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The Actor's Playground is a program designed to give young people a place where they can express themselves creatively, expand their appreciation of the arts and develop the skills they need to take an active part in the arts. We open up new worlds for children by providing experience and guidance in a professional setting.

For information or questions, call 303-794-2787 x 217 or smaisel@townhallartscenter.com

Summer 2014 classes

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Check out our 2014 Summer Offerings


Fill out the form and attach to an email to smaisel@townhallartscenter.com. You can also print out the form and mail to Seth Maisel, Education Director Town Hall Arts Center 2450 W Main St Littleton, CO 80120.


Guys and Dolls Jr.,
Teen Play Production Camp, Grades 6-12

1:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday, June 23 – July 18
No Rehearsals July 3 and 4.
Performances: July 18, 19, 25, 26, at 7 pm,
July 21, 22, 23, 24 at 10 am.
Directed by Robert Michael Sanders
Tuition: $425

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls Jr., introduces us to colorful characters and memorable musical numbers that have become legends of musical theater! This production, appropriate for all audiences, will be a fun challenge for teens interested in being part of a fully-produced musical. The original Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950 and won 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical with such memorable numbers as “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” With a total of eight performances, this show will be an exciting taste of the professional theater that is perfect for
experienced performers and beginners alike!


The Big Bad Musical
(A Howling Courtroom Comedy)
Junior Play Production Camp, Grades 1-5

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Friday, June 16 – July 11
No Rehearsals July 3 and 4.
Performances Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12 at 6 pm
Directed by LuAnn Buckstein and Robert Michael Sanders
Tuition: $250


Welcome to the most exciting courtroom ever! The fairy tale world is rocked by the trial of the infamous Big Bad Wolf. Everybody wants to get even, including Red Riding Hood, shepherds, The Three Little Pigs, and even their grannies. Your favorite
characters take the stage including arguments and commentary from Fairy Godmother and the Evil Stepmother. In the end, the jury (our audience!) will decide the outcome so each performance could be different. This hilarious musical is appropriate for actors and audiences of all ages.


On-Camera Techniques –
Camera Skills Class, Grades 4-9

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday, July 21 – July 25
Instructor – Robert Michael Sanders
Tuition: $150


In this week long class we will explore the differences between live theater and on-camera performance. We will focus on commercials and scenes from favorite movies. Every student will get a chance to learn how to perform for commercials, films, and sit-com style television shows. We will learn the terminology, different styles, discuss on-camera auditions and learn the basics of agents and booking. Every student will receive a complete DVD of the class projects for their files.


Fairy Camp
Crafts and Storytelling Class, Grades K-3

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Friday, July 14 – July 18
Fairy Godmother – LuAnn Buckstein
Tuition: $150

Are fairies real? They are in this weeklong camp. Discover your inner fairy. Build your own wand, wings, and fairy headband. Make a tiny fairy house with a miniature fairy to live inside. Meet other fairies and explore how your fairy moves through creative movement and dance. Discover your secret fairy name and any special powers your fairy possesses. The week will culminate with a presentation on Friday, where the “fairies” will welcome you into their special world. Presentation for friends and family July 18 at 12 pm.


The Tempest
Scene Study and Skills Camp, Grades 6-12

1:00 – 3:00 pm, Monday – Friday, July 28 – August 8
Directed by Shelly Bordas and Seth Maisel
Tuition: $200

This two-week intensive is perfect for teens who are serious about theater. Using one of Shakespeare’s last and most loved plays, The Tempest, we will explore the fun of Shakespeare. No need to fear the language of The Bard – we will make understanding and
presenting Shakespearian language easy and exciting. We will explore complicated text and advanced acting techniques while
rehearsing selected scenes from this play that covers everything from deep drama to laugh-out-loud physical comedy.

This class is recommended for advanced actors looking to challenge their skills, but any brave newcomers are welcome! Performance for friends and family will be on August 8 at 3 pm.


Shel-a-Bration
Theater Skills Class, Grades K - 4

10:00 am - 11:00 am, Monday - Friday, July 28 – August 1
Director TBA
Tuition: $100


Spend a fun week diving into the works
Of a writer who’s funny and has many quirks.
“Where The Sidewalk Ends” and “A Light In The Attic”
And more surprises for the Silverstein fanatic.
Through interp, performance, and theatre sports
We’ll explore his works! We call it “Shel’s Shorts”.
On August 1st, this ride comes to an end
With a final performance for family and friends.

There’ll be laughter and acting and improvisation
So join us this summer for our Shel-A-Bration!


IMPORTANT: Regular attendance and commitment are required to enroll in our classes. Space is limited so register now!

Instructor Bios

Seth Maisel
Seth has a BA in English and a Masters degree in Theatre from Atlantic University.  He has been working as a professional actor and fight/stunt coordinator for over 15 years and is a certified Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.  Among the numerous shows he has choreographed, his favorites are Oliver for the DSA, The Fantasticks at Town Hall Arts Center and the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, The Three Musketeers and Macbeth for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Happy Days at the Aurora Fox.  He has appeared as an actor in productions all over the Denver area and has been teaching and conducting children’s workshops for the past few years through Town Hall Arts Center’s Arts on the Move program. 

 
Shelly Bordas
A professional actress, director and writer, Shelly has been teaching for over 15 years. Her own school, ACTING UP gave teenagers professional acting instruction for 7 years with many students going on to a career in the arts.  She has also been an instructor for Denver Public Schools, Gunnison High School, Stage Eleven and the Cherry Creek School District.  As a local actress she has appeared at The Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre on Broadway, The Backstage Theatre, and The Avenue Theatre among many other venues.  Directing and writing credits include TeeVee or Not TeeVee, Magical Mystery Tour, A Night La Commedia, and LA LA Law: A Courtroom Cabaret.  She is currently in her 9th year teaching at Town Hall Arts Center.


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Contact Seth Maisel, Education Director at 303.794.2787 x 217 or smailsel@townhallartscenter.com