Fall & Winter Class Schedule

 

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULES COMING SOON!

Grade Levels: Enroll your child in the grade level he or she will be entering in Fall 2018. Children are grouped by grade level so we may appropriately serve their developmental needs.

The symbol denotes a Creative Drama class. Please refer to the Fall Class home page for a full description of Creative Drama.

 

FALL CLASSES

 

CREATIVE DRAMA I: Discovery Journey

Preschool-Kindergarten (must be 4 years old by 9/14/18) • Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM, Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 2018 • $102 Subscribers/$112 Non-subscribers

We’ll begin with a favorite story book. Then we’ll use our bodies, voices, and imaginations to make stories and characters leap off the pages. Using story dramatization, improvisation, movement, and theatre games we’ll bring stories to life. Each week we’ll discover a new story and new adventures! Invite a friend on the final day of class to join in the fun! 

 

CREATIVE DRAMA II: Explorers

Grades 1-2 • Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM, Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 2018 • $102 Subscribers/$112 Non-subscribers

We’ll bring favorite stories and books to life using our bodies, voices, and imaginations. Each week we’ll explore a different story. Maybe we’ll add new characters, or move the setting to outer space…or…who knows? Invite a friend on the final day of class to join in the fun! 

 

CREATIVE CHARACTERS: Find Your Voice

Grades 2-3 • Saturdays, 9:00-10:15 AM, Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 2018 • $128 Subscribers/$138 Non-subscribers

Students begin to transition from creative dramatics to a more disciplined approach to theatre arts. While keeping it developmentally appropriate, young actors will begin to use scripted and original material to focus on creating a character and collaborating with others in an ensemble. This is a beginning acting class that focuses on vocal projection and fluency, expressiveness, and body awareness. Parents may attend an informal sharing on the last day of class.

 

THE DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE & DES MOINES ART CENTER PRESENT:

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Grades 1-2 • Mondays, 4:30-5:45 PM, Sept. 10-Nov. 12, 2018 • Sept. 10-24 at the Art Center • Oct. 1-Nov. 12 at the Playhouse • $159 Playhouse Subscribers or Art Center Members/$169 Non-subscribers & Non-members

Spend the first three weeks at the Art Center creating backdrops and props you will need for your performance. Then move to the Playhouse, rehearsing and polishing the script, based on the hilarious fractured fairy tale by Jon Scieszka. Parents are invited on the last day of class for an informal showcase.

 

THE DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE & DES MOINES ART CENTER PRESENT:

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Grades 3-5 • Mondays, 4:30-5:45 PM, Sept. 10-Nov. 12, 2018 • Sept. 10-24 at the Art Center • Oct. 1-Nov. 12 at the Playhouse • $159 Playhouse Subscribers or Art Center Members/$169 Non-subscribers & Non-members

Spend the first three weeks at the Art Center creating backdrops and props you will need for your performance. Then come to the Playhouse for the final seven weeks, rehearsing and polishing the script, based on the bestseller by Liesl Shurtliff.

 

KIDS INVENT THEATRE: Building Blocks

Grades 4-6 • Saturdays, 10:00-11:30 AM, Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 2018 • $159 Subscribers/$169 Non-subscribers

Wanted: young actors who are ready to take the stage. Work on vocal projection, diction, body awareness, and creating a character, along with other performance skills, using scenes from past and current Playhouse shows as your material. Rehearse, polish, and present a showcase of scenes for an audience of families and friends. All levels of experience welcome!

 

BEGINNING TAP

Teens & Adults • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 2018 • $55 Subscribers/$65 Non-subscribers

A course for those who have not taken tap and those who would like a refresher. Taught by veteran Playhouse actor and teacher Mark Morrison!

 

INTERMEDIATE TAP

Teens & Adults • Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, 2018 • $55 Subscribers/$65 Non-subscribers

A course for those comfortable with the basics of tap who have studied for at least one year. Taught by veteran Playhouse actor and teacher Mark Morrison!

 

WINTER CLASSES

 

CREATIVE DRAMA I: Destination Imagination

Preschool-Kindergarten • Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM, Jan. 5-Mar. 9, 2019 • $128 Subscribers/$138 Non-subscribers

Each week find a different book in the magic trunk to dramatize, along with other special items that we can use to tell the story. Is it a pencil or a giant’s toothpick? What else could it be? The sky’s the limit when we use our imaginations. Invite a friend or parent to join in the fun on the final class.

