Fall 2014 Youth Conservatory Classes

Fall Semester runs September 10-December 20

(no classes the weeks of Oct 6-9, Nov 3-7 & Nov 24-28)

Registration is available online (by clicking on the class title), mail or at the NOVA Box Office

Fall 2014 Conservatory Registration Form    (Including a $25 non-refundable registration fee.)

  • To avoid additional credit card charges, download, fill out and return registration form to NOVA via mail or stop by our Box Office

Acting

Homeschool Acting: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Odd Stories

Teacher: Dawn Nickerson
(Grades 3-6) Wednesdays 2-3pm
Home school students will use the popular children’s book The Stinky Cheese Man to learn the basic elements of theatre. Through theatre games, imitation, expression, and gesture, they will develop language and communication skills and learn how to work both individually and in a group.
First class on Wednesday, September 10 @ 2pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Wednesday, December 17 @ 4pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 10am

 

Creative Moves & Dramatics: Life’s a Circus!

Teacher: Delany Hardy
(Grades K-3) Wednesdays 4-5pm
This combination class will give our youngest students the chance to explore their creativity and imagination. The will learn movement and basic theatre skills through the crazy world of circus clowns, ringmasters, animals, and acrobats under the big top.
First class on Wednesday, September 10 @ 4pm
Dress Rehearsal for this class will be on Wednesday, December 17 @ 4pm 
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 10am

 

Dramatic Intro: Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night 

Teacher: Mary Ann Connors
(Grades 3-6) Wednesdays 4-5pm
Students will use the poetry of Joyce Sidman and illustrations of Rick Allen to gain essential acting skills. With the use of poetic imagery and expressive characters, students will learn to access their inner nocturnal animal and animate the stage.
First class on Wednesday, September 10 @ 4pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Wednesday, December 17 @ 4pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 10am

 

Intermediate Actors: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Teacher: Amanda Pettengill
(Grades 5-8) Wednesdays 5-6pm
Students who wish to further their acting skills will use Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to help them transition into more prominent roles on stage and develop characters, both physically and emotionally. Through viewpoint and ensemble work they will learn to access  their impulses and observe the world through a theatrical eye.
First class on Wednesday, September 10 @ 5pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Thursday, December 18 @ 5pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 12pm

 

Advanced Players: Romeo & Juliet and the Golden Age of Theatre

Teacher: Richard Leeds
(Grades 7-12) Wednesdays 5-6pm
Using the play Romeo & Juliet, students will learn about Renaissance Theatre, how to analyze text, deepen their characters and cold read. They will also leave with polished resumé and classical audition monologues to prepare them for the professional world.
First class on Wednesday, September 10 @ 5pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Thursday, Dec 18 @ 5pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 12pm

 

Voice Classes

 

ROCK Choir

Teachers: Travis Kuehn (Vocal Coach)
Alyssa Krieger (Accompanist)
(Grades K-4) Thursdays 4-5pm
Beginning students who are just breaking into music will be introduced to vocal placement, projection, rhythm, tempo, and much more, using a variety of popular children’s music. They will also have the chance to perform in the Billings Community.
First class on Thursday, September 11 @ 4pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Wed, December 17 @ 4pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 10am

 

Movement Classes

 

Stage Combat: Hand to Hand & Single Sword Fencing

Teacher: Dan Nickerson
(Grades 6-12) Thursdays 5-6pm
Students will get down to the basics of stage combat and apply it to a script. Using the works of William Shakespeare, students will learn hand-to-hand combat and single sword fencing techniques. Safety is essential in this class and any misbehavior or outside use could result in a student’s removal.
First class on Thursday, September 11 @ 5pm
Dress rehearsal for this class will be on Thursday, December 18 @ 5pm
Showcase for this class will be on Saturday, December 20 @ 12pm

 

Workshops

 

Keep a lookout for our workshops throughout the year where experienced and professional artists will bring their special skills to NOVA. Fall workshop classes, dates and times TBA. Check back for registration.

 

If you have any questions please call (406) 591-9535, visit our Box Office at 2317 Montana Avenue

Youth Director, Dan Nickerson at Youth@NOVAbillings.org