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Theatre Intensive: The Play’s the Thing!

Each actor will be a star in this exhilarating, two-week program which gives personal focus on the actor’s techniques and skills needed to perform on stage. Our days will be filled with theater games and exercises, ensemble building/teamwork activities, professional vocal techniques, and of course, rehearsals! We will perform a rich, character-driven play with plenty of parts for all! You will audition, memorize lines, learn stage movement, and rehearse each day to hone your skills. The program will culminate in a full performance of our play with fun costumes, props, and sets. There may be opportunities for playing an instrument, singing, dancing, stage combat, and other individual talents you have, depending on the needs of the project.

“The Play’s the Thing” has something for everyone. If you’re new to acting or an old pro, we welcome you! The performance will be inclusive of all levels of experience and talents.

This is an exciting, two-week program for enthusiastic and motivated actors. Rehearsals take place from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday morning from 9-12:00 pm. There will be evening rehearsals called as needed during the second week.

Students will be asked to send in a video of themselves doing a 1 minute Classical monologue using vocal projection for the stage. Instructions for submitting the video will be sent closer to the start of the program.  

Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been acting and performing for years.  They do, however, need to be willing to project their voices and act onstage.

Although this is an open admission program, students will have casting auditions after working with faculty.    

  • Water bottle (very important to stay hydrated)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • A backpack or bag to carry your script and personal items to and from rehearsals.
  • Closed-toed shoes/tennis shoes to rehearse in (no flip flops, sandals, or crocs)
  • Black/dark dress or skirt, or black/dark leggings, pants and/or jeans
  • Black dress, character, or jazz shoes, closed-toe dress shoes, or black sneakers
  • Black socks
  • Comfortable clothes you can move in
  • Hair ties or clips for long hair
  • White blouses/button-up shirts
  • Tank tops/undershirts

This is an anticipated list of items needed for this theatre workshop. You may be required to bring additional items pertaining to the specific production. We will communicate with enrolled students on those needs prior to the program.

Johanna McKay is an award winning actor of theater, television, and film, who has directed young people for over 25 years. She teaches acting to underprivileged children through P.S. ARTS and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theater at LACC. Her adaptation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” was published by Playscripts, Inc.

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Judy Heneghan has acted, directed, written plays, and taught Acting and Improv. for more than 20 years. Judy’s musical credits include lead singer of a R&B Band (Blue in the Face) in Ireland – as well as numerous Musical Theater credits. Judy taught Improvisation Story Theatre in Ireland, Minneapolis, and in LA. She was a teaching artist at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Camp in NY. For Idyllwild Arts Judy taught Page to Stage, Improvisation Comedy, & Theatre of Myth. With Johanna McKay- Shakespeare’s World and The Play’s The Thing. Judy co-wrote/created and performs as “Olive” in the long running comedy musical “The Martini & Olive Show”- touring Theatres and Comedy Clubs thru-out the country.

14 – 17

July 2 – July 15, 2023
Two week Session

Student Performance
Friday, July 14, 2023
Time and location TBD

Tuition, Room and Board

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
22 Students
Total Capacity includes Residential and Day Students

Johanna McKay and Judy Heneghan

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