Acting Lessons, Singing Lessons, Dancing Lessons
All In One Convenient Program
Now offering the newly designed StagelightPLUS and StagelightPRO
- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WINTER/SPRING SESSION.
- Cost is $295 per student. Open to grades K-8.
- Each week, your child will receive professional training in acting, singing, and dancing while putting together a production (Disney's The AristoCats KIDS).
- Classes begin the week of February 19, 2018 and take place for 10 weeks (skipping the week of March 26 and the week of April 9). Final week and performances are the week of May 7.
- Each session is 2 hours.
- Choose from Monday night (SOLD OUT!), Wednesday night (SOLD OUT!), Thursday night (SOLD OUT!), or Saturday morning classes (SOLD OUT!). Nights are 5:30-7:30PM. Saturday mornings are 9-11AM.
- Each Stagelighter will perform in their production at the end of their session where they will demonstrate for an audience (friends and family) all they have learned in acting, singing & dancing with costumes, lights, mics, and props.
- Learn more more about Scholarship opportunities.
- StagelightPRO SESSION IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION.
- Cost is $325. Grades 4-12. Spaces are limited.
- This is an auditioned session that will last for 4 weeks. It is preferential that each student has already completed at least 2 StagelightPLUS sessions, but it is not required to audition.
- Each week, these students will receive a masterclass from Broadway and former Broadway professionals in audition prep, character development/scene work, dance, and "making it in the business". The first session, on February 10, will be with Bart Shatto. Bart played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on Broadway, as well as performed in several other Broadway productions, most recently with Patti Lupone in War Paint. He is also a vocalist with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. After the Masterclass with him on February 10 from 1:30-4:30PM, Bart will perform a showcase at SALT at 7PM that evening, and the students will all perform with him. To purchase tickets to this showcase, click here: stagelightpa.ticketleap.com/bart-shatto/
- A description of the classes and Instructors are below.
- Classes will be Saturday, February 10 from 1:30-4:30PM, and Sundays, March 11 from 9AM-12PM, March 18 from 12-3PM, and March 25 from 1:30-4:30PM.
- Auditions will be held in January 2018. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a time slot to audition for StagelightPRO.
- Auditions will require singing 32 measures of a Broadway showtune with a live accompanist, performing a memorized monologue, and participating in a dance combination given on the spot.
February 10 | Bart Shatto: Bart's Master Class "Creating a Dynamic Character Through Song" explores an in depth approach to making a song vibrant, alive and truthful through character development within the music and lyrics. Bart's unique approach to marry song and character into an honest, passionate journey will inspire students to "live truthfully in the song" and most importantly "in the moment". Practicing Transcendental Meditation for several years, he also uses meditation in his classes to help quell anxiety, fears of failure, audition nerves and to hone razor-like focus to get the job done - truthfully. Students should prepare 30-40 bars of an audition song they want to nail, and need to bring the sheet music for it. There will also be a Q and A regarding the business aspect of the industry, headshots, survival jobs, living in a major market like NYC or Chicago, agents, managers, unions, etc. So bring your questions!
Bart was recently seen as Mr. Baruch/Mr. Simms in the Tony-nominated musical War Paint with two-time Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. He was also featured in original Broadway casts of Tony-nominated The Civil War, Dracula (starring in the role of Texan Quincey Morris) and the Tony-nominated musical Hands on a Hardbody. In addition, he played the iconic role of Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of Les Miserables. As a singer, he is a veteran vocalist (since 2002) for the Gold/Platinum selling symphonic progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO has sold over 10 million concert tickets and 10 million concert albums and plays to 1 million fans each season. Billboard Magazine ranked TSO the top 25 touring artists of the decade. National Tour credits include: Cats (Gus/Growltiger), The Civil War (1st National w/Larry Gatlin and John Schneider) and Les Miserables. He has performed at renowned regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Ford's Theatre (Helen Hayes nominee) and the Barter Theatre. Also, Bart had the distinguished honor of performing for President George W. Bush at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. along with Maya Angelou, Hal Holbrook, Tricia Yearwood and Clay Aiken. Bart can be heard as the voice of "Gaspard's Papa" in the animated series for Disney Jr. Gaspard and Lisa. Other Television credits include: Chicago Med (NBC), “Ghost Stories” (Fox Family) and “Guiding Light” (CBS). He is co-starring in the feature film "Freedom" opposite Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr (available on Netflix) and the musical film Life of An Actress: The Musical opposite Tony-nominee Orfeh (cast album produced by Broadway Records). Other cast albums include Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden and Tara Tremendous (also released by Broadway Records this summer). Bart’s solo show Back to Broadway: Heroes, Villains and Dreamers will be produced at Feinsteins/54 Below later this year. www.bartshatto.com
March 11 | Britney Doyle: This class will be a crash course in Ballet. Whether you are an experienced dancer or have never taken a legitimate dance class in your life, you will learn how to stand out in dance calls through the audition process of musicals. This class will consist of a ballet barre, center work and across the floor combinations as found in a traditional ballet class. Emphasis will be placed on learning proper technique, ballet terminology and overall execution and performance quality.
