Professional Theatre Training
for youth aged 9 to 17!
Please be advised that the G&S JR Theatre School Class for ages 9 – 13 is full. Thank you for your support!
Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce that for our 6th season, our G&S JR Theatre School program will be learning the fairy-based operetta, Iolanthe:
Love. So beautiful. So musical. So complicated. Although forbidden by fairy law, Iolanthe marries a mortal and is then banished from fairyland. Here in our human world, she bears a son; a lovely lad named Strephon, who falls head over heels and wants to marry Phyllis, who is, of course, desired by all the members of the House of Peers. But when Phyllis sees Strephon embrace Iolanthe, who is eternally youthful, she doesn’t consider that the fairy might be Strephon’s mother, and sets in motion a musical clash between politicians and fairies, sending everyone tripping hither, tripping thither – we DID mention love can be complicated – it’s an energetic, satirical journey to the finale.
In October 2016, we will be continuing to offer both a Junior class for students 9 to 13 years old, and a Senior class for students 14 to 17 years old. The program gives youth an opportunity to expand their acting skills and challenge themselves with the lyrics and patter of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The Senior class will also include more advanced acting skills and choreography.
The course is a performance based process. Both classes will run Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:30 beginning in mid-October. Classes will include professional instruction in Acting and Voice and the program will culminate in two youth performances on the set of our mainstage production in the Victor Mitchell Theatre at the Pumphouse Theatre for their family and friends. They will work on a full set with lights, sounds, and costumes.
Initially the students will be working as a single group while we develop basic skills in all of the performance elements. Once we move into the casting and rehearsal phase they will be split up according to their roles in the show. All of the children will receive a role in the piece (roles will be assigned by the instructors, and will be geared towards each child’s skill level and what will benefit their development as a performer the most.)
Students enrolled in the program will learn the basics in choral singing, such as tuning, breath management, proper formation of vowels, good diction, posture and facial expression through vocal warmups, exercises, and homework. The basics of musical sight reading will be taught, listening skills will be honed, and singing in harmony will be introduced. Students will gain confidence and aptitude in their singing. The fun, humour and drama of Gilbert and Sullivan is a great way for youth to be introduced to classical music. Group vocal lessons encourage teamwork and friendship, in a low stress environment! All students will also have the opportunity to try their hand at solo singing, if they so wish, and the learning environment created will be positive and constructive.
DATE: Starting Saturday, October 15, 2016 10:00 – 11:30 every Saturday; classes run to noon starting in February.
COST: Juniors – $350, Seniors – $400
Early Bird rate by July 31 save $50. Additional Family members also save $50.
(Payment plans are available – please call 403-246-2999)
WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre, Parkdale Community Centre
Space is limited so register early!
Register online starting July 1st!
Or call our office at (403) 246-2999.
No classes over winter break or holiday long weekends.
Michelle Brandenburg is a professional theatre artist living in the West Bragg Creek area. She is an Artistic Associate with Morpheus Theatre and has been working in the Calgary Arts community for the past 10 years. Over the last while her focus has moved towards cultivation of the performing arts in young audiences and she is thrilled to be sharing her passion for theatre with the students of G&S Junior. In her capacity as a performer, educator and writer, she has had the privilege of touring Calgary Schools, promoting Early Literacy through theatre. She has directed various plays and large scale musicals, performed alongside brilliant actors, and led a variety of workshops and weekly classes. She also has the privilege of organizing Calgary’s only festival for emerging professional artists.