Count Basie Theatre

Current Session


Summer Classes 2016

FOUR WAYS TO SAVE!

MULTI-COURSE DISCOUNT: $20 off for each additional 6-week or week-long class that you register for!
SIBLING DISCOUNT: $20 off for registering a sibling for a 6-week or week-long class!
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: $20 off if you register before June 10 for a 10-week class!
MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT: 10% Discount for Count Basie Theatre membership holders!

SUMMER 2016

JULY 11 THROUGH AUGUST 26

AUGUST 1-5

TEEN ACTING FOR THE STAGE

Students will strengthen performance skills through a variety of exercises and improvisational situations, all designed to help refine their acting expertise. Script work, monologues, and character development techniques will all be explored during this week-long camp experience.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9AM-11PM • AGES: 13-18 • $195

INSTRUCTOR: Robin Oddo

BROADWAY EXPRESS II

Here’s a Broadway Express session designed for the more seasoned young theater lovers. Filled with a variety of fun and engaging activities,this week-long camp promises a journey of 100% fun with plenty of singing, dancing, acting and visual arts.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:30AM-12PM • AGES: 6-8 • $165

INSTRUCTOR: Marjorie Enerson

BROADWAY BOUND

Back by popular demand! This high-energy, performance-based camp is perfect for children who love singing and experiencing the magic Off-Broadway musicals. Script work, singing, blocking musical numbers and performance techniques will be the main focus, concluded with an in-class performance at week’s end for parents and friends. *This course is full

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 1 – 4PM • AGES: 8-12 • $285

INSTRUCTORS: Melanie Taylor & Amy Fredericks

AUGUST 8-12

MUSICAL THEATER FOR KIDS

Explore the joy of musical theater through group practice of songs from all-time Broadway favorites and Disney films and presentations! This fun, week-long camp will culminate with a short in-class performance for parents and friends.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9-10:30AM • AGES: 6-8 • $165

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:30-12PM • AGES: 4-5 • $165

INSTRUCTOR: Vincent Mottern

MR. SAM’S NEIGHBORHOOD… A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Inspired by popular children’s literature, students will bring stories to life through creative theater play and songwriting. Under the guidance of this talented music educator and songwriter, students will learn as a team to discover their hidden talents and understand how music and songs can tell a story.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9-10:30AM • AGES: 4-5 • $165

INSTRUCTOR: Sam Levine

TELLING STORIES THROUGH SONGWRITING

Through a variety of exercises and prompts, songwriter and educator Sam Levine will guide students on a musical journey to explore the process of songwriting. Students will use rhyme, meter, emotion and imagery as they write the lyrics to tell personal stories in an impactful, musical way. An informal in-class presentation for parents and friends will beheld at weeks’ end.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10:30-12PM • AGES: 6-8 • $165

INSTRUCTOR: Sam Levine

TELLING STORIES THROUGH VISUAL ARTS

Using the styles of daVinci, Warhol, Miro and Van Gogh, students will explore a variety of techniques to create self-portraits. Instructor Barbara Levine - recognized by the New Jersey Art Educators Association for her work in the classroom - is known for her outstanding ability to bring out the artist in every child, empowering them with knowledge and skills of self-expression. Students will create a mini-portfolio of artwork during this visually-inspiring camp session.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9AM-12PM • AGES: 8-12 • $305

INSTRUCTOR: Barbara Levine

THINK LIKE A SHARK! CREATING A BROADWAY REVIVAL

Have you ever witnessed a Broadway revival that just didn’t get it right? We have, too. In this camp experience, students will become a creative team for a Broadway revival, tasked with creating a new vision for a beloved and well-known show. Students will then pitch the show to a mock Shark Tank-like panel of industry professionals, any of whom could potentially invest in the project. This is an exciting, well-rounded experience for budding actors, producers and directors alike!

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:30-11:30AM • AGES: 12-18 • $195

INSTRUCTOR: Steven Koumoulis

BALLROOM DANCE FOR MUSICAL THEATER

Need to improve your ballroom dancing skills? Mastering the basics of ballroom dance and partnering skills is a huge advantage for musical theater performers. Dances like the waltz, polka, foxtrot, cha-cha, swing and the Lindy appear in just about every popular high school musical – master them on the dance floor with this seasoned professional.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 11:30AM -1PM • AGES: 11-18 • $165

INSTRUCTOR: Doreen Laperdon Addison

TAP DANCE AND MUSICAL THEATER VOCAL

This camp is jam-packed with the tools you need to become a proficient and confident performer. There are so many perspectives and ideas in creating memorable performances and role interpretations -- this class will provide the skills necessary for you to gain confidence, improve skills, and, ultimately, receive a standing ovation! An in-class demonstration for parents and friends will be held at the conclusion of the camp.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 1-4PM • AGES: 8-12 • $285

INSTRUCTOR: Jessica Berger

ROCKIT! LIVE FOUNDATION SUMMER BAND CAMP

Join Rockit! At The Basie this summer and explore the dynamics of playing in a band and how to audition and perform with confidence and discipline. Students will form their own bands and choose their own songs, learn improvisation and music theory, receive audio recordings of their work and interact through activities like “Name That Riff” and rock and roll trivia. All the while, students will experience firsthand why Rockit! has produced students who have gone on to compete on NBC’s The Voice and Fox’s The X-Factor, perform with artists like Keith Urban and Steve Vai, and produce superstars like The Voice’s Jacquie Lee. Each week will culminate with a live concert for family and friends.