Girls: Leotard and tights or form fitting pants. The instructor needs to see the movement of the body. Hair in a bun or pulled away from the face. Canvas or leather ballet slippers preferred, jazz shoes accepted.
Boys: T-shirt or dance shirt tucked in to form fitting pants or shorts. The instructor needs to see the movement of the body. Canvas or leather ballet slippers preferred, jazz shoes accepted.
Britney began her training in Hamburg, NY with Suzanne Bernas Mall, a founding member of the Buffalo Inner City Ballet and member of the Royal Dance Theatre. She then attended Eastern University, under department co-directors Karen Clemente and Joselli Deans, where she graduated with a B.A. in Dance and was a recipient of the Walker Award for the Performing Arts. Her training includes both classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and African techniques. She has been teaching in and around the Philadelphia area since 2009, as well as performing at numerous venues, including the ETC Performance Series, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The American College Dance Festival, as an alumni at her alma mater, as part of the Special Olympics and many others. In December 2017, she performed as part of the production "A Soulful Christmas" at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She has also performed in numerous full length ballets, including "Sleeping Beauty", "The Nutcracker", and her personal favorite, "Don Quixote.
March 18 | Jessica Myhr: IMAGE AND AUDITION PREPARATION FOR THE YOUNG ACTOR. Image Expert Jessica Myhr will teach an intensive introductory workshop for dedicated young artists wanting to work in the entertainment industry by using Image to strengthen and empower their choices in the room and on camera. Jessica will cover basic building blocks of audition preparation, how to have a dynamic headshot that leads to more appointments, tips on how to look your best, how to use the artist's image for creative storytelling and what industry professionals expect of the young actor when they walk in the room. Jessica created her business Inherent Style based on her unique background in branding, fashion and acting; styling creative professionals "from the inside out".
Students should bring their headshots/resumes and dress "audition ready" for the class.
"Jessica's caring and individual attention to the actor is bar none. She really gets to know what makes the actor tick. Whether it's guiding the actor for the best head shot outfit or shopping for the latest audition wardrobe pieces. She provides the actor with tips and helpful guideposts so they can continue the journey on their own as well. I see beautiful transformations occur." - JAMES CALLERI, NYC Casting Director https://www.callericasting.com
Jessica has over 10 years experience as an image consultant in the NYC area. Using her unique background in acting, branding, and fashion, Jessica will give you the tools to help you look your best.
Jessica works with clients of all ages, genders, and professions, but her specialty is actors. From headshots to casting calls, Jessica will help you clearly and cohesively market who you are, taking into account your essence, look, and the roles you play. She works closely with agents and casting directors and has experience both in front of and behind the camera. This expertise gives you a valuable insider perspective on the acting industry. Jessica teaches image classes and special workshops with several organizations including Actors Connection, Actors Launchpad, Columbia University, Atlantic Theater Conservatory, UNC Chapel Hill, Backstage University and the SAG Foundation.
When she’s not talking about clothing fit and color, Jessica is a professional working actor Off-Broadway and regionally. She has several indie film and TV credits, including a recurring role on “All My Children”. She holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. www.inherentstyle.com
March 25 | Seth Reich: Director, actor, and educator Seth Reich will teach a master class on the art of the monologue. After seeing thousands of monologues in his career, he has compiled a list of the good and bad choices actors make. Seth will focus on both the craft of acting and applying that work to the audition. How can you show your best work when acting by yourself? Are you revealing your truth consistently in your work? Are you doing the right piece for you? Seth will give you tips to answer all of these questions and many more. For the class, each student will prepare a one minute monologue and receive individual critique.
Seth Reich has established himself as a theatre artist and educator with over fifteen years of experience in the industry. He has worked with numerous theatre companies and educational institutions including the Actor's Shakespeare Company, American Repertory Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Classic Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Theater with a View, Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Emerson College, New York Film Academy, and New York University. As an educator, he has developed numerous education programs and is the former Head of Acting in the Musical Theatre Department at New York Film Academy. He has directed a wide variety of plays and musicals ranging from classical to contemporary to new works. As an actor, he has appeared on numerous stages, television, and film including appearances on The Blacklist, Mona Lisa Smile, All My Children, and many others. After working with top leaders in the field he continues to dedicate his life to the development and growth of the arts through performance and education. Seth is the Artistic Director of Theater with a View and on faculty at the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School’s Center for Performing and Fine Arts. He holds a bachelor's from Emerson College and a master's from Columbia University.