CIVIC THEATRE CLASSES

CIVIC CLASSES

 The South Bend Civic Theatre offers classes for grades K-12 and for adults. Classes include Creative Dramatics for K-2nd grade, which develops imaginative thought and creative expressions; Theatre Basics for 3rd-5th grade, which builds on the imaginative foundation and introduces fundamental stage techniques; and CIVIC Company, which fully immerses and prepares the next generation of well-rounded actors.

Adult offerings include both private voice and acting lessons as well as classes.

All classes and workshops must have at least 6 participants registered; enrollment lower than six will result in class cancellation.

 

Classes and Workshops begin in September and run through May

Browse Classes:

CREATIVE DRAMATICS | K-2nd Grade

Creative Drama is an integrative process that develops imaginative thought and creative expression in children.  Through the use of movement, pantomime, improvisation, story dramatization and group discussion, children acquire language and communication skills, social awareness, problem-solving abilities, self-concept enhancement, and an understanding of theatre. 

Nov 6 – Dec 18 | Sat | 9:30-10:30am

Actors Lost in Space

Grades K-2nd

Skills Focused: Acting, Devising & Improv, Art Project, Movement & Choreography

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Blast-off into space as we become explorers of the galaxy! Create your very own spacesuit, climb into your rocket and blast off into space as we explore new worlds, and imagine what far out alien races look, move and sound like.  This class will focus on the voice, through play and imaginative storytelling. Students will explore what it means to alter tone, pitch, volume and pace to create out of this world characters.

 

$125

Feb 26 – Apr 2 | Sat | 9:30-10:30am

Superheroes & Villains

Grades K-2nd

Skills Focused: Acting, Stage Combat, Movement, Vocal Development

You must decide- are you good or are you evil? Create a superhero or supervillain, craft a superpower like no other and step forward for your own epic final showdown, in this super class. Do you have what it takes?  In this class, students will use their voices and bodies to explore how sound and action help craft characters and aid in scene creation. They will be introduced to beginning stage combat and use their imagination, sound exploration, guided storytelling, and improvisation to create their own super characters. Then they will work together to write and act out their own scenes between good and evil. Who will be triumphant?

$125

Feb 26 – Apr 2 | Sat | 9:30-10:30am

Jump Off the Page

Grades K-2nd

Skills Focused: Acting, Devising & Improv, Memorization 

Did you know literacy and theater go hand in hand? Studies show that participating in theater at a young age can improve reading, language, and communication skills! Whether you love to read, love to be read to, or simply love to act out a good story, this 6-week class will spark your creative joy.  Each week, students will be introduced to a new book and have the opportunity to create a performance. We will use theater games, improvisation, and rapid-fire theater to literally take the story off the page and put it on its feet.

$125

THEATRE BASICS | 3rd-5th Grade

Theatre Basics builds on the imaginative foundation solidified in the Creative Dramatics curriculum. Classes introduce fundamental stage technique and the vocabulary required for success on the stage

Nov 6 – Dec 18 | Sat |11:00-12:00pm

Jr. Improv: Intro to “Yes and…”

Grades 3rd – 5th

Learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters and present them in the most awe-inspiring way. This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. This class offers the no fear approach to acting without a script all while mastering the improv skill of “Yes, and…” in a safe and creative environment.

$125

Feb 26 – Apr 2 | Sat | 11:00-12:00pm

Musical Theatre: Triple Threat

Grades 3rd- 5th

Any actor who wants to get serious about musical theatre knows that you want to be a “triple threat”: strong in singing, acting, and dancing. This class will focus on all three areas, helping students to build skills that will make them into the next Broadway star!

$125

Apr 23 – May 28 | Sat |11:00-12:00pm

Playmakers Workshop

Grades 3rd – 5th

Ever wondered what it takes to create an original play?  From developing characters, to a plot, to stage directions, this camp will work as an ensemble to create an original piece.  Participants will function as writers, actors, directors, and designers, so there’s something for everyone in this class.

$125

CIVIC Company | 5th - 12th Grade

We created the Company to train students to fully immerse and prepare the next generation of well-rounded actors. We provide in-depth classes in a variety of theatre arts, each taught by diverse instructors including working professionals to award-winning educators. With the new year of company we have fully embraced the power of social opportunities to engage students in our five C’s: Creativity, Curiosity, Compassion, Civility, and Collaboration. The SBCT faculty works together to develop an integrated curriculum teaching classes in an assortment of subjects which give an in-depth understanding to the craft of theatre.

Sept 13 – May 28 | Sun | 4:00-5:30pm

Jr. Company

Grades 5th – 8th

Workshops led by working, industry professionals, and award-winning artists.

Participation in the Winter & Spring Showcases. 

  • Winter: Dec. 18 (11:00am) | Spring: May 28 (11:00am)

Private final dress invitation for certain CIVIC productions and talk-back with directors & actors. 

