Classes at American Stage

Ignite your creative voice!

We offer youth classes for grades K-12. Classes during the school year take place at American Stage, and classes during the summer take place at our offsite summer campus. Students choose from a variety of classes: from an introduction to theatre as a storytelling art form, to building and honing their acting technique.

While American Stage Teaching Artists are some of Tampa Bay Area’s most accomplished professional actors, directors, and theatre artists, students do not need previous experience to participate in our youth classes.

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Disney Dreams: Songs & Stories
Grades K-2

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Do you dream in Disney music? Students will explore the characters and songs of their favorite stories, movies, and musicals! Featuring music from “The Lion King,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas,” “101 Dalmatians,” “Toy Story” and “Hercules,” this course will feature spectacular songs as students craft original scenes and characters inspired by the music they love. These young artists will discover the basics of acting, voice, and movement as they develop unique characters, stories, and sing their hearts out. The class will culminate in a Final Sharing  demonstrating what students learned throughout the semester.

Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 2 – Nov 18
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Instructor: TBA
Performance: Saturday, Nov 18th.
Tuition: $265
Financial Aid form available here

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Final Showcase: Saturday, Apr. 16
Tuition: $240

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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Musical Theatre Dreams: Scenes into Songs
Grades 3-5

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Young artists have big imaginations filled with unique ideas, characters, and songs. Students will learn basic voice, movement, and acting technique as they explore some of the most popular and inspirational songs about big dreams like: “Somewhere Out There”, “I just Can’t Wait to be King”, “Pure Imagination”, “If I only had a Brain”, and more!  As we discover the lyrics and meanings behind the music, students will develop acting and writing technique as they craft unique characters and original scenes inspired by these songs. The class will culminate in Final Sharing of their scenes into songs.

Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 2 – Nov 18
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Instructor: TBA
Performance: Saturday, Nov 18th.
Tuition: $265
Financial aid form available here

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall: Saturdays, September 3 – November 19
Time: 10am – 12pm at American Stage
Instructor: TBD
Final Sharing: Saturday, November 19
Tuition: $265

 

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ON THE HORIZON:
Musical Storytellers
Grades 6-8

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“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams…”
-Arthur O’Shaughnessy

This semester, the ON THE HORIZON Ensemble will craft a Musical Theatre cabaret in their own voices. Under the guidance of a professional director/playwright, these young artists will explore the process of collaborative scene-writing and songwriting. The final piece will be performed on our MainStage, and include a series of scenes and songs, some written by students, and some pulled from popular musicals and classic plays.

This experience challenges young people to build their acting, writing, voice, movement, and teamwork skills. Through this artistic process, students will explore WHY musical theatre matters, and how powerful it can be.

No experience necessary! Students new to musical theatre are just as encouraged to participate as students with previous experience. Creating an original cabaret asks each artist in the ensemble to bring their unique strengths and voices to the table.

Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 2 – Nov 18
Time: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Instructor: Sarah Pullman-Atanacio
Performance: Saturday, Nov 18th.
Tuition: $265
Financial aid form available here

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Final Showcase: Saturday, April 16
Tuition: $260

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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SPARK Original Production
Grades 9-12

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This semester, the SPARK Teen Ensemble will craft an original play inspired by the themes and characters of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

These young artists will work with a professional director/playwright to create, rehearse, and perform a one act play, which will run for 2 performances on the set of our MainStage professional production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. This experience challenges students to elevate their acting, voice, movement, and writing technique. Through the process, students will explore WHY theatre matters, and how powerful it can be.

Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 2 – Dec 2 (no class Nov 25)
Time: Saturdays 10am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Healy
Performance: Tuesday, Dec 5 at 7pm.
Tuition: $495
Financial aid form available here

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Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Tuition: $270

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

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SPARK Improv Team
Ages 13-18

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SPARK IMPROV Team is an extension of American Stage Improv for teens. Improv isn’t just crazy fun, it is a necessary and fundamental skill-set for ALL theatre artists. SPARK IMPROV ignites awareness, intellect, and artistry in young adults as communicators and collaborators. These young artists will work together from September 2017 – May 2018, each Sunday afternoon (excluding holidays).
They will explore the basics of working as a troupe/ensemble, hone their creative voices, and collaborate to develop honest, impromptu scenework, and an original longform improv format. They will also explore various genres of improv.

The SPARK IMPROV Team will perform multiple times throughout the year, for youth final sharings, as well as the quarterly American Stage Improv student festivals (alongside other teams of adult improv students). Toward the end of their year together, there will even be opportunities for this team to perform in House Teams Live, alongside our professional improv teams.

Young artists, ages 13-18, must participate in a fun, 2-hour audition process that will allow us to see each player’s unique qualities, and their how they collaborate with an ensemble. Players may have varying levels of experience, as long as they fit together as a balanced team with an array of strengths.

Schedule: Sundays, Sept 3 – May 5
(no rehearsal Nov 26, Dec 24 & 31, April 1)
Time: Sundays 1pm-3pm
Coach/Director: Matt Schwartz
Performances: (subject to change)
Youth Final Sharing, Nov 25th & May 5
ASI Student Improv Festivals: Dec 17 & March 18
House Teams Live, April 15
Tuition: $72/month (Sept-May) Call or Click through to payment screen to set up a monthly pay plan
Financial aid form available here

Enroll Today

Schedule: 12 weeks
Winter: Saturdays, Jan. 30 – Apr. 16
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm at American Stage
Instructor: American Stage Education Facility
Tuition: $270

To be added to the waiting list for this session, please call American Stage Education at
(727) 823-1600 ext. 204.

COMING SOON!