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CLASSES FOR CHILDREN TEENS ADULTS

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CONSERVATORY 2 Southbridge Street • Worcester, MA 01608


Welcome

As we get ready for our fall semester, I am reminded of what an exciting time this has been for The Hanover Theatre Conservatory for the Performing Arts. In our inaugural semester this past January, we were thrilled to welcome so many talented students into our new space. The conservatory was buzzing with actors, dancers, musicians and designers of all ages and abilities. True to our belief that education is a lifelong pursuit, we taught those as young as 2 months old and were inspired by our adult students who brought up to 72 years of wisdom and experience to the classroom. In addition to our theatre, music and design offerings, we were eager to expand our dance offerings this past spring, and welcomed Ballet Arts Worcester and their disciplined training into our organization. With our programs quickly growing, I am happy to announce the addition of two new studios currently in construction for the fall. With both 15 and 32-week class offerings, we feel that the 2017-2018 schedule has something for everyone. As you look through this course catalog, you’ll see new levels for our existing classes as well as the addition of some new and exciting offerings like Mommy & Me Dance, Playmaking, Stage Combat, Lighting & Sound Design, African Dance, College Audition Prep Class and much more! We hope you’ll join us as we continue to ignite creativity and inspire confidence through the arts.

Meghan E. Montaner, director of education

ENROLLMENT BENEFITS

• • No registration fees • • Free parking • • Small class size • • Master classes with visiting productions • • Written evaluations of every student each semester • • Exclusive access to behind-the-scenes experiences with shows • • 10% discount on most shows • • Early access to tickets

OUR OFFERINGS

• • Passionate teaching artists who inspire and nurture personal growth and expression • • Studios with sprung floors for classes, rehearsals, small performances and master classes • • State-of-the-art tech and costume labs for advanced education in stage craft and design • • Master classes with incredible guest artists and national touring productions • • Performance opportunities on The Hanover Theatre’s world-class stage • • Financial aid to ensure access to arts education regardless of financial means • • Continuing education programs for adults 2 Southbridge Street • Worcester, MA 01608 • 877.571.7469

Inside Registration & Policies................3 Master Classes...............................3 Adult Offerings..............................4 Music Offerings.............................6 Private Lessons..............................6 Acting & Theatre Offerings........7 Technical Theatre & Design.......10 Upcoming Auditions...................11 Dance Offerings............................12 Youth Ballet Company................17 Class Schedule ..............................18


Register online at TheHanoverTheatre.org/conservatory by phone 877.571.7469 or at the box office, 2 Southbridge St, Worcester, MA.

2017-2018 SEMESTER SCHEDULE Fall Semester: 15 Weeks September 10 - December 23 Full Year: 32 Weeks September 10 – May 19 2017-2018 Holidays & Closings Columbus Day: October 9 Halloween: October 31 Thanksgiving: November 22 – 25 Holiday Break: December 24 – January 7 Winter Break: February 18 – 24 Spring Break: April 15 - 21

Payments Payment may be made in full at the time of registration, or you may call the box office to arrange for two 50% payments. The Hanover Theatre Conservatory will work with families in need of additional payment installments, but this option will incur a 5% fee. Cancellations & Make-Up Classes When the conservatory cancels classes, they will be rescheduled. The Hanover Theatre Conservatory reserves the right to assign substitute teachers for group or private lessons without advance notification to parents and students. Every effort is made to operate classes on regularly scheduled days and times in order to avoid cancellations. Absences are not eligible for make-ups.

Withdrawal & Refunds The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts has a final sale policy for all ticket purchases, tuition payments and fees. No refunds are issued for missed classes, schedule changes, class transfers, student withdrawals or students under disciplinary action. Requests to transfer or withdraw from classes must be submitted in writing to the conservatory for review and consideration to revise enrollment or allow pro-rated tuition credit. Approved tuition credits may be used for future classes only, and cannot be used for summer programs, tickets or other merchandise. Tuition credits expire if not used by the end of the following semester. Policies Students and parents (when applicable) must agree to The Hanover Theatre Conservatory policies and procedures in order to enroll in a class. These can be found at TheHanoverTheatre.org/conservatory.

Reggie Bromell from the National tour of Pippin, leads a Master Class in April 2017.

