Monday, February 27, 2012
Theater program offers unique training
The Patel Conservatory theater department has undergone some exciting changes in the past year.
Utilizing the expertise of our instructors in dance, music and theater, we’re now able to offer a unique, more intensive program for musical theater students.
“What we’re doing here is extraordinary,” said music chair Gregory Ruffer. A longtime voice and choir instructor, Ruffer hasn’t seen a similar school which offers specialized training in voice, acting and dance in one program.
In previous years, musical theater classes were taught by one theater instructor. With our new approach, students are now taught by three different instructors, each an expert in his/her field.
“We’ve already noticed the caliber of our students has greatly improved,” said Ami Sallee, theater department chair. “Students are progressing more quickly, becoming stronger and more professional.”
In addition to their acting and theater training, students who enroll in our musical theater classes also receive specialized voice training from a vocal arts instructor, and dance training with a dance teacher who helps them increase their knowledge and abilities in various dance styles.
The acting industry is competitive enough. Actors who are also strong singers and dancers become what the industry calls a ‘triple threat.’ Through the musical theater program at the Patel Conservatory, actors hone and broaden their skill set in order to become more versatile and experienced performers.
All classes culminate in a full-scale production on one of our stages at the Straz Center, giving students the professional experience of rehearsals and performance. Each show is designed to give students the best experience for their ages and skill levels.
Registration is now open for our summer musical theater programs, as well as more than 70 classes in voice, acting, dance and music (orchestra, jazz and rock).
Housing options are available for summer intensives. For questions or more information, please call 813-222-1002. Click here to view our full summer brochure online.
Students, grade 9-college
June 11 - 30, 2012
Experience a three-week intensive putting together a full-length rock musical that will challenge your theater, music, dance and critical thinking skills.
Grades 3 - 8
July 2 - 21, 2012
Explore the beautiful story as told by Disney®. Intense dance, theater and music rehearsals culminate in a full production of this classic tale.
Grades 5 - college
June 11 - 15, 2012
Fun and rigorous training in dance, theater and music. Study and perform songs and scenes from famous Broadway musicals including 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Newsies, Annie, Brooklyn, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and more.
Grades 5 - college
Aug. 6 - 10, 2012
Fun and rigorous training in dance, theater and music. Study and perform songs and scenes from famous Broadway musicals including Chicago, Cabaret, Smokey Joe's Café, Pajama Game, Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls and more.
MORE SUMMER INTENSIVES
Additional intensive courses of study are available this summer, including in acting, voice and dance.
Grades 7 - college
July 16 - 27, 2012
Learn to comprehend and deliver Shakespearean text. A vigorous approach to one of the Bard's classic tales.
Grades 5 - 8
July 30 - Aug. 10, 2012
Study, adapt and perform a selected collection of Aesop’s Fables.
Ages 16 - 25
July 9 - 20, 2012
For serious singers who wish to pursue a professional singing career. Nationally recognized artist-teachers guide students through the study of arias, art song, opera and musical theater scenes, diction and group and private voice lessons. This program includes lessons, performances, master classes and workshops. Audition required. Housing options are available.
Click here for more info on additional summer vocal arts programs are available.