MONDAY-FRIDAY: 9:30AM-1:30PM • AGES: 9-16 • $350

INSTRUCTORS: Rockit! Founder and director Bruce Gallipani, Andy Greatorex, Corey Markowitz and Zac Silva

AUGUST 15-19

MAGIC 101

Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Learn the secrets of magic from Mr. Ross Bernstein, a magic professional with over a decade of experience. This camp focuses on stage magic and presentation, with students creating illusions from scratch. A performance for parents and friends will take place at the conclusion of the camp.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:30AM-12:30PM • AGES: 8-12 • $295

INSTRUCTOR: Ross Bernstein

MAGIC: A MASTER’S DEGREE

Dive even deeper into the world of illusion with Magic 101instructor Ross Bernstein! This camp focuses on stage magic and presentation, with students learning and creating illusions from scratch. An advanced magic supply kit will be provided to each student, and the camp will conclude with a performance for family and friends.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 1-4PM • AGES: 13 & UP • $295

INSTRUCTOR: Ross Bernstein

BECOMING AN ACTOR: TEEN ACTING INTENSIVE

Learn from professionals in this week-long immersion into the fascinating world of theater. As educators, directors, and performers,these instructors bring their unique perspective into one of most popular summer camps. This workshop covers monologues, scene work,character development, improvisation, movement, styles of acting,auditioning techniques, diction and much more.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:30AM-2:30PM • AGES: 13-18 • $325

INSTRUCTORS: Christopher Tomaino, Joe Russo, Steven Koumoulis, MelanieTaylor

BECOMING A MUSICAL THEATER PERFORMER

Give us a week, and we’ll give your student the tools they need to become a triple threat performer! Taught by a dynamic team of directors, choreographers and vocal coaches, this camp will strengthen your young actor’s abilities as a performer – from vocals, to dance and beyond.

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 9:30AM-2:30PM • AGES: 8-12 • $325

INSTRUCTORS: Deb Lyons, Christopher Tomaino, Amy Fredericks, Christopher Sabol, Jacqui Fisher, Melanie Taylor


ONCE-A-WEEK CLASSES

MONDAYS

ACTING FOR BEGINNERS

Using the body, voice and mind to create dynamic and believable characters, students will develop and strengthen their theatrical skills. Script and monologue work and improvisation will be covered in this class.

5:30-6:30PM • AGES: 9-12 • $125

JULY 11, 18, 25; AUGUST 1, 8, 15

INSTRUCTOR: Robin Oddo

ACTING FOR ADULTS: A THREE-WEEK PRIMER

Acting and creative expression is a great way to relieve stress –not to mention a unique opportunity to meet others with your interests! This session will teach you the basics or broaden your expertise. Be social!

7-8:30PM • AGES: ADULT • $85 PER SESSION

AUGUST 1, 15, 29

INSTRUCTOR: Bradley Mott

VOICEOVERS: A THREE-WEEK CRASH COURSE

Learn the ins and outs and skills necessary to succeed in the voiceover business! This course covers audition skills, copy interpretation,finding your character, using a microphone, breath control and voice placement.

8:30-10PM • AGES: ADULT • $85 PER SESSION

AUGUST 1, 15, 29

INSTRUCTOR: Bradley Mott

WEDNESDAYS

THREE-WEEK TEEN IMPROVISATION

This three-week class encourages risk-taking and includes a wide variety of games and exercises designed to stimulate creativity and “in the moment” thinking skills. Young actors will learn new techniques that will help when working on character development. This very popular class is taught by the Director of the Count Basie Theatre’s TeenImprov Troupe, Mike O’Keeffe.

TWO SESSIONS: JULY 13, 20, 27; AUGUST 3, 10, 17

6-7:30PM • AGES: 13 & UP • $85

INSTRUCTOR: Michael O’Keeffe

ADULT COMEDY IMPROV

A variety of theater games and group exercises will teach you the fundamentals of comedy improve! Improv Jam and Basie Teen Improv Troupe founder / director Mike O’Keeffe brings his unique style and engaging personality to one of our most popular classes.

JULY 13, 20, 27 ; AUGUST 3, 10, 17

7:30-9PM • AGES: 13 & UP • $85

INSTRUCTOR: Michael O’Keeffe

FRIDAYS

MAGIC 101: UP-CLOSE

This course focuses on close-up magic skills, and the tricks used to engage and entertain an audience. Breaking the ice and pulling an audience into your act will be taught, along with a variety of illusions involving everyday objects like rubber bands, rope, playing cards and pens. A magic supply kit will be provided to each student,and no prior experience is necessary! This six-week session concludes with a public performance.

JULY 15, 22, 29; AUGUST 5, 12, 19

4:30-6PM • AGES: 8-12 • $205

INSTRUCTOR: Ross Bernstein

SATURDAYS

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A PERFORMANCE CLASS

It’s time to put those acting skills to the test! This popular class meets for eight weeks, with students auditioning for specific roles,developing their characters and strengthening performance skills,leading to a session-ending performance for family and friends.

JULY 9, 16, 23, 30; AUGUST 6, 13, 20, 27

9:30-11:30AM • AGES: 8-12 • $235

INSTRUCTOR: Marjorie Enerson


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