MASTER CLASSES As a benefit of enrolling at the conservatory, students receive exclusive access to master classes with visiting artists. Please check our website for details regarding possible master classes with the following productions in the 2017-2018 season. Cabaret: December 28 – 31, 2017 Something Rotten!: February 20 – 25, 2018 Jersey Boys: March 15 – 18, 2018 RENT 20th Anniversary Tour: April 5 – 8, 2018 Bright Star: April 12 – 15, 2018 The King & I: May 15 – 20, 2018

Registration & Policies

REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 13, 2017

Dress code Theatre & Music: Please wear clothing that is comfortable to move in and free of graphics and text. No dresses or skirts, please. Remove any jewelry that may hinder movement. For some classes with a musical theatre or dance focus, dance shoes may be required. Technical Theatre & Design: Traditional technical theatre dress code requires black attire. Jewelry and loose-fitting clothing that pose a danger or hazard while working with technical and design equipment are prohibited. Dance: Proper dance attire and neatness are required for all dance classes. All dancers must have their hair secured back and away from their faces. Jewelry is not permitted. Appropriate and properly fitted footwear must be worn for each class. Additional dress codes vary by class and level. See website for details. Register online • The HanoverTheatre.org/conservatory


Adult Offerings

Acting and Theatre

Adult Acting I (Ages 18+) A course allowing adult theatre enthusiasts to explore acting exercises as well as comedic and dramatic scene work. You’re never too old to step into the spotlight! Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Edward Wierzbicki Times: Fridays 10:30 AM – 12 PM Dates: September 15 – December 22 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $450 Adult Acting II (Ages 18+) This intermediate level class allows adults to delve into scene and monologue work to expand upon the foundation built in Acting I. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Edward Wierzbicki Times: Fridays 12:30 PM – 2 PM Dates: September 15 – December 22 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $450 Adult Improv (Ages 18+) Explore laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven games in a mature setting. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to experience individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support, and build the foundation for successful improvisation. Discover key concepts such as “yes, and,” collaboration, commitment, communication, relationship building and truth in comedy. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Times: Thursday 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Technical Theatre & Design

Costume Design I: Sewing Basics (Teens & Adults) Have dreams of being a costume designer? Maybe you just want to be able to sew the hem on that pair of pants! This class teaches students the basics of hand and machine sewing. Small sewing projects are used to practice your new skills. Students may be responsible for purchasing fabric and supplies. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Sound Design I (Teens & Adults) The course is a beginner’s introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of components, design, set up and operation of a basic sound system. iPad is required for this class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Nick Joyce Times: Mondays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 weeks) Tuition: $375 Lighting I (Teens & Adults) Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today. Discover the purpose of each instrument and how they can be used to create lighting areas. In addition, safety protocols are reviewed for hanging and focusing lights. Students must bring an adjustable wrench (C-wrench) or lighting wrench to class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Brenda Shephard Times: Mondays 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 weeks) Tuition: $375

Dance

Adult Ballet: Beginner I This 90 min. class is designed to provide adults an environment where they can learn formal classical training from the absolute beginner level. Participants will be introduced to body placement/alignment,

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classic and Broadway-style tap while advancing their fundamental skills and learning increasingly intricate progressions.

Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Charlotte McNutt Times: Mondays 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM or Thursdays 12 PM – 1:30 PM Dates: September 11 – May 17 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesday 12 PM – 1 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Adult Ballet: Beginner II Adults advance their basic knowledge of formal classical training. Participants advance in body placement/alignment, French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work. Technical components will be taught in a pace that is easy to apply and execute. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Charlotte McNutt Times: Wednesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960 Adult Ballet: Intermediate/Advanced This 90 min. class is designed for a moderate paced class. Designed to emphasize balance, coordination and connection between movements. Advancements on technical skills, French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work will be an area of concentration. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Mondays 7:45 PM – 9:15 PM Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960

West African Dance (Teens & Adults) Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, students will move their bodies to the high energy music of West Africa. They’ll learn principles of rhythm, fundamental movements and the ancient stories behind the traditional dances and rhythms of Mali. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Crocodile River Music Times: Thursdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Zumba® (Ages 18+) The class that started the dance-fitness revolution and changed the way we look at a “workout” forever. Zumba® mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and world rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® classes are often called “exercise in disguise.”

