SCENE SQUAD – A Music/Theater Scene program for 12-16 year olds
For young singers/actors/dancers we believe an environment of supportive mentorship and peer encouragement is crucial in order to grow. We also believe proper technique and performance opportunities refine emerging skills while preparing for future opportunities.
In our “Scene Squad” students have the opportunity to take a deeper dive into repertoire they are already learning in private lessons and/or school productions by creating staged scenes and stories, based on these songs and their texts. If participants do not have a particular song to bring, they can choose song options provided in class (based on their interest and level), to create into scenes.
Choice of repertoire is flexible: students will have significant input into choosing songs to fit themes they create, or choose themes to express their songs. Each participant will develop a greater awareness of the role they play as soloist and ensemble; and will be encouraged to push emotional limits in acting, while learning to not compromise healthy singing.
Opportunities to perform for each other are built into the program, and the whole group will present a culminating recital of their work at the end of the quarter. Skills such as reading music notation, counting rhythms, and learning harmonies will be emphasized, with a big focus on interpreting song text and characters. Choreography or staging will be directed as needed to strengthen the connection to the songs.