We are excited to announce our Winter 2019 Student Show Intensives!

Our Intensives will run for 9 weeks including two weekends of shows. The theme of this show is ‘The Night Forest’. The Intensive will run January 1st to March 2nd and will culminate in four beautifully produced shows at the Echo Theater. The shows will include professional lighting and sound to create a fully realized experience for the audience. Students will be guided through the act creation and performance process.
 
Students will apply for limited spots in our Student Show Intensives. Our Winter 2019 Student Show Intensives offers students four options for involvement which are:

  • Act Creation Intensive
  • Trapeze Ensemble Intensive
  • Silks Ensemble Intensive
  • Chair Dance Ensemble Intensive

2019 Student Show Coaches

We are excited to provide our exceptionally talented coaches for this year’s Student Show Intensives.

  • Act Creation students will be working closely with John Hernandez, Larke Schuldberg, Bentley Moses, and Chalese Marie, who will be coaching and directing students on technique, character, musicality and overall presence in the show.
  • Trapeze Ensemble students will be working with Larke Schuldberg and Daniela Steiner, who will be providing choreography, music, and character as well as directing the entirety of the act.
  • Silks Ensemble students will be working with John Hernandez, who will be providing choreography, music, and character as well as directing the entirety of the act.
  • Chair Dance Ensemble students will be working with Chalese Marie who will be providing choreography, music, and character as well as directing the entirety of the act.
  • All Students will be working closely with Daniela Steiner (during full cast rehearsals, tech and show days as she will be stage managing this year’s show), Larke Schuldberg (who will be providing our transitional “glue” between acts in the role of the traveller) and Stephanie Lopes (who will be guiding the show’s overall direction as well as producing our gorgeous new student production ‘The Night Forest.’)

How this year’s Act Creation Intensive is different

We will be focusing on creating a more ensemble experience for all four participation options for this year’s Student Show. This means, if you are accepted into the Act Creation Intensive, you will be present on stage in more then just your own act! If you are not interested in developing a character in context to other characters, working as an ensemble member with your fellow act creation students or learning how to be a physical performer though theatrical exercises, then this experience is not the right fit for you. Be prepared to work closely with your fellow Act Creation Intensive students to help them shine just as much as they will be helping you!

Please note: This year we will be limiting our Act Creation Intensive spots to just 10 students. We expect to get 4 times as many applicants as we have room for. If your act is not selected we encourage you to try again in the future. We strongly encourage duo and trio acts to apply as well as soloists.

This is going to be an intense process! We are excited to work with students who are eager to create routines, engage with their fellow Act Creation students, play with choreography, and explore character development! Also, we understand that the idea of an ensemble production might be a new concept so we would like to break down what we mean.

What is an Ensemble?

Our answer: All the parts of a thing taken together to create something more powerful then each thing can be individually.

In theater or circus it is a group of supporting entertainers, actors, dancers, or singers that work as a team. While we feel this term is self explanatory for our Trapeze, Silks, and Chair Dance Ensemble students we want to provide more information on how this will work for our Act Creation students. In the context of our show, this means that Act Creation students won’t only be focused on their own solo, duo or trio acts but will also be deeply engaged in helping to making other acts and fellow students look amazing on stage as well! How will we be doing this you ask?

  1. You will be present for all your group theatrical exercises in class.
  2. You will be developing your character in relation to the other characters in the show.
  3. You will spend more time on stage as a supporting character in other performers’ acts as well as experience having more people on stage with you during your act.

Think of this year’s show as an opportunity to be part of a beautiful orchestration, a piece of intricate music where every instrument, while wonderful and lovely on their own, is meant to be heard as a whole.

A Note About Stage Readiness for Act Creation applicants

Act proposals for our Act Creation Intensive should be fairly close to being stage ready. Some applicants will be applying with choreography that is nearly complete and some will be starting with a newer act and that is fine. But, all tricks that you would like to incorporate into your act should be already under your belt before applying and you should be very proficient with the apparatus you are proposing using. Please keep in mind that we have a short rehearsal period. So, if your act needs more time to reach it’s potential, we may not pick you and instead ask you to present it to us in the future. We want our Student Show to be both an awesome experience and an amazing show.

A Note About Attendance

We cannot state this strongly enough! Consistent attendance is crucial to making the Student Show work! We will be putting the show together in a relatively short amount of time. We are counting on you to make sure you are available for all the meetings, classes, tech, and show dates. Since we will be working as an ensemble for this year’s show, students are required to be present for the entirety of every class. Applicants who have to miss more than one class, or who are not available for the tech, final rehearsal or show dates, will not be accepted. Please check your schedule carefully before applying.