Adult Tap Beginner I (Ages 18+) Whether you’re a beginner or just want to brush up on your skills, this fun and vibrant class is for you. Tap is an exciting and challenging art form that developed out of African polyrhythms in America’s Jazz Age. Elements of classic and Broadway-style tap will be taught. The form’s musicality and rich percussive traditions are emphasized through fundamental skills. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesdays 11 AM – 12 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Adult Tap Beginner II (Ages 18+) Intended for adults who’ve completed Beginner I or have prior tap experience. Students progress in

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Kelly Rourke Times: Fridays 12 PM – 1 PM Dates: September 15 – December 22 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Music

West African Drumming (Teens & Adults) Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, experience African culture through music! Master drummer and West African native, Issa Coulibaly, leads our hands-on drumming class. Authentic instruments are provided for classroom use. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Issa Coulibaly Times: Thursdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

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Adult Offerings

French vocabulary, barre, center and diagonal work. Technical components will be taught in a pace that is easy to comprehend, apply and execute.


Music Offerings

Private Lessons

West African Drumming (Teens & Adults) Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, experience African culture through music! Master Drummer and West African native, Issa Coulibaly, leads our hands-on drumming class. Authentic instruments are provided for classroom use. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Issa Coulibaly Times: Thursdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

(Infants-age 5, with caregiver) Presented in partnership with Pakachoag Music School, children will bounce, sing, dance, jump, drum, tap, click, wiggle and gallop their way to the development of pitch, rhythm and musical awareness! Music Together® is a music and movement curriculum based on research that shows children learn best from active caregivers and a non-performance based musical environment. Families receive a “Fall Session Song Collection: Bongos” songbook and CDs with the music learned in class so you can continue nurturing your child’s imaginative growth at home. Set the foundation for future musical study, or simply a great love of music. Schedule: One 45 min. class/week Instructor: Linnea Lyerly Times: Mondays 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM or Mondays 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Dates: September 25 - November 20 (9 weeks) Tuition $200 NOTE: Families are eligible for reduced

tuition when enrolling multiple children. After first child is enrolled, tuition is $125 for sibling, $50 for third child.

PRIVATE LESSONS Private lessons in acting, voice and dance can be arranged with any of our teaching staff. These lessons can be arranged through Meghan Montaner, director of education, at 508.471.1793. Private Lesson Tuition $70/60 minutes or $35/30 minutes If a student needs to cancel a lesson, 24-hour written notice must be given. The student can then reschedule the lesson within the semester. If 24-hour notice is not given, or a student does not show up for a lesson, no make-up lesson will be given. Missed lessons are non-refundable and non-transferable. 2 Southbridge Street • Worcester, MA 01608 • 877.571.7469


Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Times: Thursdays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Imaginative Play (Grades K-3) A class for little thespians to express themselves in a structured and supportive environment. Themes, characters and short stories will be brought to life using puppets, props and other theater techniques. Children will learn to use their imaginations to explore, solve problems and positively express their feelings. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Time: Saturdays 10 AM -11 AM Dates: September 16 – December 23 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Beginner’s Improv II (Grades 4-7) Students who’ve completed Beginner’s Improv I continue to build upon the foundations of improvisation by learning tactics to spark creativity in the moment and tools to aid in preparedness. Explore key concepts such as “yes, and,” commitment, communication, relationship building and truth in comedy. ng and truth in comedy. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Times: Thursdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Creative Drama I (Grades 4-7) Beginning and Intermediate actors explore games and age-appropriate acting techniques. Characters and scene work will be explored. No singing required. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Elisabeth Hughes Times: Mondays 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Creative Drama II (Grades 4-7) Intermediate actors execute games and ageappropriate acting techniques. Character work is developed and scene work is used to advance a student’s experience. No singing required. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Elisabeth Hughes Times: Mondays 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Stage Combat (Grades 4-7) Have you ever wanted to learn how to slap someone, deliver a punch to the stomach or fall without hurting yourself in the process? If so, this is the class for you. Students will be introduced to the design, practice and performance of theatrical violence. The class will focus on unarmed or handto-hand stage combat. Students will explore the techniques used to create the illusion of danger and the means by which we use violence to tell stories on stage and screen. Emphasis will be placed on safety, partnering and physicality. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Risher Reddick Times: Thursdays 4 PM – 5 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

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Acting & Theatre Offerings

Beginner’s Improv I (Grades 4-7) Students are on their feet from day one exploring laugh-filled exercises and skill-driven games. Structured, simple play guides each improviser to experience individual success, discover the joy of ensemble support and build the foundation for successful improvisation. Learn the power of collaboration and commitment!


