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

2022/23 Season of Classes and Workshops!

CREATIVE DRAMATICS | Grade K-2nd

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.

 

“Fairytales Alive” Storybook Theatre:

Sept 17 – Oct 22
Sat @ 9:00-10:30am

Performance Oct 22
@ 10:30am

$200 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Acting, Memorization, Performance, & Movement

Perfect for the Halloween Season, join SBCT for the creation of an original fairytale!  Take your creativity to the next level in this six week performance camp! Students will learn about all aspects of performance from acting and set building, to lighting and costume design as they work to stage an original Fairytale. Not only will students have the experience of putting on a show in a short timeframe, but they will also get an intensive acting and performing experience filled with workshops, games, and other activities that will help them become stronger actors and make great friends while doing so. This class culminates in a performance at the end of the class on October 22 at 10:30am. 

Wizard Academy:

Nov 5 – Dec 17
Sat @ 9:00-10:00am

$150 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Acting, Memorization, Movement & Devising

Calling all Witches, wizards and warlocks! You are hereby invited to attend the South Bend Civic Junior Wizarding Academy. This 6-week class will focus on movement, gesture and voice through a mix of games and magical activities. Students will learn about teamwork and character building as they create their unique magical identity, summon a mythical sidekick and create and cast spells!

Superheroes and Villains:

Feb 25 – Apr 1
Sat @ 9:00-10:00am

$150 | REGISTER

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

Do you have what it takes to be a hero?  Explore all the amazing things you can do with your voice as you become your own superhero, craft a superpower like no other, and defeat the evil villains of your imagination!  This high energy creative dramatics camp will teach acting skills through imaginative play.  In this class, students will use their voice and bodies to explore how sound and action help craft character 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?  

Jump Off the Page:

Apr 15 – May 20
Sat @ 9:00-10:30am

$200 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Acting, Performance, & 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.  In our final performance class, students will work together to put on a play based on a beloved children’s book. The students will be involved in all aspects of performance from acting and set design, to prop making

and costuming. This class will culminate in a final performance of the student created production on Saturday, May 20 @ 10:30 am. 

THEATRE BASICS | Grade 3rd-5th

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.

 

“Fairytales Alive” Storybook Theatre:

Sept 17 – Oct 22
Sat @ 9:00-10:30am

Performance Oct 22
@ 10:30am

$200 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Acting, Memorization, Performance, & Movement

Perfect for the Halloween Season, join SBCT for the creation of an original fairytale!  Take your creativity to the next level in this six week performance camp! Students will learn about all aspects of performance from acting and set building, to lighting and costume design as they work to stage an original Fairytale. Not only will students have the experience of putting on a show in a short timeframe, but they will also get an intensive acting and performing experience filled with workshops, games, and other activities that will help them become stronger actors and make great friends while doing so. This class culminates in a performance at the end of the class on October 22 at 10:30am.

Acting: Intro to acting

Nov 5 – Dec 17
Sat @ 10:30-11:30am

$150 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Character Development, Memorization, Stage Technique, & Stage Presence

Looking to become a stronger actor?  Have you never performed but love the idea of being onstage? Intro to Acting will teach students the keys to developing characters in exciting new ways.  Skills explored will include character development, scenework, monologue work, and other basic acting skills. 

Jr. Improv: Intro to “Yes and…”

Feb 25 – Apr 1
Sat @ 10:30-11:30am

$150 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Devising, Character Development, & Scene Collaboration

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. 

Jump Off the Page:

Apr 15 – May 20
Sat @ 9:00-10:30am

$200 | REGISTER

Skills Focused: Acting, Memorization, Performance, & Movement

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.  In our final performance class, students will work together to put on a play based on a beloved children’s book. The students will be involved in all aspects of performance from acting and set design, to prop making

and costuming. This class will culminate in a final performance of the student created production on Saturday, May 20 @ 10:30 am. 

 

CIVIC YOUTH COMPANY | Grades 5-12

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 our Civic Youth 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.

Jr Company | Grades 5-8

Sept 18 – May 20
Sun @ 4:00-5:30pm

$850 | REGISTER

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

Participation in the Winter & Spring Showcases. 

  • Winter: Dec. 17 (1:00pm) | Spring: May 20 (2:00pm)

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

  • Wicked (Chicago) Saturday, Nov. 19 | Dear Evan Hansen (Morris Performing Arts) Sunday, Apr. 30

Social-team building excursions

  • Industry inspired team building exercises that teach students how to navigate and succeed in the industry. 

Exclusive Performance Opportunities

  • SBCT Company collaborates with other community organizations to provide performing opportunities to members of our company. 

Company | Grades 9-12

Sept 18 – May 20
Sun@ 5:30-7:00pm

$850 | REGISTER

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPANY FULL YEAR CALENDAR

Jr Company and Company Members will be eligible to audition for the 2022/23 Civic Youth Performance Troupe on October 15, 2022 @ 11:30am. This pre-professional/collegiate troupe is the premiere group that performs for different community engagement opportunities throughout the year. This leadership program highlights: intro to the industry, resume crafting, audition technique, and choreography/voice training for musical theatre. 

Rehearsals for this troupe will be held on Saturdays (11:30am-1:30PM) during the school year with additional performing opportunities TBD. Involvement in the Civic Youth Performance Troupe requires Jr/Company registration and is at no additional cost.  Students may opt to only participate in the performance troupe, but are eligible to also participate in the Sunday workshops with the Jr/Company. 

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:

SESSION 1

Sept 13 – Oct 18
Tue @ 6:30-8:00pm

$175 | REGISTER

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SESSION 3

Feb 21 – Mar 28
Tue @ 6:30-8:00pm

$175 | REGISTER

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. 

Acting 2: Scene Study & Character Development:

SESSION 2

Nov 1 – Dec 13
Tue @ 6:30-8:00pm

$175 | REGISTER

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SESSION 4

Apr 11 – May 16
Tue @ 6:30-8:00pm

$175 | REGISTER

Acting 2: Scene Study & Character Development 

Working with monologues and scenes from award winning plays, this course is designed to continue your training and to connect physically and emotionally to the text. Dive deep into the context of a play and its characters by defining the core given circumstances in order to carve out a performance that is clear and precise. Designed to focus on the individual’s growth, this class is great to take for several terms!

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.
  • If you cancel your registration less than two weeks before the class starts, no refund will be given. Any tuition paid for the canceled class becomes a credit, which you may use towards future classes or camps which must be used through the end of the calendar year in which it was processed.
  • 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 canceled due to inclement weather.
  • SBCT classes may not necessarily be canceled on days that area schools are closed due to weather conditions. SBCT will make a cancellation determination no-less than 2-hours prior to the start of a class. SBCT will notify all class participants via email if classes are canceled due to inclement weather.

 

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