We take playing very seriously.
When children learn the craft of acting they cultivate self-expression, creativity, and joy!
They gain lasting friendships, confidence in their new-found skills and the ability to make a positive impact in our world.
Improvisation and theater games help stoke creativity, create an ensemble and develop the spirit of play as students rehearse a complete piece of theater in the semester. A great session for kids to increase confidence, craft,and their ability to work as park of an ensemble.
Kids learn how to create a character from a place of instinct and play. They also amass skills in singing, dance, speech, and improvisation taught by master teachers and performers at the top of their field.
Seussical Kids - Fall 2017 - Second Section Added!
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton’s challenge is twofold – not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Seussical Kids runs for 14 sessions on Wednesdays from September 13 – December 20, 2017 from 4:15p-5:45p at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights. For ages 6-11.
You can also sign up for the wait list for our Tuesday section.
Into the Woods Jr. - Fall 2017
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR.features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
Into the Woods Jr. runs for 12 sessions on Thursdays from September 14 – December 14, 2017 from 4:15p-6:15p at the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Heights. For ages 9-11.
This class is full, and we are not accepting wait list applications at this time.
Young people become confident with Shakespeare’s world, language and characters as they learn how to interpret a role with technique and courage. Classically trained professional actors assist the players in their physical, vocal and emotional transformations.
All Shakespeare Players teaching artists are classically trained professional actors and have performed Shakespeare both on and off Broadway and in regional theaters across the country.
In addition to core teaching staff, in Shakespeare Ensemble we introduce a roster of exciting guest teachers who will use their specific expertise (Text, Comedia dell Arte, Stage Combat) to enrich our rehearsals.
The Winter's Tale - Fall 2017!
The Winter’s Tale is one of Shakespeare’s last plays and contains an incredible amalgam of the stories that make his work so rich: A jealous king, a betrayed queen, an abandoned princess, clowns, shepherds, true love, revenge and statues that come to life! This unique blend of tragedy, and ultimately romance provides a rich reward for the players who get to tell the story!
The Winter’s Tale runs for 14 sessions from September 24th, 2017 to January 28th, 2018 for ages 8-12.
Class will meet from 4:00p-5:30p at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen Street, in Brooklyn Heights.
Self-expression and artistry are the name of the game in our Mini Musical program.
Kids work in-depth on a specific show and use it’s plot as a springboard for their own mini-plays. Through improvisation and creative movement they flex their imaginative muscles.
We then layer on theater technique: Students learn the basics of vocal warm-ups, character development, singing and choreography from our expert teachers.
The unique blend of play and performance is realized in a final “sharing” for friends and family. Students get to showcase their abilities as young storytellers, singers and dancers!
Fall 2017 - Mini Musicals
Mini Musical: Peter Pan in Carroll Gardens
Come sing, dance and fly your way from the Darling’s home to Never Never Land as we adventure inside J.M. Barrie’s amazing tale. We will play tag with our shadows, learn to speak Tinkerbell gibberish and think our Happy Thoughts so we learn to soar! Dive in the Mermaid Lagoon, swagger on Captain Hook’s ship and sing as a Lost Kid. Join us– Peter is waiting by your window to whisk you away!
Class meets from 3:20p-4:20p at Prema Yoga in Carroll Gardens (498 Court Street). The 11 week session runs September 26th – December 5th.
Mini Musical: Matilda and James in the West Village
Kids explore their bravery, magic, and mischief the Roald Dahl way. In this session we will perform scenes and songs from two Roald Dahl classics: James & the Giant Peach and Matilda. Kids will learn vocal technique and use improv to create their own scenes, as well as how to create a character from a place of instinct and play. Come get a little bit naughty with these kid heroes.
Class meets 4:05p-4:50p at Westbeth Community Center in the West Village (55 Bethune Street). The 12 week session runs September 18th – December 11th.
Our teenage ensemble works on complex material and relishes a challenge. From Greek Myths to Shakespearean Histories to classics of American Theater, we love a great play. Students inspire each other and do work that is brave, specific and nuanced.
Fall 2017 - Cymbeline
Children explore story-telling, song and creative movement in classes for the youngest of thespians.
Using their bodies, voices and minds, students re-interpret classic and contemporary children’s literature and are inspired to create their own adventures. Simple props and costumes help them bring their characters to life.
Connections are made to literature and the world around them. Classes encourage creative expression and confidence. The last day of class is open for family and friends.
A princess hails a cab in Brooklyn…a shark needs to visit the dentist…a superhero visits the grocery store to power-up…a pirate wants a playdate with YOU! Let your imaginations run wild when we put incredible characters into real-life scenarios.