Acting & Theatre Offerings

College Audition Prep (Grades 9 - 11) Every actor should be equipped with a few auditionready monologues in their back pocket! Learn how to pick the right monologues and showcase your widest range. Understand the distinctions among “classical,” “modern” and “contemporary” selections. Gain the tools to break a monologue down via essential questions about given circumstances, relationships, motivation, stakes, arcs and tactics. Investigate the choices that make an audition professional and memorable. This class arms you with the techniques you need to create compelling, quality, successful work.

Playmaking (Grades 4-7) Through the use of improvisation, ensemble work and universal themes, participants will learn to create their own play. In this community building class, students will use critical thinking skills, movement, writing and acting to guide their way to a completed piece by the end of the semester.

Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Edward Wierzbicki Times: Thursdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $450

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Times: Mondays 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Acting I (Grades 8-12) Young actors explore drama through improvisation, monologues and scene work. Students learn to build characters through choices, actions and emotions. Solo and ensemble work is explored. No singing required. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Edward Wierzbicki Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 12 – December 19 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $450 Acting II (Grades 8-12) After exploring the “self” in the process of the actor as Acting I students, intermediate actors use Acting II to concentrate on how actors share and communicate through truthfulness. Acting II also delves much further into the script, with scene work and further monologue work from great plays. Actors learn text analysis as well as how to break down and really prepare a scene.

Teen Improv (Grades 8-12) Students with prior experience in improvisation work on building a toolbox of techniques to successfully create rich characters, heighten relationships, tackle group scenes and explore the environment and given circumstances.

Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Edward Wierzbicki Times: Tuesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM Dates: September 12 – December 19 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $450

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Sharon Hart Times: Mondays 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

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Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Dennis Trainor Times: Thursdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Playwriting I (Grades 8-12) Work closely with an instructor on the conception and writing of a one-act play. Learn a variety of tools designed to offer a strong sense of story. Assignments will cover dialogue, action, conflict, motivation, plot, structure, subtext, direct address and story. Optional public readings will be offered at the end of the class. Laptop or tablet required. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Dennis Trainor Times: Thursdays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Stage Combat (Grades 8-12) Have you ever wanted to learn how to slap someone, deliver a punch to the stomach, or fall without hurting yourself in the process? If so, this is the class for you. Students will be introduced to the design, practice and performance of theatrical violence. The class will focus on unarmed or hand-to-hand stage combat. Students will explore the techniques used to create the illusion of danger and the means by which we use violence to tell stories on stage and screen. Emphasis will be placed on safety, partnering and physicality. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Risher Reddick Times: Thursdays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Playing Shakespeare (Grades 8-12) Have you ever been interested in Shakespeare, but thought it was too hard, too old or too boring? This may be the class for you! Full of high intensity games and fun physical activities, this class takes Shakespeare’s language out of the musty classroom and puts it onto its feet. Students will engage physically, vocally and imaginatively with the text, kicking Shakespeare off his pedestal! Emphasis will be placed on language, physicality and fun, leaving the boring stuff at the door. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Risher Reddick Times: Thursdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Register online • The HanoverTheatre.org/conservatory

Acting & Theatre Offerings

Movement for the Actor (Grades 8-12) Do you find yourself wondering what to do with your body when you act? Discover the many ways to be responsive and physical in the moment. Connect to your body through an exploration of tried and true physical approaches including Viewpoints, Suzuki and Grotowski techniques. This a great pre-college course for dedicated student actors.


Technical Theatre & Design Offerings

Lighting I (Teens & Adults) Students are introduced to the vast array of lighting instruments available today. Discover the purpose of each instrument and how they can be used to create lighting areas. In addition, safety protocols are reviewed for hanging and focusing lights. Students must bring an adjustable wrench (C-Wrench) or lighting wrench to class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Brenda Shephard Times: Mondays 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 weeks) Tuition: $375

Costume Design I: Sewing Basics (Teens & Adults) Have dreams of being a costume designer? Maybe you just want to be able to sew the hem on that pair of pants! This class teaches students the basics of hand and machine sewing. Small sewing projects are used to practice your new skills. Students may be responsible for purchasing fabric and supplies. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesdays 7 PM - 8 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Directing I (Grades 9-12) A course in the fundamentals of script analysis, staging and interpretation. Students learn the basic skills that constitute the stage director’s craft. Previous acting or other stage experience is strongly recommended.

