YAAstudio I
YAASTUDIO II: CABARET (NEW!)


YAAStudio I

Grades 9-12
Admission by audition only.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Eight 3-hour classes per session

Tuition:

  • 1 session: $995 (8 classes)

  • 3 sessions: $2,685 (24 classes)


Instructors: 

headshot21.jpg

Acting, History: Leayne Dempsey

Emma Cooley.jpg

Choreography: Emma Cooley


Recent faculty has included:

N. Thomas Pedersen (Recent Head, Musical Theatre, Catholic University)

tracyolivera.jpg

Tracy Lynn Olivera (Signature Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Broadway)

Class Description

A newly expanded holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to musical theatre training!

YAAStudio is designed for the serious high school performing artist who is looking to focus on the process of becoming a performer. Providing students with a holistic musical theatre education, the YAAStudio program consists of repertoire classes in dance, acting, singing, and musical theatre history.  

Students will work on learning specific styles of repertoire from various eras in each session of the class. Working on a trimester rotation, students will train for eight weeks in a specific genre of musical theatre, allowing our students to differentiate between styles of performance and build an audition book for any occasion. Additionally students will work on scenes and duets/trios in addition to solo material to build their skills in performance styles, acting and interpretation.  Period & style specific musical theatre dance technique and styles will also be taught.  


  • Session 1: The Golden Age (1930s-1950s):
    Berlin, Porter, & the Gershwins

    • Students will focus on song interpretation in musical theatre standards. Working off a mix of early 20th century popular standards and show music, students will focus on ballads and up-tempo songs that can easily be inserted into their audition books by the end of the session.

    • Curriculum may include scene work and musical repertoire from such shows as Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, White Christmas, An American in Paris and Crazy for You.

    • Students will also study the choreography styles of the Golden Age Broadway choreographers, like Agnes de Mille.

    • Classes in Session 1 will meet the following Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm

      • September 18, 25

      • October 2, 16, 23, 30

      • November 6, 13 (Makeup on 11/20 if needed)

  • Session 2: Mid-Century Book Musicals (1950s-1970s):
    Bock/Harnick, Hamlisch, Schwartz

    • Students will dive into scene work in addition to song exploration looking at a wide variety of styles from Bock & Harnick to Marvin Hamlisch & Stephen Schwartz.  Students will expand their skills and learn how to navigate from the spoken word into sung verses and focus on creating a character in a musical.

    • Curriculum may include scene work and musical repertoire from such shows as Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line, Godspell, & Pippin.

    • Students will also study the dance styles of mid-century choreographers like Bob Fosse & Michael Bennett.

    • Classes in Session 2 will meet the following Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm

      • January 8, 15, 22, 29

      • February 5, 12, 19, 26

      • (Makeup on 3/4 if needed)

  • Session 3: Pop & Contemporary Musicals (1980-present):
    Pasek & Paul, Miranda, JRBrown, Lippa, Bareilles

    • Students will round out their skills with a contemporary musical theatre solo. Learning how to navigate pop-style singing (from rapping to belting), students will focus on their own vocal technique through a cutting-edge contemporary musical theatre and/or pop song and explore how to further develop characterization and performance for musical theatre.

    • Curriculum may include scene work and musical repertoire from such shows as The Addams Family, The Last Five Years, In the Heights, & The Greatest Showman

    • Students will also study the dance styles of Gillian Lynne (Cats) & Andy Blankenbuhler (Hamilton)

    • Classes in Session 3 will meet the following Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm

      • April 1, 15, 22, 29

      • May 6, 13, 20 27

      • (Makeup on 6/3 if needed)


Sign up for Sessions individually, or for the entire year for a discounted rate. Students are encouraged to take this class for more than one session, and and also for more than one year, as the repertoire is always changing and the process work builds upon itself.


Auditions for YAAStudio I

Acceptance into the YAAStudio I is by audition only. Auditions can be scheduled at the same time as YAACompany auditions in September and November, but they require separate registration.

For your audition, come prepared to sing a musical theatre or art song selection of your choosing that best shows off your voice (ballad or uptempo are fine.)  It's best to bring a song that you know well and can perform from memory, not one that was just learned a few days prior.

Minimum enrollment: 5 students per session.
Location: YAA@HolyCross

Scroll to bottom of this page to see Class Calendar.

 


YAAStudio II:
Cabaret

Grades 10-12
Admission by audition or invitation only.

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm

Session 1: Eight 3-hour classes, plus a Cabaret performance

Session 2: Twelve 3-hour classes, plus a Cabaret performance

Tuition:

  • Session 1: $995 (8 classes)

  • Session 2: $1,495 (12 classes)

  • Full year (discounted): $1,995
    (20 classes)


Instructors:

carolelehan.jpg

Carole Graham Lehan (Olney Theatre, UMBC, The Cappies)


Recent faculty has included:

chris-youstra.jpg

Chris Youstra (Associate Artistic Director of Musical Theatre, Olney Theatre Center)

Choreographer: Emma Cooley

Class Description

A new class for the advanced student bridging process and performance!

Building off of the process learned in YAAStudio I, students enrolled in YAAStudio II: Cabaret is a NEW class in 2019-2020 for advanced performers seeking to hone their storytelling skills using just their voices and words. Students will further develop the process of interpreting musical theatre repertoire into two staged cabarets over two sessions which can be taken independently or as a full year class.

The class will concentrate on specific styles of repertoire each session and explore the evolution of musical theatre over the past two centuries, specifically repertoire that has entered The American Songbook, from 1920-present, as well as pop music.  In addition to building skills in character, song-interpretation, vocal and acting technique, students will learn how to develop and structure a cabaret production and have the opportunity to take their work from process to performance.

Session 1 will focus on choosing solo repertoire that students can closely connect with and develop a performance set that can be presented in a cabaret at the Mansion at Strathmore the end of the session. Session 2 will focus more on complex, small group repertoire, adding cabaret conversation and choreography, culminating in a final cabaret to take place at AMP by Strathmore.

Classes in Session 1 will meet the following Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm

  • September 18, 25

  • October 2, 16, 23, 30

  • November 6, 13 (Makeup on 11/20 if needed)

  • Cabaret performance on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Mansion at Strathmore

Classes in Session 2 will meet the following Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30pm

  • January 8, 15, 22, 29

  • February 5, 12, 19, 26

  • (Makeup on 3/4 if needed)

  • April 1, 15, 22, 29

  • Cabaret performance on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at AMP by Strathmore


Auditions for YAAStudio II: Cabaret

Acceptance into the YAAStudio II: Cabaret is by audition or invitation only. Auditions can be scheduled at the same time as YAACompany auditions in September and November, but they require separate registration.

For your audition, come prepared to sing a musical theatre or art song selection of your choosing that best shows off your voice (ballad or uptempo are fine.)  It's best to bring a song that you know well and can perform from memory, not one that was just learned a few days prior.

Minimum enrollment per class: 5 students
Location: YAA@HolyCross

Scroll to bottom of this page to see Class Calendar.


 

Class Calendar