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THEATRE CLASSES

Join us for in-person or virtual classes this spring!

Spring 2021

This spring, PVTC is pleased to offer a selection of both in-person and online courses to serve as many students as possible.

 

In-person classes will be held at our home on the campus of Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Classes will be held outdoors and all students and instructors are required to be masked and socially distanced during class. PVTC teachers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of our spring term and they are eager to work with students in person once again!

 

Online classes will be held on a secure Zoom link and will allow students to engage in creative theatre from the safety of their own homes.

Classes start the week of April 12th and run for 7 weeks

Classes end the week of May 24th

Interested in spring session but don't see a class that works for you? Email us at info@pvtc-ca.org and we'll see what we can do.

On-Campus/In-Person Class Opportunities

TUESDAYS

3:30-4:20pm  Outdoor Drama  (grades 1st-3rd)

3:30-4:20pm  The Kingdom with No Rules (grades 4th-5th)

4:30-5:20pm  Dance it Out (grades 4th-8th)

4:30-5:20pm  “6’ Scenes” (grades 6th-8th)

5:30-6:45pm  High School Performance Troupe (grades 9th-12th)

On Zoom Class Opportunties

3:30-4:30pm Creating Characters (grades 4th-5th)

3:30-4:30pm Theatrical Styles (grades 6th-8th)

4:40-5:40pm Improv (grades 6th-8th)

4:40-5:40pm Stage Makeup Special Effects (grades 4th-8th) 

WEDNESDAYS

CLASS INFORMATION

Outdoor Drama

Tuesday | 3:30-4:20pm

Grades 1st-3rd

7 weeks

On Campus

Each week, we will play favorite theatre games to explore voice, body, and imagination! The group will work on imaginative solo and group poems that can be performed masked and socially distant. We will also work on at least one musical theatre dance to keep our bodies moving! We will be working towards an informal showcase, which may be presented outdoors for a socially distant audience, or may be recorded and shared after the final day of class.

The Kingdom with No Rules

Tuesday | 3:30-4:20pm

Grades 4th-5th

7 weeks

On Campus

No rules may seem like fun..but what happens when someone thinks a green light means "go" and someone else thinks it means "stop"? Is it ok to steal each other's ice cream? How does baseball work if there are no rules for the game? In this class, students will develop characters, play games, and stage "The Kingdom with No Rules" as we explore when rules might be good...and when they are actually pretty useless. We will be working towards a final performance, which may be presented outdoors for a socially distant audience, or may be recorded and shared after the final day of class.

Dance it Out

Tuesdays | 4:30-5:20pm

Grades 4th-8th

7 weeks

On Campus

Put on your tennis shoes and get ready for some outdoor dancing! We will learn a musical theatre warm-up that gets your body safe and ready to dance to favorite musical theatre songs. Then, we will learn choreography using songs from contemporary musicals. Students will have a chance to create their own sections of dancing as well.

6ft Scenes

Tuesdays | 4:30-5:20pm

Grades 6th-8th

7 weeks

On Campus

This class will draw upon improv games and theatre exercises to explore characters in scenes that are meant to keep us 6ft apart. We will use scenes to explore physical and emotional distance between people - what causes us to stay apart? Each actor will have the chance to dive into at least one major character and will work towards a final performance, which may be presented outdoors for a socially distant audience o rmay be recorded and shared after the final day of class.

High School Performance Troupe

Tuesdays | 5:30-6:45pm

Grades 9th-12th

7 weeks

On Campus

Join friends for outdoor theatrical fun this spring. We’re open to exploring a variety of topics, but our main goal is to connect and be creative together.

Thearical Styles

Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30pm

Grades 6th-8th

7 weeks

Zoom

In this virtual course, students will learn about the impact of style upon performance and then dive into three distinct theatrical styles: puppetry, radio drama, and pantomime. We will learn about and watch examples of each style, practice specific techniques, and then apply those techniques to scenes and other short performances. Students will come away with a broader knowledge of theatre and a set of acting skills that can carry over to any type of performance. They will also have the opportunity to build a custom puppet in class.

