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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.

Theatre workshops are open admission. 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. 

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

We aim to provide a professional audition experience, so come prepared with a song and a short monologue from a musical or comedy that best shows off your talents. Instructors, all working artists with professional credits, will coach you on your audition pieces and help you prepare for the formal auditions on the second or third day of the program. This is a great experience if you’re preparing for a college or conservatory theatre program.

  • Water bottle
  • 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
  • White blouse or camisole
  • White button-up long-sleeved shirt
  • Comfortable clothes you can move in
  • Athletic or tennis shoes
  • Rehearsal blacks (pants and shirt)
  • Hair ties or clips for long hair
  • Combat/winter boots (optional)
  • White blouses/shirts
  • White, short-sleeved button-down shirt
  • Tank tops/undershirts
  • Stage makeup kit (basic version, such as Ben Nye makeup kit)

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 about 6 weeks prior to the program.

Johanna McKay is an award winning actress of theatre, television, and film who has directed young people in Shakespeare 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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Age: 14-18

July 3 – 16, 2022
Two-week session

Student Performance
Junior Player’s Theatre
Friday, July 15, 2022 at 8pm

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 22 students.
(Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Johanna McKay
Judy Heneghan

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