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Fall 2020 Course Catalog

PAA offers a variety of classes during our Fall and Spring Semesters in Acting, Voice, Dance, Tech, Music, and more. 

Below you’ll find class descriptions for the classes offered during our Fall 2020 semester. Please check out our Fall Semester page for the days and times these classes are offered.

Classes for Pre-K & Early Elementary

Theatre Movement and Music (ages 3-Kindergarten)

This beginners class will provide an opportunity for your kiddo to get creative and get moving every week! We’ll listen to stories, play make believe, engage in body movement, and enjoy music as an introduction to the art of theater. Students who want to play with friends, learn new ways to express themselves, and put on their imagination caps will appreciate this 45 minute class with Ms. Stephanie. 

Classes for Elementary

Acting

Improv (grades 2-12)

Improv is a type of theatre in which the characters and story are made up in the moment, with a suggestion or idea to jump things off. There are improv games, some rules that make it all possible, and a whole lot of saying “yes” to others’ offers in the scenes! It encourages leadership, fellowership, and teaches students to support each other, embrace what makes them individuals and helps to leave stage fright in the dust.

In this Improv class for Elementary grades 2-6, students will learn the principles of improvisation, including basic rules like “yes, and!, rhythm, and listening…. all while having fun and building confidence.

Monologues (grades 2-12)

Students will learn how to choose an audition monologue that is right for them personally, as well as a piece for  the show for which they are auditioning. They will explore reading exercises with verb play, mime, partner interaction and character analysis. It’s fun to pretend to be someone else!

Music

Beginning Piano (grades 4-12)

Description Coming Soon!

Performance Class

Musical Theater: Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr (grades 2-6)

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, and math through clever, tuneful songs is lighting up stages everywhere.

The story follows Tom, a young schoolteacher, who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. Memorable songs as “Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction” bring his lesson plans vividly to life.

Dance

Hip Hop (grades 2-12)

In this class, students will get in touch with their individual style and confidence. This high energy class will feature a challenging warm up, breakdowns of intricate footwork and body isolations, and fun, upbeat combinations. Hip Hop has evolved greatly over the years and this class will celebrate that by teaching a variety of styles and eras to the dancers. 

Tap (grades 2-12)

This musical theater staple is crucial to master and what better time to start than now? Students will be guided through the basic foundational steps and then taken through more complex combinations as the level advances.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Theatre Jazz (grades 2-12)

This class focuses on Jazz technique with a Musical Theatre application. Students will participate in a warm up, learn advanced jazz skills and finish class with a combination in the style of Musical Theatre dance featuring music from all your favorite Broadway shows!

Conquering the Dance Audition (grades 2-12)

Whether you dance like Fred Astaire or you have two left feet, knowing some tools and tricks can help you shine in your dance audition! This class will lead students through tactics to show off their confidence, best attributes, and let their personalities shine. Dance auditions can be intimidating, but when you know what to expect, and how to put your best foot forward, there is nothing to fear! Learn the ins and outs of the process and take part in stress free “mock” auditions to be ready to conquer your next audition with ease. 

Classes for Middle & High School

Acting

Improv (grades 2-12)

Improv is a type of theatre in which the characters and story are made up in the moment, with a suggestion or idea to jump things off. There are improv games, some rules that make it all possible, and a whole lot of saying “yes” to others’ offers in the scenes! It encourages leadership, fellowership, and teaches students to support each other, embrace what makes them individuals and helps to leave stage fright in the dust.

In addition to Improv basics, students will learn how to develop improv characters that go beyond just a funny voice, building characters that that have depth and dimension.

Monologues (grades 2-12)

The class will focus on verb choices, marking  beats and script analysis to develop character authentically. The class will also include some on camera acting techniques to help students adapt as necessary.

Tech

Playwriting (grades 7-12)

Description coming soon!

Scenic Design (grades 6-12)

An introductory course, which explores the role of scenic design in successful theatrical production. The scenic designer is tasked with interpreting a script and providing a visual representation of a playwright’s work. Successful design should include both the required functional elements laid out in the script, while also creatively encompassing the mood, atmosphere, and themes in any given play. In this class students will learn how to read a script for context clues and develop inspiration boards, while also learning the basics of sketching and model building. Whether a student is interested in backstage work or onstage performance, learning how all parts of theatrical production come together develops a mutual respect for every participant’s role in the creative process, while also fostering well-rounded artists.

Theatrical Makeup 1 (grades 7-12)

Learn the art of makeup creation. From a basic application to creating fantasy and gore, this class will give you the fundamental skills to remake a face as the director desires. Learn about highlight and shadow and play with dimension and color. All of your projects will be compiled into your very own makeup demo binder!

There will be a $15 processing fee to buy each student their own make up kit for the class.

Music

Beginning Piano (grades 4-12)

Description Coming Soon!

Dance

Hip Hop (grades 2-12)

Hip Hop was developed out of urban street style dance. This is an energetic, and dynamic class that builds on the technique, steps, and style established in our Hip Hop basic level. Teacher placement required if you have not completed Hip Hop in previous semesters at PAA Colorado. Build your strength, style, and performance thru this fun class.

Tap (grades 2-12)

This musical theater staple is crucial to master and what better time to start than now? Students will be guided through the basic foundational steps and then taken through more complex combinations as the level advances.

Purchase of tap shoes is required prior to start of class. Preferably a black tied tap shoe that can be picked up at any dance shoe store.

Theatre Jazz (grades 2-12)

This class focuses on Jazz technique with a Musical Theatre application. Students will participate in a warm up, learn advanced jazz skills and finish class with a combination in the style of Musical Theatre dance featuring music from all your favorite Broadway shows!

Conquering the Dance Audition (grades 2-12)

Whether you dance like Fred Astaire or you have two left feet, knowing some tools and tricks can help you shine in your dance audition! This class will lead students through tactics to show off their confidence, best attributes, and let their personalities shine. Dance auditions can be intimidating, but when you know what to expect, and how to put your best foot forward, there is nothing to fear! Learn the ins and outs of the process and take part in stress free “mock” auditions to be ready to conquer your next audition with ease. 

Performance Class

Musical Theater: The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee (grades 7-12)

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

One Act Play: 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse by Don Zolidis (grades 6-12)

It’s the end of the world and hordes of rampaging zombies are about to kill you. What do you do? Try your hand at kung fu against the undead? Attempt to reason with creatures that would rather eat brains than use them? Turn to this handy and hilarious guide to survive the apocalypse! (Hint: sacrifice the weak is step number one.)

Radio Play: Alice in Wonderland (grades 6-12)

Before there was television, there was the radio! Students who enroll in the Radio Play performance class will have the opportunity to create character voices, learn how to build foley sound effects and develop the skill to deliver a purely acoustic performance. Designed for 6th – 12th graders, this class will take up to 20 students and will meet in person one day a week, and online one day a week. 

Using a script first created by the Columbia Workshop in 1937, students will be telling the story of Alice in Wonderland using only dialogue, music and sound! 

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