Stage Makeup I (Grades 8-12) Makeup intended for use in the theater is vastly different from makeup that you might wear out and about or even for a special occasion. Students will learn real world makeup techniques that they can use for the rest of their lives. Stage and special effects makeup will be explored. Create professional stage makeup for a variety of characters and roles while gaining knowledge of makeup materials, tools and techniques. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools. A list of supplies will be provided. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Kim Heymann Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Dennis Trainor Times: Thursdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Intro to Technical Theatre (Grades 8-12) Being on stage may garner applause, but it’s what happens behind the scenes that truly creates magic in theatre. Students will be introduced to the many forms of stage craft (stage management, lighting, sound, costuming, etc.) and learn how they all connect to create one magnificent production. Understand the roles of directors and designers while learning how to speak “tech.” Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Kim Heymann Times: Tuesdays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 12 – December 19 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Stage Makeup II (Grades 8-12) Students will delve deeper into stage makeup in relation to characters and special effects makeup will be explored. New techniques, tools and products will be used to expand a student’s knowledge and experience in the world of stage makeup. Students are responsible for providing personal makeup and tools. A list of supplies will be provided.

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Ballet Arts Worcester will present the 10th Anniversary production of the classical ballet, performed on The Hanover Theatre stage the live orchestra music of the Mass Symphony Orchestra. OPEN AUDITION CALL: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 AUDITION TIMES 9 – 11 am, ages 13+ (bring pointe shoes if you have two+ years of training) 11:30 – 1 PM, ages 10 to 12 1:15 –2:45 PM, ages 7 to 9 CALL BACK SESSIONS Call backs are the same day as the audition! Please plan accordingly. If you do not return for your call back, your audition will be terminated. 3:15 to 4:30 PM, ages 7 to 9 4:45 to 5:45 PM, ages 10 to 12 6–7:30 PM, ages 13+

Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Kim Heymann Times: Wednesdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 13 – December 20 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375 Stage Management (Grades 8-12) Learn the ins and outs of the role of the stage manager and just how important their role is behind the scenes. Students will learn how to properly record blocking, run rehearsals and tech, assemble a prompt binder, review safety skills and create paperwork and report templates. Tips for proper show “calling” will also be taught. A laptop or tablet is required for this class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Kim Heymann Times: Tuesdays 6 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 12 – December 19 (15 weeks) Tuition: $375 Sound Design I (Teens & Adults) The course is a beginner’s introduction to audio, intended for the novice who wishes to learn basic audio terminology, functionality of components, design, set up and operation of a basic sound system. iPad required for this class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Nick Joyce Times: Mondays 5 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 11 – December 18 (15 weeks) Tuition: $375

Check our website for additional audition information, registration and requirements. Please call Jennifer Agbay, director of dance at 508.471.1794 for an audition reservation. In addition to rehearsals, dancers cast in the production who are not enrolled in the conservatory will be required to enroll in the 10-week Ballet Clinic listed on page 14 of this catalog.

The 10th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol December 15 - 23, 2017 Auditions will be held in September, date and time to be announced in early August. For more information about auditions, visit TheHanoverTheatre.org or call 508.471.1761 beginning August 1; or join the theatre’s email list and watch for the audition announcement in July/August. Adult and youth roles available. All roles require singing and some movement; some roles require dance experience. The first rehearsal will be held on November 28. Rehearsals are 2 - 10 PM Tuesday through Friday and 11 AM - 7 PM Saturday and Sunday. Youth performers will not be called for all rehearsals and will not be asked to miss school other than for student matinee performances. Weekly stipend for non-Equity performers; youth performers are unpaid. Equity members please visit StageSource posting or Equity hotline for contract information. Auditioners should prepare a short song or 16 bars, holiday or traditional Broadway is preferred. An accompanist will be provided. Sides for reading from the script will be provided and will be available when scheduling your audition appointment.

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Upcoming Auditions

The Nutcracker November 24-26, 2017


Dance Offerings

Pre-Ballet (Ages 7-8)* Developed for more mature children, we will intensify the use of different levels of space, rhythm and qualities in movement. We begin to work on skills used to create and remember dances for performance. Stretch/flexibility exercises introduce movement patterns of classical ballet steps and basic ballet technique. Creative materials and fun activities will still be part of the class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Katrina McCormick / Charlotte McNutt Times: Wednesdays 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM or Saturdays 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800 In partnership with Ballet Arts Worcester, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, pre-professional and recreational training and instruction. We ensure small classroom size so that each student can accomplish goals both individually and collectively.

