Ages 6 to 14 Years of Age
July 23 thru 27 ; 9am-3pm

Each camper gets a "Larger-Than-Life" theatrical opportunity to explore their own creativity and allow their vast imaginations to explode, while learning the fundamentals of stagecraft-101. Through a combination of theater games, workshops, daily classes in singing, acting and dancing, each young actor will begin to develop their own acting style and form, while learning to work in an ensemble environment and having fun all at the same time. At the end of the week campers will be encouraged to perform for parents and friends in a small entertainment revue of the material that was worked on in the week.

$165
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
Christopher Sperat
& Jericho Joy

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NEW 2018 Young Adult Theatre Workshops
14 to 22 Years of Age

"HOW TO AUDITION" (1 Day)
July 13 10am-4pm

Actors are taken through the audition process to learn the in's and out's of auditioning for local theatre, college, or professional theatre. During this one-day intensive workshop each actor will go through a singing, movement and acting audition and will be critiqued by the facilitators, and by participating students. Students will also gain a vast amount of knowledge by watching their peers work, as well. In addition, the actors will be taught how to put together a complete music book for auditions and will also be given advice on what types of songs to put in the book.
Requirements: Students should have a one-minute contemporary monologue prepared that is age appropriate - from a play or musical of the twentieth or twenty-first century (no monologues from the internet please), and two full songs prepared (an up-tune comedic song and a ballad) to sing. Please keep the songs within three minutes in length. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes. Prepared monologues and bring sheet music. We require a minimum of 10 students to sign up and take the class.

$100
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
Christopher Sperat
Kevin Cooper
& Jericho Joy

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"DIRECTING WORKSHOP 101" (2 Day)
July 19 & 20 9am-4pm

Budding directors will learn about the process of directing from "vision" to "opening night" and everything in between. This 2-day intensive, multi-disciplinary workshop allows students to study and practice essential tools of directing with Genesius' top directors. It is open to anyone interested in working on technique as a director.
Directing Practice: The work of the director ranging from approaching the text, to articulating an active point of view for a production, and to working with actors in rehearsal.
Design: Explores means for developing the physical environment of a production based on a director's response to a text and its requirements.
Text Analysis: Identifies the elements that make up the world of the text and examines their potential influences on a production.
Voice: Draws on performers' training in vocal production - as well some simple techniques - to help vocally command a rehearsal room.
Movement: Experiments with and strategies for approaching stage composition, physical life, and emotional gusture.
Stage Management: Introduces the principals of organizing all aspects of a production, communicating them clearly, and realizing them in performance.
Each director will also get to direct a scene that will be performed for the class.
Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.
We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class.
Previous training in directing is not required, but some acting training and or stage experience is required.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 16 & 17 9am-4pm

This "Scene Study Workshop" has actors take a scene from a play or musical, work on it with the facilitators and class, with constructive critiques that can help them improve their skills. Scene Study is a way for actors to continually work on their craft and discover their strengths and weaknesses. It's a great way to take all the exercises and techniques they have learned to create characters, connect to the emotions of the part, and fight for what they need and put them into a performance. Actors will be guided through various scenes and learn how to navigate through each scene. Also, character analysis, and making the most of what's on the printed page, but especially finding out what's behind those printed words.
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"MUSIC DIRECTING WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 9 & 10 ; 10am-4pm

Aspiring Music Directors will learn the process of music directing from stem to stem. They will also teach a song to the class who will then perform all the songs they were taught at the end of the workshop.
-Making efficient use of time.
-Learning how to break down parts and determine issues with in each part.
-Collaborating with other members of the production team.
-Prioritizing musical needs of the show.
-Motivating participants to act collaboratively and confidently while developing a team spirit.
-Eliminating the superfluous.
-Effectively communicating your vision for the artistic impact of the music while allowing performers to explore and express their own instincts creativity and expressive inclination.
-Creating a cut sheet for orchestra.
-Creating rehearsal tracks for individuals to practice on their own.
-Imparting effective vocal technique.
-How to begin a designated phrase together especially if the phrase begins mid measure.
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Previous training or experience in music directing is not required, but some music training or musical show experience required. You must be able to read music. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"CHOREOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 11 & 12 ; 10am-4pm

Aspiring Choreographers will begin with a multi-disciplined class in preparation for 2 days of in depth work on the process of choreographing for the stage. Students will be guided through the process of creating and teaching their own choreography to a segment of a group dance which they will perform together for their audience at the end of the workshop.
Students will explore:
-Dance composition, musical staging and formations.
-Artistic expression of ideas and emotions.
-Working with directors.
-Basic dance notation, translating choreography into teachable movements for actors
-Running a dance audition
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Previous training or experience in choreography is not required, but some dance training and or musical theatre experience is required. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear dance appropriate clothing and shoes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

Jericho Joy

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"STAGE MANAGERS WORKSHOP" (1 Day)
July 18 ; 10am-4pm