Creating Characters

Wednesdays | 3:30-4:30pm

Grades 4th-5th

7 weeks

Zoom

In this class you will learn how to create a range of different character types using unique movement styles, vocal traits, and dialects. A character actor is an actor that plays interesting, eccentric, or unusual characters who bring life and energy to the play. You will have fun expanding the range of characters you can play through scenes, storytelling, and narrating books. You will also have the chance to collaborate with makeup artists and costume designers to design your character look!

Improv

Wednesdays | 4:40-5:40pm

Grades 6th-8th

7 weeks

Zoom

In this fun and imaginative class, students will delve deeper into improvisation with exercises, games and scene work that are made up on the spot! You will develop the ability to quickly create and embody different characters in various settings, in a supportive environment.

Stage Makeup Special Effects: Stepping through the Creation Process

Wednesdays | 4:40-5:40pm

Grades 4th-8th

7 weeks

Zoom

Ever question what goes into creating a special effect moment you’ve seen performed on the stage or screen? Looking to learn some hands-on makeup skills? During the spring makeup course we will use old school techniques, used to dazzle audiences throughout history. Each week we will get our hands a little bit dirty as we build on the skills we learned from the week before. We will work on a few different prosthetics over the course ending with a functioning live effect.

Outdoor Scenic Painting Workshop

5/24, 5/26, 5/28 | 4-6pm

Grades 6th-8th

3 days

On Campus

Join PVTC scenic designer Fred Eiras for an outdoor set painting workshop! In this class, students will learn faux painting techniques and paint sample boards for each technique. Techniques may include: Marble/Stone/Steel/Wood/Brick/Floor painting techniques/Wall cracks and plaster/Various wall textures

FAQs

Are spring classes online or in-person?


The health and safety of our community is our top priority. PVTC is thrilled that after much thoughtful planning, we have been approved to offer in-person experiences this spring! We're pleased to offer a selection of both in-person and online courses to serve as many students as possible.




For in-person classes, what safety precautions will be in place to safeguard against COVID-19?


PVTC will follow state and county guidelines for protection against COVID-19. PVTC safety protocol will include:

  • Meeting in outdoor locations around the Valley Presbyterian Church campus
  • Gathering in groups of 12 or fewer (10 students + 1 staff member + 1 intern)
  • Maintaining social distancing of at least 8’ by marking out personal bubbles for individuals on the ground
  • Requiring mask-wearing and frequent hand washing
  • Limiting the number of hours that individuals gather on campus
  • Refraining from singing during in-person activities
  • Requiring all staff, students, interns, and volunteers to complete a health check prior to arriving on campus
  • Conducting temperature checks upon arrival
  • Requiring anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to COVID-19 to stay at home and notify the PVTC team immediately




Do you offer scholarships?


Absolutely! There is a place for every student who wants to participate in PVTC, regardless of financial need. Questions? Email info@pvtc-ca.org or apply for a scholarship HERE.





Refund Policies 

1) TUITION: For our four-week, three-week, and two-week long camps, you have the option of processing your camp tuition in full, or by installments. Final payments are due at the start of the camp session. A first payment of $250 is required at the time of registration. For classes payment is due at the time of registration. Students who have not paid by the first class will not be admitted into the classroom. Tuition can be processed by credit card, check, or cash.

2) REFUNDS: $25 is non-refundable for after school class tuition. There are no refunds after the first day of class. Please see summer camp pages for detailed information about our summer 2021 camp refund policy.

3) LATE REGISTRATION: If you would like to register after the first day of a class, you may do so up until the second class meeting. After the second class meeting, we may not be able add additional students as the script has already been developed, casting has taken place, etc. We do not pro-rate classes that are added late.

4) TRIAL CLASS: We understand that some of our younger artists may be hesitant about trying a theatre class. If you have a young student and wish to test a class, please feel free to call the theatre office at (650) 530-2428 to make arrangements for a trial class before formally registering online.

​5) SCHOLARSHIPS: PVTC offers a limited amount of need-based scholarships for our after school classes and camps. Families can apply for a scholarship HERE. Questions? Please email ​info@pvtc-ca.org​ for more information.

Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory

945 Portola Road

Portola Valley, CA 94028

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