Southeast Offers Summer Theatre and Dance Academy

dance academyCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 7, 2014 — The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance will offer its annual summer Theatre and Dance Academy June 2-6 and June 9-13 at Southeast’s River Campus.

The Theatre and Dance Academy is an intensive theatre and dance educational experience for students in kindergarten through high school. The classes cover a variety of interests from dancing to acting. New classes this year are “Mama Mia” and “Wicked,” two well-known Broadway shows.

All classes will be taught by a highly experienced and qualified faculty member of the University or a senior-level theatre and dance student. Each instructor will also have a student assistant.

Theatre and Dance season ticket holders and families enrolling multiple children receive a 15 percent discount. Partial tuition assistance is available for qualified applicants. For more information, contact Kim Lanning at (573) 651-2149.

Students will need to provide their own dance shoes and dance attire. Students participating in ballet classes will need ballet slippers, a leotard and tights. Jazz dance participants will need a soft jazz shoe, leotard and tights or jazz pants.

Registration for the Theatre and Dance Academy is now open. Deadline for registration is May 31 or until all classes are filled. Some classes may be cancelled if enrollment requirements are not reached. For more information about the Academy, call Kim Lanning at (573) 651-2149 or email klanning@semo.edu.

Mama Mia

Sing, dance and act your way through the Broadway hit “Mama Mia.”Students will spend the week rehearsing popular songs including “Honey, Honey,” “Mama Mia” and “Dancing Queen.” They will also play a mix of favorite theatre games and exercises to keep them on their toes. A snack will be provided, and a performance for family and friends will take place on the last day. “Mama Mia” runs June 2-6 and is open to children in 1st-5th grade. It will be from 9 a.m.–noon in Room 403 at the River Campus. Tuition is $150.

Wicked

Spend your afternoons singing, dancing and acting your way through the Broadway hit “Wicked.” Students will spend the week rehearsing songs including “Popular,” “The Wizard and I” and “Defying Gravity.” They will also play a mix of favorite theatre games and exercises to keep them on their toes. Snacks will be provided, and a performance for family and friends will take place on the last day. “Wicked” runs from June 2-6 and is open to children in 3rd-6th grade. It runs from 1-4 p.m. in Room 403 at the River Campus. Tuition is $150.

Super Hero Combat

Transform into a superhero for the stage and screen. Students will learn the basics of safe, unarmed combat and create scenes revolving around their superhero creations. The day will include physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, and stretching and exercise. Students will have the opportunity to make their own mask and cape, and create a script. Please bring knee and elbow pads.Snacks will be provided, and students will perform for family and friends in the classroom at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Super Hero Combat runs from June 2-6 and is for children in 6th-8th grade. The class will run from 1-4 p.m. in the Parker Hall Dance Studio. Tuition is $150.

Ballet and Jazz

This class will mix and match its way through the dance techniques of jazz and ballet, exploring the connection between classical ballet and contemporary jazz. Students will learn musical theatre, funk and contemporary jazz styles while fusing them with classical ballet. Snacks will be provided, and a final performance will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13. Ballet and Jazz begins June 9-13 and is for children in kindergarten-3rd grade. It will run from 9-11 a.m. at the River Campus Dance Studio. Tuition is $125.

Acting

Actors will find their voice and gain self-confidence in this artistic environment. The day will include physical and vocal warmups, improvisational games, character-building exercises, script writing, props construction, snacks and rehearsal for their performance for family and friends at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. The class will run from June 9-13 and is for students in 9th-12th grade. It will run from 9 a.m.-noon in Room 403 at the River Campus. Tuition is $150.

Here and Now – Contemporary

This class will focus on the newest and most up-to-date aspects of contemporary dance techniques working towards creating an exciting and challenging end of the week piece. Snacks will be provided, and a final performance for family and friends will take place in the dance studio at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. It runs from June 9-13 and is for children in 5th-8th grade. It will run from 1-3 p.m. at the River Campus Dance Studio. Children in 5th-8th grade are welcome. Tuition is $125.

Acting

Find your voice and gain self-confidence through this workshop. The day will include warm-ups, improvisational games, script writing, prop making, snacks and rehearsal. This class is open from June 9-13 and is open to children in 9th-12th grades. The students will perform for family and friends in the classroom as part of a final performance at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. It will run from 1-4 p.m. in Room 403 at the River Campus. Tuition is $150.

Design/Tech

Learn all about the backstage elements required for a full theatrical production from costume and scenic design to directing and producing a show. A week filled with college prep level classes and hands-on experience in the scene shop will give students a view of what it would be like to attend college as a theatre major in design and technical theatre. Students will be supplied with all materials required for these classes in addition to the guidance of experienced instructors and staff at the River Campus. Overnight campers will stay in the new residence halls on the main campus where they will experience campus life and activities including a pool party at the Student Aquatic Center adjacent to the Student Recreation Center-North. This camp is strongly recommended for students planning to attend the University as a theatre major in 2014 or 2015 and is open to students with all levels of interest and experience. It will run from June 9-14. Students in 8th-12th grades are welcome. For students who stay overnight, tuition is $475. For students who commute, tuition is $325. To register, visit semo.edu/camps.

Acting Intensive

Learn all about the backstage elements required for a full theatrical production from costume and scenic design to directing and producing a show. A week filled with college prep level classes and hands-on experience in the scene shop will give students a view of what it would be like to attend college as a theatre major in design and technical theatre. Students will be supplied with all materials required for these classes in addition to the guidance of experienced instructors and staff at the River Campus. Overnight campers will stay in the new residence halls on the main campus where they will experience campus life and activities including a pool party in the Student Aquatic Center adjacent to the Student Recreation Center–North. This camp is strongly recommended for students planning to attend Southeast as a theatre major in 2014 or 2015 and open to students with all levels of interest and experience. It will run June 16-21. Students in 8th-12th grades are welcome. For students who will stay overnight, tuition is $475. For students who will commute, tuition is $325. To register, visit semo.edu/camps.