5th thru 12th Grades

Fall Class Registration opens on
Monday, August 7th

CLASS DISCOUNT
Invest in more learning, register for two or more classes and receive 5% off your classes.  Bring a lunch or snack and enjoy it with friends in between classes.

CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancel your place in class 1 week prior to the beginning of classes for a full refund minus a $50 processing fee. No refund will be given after that. Returned Checks: $45 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

2023-24 CLASSES

Black Box Studio 1, Grades 5-7

Time to take acting to the next level.  By using improv games, scripted scene analysis and acting exercises, students will discover the innovative techniques of Spolin, Meisner, Adler and Stanislavski.  Students learn to find their objective in a scene, how to build a character, as well as how to analyze a script.  This class concludes with a showcase of scenes.

Final Performance on last day of class at 12:30 pm.

Cost: $240
Time: 11:30-1:00
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 16-Nov 4
Winter Schedule: Saturdays, Jan 6-Feb 24 (Snow Date March 2)

Invest in more learning, register for two or more classes and receive 5% off your classes. On Saturdays, consider also joining The Singing Artist from 1:15-3:15 pm.  Bring a lunch and enjoy it with friends in between classes.

Black Box Studio 2, Grades 8-12

Black Box Studio 2 is setting the stage for solid professional acting habits. We start with proper warm-ups, get on our feet with theater games and improv, delve into script analysis and scene preparation, and work to get in tune with our instincts which brings out the truthfulness of acting, all while having tons of FUN in the process.

Every performer is different! We teach various acting techniques to find which one resonates with each actor.  While the primary technique is Meisner Technique, other influences include Stella Adler, Viola Spolin, Terry Schreiber, The Barrow Group and Stanislavski. Familiar with this scene?  Performers who have taken Black Box Studio 2 twice will have the option of working on a Shakespeare or Chekhov scene.

Final Performance on last day of class at 4:30 pm.

Cost: $320
Time: 3:30-5:30
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Saturdays, Sept 16-Nov 4
Winter Schedule: Saturdays, Jan 6-Feb 24 (Snow Date March 2)

Invest in more learning, register for two or more classes and receive 5% off your classes. On Saturdays, consider also joining The Singing Artist from 1:15-3:15 pm.  

THE Singing Artist, Grades 5-12

It’s time to shine as a soloist, and glisten as a group. In The Singing Artist, performers develop healthy singing habits and discover how to interpret a song and perform a solo with the help of the David Craig Technique. Every performer receives individual vocal and acting instruction with our Musical Director and Director Therese Walden-Murphy. All classes and concerts will be accompanied by our Musical Director, giving performers the opportunity to learn to lead an accompanist.

Cost: $350
Time: 1:30-3:30

Fall Schedule:
Saturdays, Sept 16-Nov 4
8 Lessons plus additional rehearsals for Holiday Cheer Concert on Main Stage: Nov 11: 12:30-3:30, Nov 18: 12:30-3:30, Nov 27: 4:30-6:30, Nov 30: 4:30-7:30
Holiday Cheer Concert: Friday, Dec 1
Call time: 4:30
Show at 5:00-6:00 pm.

Winter Schedule:
Saturdays, Jan 6-Feb 25 (Snow Date March 4)
8 Lessons plus additional rehearsals for Future Stars Benefit on Main Stage: Feb 25: 1:00-4:00, March 3: 1:00-4:00, March 8: 4:30-7:30
Future Stars Benefit: March 9: Call time 12:30, Show at 2:00.

Invest in more learning, register for two or more classes and receive 5% off your classes. On Saturdays consider joining our Black Box 2 class from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Uptown Singers, Grades 6-12

The Uptown Singers gives your performer pre-professional musical theatre training, teaching soloists to listen to the lyrics of a song as well as themselves, all while telling a story. The Uptown Singers will create a cabaret-style show of solos, duets and group numbers which is then performed at multiple area locations and events. Performers continue to develop the skill to carry a harmony line, perform a solo of professional quality and dance.

It is recommended that performers take The Singing Artist (formerly WCStudio Singers), or Glee Week camp at least once before auditioning for Uptown! Singers. Admission is by audition only. 

