Theater Classes

A fall session of classes for adults and children beginning September 20, 2021, continuing weekly through November 10 with the exception of Columbus Day (Oct. 11) and Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11). We will make up for the 2 holidays the following week on Monday, Nov. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 18.

These 8-week classes will be taught by Imago Stage Company members and other professionals. All classes meet once a week and are $65 for the eight-week session.

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CLASS OFFERINGS

DANCE STYLES for teens and adults

Instructor: Tess McKinley

This class will introduce participants to a variety of dance styles including ballet, modern, jazz, and dance for musical theater. No previous experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothes. You may dance barefoot or in dance shoes.

DANCE STYLES for children ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Tess McKinley

This is an introductory class which will introduce students to a variety of dance styles including ballet terms, modern dance movements, jazz style, and dance for musical theater. No previous experience is necessary. Students should wear comfortable clothes and may dance barefoot or in dance shoes. Be prepared to move and have fun!

ACTING for teens and adults

Instructor: Tess McKinley

This class introduces students to basic theater skills through the use of theater games, improvisation, warm-up techniques, cold readings, monologues, and scene work. There will be an emphasis on character motivation and development, subtext, and preparing a role. No previous experience required.

ACTING for children ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Tess McKinley

This class will introduce students to the art of performance through games, exercises, improvisations, and some simple scene work. No experience is necessary. Bring your imaginations and creativity!

SINGING for children ages 6 – 12

Instructor: Cynthia Kreyling

Singing is an art form developed through daily practice. The children’s singing class develops life-long musical skills including pitch-matching, audiation, resonant tone, healthy posture, and breath extension. Drawing on current research in vocal pedagogy and healthy voice, this workshop engages children through vocal warm up routines, singing games, ensemble singing and performance, and a variety of repertoire. Participants will perform a final solo or ensemble piece.

SINGING for teens and adults

Instructor: Dede Austen

Everyone can sing — doing it well is learned. I will be teaching correct breathing, placement (for a better sound), and using your body, your instrument, correctly. Come with an open mind, ready to discover your voice. This is a small group class.

SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP for teens and adults

Instructor: Tess McKinley

This class takes Shakespeare’s witty words and passionate speeches off the page and onto the stage. We will be up on our feet playing, risking, and discovering the hilarity and pathos of the world’s greatest playwright.

STAGECRAFT for teens and adults

Instructor: Jim Kreyling

An introduction to stage construction techniques, scenic design, sound design and running the sound board, stage management, lighting design and running the light board,  constructing props, and other backstage responsibilities.

COSTUMING for teens and adults

Instructor: Allegra Smick

This course will give an overview of historical fashion trends. In the context of that discussion, participants will choose a literary or historical character, and develop a costume idea from which to work. Participants will bring thrift store, dollar store and attic finds to the class as we work together to create personal costumes for each person. We will brainstorm ideas for hats and accessories to enhance the basic costume. Access to a sewing machine and basic knowledge of sewing is encouraged.

IMPROVISATION (ages 12 – adult)

Instructor: Kenny Smith

Learn how to act on the fly! In this course, you will learn to improve your quick theatrical thinking. Whether you need to learn how to fill in when a scene partner drops their line, perform in improvisation-based shows, play with an imaginative kid, or just have fun, this class will prepare you for almost any situation. No experience required.

Private Music Lessons. Please inquire for more information.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Dede Austen (Adult/Teen Group Singing  Class) Dede received her undergraduate degree (Senior Diploma) as well as the Artists Diploma at Longy School of Music, in Cambridge. She taught courses at North Shore Community College and has performed many benefit concerts in churches and at her studio. She has taught private voice classes and staged performances of all kinds of music –pop, blues, and opera. She has organized many small chorus concerts with performances at her studio and at Nursing Homes.  She enjoys helping students open up their voices and find the joy of singing.

Cynthia Kreyling (Children’s Singing) is originally from Northern Virginia and has enjoyed singing and musical performance since childhood. She studied vocal performance and Music Education at Berklee College of music, earned an MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University, and studied with Ken Phillips and Sandra Doneski at Gordon College, where she completed an independent study in Children’s Choir Techniques and Teaching Kids to Sing. She has taught general music and chorus at Covenant Christian Academy and in the Peabody Public Schools for the past 16 years. She directs Peabody’s All-City Chorus and her students have participated in All State Treble Chorus (MMEA) and Boston Lyric Opera productions of student-created operas. Her interests run from Orff methodology to vocal health and rehabilitation to playing piano and organ. 

Jim Kreyling (Stagecraft) constructs sets and wires sound and lighting for Imago Stage Company. He was a theater major in college and is now a licensed electrician who has also been involved over the years with community theatre productions around the Monadnock area of New Hampshire.

Tess McKinley (Dance and Acting classes and Shakespeare Workshop) is the Artistic Director of Imago Stage Company and has taught theater and dance for children, teens, and adults for over 20 years as well as having directed many productions for schools and community theaters. She has a particular love of Shakespeare and has worked with other educators in workshops at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA, the Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston, and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Garrison, NY.

Allegra Smick (Costuming) In addition to her talents in costume design and construction, Allegra is a seamstress and quilter and has spent a long career in the classroom. She taught French, German, and English at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, MA, before joining the faculty at the Waring School in Beverly in 1991, where she taught French and Humanities. She established the Waring in Angers program in 1999 and has traveled frequently to France during her teaching career. Two of Allegra’s quilts have been exhibited by Sacred Threads Quilts: one in their 2019 biennial and one in the Backyard Escape traveling show in 2020. 

Kenny Smith (Improvisation) is a theater enthusiast who has been taking part in community theater for 6 years. Before that, he graduated from Gordon College with a minor in Theater Arts. He has directed and acted for Still Small Theatre in Beverly and appeared in Imago Stage Company’s recent production of The Count of Monte Cristo. He is delighted to share his passion with you.

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