BALLET PROGRAMS

Mommy & Me Dance (Ages 3-4) An introduction to dance for girls and boys. A fun, creative class where students learn to move with the music and enrich their coordination and listening skills. Children and caregivers will learn basic postures, positions and spatial structures. Props will also be introduced to help enrich the child’s expressive movement. Please see dress code on website for children. Parents are welcome to wear comfortable, movable clothing (no jeans).

Primary Ballet I (Ages 9-10)* The children are introduced to classical ballet technique. Elementary barre exercises with emphasis on correct posture, introduction to center and diagonal movements. Intensified work on strength and flexibility. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Jennifer Agbay / Charlotte McNutt Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM or Saturdays 9 AM – 10:30 AM Dates: September 12 or 16 – May 15 or 19 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960

Schedule: One 45 min. class/week Instructor: Jennifer Agbay Times: Wednesdays 11 AM – 11:45 AM or Saturdays 12 PM – 12:45 PM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 weeks) Tuition: $600 Creative Movement (Ages 5-6) Created for future dancers, this class focuses on body, space, force and time in order to further develop movements, musical awareness and creative expression. It will develop a child’s coordination, flexibility, musicality and listening skills, while the students are having fun. Creative materials such as hoops, balls, hats and scarves will be utilized to enhance a child’s creativity. Schedule: One 45 min. class/week Instructor: Katrina McCormick / Charlotte McNutt Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 5:45 PM or Saturdays 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Dates: September 13 or 16 – May 16 or 19 (32 weeks) Tuition: $600

Primary Ballet II (Ages 10-11)* This class focuses on further development of control and balance with increased theory, including complete positions of the body. Barre, center work and introduction to diagonal combinations. Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week Instructor: Jennifer Agbay / Charlotte McNutt Times: Tuesday 4 PM – 5:30 PM and Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 12 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $1920 Photos on these pages: Mike Nyman

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Pre-Pointe (Recommended for Primary 2 and up)* This class is designed to concentrate on preparing students for pointe work. In this 30 minute class, students will practice barre exercises, use therabands and other props to help achieve flexibility in their feet as well as strengthening their ankles, legs and feet. Schedule: One 30 min. class/week Instructor: Charlotte McNutt Times: Mondays 7 PM – 7:30 PM Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $480 Primary Ballet III (Ages 12-13)* The focus of this class is intense development of body awareness and special awareness in combination with control and balance of the body, in the standard ballet stance. Increased knowledge of vocabulary and theory are taught, including complete positions of the body. Barre, center work and diagonal combinations are longer and more complex in this level. Epaulmente and coordination of the arms are introduced. Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka Times: Tuesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM & Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Dates: September 12 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $1920 Ballet Level A (Ages 13-14)* Training intensifies with further study of the coordination and connection between movements. Barre, center work and diagonal combinations. Schedule: Three 90 min. class/week Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson–Konopka / Jennifer Agbay Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM & Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM & Fridays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $2304

Schedule: Four 90 min. class/week + two 45 min. pointe class/week. Instructor: Charlotte McNutt / Jamie Brown / Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Mondays 7 PM – 7:45 PM (pointe class) Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Thursdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Fridays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Fridays 7:05 PM – 7:50 PM (pointe class) Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $3360 Ballet Level C (Ages 15 to 16)* Emphasis placed on greater stability and complexity in the study of positions, adagio, jumps, turns and more. Greater development of strength, flexibility and quality of the movement. Schedule: Five 90 min. class/week including two pointe classes and one contemporary. Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka / Charlotte McNutt / Jamie Brown Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Tuesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM (pointe class) Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Thursdays 5:30 – 7 PM Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM (contemporary) Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $3360 Ballet Level D (Ages 16 +)* Intensified study of adagio, pirouettes and development of ballon (quality of jumping). Use of space is emphasized and length of combinations are increased to develop stamina. Schedule: Five 90 min. class/week including two pointe classes and one contemporary. Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka / Charlotte McNutt / Jamie Brown / Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Tuesdays 6 PM – 7:30 PM (pointe class) Wednesdays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Thursdays 5:30 – 7 PM (pointe class) Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM (contemporary) Dates: September 11 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $3360 *Faculty supervised evaluations are required for new students ages 7+. Please schedule a class placement audition before registering with the director of dance (508.471.1794).

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Dance Offerings

Ballet Level B (Ages 14-15)* From this level forward, the plasticity, coordination and connection of movements of the arms, legs, feet, head and body are the primary developmental goal. For those deemed ready, a pointe class is added twice a week.