What does a Stage Manager really do? A comprehensive class in what the job of a stage manager is at Genesius and what it is in the professional theatre. Learn what you need to know in order to be a Professional Stage Manager.
Students will learn:
-Learn about what it takes to put on a show from Pre-Production through Strike.
-Learn about networking and pursuing a career as a Stage Manager.
-Walk away with an energized understanding about the production side of theatre.
-Gain insight as to whether Stage Management is right for you.
Classroom challenges that emphasize:
-Multitasking
-Problem solving and scenario work
-Use of tools and paperwork
Learn the Basics of Professional Stage Management including:
-Commercial vs. Not-for-Profit Theatre
-Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Touring
-Technical Theatre
-Contracts and Unions
-Networking
-Resumes
Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$100
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho

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Genesius Theatre is a Performance Venue that specializes in Musical Theatre with professional live orchestras. Genesius performs 10 productions annually, 3 of which feature kids / teens exclusively. The theatre also doubles as a learning center offering summer theatre classes annually. Genesius offers state of the art lighting and modern effects. You will feel immersed in their up-close atmosphere of the performances; the true “Genesius Difference”.

As a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization, Genesius relies on generous donations within the community from people like you. We trust in the power of this inspiring & dynamic medium to transform the artists who create it, the audiences who enjoy it, and the patrons who support it.

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    Actor Spotlight - Bo Irwin (Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy)

    Why should audiences come to the Fun Home?

    Bo: “Come see Fun Home because it is powerful, beautiful and so, so important. It will warm your heart and then shred it to pieces. Everyone is sure to connect to some piece of this devastatingly poignant story.“

    Bo Irwin is excited to be back at Genesius. He first appeared on the Genesius stage in Miss Saigon in 2012. Since then, life has taken him all over the place, but he always seems to find his way back to his theatre home. He is honored to be a part of telling such an important and powerful story. He would like to thank Larry for the opportunity and his incredible girlfriend Sophie for her unconditional and unceasing love and support.

    Come see Bo when Genesius Theatre presents "FUN HOME"
    Playing OCTOBER 12th thru the 21st, 2018.
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    Take advantage of WINE WEDNESDAY! Simply mention this Facebook offer at the Starving Artist Wine Bar in our Lobby to take advantage of this DRY or SWEET DEAL!

    Offer only valid this Wednesday October 17th for our 7:30PM performance of "FUN HOME"
    Now Playing thru October 21st, 2018.

    When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father's hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. WINNER! Tony Awards - Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book of a Musical! WINNER! Best Musical - New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Off-Broadway Alliance Award.

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    Actor Spotlight - Rosana “Sani” Pereira (Joan & choreographer)

    Why should audiences come to the Fun Home?

    Sani: “Although Fun Home may not be your typical type of musical, it is a show that embodies so much heart and soul and what it means to find yourself. I’m so excited to be portraying Joan and to bring this story to audiences!”

    Sani is incredibly excited to be a part of the Fun Home cast as both actor and choreographer! No stranger to the stage, she was last seen in West Side Story as Consuela. Some of her favorite acting credits include Rock of Ages, In The Heights, Rent and American Idiot and she choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie earlier this year. She would like to thank Larry Fecho for the opportunity to play Joan and to be a part of such an incredible piece of theatre. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support, and to thank Ryan for always being her number one supporter and biggest fan.

    Come see Sani when Genesius Theatre presents "FUN HOME"
    Playing OCTOBER 12th thru the 21st, 2018.
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    Actor Spotlight - Harrison Brumbaugh (John Bechdel)

    Why should audiences come to the Fun Home?

    Harrison: “Come to the Fun Home to experience a show full of emotions, you’ll probably laugh, and maybe you’ll even cry, but you will definitely leave with amazing music stuck in your head and you’ll be glad you came!”

    Harrison Brumbaugh is making his Genesius debut in Fun Home. He is thrilled to add theater to his list of interests, including playing cello and piano, and all things Harry Potter! Harry would like to thank his family for being his biggest supporters

    Come see Harrison when Genesius Theatre presents "FUN HOME"
    Playing OCTOBER 12th thru the 21st, 2018.
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    Actor Spotlight - Alexander Hamel (Christian Bechdel)

    Why should audiences come to the Fun Home?

    Alexander: “You should come to the Fun Home because there's something that everyone can connect with and the music is fun, real, and memorable."

    Alexander Hamel (Christian Bechdel) is happy to be a part of his first Genesius Theatre production. His favorite previous roles include Into the Woods (Narrator), Lion King, Jr. (Young Simba), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Witch’s Dwarf), and The Wizard of Oz (Lollipop Guild). Alex loves acting, singing, reading, writing, dancing, creating, and making memories with his brothers and friends. He thanks Larry for this opportunity (special shout out to Amy too!), the Fun Home cast and crew, and his family and friends for always being there.

    Come see Alexander when Genesius Theatre presents "FUN HOME"
    Playing OCTOBER 12th thru the 21st, 2018.
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    4 days ago

    The cast of Fun Home are excellent! Great show, highly recommend you to go see it!! ...