Student Show Theme: The Night Forest

While our Trapeze, Silks and Chair Dance Ensemble students will have their acts choreographed and directed by their instructors, Act Creation students will develop their own act concepts that relate to the theme ‘The Night Forest’.

This year’s story is about a traveller who gets lost in a forest at Night. Every act and transitional element will be something/someone that this character encounters while trying to find their way home. Fantastical ideas like magical forest creatures are just a welcome as realistic ideas like night time star gazers! Anything is possible in the Night Forest. We love concepts that are romantic, lovely, gruesome, mischievous, mundane, neurotic, sad, or whimsical. Concepts can be dark and scary, warm and fuzzy, sad and complicated or completely surreal. They can be specific or abstract. We want to be swept away by a feeling, a character or a story you want to tell.

The more effort you put into developing this concept the better. If you are planning on submitting a solo act proposal please consider ways that fellow students can be on stage with you while you are doing your act. We also want to encourage students who would like to work on a doubles piece, side-by-side duo, or trio piece to apply.

Big concepts, or small are all great places to start. Remember this is theater and completely made up is fine, though it helps to have some personal connection with the idea. Transformations from the mundane to the fabulous, and back, are a great way to go. While we love fantastic concepts, more mundane concepts are also an excellent option and Modern circus acts often incorporate the every day to inspire movement quality and character.

Please keep in mind that having a strong concept will be important in the selection process!

How to Apply

Students interested in taking part in the Student Show Intensives can apply using the contact form below. Each of the program options has slightly different requirements. Please read the descriptions below carefully before applying.

Deadline to apply: Sun 12/9

The deadline to apply is midnight Sunday, December 9th. We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Tuesday, December 11th.

Chair Dance Ensemble Intensive

Price: $490

Fri 7-8:30pm – Chalese
Sun 4:30-6pm – Chalese

Chair Dance Ensemble students will be working directly with Chalese who will be providing choreography, music, and character to students as well as directing the entirety of the act. Emphasis will be on synchronizing movement, character and movement quality. This class meets twice a week. Perfect attendance strongly recommended. Culminates with four shows at the Echo Theater. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.

Prerequisites

  • Acceptable and stage worthy lines, extension and movement quality are helpful attributes to being selected.
  • Prior Chair Dance class experience required.

What to include in your proposal

Please briefly state if you are available for all the dates, why you want to be part of this ensemble and how you meet the prerequisites for this Intensive.
 

Chair Dance Ensemble Meetings

Orientation: Tue 1/1 6-8pm
Class Meetings: 13 classes
Applying Stage Makeup Workshop: Sat 2/2 2-4pm
Tech Rehearsal at the Echo Theater: Sun 2/17 2-9pm
Transition Rehearsal: Wed 2/20 5-9pm
Final Rehearsal: Thur 2/21 5-9pm
Pick-up Rehearsal: Tue 2/26 5-9pm

Show Dates

Fri evening 2/22 6-11pm
Sat evening 2/23 6-11pm
Fri evening 3/1 6-11pm
Sat evening 3/2 6-11pm

Trapeze Ensemble Intensive

Price: $550

Tue 5:30-7pm – Larke
Sun 12:30-2pm – Larke & Daniela

Students will learn a Trapeze ensemble routine developed by their instructors. Emphasis will be on synchronizing movement, character and movement quality. Perfect attendance strongly recommended. This class meets twice a week. Culminates with four shows at the Echo Theater. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.

Prerequisites

  • Intermediate to advanced Trapeze skill level (skills level 2-3).
  • Acceptable and stage worthy lines, extension and movement quality are helpful attributes to being selected.
  • Previous Trapeze Ensemble class experience, while not expressly required, is a plus.

What to include in your proposal

Please briefly state if you are available for all the dates, why you want to be part of this ensemble and how you meet the prerequisites for this Intensive.
 

Trapeze Ensemble Meetings

Orientation: Tue 1/1 6-8pm
Class Meetings: 13 classes
Applying Stage Makeup Workshop: Sat 2/2 2-4pm
Tech Rehearsal at the Echo Theater: Sun 2/17 2-9pm
Transition Rehearsal: Wed 2/20 5-9pm
Final Rehearsal: Thur 2/21 5-9pm
Pick-up Rehearsal: Tue 2/26 5-9pm

Show Dates

Fri evening 2/22 6-11pm
Sat evening 2/23 6-11pm
Fri evening 3/1 6-11pm
Sat evening 3/2 6-11pm

Silks Ensemble Intensive

Price: $550

Wed 6-7:30pm – John
Sun 1-2:30pm – John

Students will learn a Silks ensemble routine developed by their instructor. Emphasis will be on synchronizing movement, character and movement quality. Perfect attendance strongly recommended. This class meets twice a week. Culminates with four shows at the Echo Theater. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.