Two (2) trips a year to a professional regional production

  • Frozen (Chicago) Saturday, Jan. 22 | Hairspray (Morris Performing Arts) Saturday, Mar. 12

Two (2) Social-team building excursions

  • Industry inspired team building exercises that teach students how to navigate and succeed in the industry. 
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park – Collaboration with the Entertainment Dept. 

Exclusive Performance Opportunities

  • SBCT Company collaborates with other community organizations to provide performing opportunities to members of our company. 
  • “Sadako & the 1000 Paper Cranes” Intensive Production

$850

Sept 13 – May 28 | Sun | 5:30- 7:00pm

Company

Grades 9th – 12th

Workshops led by working, industry professionals, and award-winning artists.

Participation in the Winter & Spring Showcases. 

  • Winter: Dec. 18 (11:00am) | Spring: May 28 (11:00am)

Private final dress invitation for certain CIVIC productions and talk-back with directors & actors. 

Two (2) trips a year to a professional regional production

  • Frozen (Chicago) Saturday, Jan. 22 | Hairspray (Morris Performing Arts) Saturday, Mar. 12

Two (2) Social-team building excursions

  • Industry inspired team building exercises that teach students how to navigate and succeed in the industry. 
  • Cedar Point Amusement Park – Collaboration with the Entertainment Dept. 

Exclusive Performance Opportunities

  • SBCT Company collaborates with other community organizations to provide performing opportunities to members of our company. 
  • “Sadako & the 1000 Paper Cranes” Intensive Production

$850

Private Voice Lessons | Grades 6-Adult

Whether you are looking to strengthen your skills or prepare for an upcoming audition you can register for private lessons from our award-winning faculty. In these one-on-one sessions, each lesson will be customized to the student level with a focus on creating individual goals to help the student practice, polish, and perfect their audition material.

Sept 13 – May 28 | Mon, Wed, Thurs | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Private Voice Lessons

SIX PRIVATE LESSONS Grades 6-Adult

Gain an understanding of your voice with professional vocal coaches. Material used will either come from the teacher or be tailored for an upcoming audition or current production material.  Parents/guardians will be asked to wait in a separate area during these sessions to create the optimal learning environment for the student.

$150

Sept 13 – May 28 | Mon, Wed, Thurs | 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Private Acting Lessons

SIX PRIVATE LESSONS Grades 6-Adult

For Acting training, we believe absolutely nothing beats taking a class. Acting is a team sport and you learn so much from being in a relationship with your classmates. However, when those intense auditions arise, you may find yourself needing a great coach. Partner with our award-winning faculty to help you shine on your next college or professional audition.

$150

Adult Connection | Adult 18+

The Adult Connection is specifically designed to discover the actor in you in a supportive and creative environment. Whether you’ve never been on the stage before, or just want to brush up on your acting skills by reinforcing fundamental acting techniques, these courses will provide the tools necessary to succeed on the stage. Classes focus not only on providing valuable theatrical skills which bridge into your professional life, but also an incredible way to socialize and build connections with other adults.

Acting 1: Introduction to Acting

Introduction to Acting is a course designed specifically to take the fear out of beginning your journey as an actor. Students will tackle the audition process to master ways of releasing inhibitions, building your self-awareness,  emulating confidence, all while acquiring basic stage technique. If you are new to the stage, or rediscovering old passions, Acting 1 is a great first step to uncovering the actor in you in a supportive and creative environment. Now introducing new social opportunities within the Adult programming that will help grow our community culture inside the classrooms. Included with tuition, students will be able to experience a behind the scenes look at one of SBCT’s upcoming productions and spend time as a class chatting with the creatives who made the production come to life! 

Precursor to Acting 2: Scene Study & Monologues

Tuition includes:

Group Audition & talk-back from Director

Ticket to SBCT Production & talk-back from Director S1: Rocky Horror Show 10/20 | S2: A Christmas Carol 12/8 | S3: A Little Night Music 3/16 | S4: Noises Off 4/27

$150 per session

SESSION 2

Nov 2 – Dec 14 | Tue  | 6:15-7:30pm

SESSION 3

Feb 22 – Mar 29 | Tue  | 6:15-7:30pm

SESSION 4

Apr 19 – May 24 | Tue  | 6:15-7:30pm

Acting 2: Scene Study & Monologues

Led by International Theatre Creative Ste Clough, Scene Study & Monologues is the perfect fit for actors between shows. Acting 2 focuses on character development across a wide range of genres in an encouraging environment to make bold choices. Working with monologues and scenes from award winning plays, this course is designed to continue your training and to really connect physically and emotionally to the text. Designed to focus on the individual’s growth, this class is great to take for several terms! Now introducing new social opportunities within the Adult programming that will help grow our community culture inside the classrooms. Included with tuition, students will be able to experience a behind the scenes look at one of SBCT’s upcoming productions and spend time as a class chatting with the creatives who made the production come to life! 

