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Summer Theater Academy

First Stage Theater Academy
Summer 2019
Summer theater training for students entering grades K4 – 12 

June 17 – August 23, 2019
Milwaukee & Brookfield

Locations & Dates | Cost | Registration Tips | Summer Classes at a Glance

Join us this summer for First Stage Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people!

Professional theater artists from across the nation will share their expertise, skills, and passion for their art with over 2,000 young people this summer. Students will develop skills in musical theater, scene study, Shakespeare, improvisation, and much more, while simultaneously building life skills, such as confidence, focus, and teamwork. Young people are encouraged to take risks and conquer their fears, and we are proud to be building the next generation of artists and leaders. 

We look forward to welcoming new and returning students for another summer filled with learning, laughter, and fun! 

FREE CLASS DAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 9
Sample our Summer with Free Class Day on Saturday, March 9 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Perfect for families new to First Stage Theater Academy! Learn more & reserve your space.

 


 

LOCATIONS AND DATES


COST

  • Weekly sessions start at $160 per week. Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy T-shirt per student. Explore our course catalog for specific classes and prices.
  • Sibling Discounts: If you are enrolling two or more children in Summer Theater Academy, you may receive $20 off each class. Use Promo Code: 38282 when registering online to receive your discount.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more

REGISTRATION TIPS

  • Register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Please have your schedule, child’s emergency contact information, and any pertinent medical information available.
  • Please note: our website is best compatible with the Google Chrome browser, with a ten-minute limit on our website’s shopping cart.
  • Please review other Policies and Information.

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970 or academy@firststage.org



SUMMER THEATER ACADEMY CLASSES AT A GLANCE

K4-K5 | Grades 1-2 | Grades 3-4 | Grades 5-12 | Company Class | Next Steps

GRADES K4-K5
Story Drama


Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
($160/session)
Morning: 9:00 am–11:30 am |

  • June 17 – 21       Elephant & Piggie: Friends to the End     
  • June 24 – 28       Pete the Cat: One Groovy Kitty 
  • July 1 – 5*           Peppa and George: On Summer Holiday
  • July 8 – 12            Rock Paper Scissors: Epic Battles!              
  • July 15 - 19          Elephant & Piggie: Friends to the End     
  • July 22 – 26         Pete the Cat: One Groovy Kitty 
  • July 29 – Aug 2   Peppa and George: On Summer Holiday
  • Aug 5 - 9               Rock Paper Scissors: Epic Battles!              

*No class on July 4th 

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts ($160/session)
Morning: 9:00 am–11:30 am | Afternoon: 12:30-3:00 pm

  • June 24 – 28       Elephant & Piggie: Friends to the End     
  • July 8 – 12            Rock Paper Scissors: Epic Battles!              


GRADES 1 - 2

Playmakers
9:00 am–3:00 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($275/session)

  • June 17 – 21       Time Warp Trio 
  • June 24 – 28       The Secret Life of Toys  
  • July 1 – 5*          Adventures through Lego Land
  • July 8 – 12          Underwater Voyages: Mermaids and Pirates      
  • July 15 - 19         Time Warp Trio 
  • July 22 – 26        The Secret Life of Toys  
  • July 29 – Aug 2  Adventures through Lego Land
  • Aug 5 - 9             Underwater Voyages: Mermaids and Pirates      

*No class on July 4th

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts ($275/session)

  • June 24 – 28     The Secret Life of Toys 
  • July 8 – 12         Underwater Voyages: Mermaids and Pirates  


 

GRADES 3 – 4


Exploring Musical Theater, Scene Study, Process Drama, and Voice & Movement

One-week Sessions 
9:00 am–3:00 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($275/session)

  • June 17 – 21
  • June 24 – 28
  • July 1 – 5* (*No class on July 4th)
  • July 8 – 12
  • July 15 – 19
  • July 22 – 26 
  • July 29 – Aug 2
  • Aug 5 – 9

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts  ($275/session)

  • June 24 – 28
  • July 8 – 12 

Two-week Sessions 
9:00 am–3:00 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($375/session)

  • June 17 – 28
  • July 1 – 12* (*No class on July 4th )
  • July 15 – 26
  • July 29 – Aug 9

GRADES 5 – 12  


Rotate through a core curriculum that explores the fundamentals of actor training: Acting Theory, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Shakespeare, and Voice & Movement.

Two-week Sessions

8:45 am – 4:15 pm

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($425/session)

  • June 17 – 28
  • July 1 – 12* (*No class on July 4th )
  • July 15 – 26
  • July 29 – Aug 9

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts ($425/session)

  • July 29 – Aug 9

Three-week Sessions 
8:45 am – 4:15 pm
Spend two weeks rotating through the core curriculum developing the tools essential to the craft of acting; the third week is spent exploring other areas such as tech and design, playwriting, and in-depth scene study.

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($525/session)

  • June 24 – July 12* (*No class on July 4th )
  • July 15 – Aug 2 

Four-week Sessions 
8:45 am – 4:15 pm
Returning students will strengthen and hone their fundamental acting skills while studying advanced level curriculum in scene study, voice, movement improvisation, musical theater, and Shakespeare. 

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($625/session)

  • June 17 – July 12* (*No class on July 4th )
  • July 15 – Aug 9


COMPANY CLASS - GRADES 6 - 12
8:45 am – 4:15 pm
Work with a theater professional for four weeks to broaden performance skills, deepen knowledge of theater, and produce a play. Audition is required.

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ($625/session)

Musical Jr. Company Class (grades 6 – 8)
LEGALLY BLONDE, JR.
June 17 – July 12, performances July 12 & 13

Classical Company Class (grades 9 – 12) 
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
July 1 – 26 , performances July 26 & 27

 Advanced Musical Company Class (grades 9 – 12)
URINETOWN
July 15 – Aug 9, performances Aug 9 & 10


NEXT STEPS

Designed for students entering grades 3 – 12 on the autism spectrum
9:00 am–12:00 pm
Guided by our philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills, students will experience the joy of acting and musical theater each day with a team of teaching artists and special education professionals.
Special registration form required. Contact nextsteps@firststage.org or call (414) 267-2969.

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

One-week sessions ($200/session)

  • Aug 12 – 16
  • Aug 19 – 23

Two-week session ($395/session)

  • Aug 12 – 23

Featured Class

Pete the Cat: One Groovy Kitty Grade K4-K5 Mornings 7/22-7/26

One Week Half-Day Session – Serving new and returning students entering grades K4-K5 in fall 2019 Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am Bring these popular stories to life through the exploration of setting, plot, and character choices to develop beginning acting skills. Pete the Cat: One Groovy Kitty Pete the Cat loves dressing up stylish, playing songs on his guitar, dancing the night away, and spending time with his friends. And even when obstacles come his way, he never frets, he just keeps moving ahead with a positive attitude and rockin’ beat! Students will embody the stories of Pete the Cat, by Eric Litwin, though role play and songs, as we dive into these fun and upbeat tales.

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