Grades 4-5

Our 4th-5th grade classes provide young actors with tools to create vivid characters, gain an understanding of stage terminology, and work as an ensemble to create theatrical pieces. On the final day of each session, family and friend are invited to join the last 30 minutes of class for an informal demonstration of skills learned.

2019-2020 Class Schedule

FALL session the week of Sept. 9th - Monday, Nov. 18th (No class Veteran's Day)

WINTER session weeks of Jan. 13th - March 9th (No class President’s Week) *Year-round classes resume Jan. 6th

SPRING session weeks of April 13th - May 18th


Spring session begins the week of April 13th and runs the week of May 18th. Spring workshops are open to all students in this age group. There is no final performance for spring workshops. If you are currently enrolled in class please use the code your instructor provided to enroll in a workshop.

Show up for class and learn a different dance combination to a popular Broadway show each week. That’s seven fun, short dances you’ll have in your pocket by the end of spring (and it’s great practice for learning dances on the spot at auditions!).

Thursdays 4:00pm-5:15pm | Grades 4th-8th

Tuition $175 (Join DuringWeek 6 for ONLY $30)

Musical Theatre Dance Marathon

Learn the basics of stage makeup, transforming yourself into an animal, a pirate or a princess. Each student will receive their own theatrical makeup kit and will learn a new look each week.

Thursdays 5:15pm-6:30pm | Grades 4th-8th

Tuition $175

Stage Make Up

Do you love how lighting can affect how an audience feels during a performance? Are you interested in the technical aspects of lighting design? Over the six weeks, you will learn the mechanics of a theatrical light, what types of lighting instruments create specific effects, how to design lighting looks for a certain mood, and how to program a lighting board. 

Fridays 4:45pm-5:45pm | Grades 4th-8th

Tuition $175

Designing for the Theatre: Lighting 101

These 30-minute Zoom coaching sessions for individual monologue work will provide personalized feedback for actors looking to master a monologue. Sessions are customizable for the needs of each actor, but can include:

  • Choosing material appropriate for age and genre of potential upcoming auditions

  • Text & table work on already selected material

  • Beat-by-beat coaching on memorized material

  • Tips on attire for auditions and review of acting resumes

Contact to inquire about a coaching session

30 min coaching | Grades 3rd-Adult

$50 per 30 min. session

Individual Coaching - Monologues

These 30-minute Zoom coaching sessions assist actors as they bring characters through musical theatre songs. Vocalists can expect to receive feedback on character development and creating an arc as they tell a story through song. Sessions are customizable for the needs of each actor, but can include:

  • Choosing material appropriate for age, vocal range, and type of characters the actor wants to play

  • Text work on already selected material

  • Beat-by-beat coaching on memorized material that might include character work, choreography, and telling a story through song

Contact to inquire about a coaching session

Individual Coaching - Acting a Song

30 min coaching | Grades 3rd-Adult

$50 per 30 min. session


The following classes are open to students by audition or approval of instructor. They are intermediate level courses that require a true passion for theatre, discipline, and time commitment. These classes culminate in two fully staged projects during the school year. The second performance will take place the last week of March, then students can choose which of the spring workshops they would like to participate in for the final two months of class. One spring workshop is included in year-round tuition. Students are welcome to enroll in more workshops if they are interested. ENROLLMENT FOR YEAR-ROUND CLASSES is now complete. Please contact the PVTC office at if you are looking into mid-year enrollment options.

Classes begin the week of Sept. 9th

There is no class Nov. 25-29 due to Thanksgiving

There is no class Dec. 16-January 3 for the holiday break

There is no class Feb. 17-21 due to President’s Week

There is no class March 30-April 10 due to spring breaks

STAGES: Acting (4th & 5th) - $855/year 

In this intermediate class, students will work closely with instructors to hone their innate skills as actors, as well as to stretch themselves to explore new acting frontiers. Through scene work, monologues, theatre games, and short scripts, students will have a chance to explore a variety of characters and topics throughout the year.

Wednesdays 3:30-4:45

Performance #1 - Nov. 20 at 4:15pm

Performance #2 - March 18 at 4:15pm

STAGES: Dance for Musical Theatre (4th & 5th) - $1,050/year

In this musical theatre class, students will work on 2-3 songs each quarter to be performed at the end of the session under the instruction of a professional choreographer. Students will practice dance warm-ups each week, followed by across-the-floor exercises, and ending with choreography of dances to musical theatre numbers. Students will also work on character development and performance technique.

Thursdays 4:00-5:30 NEW TIME!

Performance #1 Nov. 21st at 5:15pm

Performance #2 Mar. 12th at 5:15pm

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

945 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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