PREREQUISITE: ACTING 1: INTRODUCTION TO ACTING 1

TUITION INCLUDES:

Ticket to SBCT Production & talk-back from Director S1: Rocky Horror Show 10/20 | S2: A Christmas Carol 12/8 | S3: A Little Night Music 3/16 | S4: Noises Off 4/27

Public end of class showcase: Session 2 (Dec. 17 | 8-9:30PM), Session 4 (May 27 | 8-9:30PM)

$150 per session

SESSION 2

Nov 2 – Dec 14  | Tue  | 7:30-9:00pm
SHOWCASE: Dec. 17 | 8:00PM

SESSION 3

Feb 22 – Mar 29 | Tue  | 7:30-9:00pm

SESSION 4

Apr 19 – May 24 | Tue  | 7:30-9:00pm
SHOWCASE: May 27 | 8:00pm

Improv for Adults

Learn how to build exciting stories, create fascinating characters and present them in the most awe inspiring way. This class is all about jumping in, having fun, playing hard, working together and finding your voice. Always fun, this class will focus on developing improv skills and creating performers in a safe and creative environment. Improv is also a great way to overcome your fears of public speaking as well as mastering the interview process. Designed to focus on the individual’s growth, this class is great to take for several terms! Now introducing new social opportunities within the Adult programming that will help grow our community culture inside the classrooms. Included with tuition, students will be able to experience a behind the scenes look at one of SBCT’s upcoming productions and spend time as a class chatting with the creatives who made the production come to life! 

TUITION INCLUDES:

Ticket to SBCT Production & talk-back from Director S1: Rocky Horror Show 10/20 | S2: A Christmas Carol 12/8 | S3: A Little Night Music 3/16 | S4: Noises Off 4/27

Public end of class showcase: Session 2 (Dec. 17 | 8-9:30PM), Session 4 (May 27 | 8-9:30PM)

$150 per session

SESSION 2

Nov 1 – Dec 13  | Mon  | 7:30-9:00pm
SHOWCASE: Dec. 17 | 8:00PM

SESSION 3

Feb 21 – Mar 28 | Mon  | 7:30-9:00pm

SESSION 4

Apr 18 – May 23 | Mon  | 7:30-9:00pm
SHOWCASE: Dec. 17 | 8:00PM

COVID-19 SAFETY

 

We continue our best efforts to ensure The CIVIC and our students are protected during this time of global health emergency. The health and wellbeing of our SBCT family, including you, is at the center of our efforts at this time. Thank you for your support of South Bend Civic Theatre and your understanding. Please take care of yourselves, your families, your neighbors, and your communities.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

South Bend Civic Theatre’s mission and core value is that every human, no matter financial situation or status, should be able to experience and grow through arts education. Through the generosity from patrons, local organizations, and grants we are pleased to offer scholarships to interested students who need financial assistance with class tuition.

  • If your family’s household income is less than $55,000, you are eligible to apply for financial assistance for South Bend Civic Theatre’s classes and camps. Please note that awards may be available at a higher income level, however priority is given to families with incomes below $55,000. Proof of previous year’s annual income in the form of a free/reduced lunch certificate from the school, a tax return, or current pay stubs must be provided if requested by the South Bend Civic Theatre administration.
  • Since Funds are limited, scholarships are awarded on a first come first serve basis.
  • If scholarships run out for a session, students will be placed on a waiting list to receive tuition assistance once funds become available.
  • Scholarship assistance will be only eligible for one student, one class, and one session at a time. If you would like to register for an additional class or camp, an additional session, or another child in your household, complete your first order including payment. If scholarship funds are still available after all eligible participants have been finalized for the session, you may register additional students or classes utilizing scholarship funds.
  • South Bend Civic Theatre believes that each participant should demonstrate a level of commitment to the program.
  • SBCT rarely offers 100% scholarship because we want those participating to “buy into” the program. Even though a family may only be required to pay a reduced amount as low as $15.00, we believe that this amount shows a shared commitment to the work.
  • Special circumstances are always considered in any final decisions when it comes to offering financial assistance.

 

What happens if I want to cancel my registration into a class?

  • If you cancel your registration after it has been processed, but at least two weeks before the class begins, we will refund tuition, less a $25 registration fee per class; a $50 fee for full-day classes and camps; and a $100 fee for Academy Programs.

  • If you cancel your registration less than two weeks before the class starts, no refund will be given. Any tuition paid for the cancelled class, minus the registration fee, becomes a credit, which you may use towards future classes or camps which must be used through the end of the current season.

  • SBCT reserves the right to cancel a class if enrollment is insufficient. Any tuition paid will be refunded in full.

  • No refund or make-up classes will be provided for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

  • SBCT classes may not be cancelled on days that area schools are closed due to weather conditions. Please keep an eye on our website as well as our Facebook page for any weather updates. You may also refer to our Bad Weather Guide.

 

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