Fall 2016 Acting Classes

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Classes, Details and Pricing
Cancellation Policy
Tuition Assistance

Class (Level) Day Time First Day Last Day
Imagination Journey (Ages 4-6) Saturdays 9:00am-9:30am 9/17/2016 11/19/2016
Playdate On Stage (Ages 4-6) Saturdays 9:45am-10:30am 9/17/2016 12/10/2016
Page to Stage Acting (Ages 6-10) Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm 9/13/2016 12/20/2016
Tell-A-Tale Acting (Ages 8-12) Saturdays 10:45am-11:45am 9/3/2016 12/17/2016
Acting Workshop (Ages 11-14) Wednesdays 5:30pm-6:45pm 9/7/2016 12/14/2016

Classes that run through Thanksgiving: There will be no classes on Thursday, November 24 and Saturday, November 26. All other classes will run at regular times that week.

Classes are held at the Gemini Theater located in the Father Ryan Arts Center at
420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks PA 15136


Classes, Details and Pricing


Imagination Journey - (Ages 4 - 6)

Saturdays 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Let your child’s imagination grow through music! This intro-level class will let children explore the musical side of performance. Through hands-on techniques, experimenting with voice, and using sound to tell a story, children will get an opportunity to learn how to use rhythm, instruments, and physicality to bring their imagination to life. Students will learn to recognize basic instrument sounds and how each one can help define emotion, plot, and character within a simple story. Though this beginner-level class is recommended for younger learners, we welcome children through age 8 to participate in this class.

This class is held in a 10-week semester and does not culminate in a formal performance. Drop-In option allows you to come to any class and pay on arrival. **Parents may visit any class – we welcome parent participation**

DROP IN OPTION: $12 per class

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Play Date On Stage - (Ages 4 - 6)

Saturdays, 9:45am - 10:30am;

This introductory dramatics class, designed for the youngest actors, explores the most basic elements of acting and creative expression. Through simple theater games, puppetry, story acting (i.e. The Three Little Pigs, etc.) speech/diction exercises, music, and stage movement, students will develop age appropriate acting and social skills. Classes will focus on weekly themes that will provide hands-on activities that will support the child’s focus in learning. All materials provided by Gemini Theater for this class, including all crafting supplies for “maker theater” days.

This class is held in a 12‐week semester. **Parents may visit any class**


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Page to Stage Acting! - (Ages 6 - 10)

Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

This more advanced dramatics class, designed for young actors, moves students out of the “fairy tale” stories into more in-depth scene work, skits and short plays. Through higher level acting games, beginning improvisation exercises, directed script work and note taking, students will further understand the rehearsal process. Students will also build confidence in their acting and auditioning skills through character development training, more advanced stage movement and voice/diction drills. Students will utilize several weeks of class creating characters and a script, to enhance the experience of how a story can become a show.

This class is held in a 15‐week semester. Final Performance on December 20th at 6:15pm.


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Tell-A-Tale Acting (Ages 8 - 12)

Saturdays, 10:45am - 11:45am

This class will work together to rehearse and perform a “Gemini Junior” production. Students will work together to create their own, live performance of one of Gemini Theater’s original children’s scripts. In class auditions will be held to assign roles, with all students participating in the production. In true Gemini fashion, students will have the opportunity to give input on how their characters will look and sound, as well as collaborate to make unique twists in the story. Students will learn how to take blocking notes, work as a team on stage, and help create their own live performance in one semester! This class is great for students who want to perform in a live production but need a less rigorous rehearsal schedule.

This class is held in a 15‐week semester. Final Performance on December 17th at 11:30am.


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Acting Workshop (Ages 11 - 14)

Wednesdays, 5:30pm - 6:45pm

Students in this class will focus on scene development through self-directed group work, complex theater games, and script work to develop broader character choices. This course will teach students how to take blocking notes in a script and to understand the motivation behind their directed movement. Script-work will include studying scenes from classic pieces through contemporary theater, including Gemini Theater original productions. Script work will also include students “directing” one another to focus on applying movement and motivation to a scene. Students will spend time on developing confidence in “cold readings,” which are common for auditions as well as how to choose a monologue for an audition situation. Though the class is performance-based, some light writing will occur during certain classes to build upon lessons taught. At least two classes will be dedicated to improvisation scenes that are designed specifically to help develop skills in establishing characters, conflict-resolution, and closure. Though enrolling in this workshop is not required for both Fall and Spring Semesters, some materials and lessons may be re-visited in the Spring Semester. Students do NOT need to attend in the Fall to participate in the Spring.

This class is held in a 15‐week semester. Final Performance on December 14th at 6:30pm.


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Fun & Games On Stage (Ages 10 - 14) - CLOSED

Wednesdays, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

This workshop is designed for kids who want to have a great time “playing” on stage without the focus on a final performance. Through the use of theater games and improvisation activities, students will have the opportunity to try their hand at character development, dialect work, and thinking on their feet. Props, costumes, and music will play a role in these activities. This class will help students develop problem-solving strategies in a fun and creative atmosphere. No prior experience is required – this class is a great opportunity for those who have not been in a theater class in the past. For students with some theater background, this class will help develop skills in quick-thinking, improvisation, and working with a smaller group setting.

This class is held in a 12-week semester. **Visitor Day: November 23 at 5:00 p.m.**


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Lights! Curtain! Musical (Ages 8 - 12) - CLOSED

Thursdays, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

This musical workshop allows students to use their voices beyond the script. With focus on proper voice technique for maintaining a healthy performance, students will work with their teacher to use song and basic movement to develop a musical revue which will include award-winning songs from theater and film as well as original music from Gemini Theater’s Lani Cataldi. Each class will be dedicated to learning music and simple choreography to musical numbers. This class is meant to be fun and energetic, and is recommended for students looking for an introduction to musical theater and voice.

This class is held in a 15‐week semester. Final Performance on December 15th at 6:15pm.


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Camp Cancellation Policy

In the event you choose to cancel and withdraw your child from a Gemini Theater Class, the following restrictions apply:

  • A student withdrawn after attending less than three weeks of classes will be refunded 75% of their tuition;
  • Student withdrawal after three weeks of classes will only eligible for credit or special refund due to emergency or medical situations or at the discretion of the Executive Director;
  • “No Show” students may not be offered a refund if Gemini Theater is unable to make contact within three weeks of class start date. Credit for another class will be offered at the discretion of the Executive Director;
  • Gemini Theater reserves the right to change these policies based on individual circumstance;
  • Special circumstances where a credit may not be issued include loss of class day due to severe weather conditions causing Gemini Theater to cancel classes or Father Ryan Arts Center to shut down or close temporarily. PLEASE NOTE: always follow WPXI and our website and look for GEMINI THEATER in listing.

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is made possible by a generous grant provided by Paige's Promise, Kenny's Club, the McSwigan Family Foundation and the Christoper Lynch Memorial Fund. We do our best to give every child an opportunity to participate in our assistance program.

Applications for Tuition Assistance for Acting Classes and Summer Camps are processed online during the registration process. To apply, register your child for the class you are interested in attending and select "Applying for Tuition Assistance" and complete the form. Please note that incomplete applications will delay your request.


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