To Audition: Performers need to submit a video of a song which highlights their vocal strength and ability to interpret and perform a song.

Submissions need to be received by: September 1st, submit all videos to: therese@uptownwestchester.org

Cost: $370
Time: 6:00-8:30

Fall Schedule: Sept 19-Nov 21 (No Class Oct 31)
10 Lessons plus additional rehearsals for Holiday Cheer Concert on Main Stage: Nov 11: 12:30-3:30, Nov 18: 12:30-3:30, Nov 27: 4:30-6:30, Nov 30: 4:30-7:30
Holiday Cheer Concert: Friday, Dec 1
Call time: 4:30
Show at 5:00-6:15 pm.

Winter Schedule:
Tuesdays, Jan 9-March 5
10 Lessons plus additional rehearsals for Future Stars Benefit on Main Stage: Feb 25: 1:00-4:00, March 3: 1:00-4:00, March 8: 4:30-7:30
Future Stars Benefit: March 9: Call time 12:30, Show at 2:00.

Acting for the Camera, Grades 6-12

Fall Class: Discover what goes into auditioning for and shooting TV commercials as well as using a teleprompter.  All performers will work with a professional actor as they shoot multiple commercials, then watch the playbacks and discuss improvements made. A few classes will be spent on learning how to use a teleprompter. The most exciting discovery performers make is realizing how important it is to bring their unique personality to the camera.

Winter Class: Work with a professional actor/director as you learn to navigate the world of TV and Film. During each class of shooting, performers will watch their work, discuss improvements made and discover adjustments which will improve their performances. In addition everyone will learn the process of TV and Film auditioning as well as set etiquette.

Final Performance on last day of class at 5:30 pm.

Cost: $240
Time: 4:30-6:00
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: The Focus will be on TV Commercials/Teleprompter
Mondays, Sept 18-Nov 6
Winter Schedule: The focus will be on TV & Film Scenes
Mondays, Jan 8-Feb 26 (Snow Date March 4)

Invest in more learning, register for two or more classes and receive 5% off your classes. On Mondays, consider also joining Audition Prep.

Audition Prep, Grades 6-12

Discover what everyone wants to know: How to give a great audition! Learn to bring yourself into the audition room and use your unique self in your monologues, songs and sides. Miss Maggie and Miss Therese are so excited to teach this class together and help you learn to give awesome auditions!

Final Performance on last day of class at 7:00 pm.

Cost: $240
Time: 6:00-7:30
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Mondays, Sept 18-Nov 6
Winter Schedule: Mondays, Jan 8-Feb 26 (Snow Date March 4)

Improvisation, Grades 7-12

Let your performer discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiosity and authenticity. Through coaching, exercises, creative games and short-form scenes, students will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative. These skills will not only help your performer as an actor but also at school in learning how to connect with people socially. This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.

Final Performance on last day of class at 5:00 pm.

Cost: $160
Time: 4:30-5:30
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Tuesdays, Sept 19-Nov 14 (No class Oct 31)
Winter Schedule: Tuesdays, Jan 9-Feb 27 (Snow Date March 5)

Youth Improvisation, Grades 4-6

Let your performer discover the joys of improv by utilizing their own innate sense of play, curiosity and authenticity. Through coaching, exercises, creative games and short-form scenes, students will learn how to be more spontaneous, trusting and cooperative. These skills will not only help your performer as an actor but also at school in learning how to connect with people socially. This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice.

Final Performance on last day of class at 6:15 pm.

Cost: $160
Time: 5:45-6:45
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Tuesdays, Sept 19-Nov 14 (No class Oct 31)
Winter Schedule: Tuesdays, Jan 9-Feb 27 (Snow Date March 5)

Advanced Improv, Grades 7-12

Let’s take: “Yes, And” to the next level!  This class will continue to teach more and more advanced Improvisation games and exercises as well as short form scene.

Final Presentation on last day of class at 6:30 pm.

Cost: $160
Time: 6:00-7:00
Lessons: 8

Fall Schedule: Wednesdays, Sept 20-Nov 8
Winter Schedule: Wednesdays, Jan 10-Feb 28 (Snow Date March 6)