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What’s better than Singing…..Dancing…..and Acting…… all at the same time? Nothing! And Musical Theatre class IS the combination of all 3 disciplines! Students train and perform a variety of songs, scenes, and dances from both the traditional and contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Classes are creative and vibrant exercises in flexibility and versatility. The weeks vary in content and structure, allowing for specific classes to focus on the key elements of all disciplines, from vocal training and song preparation, to movement style and choreography, to script analysis and character development. And the ultimate goal of course is to do all this crazy hard work but blend the performance elements seamlessly and have it all look effortless! Whew!!!!
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For students wishing to learn, develop and deliver an assured live musical theatre performance. MT class is a ton of fun and some really cool work and learning, combining singing with dancing and acting. The co-ordination, focus, and brain power it takes and develops is amazing, and it all begins with PLAY!
At the beginning levels, the main focus is on vocal and pitch development (true beginner technique) co-ordinated with creative movement and ‘character’ work, all taught through a series of vocal exercises, ‘theatre-style’ games, rhythms and rhymes, story creation, and movement exploration.
As they move through the Levels, students begin to work more with sheet music/lyrics (scores) and scripts (the book or libretto), diving into more solid vocal technique (for both singing and acting), performance style and individuality. A wide variety of performance elements are covered, from the basics of a proper vocal warm-up, to discussions on vocal health, placement, breathing and posture. Students have fun while building the necessary foundations of good technique, combined with the versatility of performance and music styles for voice and movement.
At the highest Levels 4 and 5, students learn how to create and weave a variety of songs, scenes, dances and monologues from both the traditional and contemporary musical theatre canon into a comprehensive and cohesive story and musical theatre production. Some seasons we choose a specific musical and do a tribute to it (past examples include tributes to Wicked, Come From Away, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Something Rotten and Hamilton); and some seasons we choose a theme or a composer and we create our own ‘Show of Shows’. In either instance, the focus is on instruction and development of solo and small and large ensemble work in all 3 ‘triple sensation’ elements.
Materials are chosen and specific casting is done internally through studio work in Sept and the classes work together learning how to put their skills and tools to work by creating a dynamic and powerful musical production!
This program is geared to MT or Acting students who wish to/need to develop their overall understanding of dance/choreography and movement. It encompasses basic, fundamental elements of Western musical theatre dance styles. The main goal of the class is for the students to learn the fundamental dance steps of musical theatre choreography, and to increase technical ability, endurance, strength, and flexibility, while also improving their memory work for choreography. The class develops basic dance technique, movement concepts, proprioception (a sense of the body’s positioning/alignment), and spatial understanding and awareness, while having lots of fun! Through structured exercises, improvs, and choreography combinations, students learn to gain technique and improve choreographic capabilities quickly within a group setting. Students will also apply their own creative ideas to movement. This is a skills program so they work together and present their choreography in the studio during regular class time.
Adult programs at Ovation! offer a unique educational and social experience. Adults come to classes like ours for a variety of reasons. You may be looking to try something new, or to get back into something you’ve always loved but have been away from for awhile. Whatever your motivation, and regardless of your current ‘level’ of expertise (or not!), taking a performance class will always……… Boost your confidence & self-esteem <> Improve your presentation skills (oral and dynamic) <> Exercise your body, mind, and soul <> Provide joy and fulfilment! This class develops the student’s appreciation and understanding of musical theatre performance. Each semester, students learn 2 or 3 songs/scenes/pieces chosen from the canon of musical theatre repertoire. Our training consists of vocal technique development, acting/character development, and movement / staging retention. Focus is on solid vocal technique (for both singing and acting), performance style and individuality.
A wide variety of performance elements are covered, from the basics of a proper vocal warm-up, to discussions on vocal health, placement, breathing and posture. Students have fun while building the necessary foundations of good technique, combined with the versatility of performance and music styles. Role-playing, vocal ‘games’ and exercises, physical awareness, and movement/staging are all rolled into one exuberant and energetic class. Due to the highly collaborative nature of musical theatre as an art form, student participation and leadership plays a heavy role in musical theatre training. Each student will be challenged in varied ways throughout the session, and each student will be given the opportunity to take on different roles in different pieces. This program wraps each semester with an in-class presentation of their work.
over the years Ovation! has connected with several other professional dance, acting, and musical theatre performance companies (MOTUS O dance theatre, Marky Monday, ChannukahPalooza, Judy & David, Education Arts Canada, Shadowpath Theatre, Panoply Theatre Collective, and many independent film producers). Our students have participated in many professional shows and events. As new projects arise, we reach out to current students with audition notices for these extra-special performance opportunities!
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