January - February  2021

 Theater Programs

A Magical Journey Thru Stages is excited to present a number of theater enrichment opportunities.  Our programs follow the stringent New York State guidelines, including new cluster zoning protocol, to protect students and staff.  Limited class size, social distancing, and mask wearing allow for in-person instruction to continue while in the orange zone.  Should the theater zoning change to red, all classes will seamlessly transition to virtual instruction.  With safety a top priority, Stages believes that a fun theater experience will be beneficial beyond measure. 

Performers in Grades 5 – 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.

Click here to view and download a printer friendly comparison chart with descriptions of Stages Winter 2021 theater experience programs.

 

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 Vintage Hitchcock - A Live Radio Play

Grades 8 - 12

Jan 11 - 23 (M, W) 6 - 8 p.m., (Sa) 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Directed by Greg Maddock

Tuition $200

THE STORY: Spies, murder, love, and other trademarks of Alfred Hitchcock come to life in the style of a 1940s radio broadcast of the master of suspense's earlier films.  With The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps, Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play is a triple feature, complete with vintage commercials, that recreates a daring train chase, a serial killer's ominous presence, and a devastating explosion.

Scene Study from The Play that Goes Wrong

Grades 8-12                   

 

Jan 25 - Feb 6, (M, W) 6 - 8 p.m., (Sa) 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Directed by Matt Mayne

Tuition $200

THE STORY: From Mischief, Broadway masters of comedy, comes the smash hit farce.  This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines).  Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences!  Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

ONE SPOT LEFT

Scene Study from

Sixty Minute Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing

Grades 8-12

Feb. 8 - 13, Feb 22 - 27, (M, W) 6 - 8 p.m.,

Sa (11:30am - 1:30 p.m.)

Directed by Erin McKenna-Arvizzingo

Tuition $200

THE STORY: Young lovers, virtue, villainy, and charming naïveté abound in this Shakespeare classic.  Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host. Hero's cousin Beatrice (a confirmed spinster) and Benedict (an eternal bachelor) are each duped into believing the other is in love with them. Claudio is deceived by a malicious plot and denounces Hero as unchaste before they marry.  She faints and is believed dead, but recovers to be proved innocent by a chance discovery.  Benedict wins Beatrice’s love defending her cousin’s honor, and to his surprise, Claudio is reunited with Hero, who he believed dead.  Only Don Pedro seems left out of the joy, and is chided by the formerly sworn woman hater, Benedick -- "Prince, thou art sad. Get thee a wife!" And music and dancing and celebration bring down the curtain on Much Ado About Nothing.

TWO SPOTS LEFT

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 or tap 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 

Grades 8-12

Jan 14 - Feb. 25 (No class 2/18)

Thursdays (6:15 - 7:15 p.m.) 

Instructor: Laura Marron

Tuition: $125

Tap Dance for Theater

Grades 8-12

                                           

Jan 13 - Feb. 24 (No class 2/17)

Wednesdays (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.) 

Instructor: Carly Lenzi

Tap shoes required.

All experience levels welcome!

Tuition: $125

IMPROV (In-Person)

Long Form Improv Skills & Games

Grades 8 -12

Coached by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

Jan 11 - Feb. 22 (No class 2/15)

Mondays (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Tuition: $125

Teens will delve into the long-form style of comedy improv.  Long-form calls on improvisers to use only one suggestion from the audience in order to build a series of thematically related (or sometimes totally non sequitur) comedic scenes.  We will explore a variety of long-form formats such as the Harold (typically used at Improv Olympics and Upright Citizens Brigade), the Armando, and Free-Form.  We will learn a variety of ways to open a long- form montage and different wipes and edits, all while reinforcing the basic skills that make a scene compelling and hopefully funny.  A showcase will be recorded on the final day to share with family and friends.

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

Peter and the Starcatcher

Grades 5 - 8

Jan 12 - 23, (T, TH) 6 - 8 p.m., (Sa) 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Directed by Katie Edwards

Tuition $200

THE STORY: A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff.  They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo.  At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands.  When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

Scene Study from The Radio Play Disaster

Grades 5 - 8

Jan 26 - Feb. 6, (T, TH) 6 - 8 p.m., (Sa) 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Directed by Donnell Adler

Tuition $200

THE STORY: Self-proclaimed genius Harlan Bean is ready to make history with his science-fiction radio masterpiece Battle of the Planets.  But when the broadcast is in the hands of an ambitious actress with her own vision for her character, several terrified last-minute replacements jumping in, and a disgruntled sound engineer out for revenge, the mayhem in the studio makes an alien invasion look like a piece of cake.

Scene Study from To Kill a Mockingbird

Grades 5 - 8

Feb. 9 - 13, Feb. 23 - 27, (T, TH) 6 - 8 p.m.,

(Sa) 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Directed by Greg Maddock

Tuition $200

THE STORY: Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch.  Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses us in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.  The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community.  Timeless and lingering, this hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and the courage to do what is right.

FULL - to be added to waitlist, email student name, grade level, parent name, and phone number to Stages@MJTStages.com.

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 or tap 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 

Grades 5 - 8

Jan 13 - Feb. 24 (No class 2/17)

Wednesdays (6:15 - 7:15 p.m.)

Instructor: Carly Lenzi

Tuition: $125

As of Jan 4, In-Person Spots FULL for this class, VIRTUAL SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE.  Complete registration form and select "Virtual"

Tap Dance for Theater

Grades 5 - 8

Jan 14 - Feb. 25 (No class 2/18)

Thursdays  (4:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Instructor: Laura Marron

Tap shoes required.

All experience levels welcome!

Tuition: $125

Improv Skills & Games

Grades 5 - 8

Coached by Hilary Bluestein-Lyons

Jan 11 - Feb. 22  (No class 2/15)

Monday (6:15 - 7:15 p.m.)

Tuition: $125

Through a variety of improv games, students will explore the basic elements of comedy improv such as building relationships, character development, listening and agreeing, within the framework of short-form improv, in the style of the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway.”  Oh yeah, and they’re going to have a ton of FUN!  A showcase will be recorded on the final day to share with family and friends.

FULL - to be added to waitlist, email class name, student name, grade level, parent name, and phone number to Stages@MJTStages.com.
STAGES
JUNIORS

( 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.