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Summer Theatre Training for Grades 2-12

June 6, 2011 - 11:56 AM

Summer is here and Riverside Theatre, Iowa City’s resident professional theatre, is offering a variety of theatre courses in June and July for students in grades 2-12.


The courses will be taught by professional theatre artists and educators, some of whom are members of this year’s Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival company.


Students in grades 2-5 can take classes in acting and improvisation, while students in grades 5-8 can try their hand at stage combat and advanced improvisation. Students in 8th-12th graders can participate in a two-week intensive theatre course focusing on contemporary and classic scene work, movement, improvisation, and audition technique, with specialty training in voice, classical text and weaponry.


Classes will be held at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St., Iowa City and at Riverside Theatre Festival Stage, in Lower City Park, Iowa City.


Students in grades 2-8 can take one class for $100 or two classes for $175. The two week intensive course for high school students is $315, which includes admission to a Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival performance. For more information and to register, please call the Box Office at 338-7672. Box office hours are Tuesday-Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m.





Grades: 2-5


Dates: June 20-24, 10 a.m.-12 noon

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Get in on the action! Use your body, voice and imagination to gain basic acting skills as we create characters and scenes. Taught by theatre artist John Kaufmann.


Grades: 2-5


Dates: June 20-24, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Learn improvisational techniques through playful interactive games, and then create scenes ourselves. Taught by drama educator Kizzy Marco.


Grades: 5-8

Fast Thoughts & Fist Fights

Dates: June 27-July 1, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

Location: Riverside Festival Stage, Lower City Park

Learn basic stage combat techniques - safely executed slaps, hair-pulls, and round-house punches. Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Cristina Panfilio.


Grades: 5-8

Improvise! II

Dates: June 27-July 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert St.

Learn how to "say yes" to spontaneous offers, and building scenes and stories through group agreement. Taught by Shakespeare Festival actor Kelly Gibson.


Grades: 8-12 

Young People's Intensive

Dates: July 5-8, 11-15, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverside Theatre

Additional dates: Evenings of July 7 for Shakespeare Festival performance and July 15 for public showcase

In this two week intensive, you will build relationships with peers who are as serious about theatre as you are. Taught by professional actor/director Saffron Henke, you will focus on contemporary and classic scene work, Viewpoints movement technique, improvisation, and audition technique. There will also be specialty workshops with Festival actors in voice, classical text, and weaponry. 


To register call the Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319-338-7672.


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