the Purple Onion).  An intermediate/advanced level class will be offered in a special workshop with master jazz teacher Sara deFuniak as part of a 3 day jazz workshop.  The fee is $60 for the full workshop, or $25 by the class.  The workshop will be Tuesday - Thursday, May 27-29, at 5:00-6:00 PM at the Grebel Dance studios.  Sara has taught at Edge PAC, L.A., Broadway Dance Center N.Y.C. and West Coast Dance Explosion to name a few.  To register, please call 205-987-7234 or go to www.grebeldance.com.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to register on the first day of the workshop.

Tai Chi Chuan Course: GREBEL DANCE. 24 instructional hours to learn Yang Tai Chi  Short Form + Chi Kung (Qigong) and Chinese Yoga (Tao Yin). Mon/Wed evenings for 12 weeks.  $125. Practical Yoga, beginning in June - $12 per class or 4 class card for $40.

Sword Training:  GREBEL DANCE. Kids love this!  While fun and challenging, it develops their kinetic awareness as well as dance skills.  6:30-7:30 on Thursdays.  This will be graded training, i.e., belt grades\that combines Filipino and Korean methods: Korean long sword, Filipino stick/short sword.  Dharma Sword Club with monthly membership fee and 6 month training agreement.  Call 205-987-7234 for more information.

SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAMS 2008

Senior Intensives I & II, ages 12 & up en pointe, by audition - June 2 - Jun 21, June 23 - July 12. M/F. Fee:   6 weeks:   $1200; 3 weeks:   $650 Per week:   $225

Junior Camp Intensive I    June 2 - 14, ages 8-11; Junior Camp Intensive II, July 7-19, ages 5-7: Fee:  $200 per week

Princesses and Princes: June 16 - 21 & June 23 - 28, ages 3 – 4 Fee:  $165 per week

Summer Dance Abroad - Novi-Sad, Serbia, Europe, July 13-28, ages 12 & up by audition. Fees:  $250 registration fee,  $380 2 weeks room and board, $500 2 weeks workshop classes. Call 205-987-7234 for details.

Open House, Sunday, August 3 from 1-4 PM.  The Academy at Grebel Ballet, under the direction of Stevan and Debbie Grebel, focuses on quality technical training in classical ballet as well as other forms of dance. Students are exposed at an early age to a disciplined, professional attitude, developing through the years the strength, line and flexibility of classical technique. Self-discipline and dedication to work, along with a love and appreciation of dance as an art form, are nurtured in each child.  Grebel Dance offers a variety of dance classes for all ages, specializing in classical ballet technique (Vaganova/Russian Method).  Classes include: ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, hip-hop, Irish, yoga, Tai Chi, DharmaSword and more.  The 2008-2009 school year begins August 4, however, registration is open year round. Classes are filled on a first-com/first-served basis.  The performing wing, Alabama Youth Ballet Company, as well as a community cast, will perform "The Nutcracker" in December.  Other performances include the school's Spring Concert, touring performances, Lecture Demonstrations and special events.  Stevan and Debbie Grebel have been teaching ballet in Birmingham for 37 years.  Stevan Grebel's professional experience is unsurpassed in Alabama.  Debbie Grebel is an expert in kinesiology and the biomechanics of dance, with a MA.Ed in kinesiology and dance.  For more information on classes and programs, call 205-987-7234 or go to www.grebeldance.com

 


Triple Threat Performing Arts Coach:  Deanna Duke and StarPower Performing Arts. Teaches singing, acting, dancing and musical theatre. With over 25 years experience and studios in 3 states, Deanna And her staff strives to make professionals out of their students. Classes available privately or group. call Deanna and StarPower at 256-442-1110 or 256-393-3141 or go to www.starpowerstudio.com   

 


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