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Dance Offerings

Teen Beginner Ballet I (Ages 12-18) This class is designed to provide beginner to intermediate training and education to adolescents that are interested in the fundamentals of classical ballet. Introduction to ballet terminology, ballet barre exercises, center work and ballet combinations from the diagonal are included in this beginner class.

Beginner Pointe I* This class begins pointe work from the very beginning. Each student will learn the essences of the three quarter pointe and how it is vital to strong, safe, articulate training. Students will learn how to manage their posture and turnout which are major components to the training and education of pointe work.  Students must be deemed ready for pointe work through an evaluation and recommendation of instructor/dance director. Schedule: One 45 min. class/week Instructor: Katrina McCormick Times: Wednesdays 6:45 PM – 7:30 PM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $720 Beginner Pointe II* This class is designed to help strengthen and secure all beginner pointe work plus challenge students in pace, music tempo and longer combinations. Newer technical elements will be added, as well as weight transfer to one leg/one leg balances. The class remains committed to safety, proper posture and the essence of the three quarter pointe training. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Jennifer Agbay Times: Tuesdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800

Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Katrina McCormick Times: Wednesdays 7:30 PM – 9 PM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960 Teen Beginner Ballet II (Ages 12-18)* This class is designed to provide intermediate training and education to adolescents that are interested in the fundamentals of classical ballet. Continued instruction in ballet terminology, ballet barre exercises, center work and ballet combinations from the diagonal are included. Schedule: Two 90 min. class/week Instructor: Charlotte McNutt Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Wednesdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM Dates: September 11 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $1920

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

Ballet Clinic This 30 min clinic for the first ten weeks of the fall semester will provide extra training, information and application to certain technical elements (i.e. ports de bras, petite allegro, flexibility, etc). The age recommendation is 10 years to adult or Primary 2 to Level D. Students from other schools are welcome. Schedule: One 30 min. class/week (10 weeks) Instructor: Charlotte McNutt Times: Saturdays 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Dates: September 16 – November 18 Tuition: $150

Boys Class (Ages 8+) Finally a class created for BOYS ONLY! This class will give 75 min. of training in classical ballet in an athletic building way. Gain muscle, strength, endurance, agility and learn to jump higher than before! This class will also teach you classical vocabulary and terminology to heighten your experience and education. Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Mondays 5:30 PM – 7 PM Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960 2 Southbridge Street • Worcester, MA 01608 • 877.571.7469


Schedule: One 90 min. class/week Instructor: Brenna Robinson Times: Fridays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Dates: September 15 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960

floor and combinations allow students to experience this stylized way of dancing. No prior knowledge/ experience is required for this class. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Brenna Robinson Times: Tuesdays 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800

Dance Offerings

Contemporary (Advanced Ages 14 +)* The study of current composition and improvisation further develop the dancer’s choreographic creativity and imagination. Students must have prior experience in modern technique.

Jazz II (Ages 10-13)* Class begins with a technical, center warm up of isolations, stretching and conditioning. Correct body placement and terminology based on the technique of the instructor’s area of expertise. Students go on to dance across the floor and learn center combinations, demonstrating technical elements and variety of jazz dance styles and movements. Student must have prior knowledge/experience in ballet technique. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Brenna Robinson Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800

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Dance Improvisation I & II Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamic structure. Dancers can move freely and organically in a space that is supported and nurtured. Schedule: One 45 min. class/week Instructor: Brenna Robinson Times: Fridays 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM (Level I) Fridays 6:15 PM – 7 PM (Level II) Dates: September 15 – May 18 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $720 Jazz I (Ages 8-10)* This class introduces students to the basic concepts, techniques and styles of jazz dance. Students will learn basic vocabulary and a warm-up specific to jazz technique, along with stretching and conditioning. Simple jazz progressions across the

Jazz III (Ages 14+)* Class begins with a technical, center warm up of isolations, stretching and conditioning. Correct body placement and terminology based on the technique of the instructor’s area of expertise. Students go on to dance across the floor and learn center combinations, demonstrating technical elements and variety of jazz dance styles and movements. Student must have prior knowledge/experience in ballet technique. Schedule: One 75 min. class/week Instructor: Brenna Robinson Times: Tuesdays 6:45 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800 Modern (Intermediate/Advanced, Ages 11-13)* This free form/style of dance allows the body to move in very expressive ways. This class is designed to introduce students to dance and expression without boundaries and will explore techniques of the great modern dance masters. Schedule: One 90 min class/week Instructor: Amy Burns Times: Mondays 4 PM – 5:30 PM Dates: September 11 – May 14 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960

*Faculty supervised evaluations are required for new students ages 7+. Please make arrangements before registering with Jennifer Agbay, director of dance (508.471.1794) to schedule a class placement audition.

