FALL CLASSES 2016

Chicago Street Theatre's Childrens Theatre Works Fall semester begins the week of September 12 and ends with a Showcase & Certificate Ceremony the week of December 12. Take a look at the offerings below and visit our education page for details on registering!

DIRECTING II (Ages 12+)

Designed to continue developing young theatre artists’ understanding of the director’s craft, this elective will explore and further apply skills developed in Directing I,including vision & concept, script analysis, blocking, collaboration, and rehearsal techniques. Students will choose a 5 minute piece, cast it, set up a Director’s Notebook, and rehearse the piece for performances during our Showcase Week. Must have taken Directing I (Special or Elective) to participate in this class.

  • MONDAYS (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28 & Dec. 5 - Performance during Showcase Week on December 12), 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

SEEDS (Grades 1 & 2)

This class is an energy-packed exploration of imagination.  The emphasis is on creative expression through structured play.  Young students learn to “act out” a story while important skills such as listening, concentration, and collaboration are introduced. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with TBD
  • Advanced Session - THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS (Grades 3 & 4)

This class is an exciting initiation where students are guided through the foundational elements of drama (who, what, and where).  While acting out favorite stories and playing theatre games, students explore imagination and creative expression with a purpose.  The emphasis is on extending concentration and focus while illuminating discipline, self-esteem, empathy, understanding, and basic problem solving.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - MONDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS 2 (Grades 5-6)

In this stimulating class, students learn to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while transitioning into scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is introduced, as they are taught to understand the importance of “listening.” The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced Session - WEDNESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

BUDS (Grades 7-8)

In this exploratory class, students continue to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while creating and developing original scripted material. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through the creation of scenes. The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

BLOOMS (Grades 9-12)

This challenging course focuses on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text. Students learn to identify and play objectives( wants/needs), how to break a scene into beats, and continue to explore “listening and responding.” Students will also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced "Teen Ensemble" Members - WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

THE TEEN ENSEMBLE 

Advanced BUDS & BLOOMS students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble, performing in the 2nd Annual CTW Teen Festival in May.  During the Fall semester, we will work on character development, script analysis and ensemble, while exploring the performance pieces.  They will be chosen for the first day of the Fall semester.  During the Spring semester, we will apply the skills learned in the Fall, and rehearse the plays for performance in the Festival.  Signing up for these advanced classes requires a commitment to both the Fall and Spring Semesters and availability for the following dates:  Tech Week: May 2, 3 & 4 (7:30-9:30 pm).  Performances: Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 & Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm, along with Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 pm.