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Superheroes/sheroes

Grades 2–3 · Look up in the sky! It’s you! Let’s explore your inner superhero! Are you ready to save the world? Well, put on your cape and let’s go! We’ll create superhero costumes and masks and invent worlds where your hero saves helpless creatures and entire planets from menacing forces. We will invite family and friends to watch our great feats of strength and bravery.

SAT 9–10:30am · 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/30 (dress rehearsal), 12/1 (performance) · $200

Mallory Penney has been involved in theatre since she was 6 years old and has never looked back. From acting to stage managing to directing, Mallory has always felt at home working with young actors exploring the wonders theatre can offer. While attending school, Mallory founded and ran a theatre program at Earhart Elementary School in Alameda. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. Mallory currently works as a teaching artist with companies such as Tomorrow Youth Repertory and Throckmorton Theatre.

Vocal Workshop: Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast

Grades 3–5 · This introductory vocal workshop is designed for students grades 3–5. Students will learn the basics of mixed technique, including locating their chest and head voice, posture, and ear training in the context of learning music from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

SAT 9–10:30am · 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/16 (dress rehearsal), 11/17 (performance) · $200

Andrea Aragon is a voice and guitar teacher. Andrea is the voice teacher for the Performing Arts Academy of Marin and has taught at Blue Bear School of Music, Urban, and Burke to name a few. Andrea started off singing (and acting) by way of musical theatre productions in San Diego at age 11. She performed with San Diego’s Lamb’s Players Theatre and San Diego Junior Theatre. Andrea also has extensive choral experiences including a tour in Japan with San Diego’s Music Machine as well as a performance with Shania Twain during her Come on Over tour. In addition to musical theatre and choirs, Andrea is also a songwriter with music on Spotify, iTunes, CD Baby, and YouTube. She is the lead singer of alt-rock band Van Aragon, and also currently working on a hybrid funk/soul project, Andrea A. Andrea has performed at performances venues such as Bottom of the Hill, Boom Boom Room, and Facebook.

Play Creation: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Grades 4–6 · Ever wanted to go to Camp Half-Blood? Now’s your chance! Inspired by Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we will dive into the magical world of Greek gods and goddesses, mythical creatures, and more, creating our own original story. This is your chance to be an actor, playwright, designer, and director as we create our own characters, adventures, costumes, sets, and props, culminating in a final performance for your friends and family. Come share and discover the superpowers inside of you!

SAT 10:30am–12:30pm · 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/7 (dress rehearsal), 12/8 (performance) · $315
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Mary Poppins

Grades 6–8 · Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Explore the magical world of Mary Poppins, based on the series of books by P.L. Travers and the new movie which is coming out this December with Lin Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt. It is the story of the Banks family, and how their lives are changed when an extraordinary nanny arrives at their home in London. As an ensemble, the students will work on a group musical scene. Individually, each student will work on the singing and acting of a 16-bar selection from the musical score, which includes such classics as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds,” and “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.” In addition, each student will be paired with a scene partner, and will be taught the acting process for developing a scene. The dialect of lower class London (cockney) as well as Standard British dialect will be taught in the class. The final performance will include their 16-bar singing solos, their ensemble musical number, and their prepared scenes.

TUE 4–6:30pm · 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/4 (performance) · $310

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

THU 4:30–6:30pm · 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 (showing) · $280

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Acting Intensive

Grades 6–8 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft! Can be repeated.

MON 4:30–6pm · 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 · $150 (Herbsman)
MON 4:30–6pm · 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3 · $150 (Vergez)

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Gabriel Vergez initially came to theatre through singing, first with San Francisco Boys Chorus, and then with Kairos Youth Choir. This led to an audition for Berkeley Rep’s Brundibar. The wonderful creation, direction, and ensemble and excitement of a world premiere ensured that Gabriel was bitten by the theatre bug. He was later cast as The Boy in The Pillowman, and served as understudy in Troublemaker, also with Berkeley Rep. After acting in numerous high school projects and participating in independent theatre productions in Berkeley as well, Gabriel continued at University of Puget Sound as both a performing actor and theatre arts and French major. Gabriel is a practitioner of capoeira and an avid basketball player in addition to being a fluent French speaker. Recently graduated, Gabriel has worked as both assistant and teaching staff with Berkeley Rep School of Theatre for over seven years and is happy to be back at his second home.

Private Voice

Grades 6–8 · Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

MON between 10am–noon · $75/hour
To schedule a voice session email rcastelli@berkeleyrep.org

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 6–8 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

 

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