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Dance Offerings

Stretch and Strength (Levels Primary 2+)* This 30 min class focuses on flexibility for many aspects of the body, turnout, splits, hamstrings and back. Conditioning the body to obtain stronger core, back muscles, height in extension is a perfect complement for dancers and athletes.  Schedule: One 30 min. class/week Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka Times: Tuesdays 5:30 PM – 6 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $480

Variations I* Students are provided with training and coaching in some of the best known classical variations in dance. Though a group class (60-minute) or semiprivate class (30-minute), this experience will enable each student to practice and perform variations in front of the instructor individually. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka Times: Thursdays 5:40 – 6:40 PM Dates: September 14 – May 17 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $960 Variations II* Students are provided with training and coaching in some of the best known classical variations in dance. Though a group class (60-minute) or semiprivate class (30-minute), this experience will enable each student to practice and perform variations in front of the instructor individually. Schedule: One 30 min. class/week Instructor: Ana Luisa Thompson-Konopka Times: Tuesdays 7:30 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 12 – May 15 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $480

Theatrical Tap I (Grades 4-7, Grades 8-12) Whether you’re seeking that “triple threat” title or want to brush up on your skills, this class is for you. Tap is an exciting and challenging art form that developed out of African polyrhythms in America’s Jazz Age. Elements of classic and Broadway-style tap will be taught. Tap shoes required- see dress code for style. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesdays 5 PM – 6 PM (Grades 4-7) Wednesdays 6 PM – 7 PM (Grades 8-12) Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800

West African Dance (Teens & Adults) Presented in partnership with Crocodile River Music, students will get the opportunity to move their bodies to the fun and high energy music of West Africa. They will learn principles of rhythm, fundamental movements and the ancient stories behind the traditional dances and rhythms of Mali. The dance classes will be accompanied by a mix of recorded popular West African music and occasional live drums. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: Crocodile River Music Times: Thursdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 14 – December 21 (15 Weeks) Tuition: $375

Theatrical Tap II (Grades 8-12) Intermediate students continue the study of classic and Broadway-style tap. As students progress, musicality and rich percussive traditions are emphasized through fundamental skills and increasingly intricate progressions. Tap shoes requiredsee dress code for style. Schedule: One 60 min. class/week Instructor: TBD Times: Wednesdays 7 PM – 8 PM Dates: September 13 – May 16 (32 Weeks) Tuition: $800 *Faculty supervised evaluations are required for new students ages 7+. Please make arrangements before registering with Jennifer Agbay, director of dance (508.471.1794) to schedule a class placement audition.

2 Southbridge Street • Worcester, MA 01608 • 877.571.7469


Photo: Mike Nyman

Youth Ballet Company

In partnership with Ballet Arts Worcester, The Youth Ballet Company is our resident youth company. The Company is comprised of students between the ages of 12 and 19. Students are distinguished by divisions: Apprentice, Junior and Senior Company. Only the topmost dancers are selected for this company by invitation only. Classes run on a 32 week schedule from September 10 - May 19.  The Youth Ballet Company was created to give young, capable dancers a pre-professional experience for a professional dance lifestyle. This includes: • A rigorous schedule in dance training (up to 20 hours per week) • Attending rehearsals 3 to 4 times a week to learn numerous compositions in diverse styles of dance • Performing on stage with full energy, desire and commitment, sometimes twice in a day. • Scheduled master classes with the top most master teachers throughout the country • Inclusion in our Student Critic Program, providing students with complimentary tickets to 8 shows with post-show group discussions.

Senior Company Class and rehearsal schedule Mondays 5:30 PM – 9 PM (Staff) Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 9 PM (Staff) Saturdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Brown) Saturdays 1 PM – 6 PM (Staff) Tuition: $1600 Junior Company Class and rehearsal schedule Thursdays 7 PM – 8:30 PM (Brown) Saturdays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Brown) Tuition: $1250 Apprentice Company Class and rehearsal schedule Saturdays 10:30 AM – 12 PM (Thompson-Konopka) Saturdays 12:30 – 1:30 PM (after Nutcracker) Tuition: $500

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Schedule at a Glance Please note: Dual colors in a time block indicate a class that is offered to both teens and adults. Register online • The HanoverTheatre.org/conservatory


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