November - December  2020 Theater Programs

A Magical Journey Thru Stages is excited to present a number of theater enrichment opportunities November -December.  Our programs follow the stringent New York State guidelines to protect students and staff.  There are high expectations for students to abide by the social distancing, mask wearing, and safety requirements in place.  With safety a high priority, Stages believes that a fun theater experience will be beneficial beyond measure. 

Performers in Grades 2 – 12 are immersed in an intense, fun endeavor to expand their skills in acting, dancing and improvisation.  Programs are open to all levels of experience and fill quickly.  ​ 

A limited amount of needs-based tuition assistance is available.  

Click here to view and download a printer friendly comparison chart with descriptions of Stages current theater experience programs.

 

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Come play at Stages in our new scene study series! During each 12-hour rehearsal period, a director will help students hone their craft as they delve into interesting characters and scenes from favorite plays. Students will build upon foundational skills with exercises and techniques designed to truly connect to the emotions and motivation of each character and take performances to the next level. A portion of the final day will be recorded as a learning tool and a lasting memento.

Scene Study from  The Great Gatsby

Nov 2 - 14, Mon & Weds, 6 - 8pm, Sat 11:30am - 1:30pm

Directed by Matt Mayne

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan. Nick Carraway, a young newcomer to Long Island, is drawn into their world of obsession, greed and danger. The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age come to the stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, and in Simon Levy’s adaptation, approved by the Fitzgerald Estate.

Scene Study from  All in the Timing                     

 

Nov 16 - 21, Nov 30 - Dec 5 (No class Thanksgiving week)

Mon & Weds, 6 - 8pm, Sat 11:30am - 1:30pm

Directed by Erin McKenna-Arvizzigno

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: All in the Timing is a collection of one-act plays by the American playwright David Ives. The short plays are almost all comedies (or comedy-dramas), focusing mainly on language and wordplay, existentialist perspectives on life and meaning, as well as the complications involved in romantic relationships.

Scene Study from  Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death

Dec 8 - 19, Tues & Thurs, 6 - 8pm, Sat 11:30am - 1:30pm
Directed by Greg Maddok

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: Trapped against their will in a dystopian future, a group of teens must battle against emotionally sensitive guards, limited budgets, and the trigger-happy Gamemaster to be proclaimed the winner. When the odds are this absurdly bleak, it seems certain that only the main character will make it out alive -- but first the contestants must decide who the main character is. A bloodthirsty send-up of reality TV and young adult fiction.

Mainstage Teens 
( In-Person )
Grades 8 - 12
 

Come play at Stages in our new scene study series! During each 12-hour rehearsal period, a director will help students hone their craft as they delve into interesting characters and scenes from favorite plays. Students will build upon foundational skills with exercises and techniques designed to truly connect to the emotions and motivation of each character and take performances to the next level. A portion of the final day will be recorded as a learning tool and a lasting memento.

Scene Study from Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time

 

Nov 3 - 14, Tues & Thurs, 6 - 8pm, Sat 9 - 11am

Directed by Greg Maddock

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: Only one man can change the outcome of World War II—Professor Moriarty. And only one man can stop this evil mastermind from changing the fate of the world—Sherlock Holmes. In this witty, fast-paced and wildly inventive adventure, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must travel from London in 1921 to Berlin in 1939 to stop Moriarty from changing the outcome of history. With the help of H.G. Wells, his delightful wife, Jane, and two Albert Einsteins, Holmes and Watson pursue Moriarty through time.

Scene Study from Drama Geeks VS Zombie Cheerleaders

Nov 17 - 21, Dec 1 - 5 (No class Thanksgiving week)

Tues & Thurs 6 - 8pm, Sat 9 - 11am

Directed by Katie Edwards

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: The Drama Club notices that their biggest rivals, the Cheerleaders, are acting unusual. They're beginning to smell, and they seem to have an odd taste for human flesh... yup, they've turned into zombies. With the big Homecoming game approaching, Head Zombie-Cheerleader Peaches organizes her undead followers to plan a feast on the rest of the school. It's up to the Drama Geeks to use their gift for dramatic flair to slay their rivals. Can a ragtag band of over-dramatic misfits defeat the zombies -- and save the world -- before it's too late?