 

CREATIVE DRAMA II: Story Quest

Grades 1-2 • Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 AM, Jan. 5-Mar. 9, 2019 • $128 Subscribers/$138 Non-subscribers

Each class always starts with a good story, straight off the pages of a book. Where will be go from there? It’s up to you! Beginning acting skills, body awareness, self-expression, and literacy skills are reinforced. Students may invite a friend or parent on the last day to join in the fun!

 

CREATIVE CHARACTERS: Act it Out!

Grades 2-3 • Saturdays, 9:00-10:15 AM, Jan. 5-Mar. 9, 2019 • $159 Subscribers/$169 Non-subscribers

Students continue to transition to a more disciplined approach to theatre arts. While keeping it developmentally appropriate, young actors will begin to use scripted and original material to focus on creating a character and collaborating with others in an ensemble. This is a beginning acting class that will focus on vocal projection and fluency, expressiveness, and body awareness. Parents may attend an informal sharing on the last day of class.

 

THE DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE & DES MOINES ART CENTER PRESENT: The Gruffalo

Grades 1-2 • Mondays, 4:30-5:45 PM, Feb. 11-May 13, 2019 • Feb. 11-Mar. 4 at the Playhouse •

Mar. 11 & Apr. 1-15 at the Art Center • Apr. 22-May 13 at the Playhouse • $181 Playhouse Subscribers or Art Center Members /$191 Non-subscribers & Non-members

Spend the first four weeks at the Playhouse getting to know the story and script and auditioning for roles. Spend the next four weeks at the Art Center creating backdrops and props you will need for your performance. Then come back to the Playhouse to rehearse and polish the script based on the hilarious fractured fairy tale by Jon Scieszka. Parents are invited on the last day of class for an informal showcase.

 

THE DES MOINES COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE & DES MOINES ART CENTER PRESENT: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Grades 3-5 • Mondays, 4:30-5:45 PM, Feb. 11-May 13, 2019 • Feb. 11-Mar. 4 at the Playhouse •

Mar. 11 & Apr. 1- 15 at the Art Center • Apr. 22-May 13 at the Playhouse • $181 Playhouse Subscribers or Art Center Members /$191 Non-subscribers & Non-members

Spend the first four weeks at the Playhouse getting to know the story and script and auditioning for roles. Spend the next four weeks at the Art Center creating backdrops and props you will need for your performance. Then come back to the Playhouse to rehearse and polish the script based on the bestselling book by Trenton Lee Stewart. Parents are invited on the last day of class for an informal showcase.

 

KIDS INVENT THEATRE: Playmakers

Grades 4-6 • Saturdays, 10:00-11:45 AM, Jan. 5-Mar. 9, 2019 • $191 Subscribers/$201 Non-subscribers

Put those newly-honed acting skills to work, rehearsing and performing a play. Continue to work on diction, character development, and body awareness while also exploring ensemble building. Perform the play on the final day of class for family and friends!

*This class builds on the fall session’s Kids Invent Theatre: Building Blocks, however new students may sign up if they wish.

 

WINTER BREAK WORKSHOPS

Students should bring a lunch and a snack to full-day camps.

Extended care is available for Winter Break camps from 7:30-9:00 AM. The fee is $6.00 per session per day. This is not a drop-in service; children must be pre-registered. After care is not available for Winter Break workshops.

 

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Grades 1-2 • Dec. 27-28, 2018; Jan. 3-4, 2019 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM • $90 Subscribers/$100 Non-subscribers for each two-day session

What’s this theatre thing all about anyway? Act out stories, learn a showtune or two, dive into the costume closet, and explore backstage to discover how the magic of theatre is created. This introduction to all things Playhouse is the perfect way to familiarize students with the magical world of theatre.

 

TWO DAY PLAY

Grades 3-6 • Dec. 27-28, 2018; Jan. 3-4, 2019 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM • $90 Subscribers/$100 Non-subscribers for each two-day session

Audition, rehearse and perform a short play for family and friends, all within two days!