Prerequisites

  • Intermediate to advanced Silks skill level (skills level 2-3).
  • Acceptable and stage worthy lines, extension and movement quality are helpful attributes to being selected.

What to include in your proposal

Please briefly state if you are available for all the dates, why you want to be part of this ensemble and how you meet the prerequisites for this Intensive.
 

Silks Ensemble Meetings

Orientation: Tue 1/1 6-8pm
Class Meetings: 13 classes
Applying Stage Makeup Workshop: Sat 2/2 2-4pm
Tech Rehearsal at the Echo Theater: Sun 2/17 2-9pm
Transition Rehearsal: Wed 2/20 5-9pm
Final Rehearsal: Thur 2/21 5-9pm
Pick-up Rehearsal: Tue 2/26 5-9pm

Show Dates

Fri evening 2/22 6-11pm
Sat evening 2/23 6-11pm
Fri evening 3/1 6-11pm
Sat evening 3/2 6-11pm

Act Creation Intensive

Price: $635 per student – solo acts, $560 per student – duo or trio acts

  • Friday 5-7pm – John, Larke, Bentley & Chalese
  • Sunday 2:30-4:30pm – John, Larke, Bentley & Chalese

While students will be developing solo, duo or trio acts with the assistance of their instructors, this year’s focus will be to create an overall ensemble experience in our Act Creation Intensive. In order to do this we will only be accepting 10 acts and we will be working in both Studio A and Studio B during each class. All participants will work together to make each other shine on stage! This means you will be present on stage in more then just your own act and you will be developing a character in context with other characters. Please note: everyone meets twice a week.

Consistent attendance is crucial to making the Student Show work! We will be putting the show together in a relatively short amount of time. We are counting on you to make sure you are available for all the meetings, classes, tech, and show dates. Applicants who have to miss more than one class, or who are not available for the tech, final rehearsal or show dates, will not be accepted. Students will be responsible for their own costumes.

Prerequisites

  • Intermediate to advanced skill level (skills level 2-3).
  • Acceptable and stage worthy lines, extension and movement quality are helpful attributes to being selected.
  • Previous Performance, Choreography or Sequencing & Flexibility experience while not expressly required is a plus.

What to include in your proposal

  • Please let us know if you are interested and/or excited to work a part of an ensemble and how this kind of experience can help you grow as an artist.
  • Please submit a proposal in the form of a brief statement describing the concept of your act, include the feeling your act will invoke, what apparatus you will be using, and what character(s) you are. Please consider that your act will need to work in the rehearsal space available. We are looking for a balance of types of acts to create a varied, interesting show.
  • Please state how you meet the prerequisites for this Intensive.
  • Lastly, please confirm that you are available for all the orientation, class, makeup meeting, rehearsal, tech and show dates. Since we will be working as an ensemble for this year’s show, students are required to be present for the entirety of every class. We understand that this is a big thing to ask for but it will be crucial to making this year’s show an outstanding success! Students will only be allowed one missed class.

 

Act Creation Meetings

Orientation: Tue 1/1 6-8pm
Class Meetings: 13 classes
Applying Stage Makeup Workshop: Sat 2/2 2-4pm
Tech Rehearsal at the Echo Theater: Sun 2/17 2-9pm
Transition Rehearsal: Wed 2/20 5-9pm
Final Rehearsal: Thur 2/21 5-9pm
Pick-up Rehearsal: Tue 2/26 5-9pm

Show Dates

Fri evening 2/22 6-11pm
Sat evening 2/23 6-11pm
Fri evening 3/1 6-11pm
Sat evening 3/2 6-11pm

 

A Note on the Selection Process

This is always a challenge for us! There are very limited spots in our Winter 2019 Student Show Intensives and we have so many wonderful and beautiful students. We are planning on doing more student shows in the future and there will be plenty of opportunities down the road if your proposal doesn’t get picked this time.

Submit Your Proposal Here!

Only proposals that include all the details asked for above will be considered. Please submit your proposal through this contact form by the end of day (midnight) Sunday, December 9th. We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Tuesday, December 11th.

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Paying for your Spot

We will let students know whether or not they have been selected by Tuesday, December 11th. Once your proposal is approved, you will need to register and pay for the Intensive. You will have until Thursday, December 27th to pay and reserve your spot online once you are given approval. If you do not reserve your spot by December 27th we will offer it to another student.

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Refunds

No refunds/credits issued from the first day of the Intensive on. Refund/credit available, minus $50, for withdrawals up until the day before the first class of the Intensive. Intensive classes are non-transferable.