Scene Study from The Gift of the Magi

Dec 7 - 19, Mon & Weds, 6 - 8pm, Sat 9:00am - 11:00am

Directed by Dianne Schaumberg

Tuition: $200

THE STORY: This is a touching and beautiful story of a young couple unable to afford presents for each other on their first Christmas together. Each sacrifices a treasure to provide a gift for the other but, in so doing, they work at almost tragically funny cross-purposes. This is a play about young love and the value of giving. Indeed, the Magi were wise—and their gifts were wise gifts, however foolish in the eyes of the practical.

STAGES
JUNIORS

( In-Person )
Grades 5 - 8

Come play at Stages in our new scene study series! During each 12-hour rehearsal period, a director will help students hone their craft as they delve into interesting characters and scenes from favorite plays. Students will build upon foundational skills with exercises and techniques designed to truly connect to the emotions and motivation of each character and take performances to the next level. A portion of the final day will be recorded as a learning tool and a lasting memento.

Scene Study from The Elves and the Shoemaker

Nov 3 - Dec 15, Tues, 4:30 - 5:30pm (No class Thanksgiving week)

Directed by Donnell Adler

Tuition: $125

THE STORY: The Elves and the Shoemaker illustrates lovable, elfin versions of the old familiar fairy tale. Elves help an old shoemaker who is on his last piece of leather, by making beautiful shoes after he goes to bed.  They return the next day to see their success but there is more to the story. In the end, everybody lives happily ever after.

STAGES
KIDS
( In-Person )
Grades 2 - 5
 
 

You asked and we listened:  Stages dance classes are now a reality.  Experience choreography from Broadway shows from various eras.  Musical theater dance style originated and developed from jazz.  Join us for the jazz technique based musical theater dance class that is appropriate for your grade.  Gain a solid foundation while building lasting skills through choreographed combinations. A great opportunity to buff up your dance skills and be performance ready!

Musical Theater Dance Class You've Always Wanted ​ 

Grades 8-12

Nov 5 - Dec 17 (No class Thanksgiving week)

Thursdays (4:30 - 5:30pm)

Instructor: Jessica Padilla

Tuition: $125

Musical Theater Dance Class You've Always Wanted 

                                                 Grades 5 - 8

Nov 4 - Dec 16 (No class Thanksgiving week)

Wednesdays (4:30 - 5:30pm)

Instructor:  Carly Lenzi

Tuition: $125

 DANCE
( In-Person OR Virtual, your choice )
Grades 5 - 12

Improvisation for Beginners and Next Level

Grades 5 - 8

Directed by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

Nov 2 - Dec 14 (No class Thanksgiving week)

Mondays (4:30 - 5:30pm)

Join us for an hour each week to learn improvisational comedy and games that will have you thinking quick on your feet and laughing deep in your gut.

A fun, fast-paced, interactive showcase will be recorded on the final day to share with family and friends. Talented and slightly wacky performers of all backgrounds are welcome to join us!

IMPROVISATION
( In-Person )
Grades 5 - 8
 

TWO EASY STEPS TO REGISTER:

1. Complete this ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.

 

2.  Make payment online using payment buttons below this green box.

You will receive call or email to confirm spot when registration and payment have been received.  

Questions: email Auditions@MJTStages.com or call 585-935-7173.

PAYMENT: Tuition for each program, plus completed registration form are required to hold a spot in the program. 

 

CANCELLED SESSION:  Stages reserves the right to cancel any session for any reason, in which case tuition for that session will be fully refunded.

 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY:  The session fee is refundable, less a $25 administration fee, prior to the “SIGNUP CLOSES” date listed in table above.  Otherwise, the session fee is non-refundable except in the case of illness or emergency that prevents the student from attending the session. ($25 admin fee not refundable for any reason).  

LOCATION: All in-person classes and workshops take place at Stages theater or in other large spaces in the building.  Stages is located at 875 E. Main Street, Auditorium Center, 3rd floor, Rochester, NY  14605.

 

PARKING:  Parking is generally available behind the building.  Enter parking lot from College Avenue.  Details for dropoff and pickup will be communicated closer to program start dates.

The programs above are first come, first served and the limited spots tend to fill quickly.  To receive notice of upcoming auditions/registrations, complete info below to be added to our email list.