We are excited to announce our 2022-23 Classes!  We have a variety of classes for all age groups, as well as private voice lessons.  Students will be able to focus on their talents, and find new opportunities when they enroll!  Classes are offered on a 4, 6, or 8 week schedule, so students will be able to participate in other extracurricular activities they love, along with theatre!  All of our classes offer high-quality instruction, taught by instructors with college degrees and years of experience in their fields, who love teaching.  Parkway Junior Curriculum follows the NCSCOS for Theatre Arts, grades K-12.Our Fall Junior Production is The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition, and students aged 5-18 are eligible to participate.  Class enrollment is not required.  Students will pay a one-time production fee, that includes 10 weeks of acting, music, and dance instruction, as well as a Wizard of Oz production t-shirt!  

FALL 2022 CLASSES

Parkway Puppeteers

(Taught by Katie Jones)

4 Wednesdays, 4:30-6:30pm:  September 21 and 28; October 5 and 12.  $120

Ages 8-13

Learn the art of puppetry with instructor Katie Jones! During the class, you’ll learn to design, build and perform with two different styles of puppets, themed on The Wizard of Oz, which performers will use during the production!  

Acting for Teens

(Taught by Daniel Moore)

4 Saturdays, 2-5pm: November 5, 12, 19 and December 3. $100

Ages 13-18

In this class teen actors will focus on studying and interpreting text in a short time period, to build energetic and engaging characters. Students will work on individual and group material, as well as learn valuable techniques to use anywhere from the audition room to the first table read. 

Audition Technique

(Taught by Marci Bernstein)

4 Sundays, 2-4pm:  December 4 and 11; January 8 and 15 $80

Ages 13-18

Auditions can be intimidating, but not if you’re practiced and prepared! This class will help you find and polish your audition monologue so you are capable and confident every time you try out for a show.

Stars of Stagecraft

(Taught by Rachel Cort, McKinney Gough, and Carew Henry)

5 Saturdays, 2-5pm:  September 10, October 1, 8, 15, and 22 $150

Ages 13-18

If you have a student who is interested in backstage action, this is the class for you! Students will learn the design and construction process for lighting, sound, costumes, and sets, and help create and build these technical elements for our Junior productions!  

Students will also serve as running crew for the performances, and will learn sound and light board operations!

Fall Junior Production: The Wizard of Oz, Youth Edition

SPRING 2023 CLASSES

Rising Stars

(Taught by Courtney Malone)

6 Mondays, 4-5pm:  February 13-March 20 $100

Ages 4-8

Our youngest group of actors will spend time learning the best way they know how–through play! Students will work on basic stage terminology, confidence, teamwork, and creative movement through games and activities.

Private Voice Lessons 

(Taught by Courtney Malone)

Schedule dependent on teacher and family availability.  $25/lesson; minimum of 8 lessons.

New this year!  We are excited to offer private vocal instruction for our students, to better prepare them for their roles in our Fall, Spring, and Summer productions

Our private lessons are personalized for your child’s specific needs, and offered in 8 week sessions to fit your family’s schedule!  Upon registration, you’ll be sent an informational survey, and the Director of Education, Jenny Martin will contact you via email with more details.  At that time you’ll be able to set up times and dates that will work for your child’s schedule!

Playwriting Workshop

(Taught by Jenny Martin)

Daily 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom; January 23-27 $80

Ages 11-18

If you’ve ever been interested in the playwriting process, this class is for you! Students will spend the week planning, formatting, and writing dramatic and comedic scripts!  

Parkway Junior Thespians

(Taught by Jenny Martin and Marci Bernstein)

5 Saturdays, 2-4pm:  January 28, February 18, March 18, April 22, May 20  $120

Ages 13-18  

Join the Parkway Junior Thespians for a full year of instruction and fun!  This class will explore a variety of theatre skills, from acting and directing, to stage management and stage combat! Teens enrolled in this class will participate in a once-a-month workshop class during Spring Semester, and then become our Summer 2023 Apprentices. 

Our Apprentices continue to strengthen their theatrical experience, as they serve as running crew, help build sets, run lights and sound, assist with summer camps, and more! 

Parkway Junior Thespians will receive a discount for 2023 Summer Production Camp, as well as 2023-24 Parkway Junior Classes, after completing their Spring 2023 semester!  

Stars of Stagecraft

(Taught by Rachel Cort, McKinney Gough, and Carew Henry)

5 Saturdays, 2-5pm:  February 18, March 25, April 1, 22, and 29 $150

Ages 13-18

If you have a student who is interested in backstage action, this is the class for you! Students will learn the design and construction process for lighting, sound, costumes, and sets, and help create and build these technical elements for our Junior productions!  

Students will also serve as running crew for the performances, and will learn sound and light board operations!

Spring Junior Production: TBD

WIZARD OF OZ REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Director: Jenny Martin

Younger Group Director: Erika Tyner

Music Director: Roberta Whiteside

Choreographer: Collin Eten

Ages 5-8: $175

Ages 9-18: $225

Young Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado from her Kansas farm to the magical land of Oz.  There, she encounters a host of whimsical characters:  good witches, bad witches, animals that talk, scarecrows that walk, and things magical to behold.  

Students aged 5-18 are eligible to perform in The Wizard of Oz. Our younger performers (aged 5-8), will enjoy a less-intensive process, rehearsing 2 days a week with Erika Tyner and Collin Eten, as they learn music, movement, and dance.  Older performers (aged 9-18) are eligible to audition for speaking (lead) roles, or be part of the ensemble.  Older students rehearse 3 days a week and will learn acting, music, and dance with Jenny Martin, Roberta Whiteside, and Collin Eten.  The last two weeks, students will all rehearse together, as we perfect the show for our audiences!

Please make sure to check the rehearsal schedule carefully before registering your child.  Rehearsal is a collaborative process, and it is important that students attend as much as possible.  The rehearsal calendar can be found here.

Registration includes 10 weeks of acting, music, and dance instruction, led by qualified instructors, and a show t-shirt! 

DISCOUNTS

2022 Summer Apprentice Discount:  50% off classes and Fall and Spring Productions.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We offer full and partial scholarships for both classes and production fees on a case-by-case basis, to students needing financial assistance.  Our goal is to provide quality theatre instruction to ALL our students, regardless of need.  To apply for a scholarship, click here to download the application, and send to deo@parkwayplayhouse.com

If you are able, please donate to our Junior Scholarship Fund here.  Make sure to select “Junior Scholarship Fund” to apply your amount to our students in need!

COVID POLICIES

Our goal at Parkway Playhouse is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all students and staff.  Currently, masks are optional, but welcome, in all our classes and productions.  Hand washing and sanitizing procedures are encouraged.