Musical Theatre Performance Classes at BYPC
Our Bedford, NH performance classes top off a well-balanced performing arts education when taken in addition to our acting, movement, and music lessons. With multiple class levels for ages 4 and up, students in these performance classes learn not only how to be a part of and act in musical theatre productions, but how to combine their many talents, produce stellar group dynamics, and practice performing techniques. In the youngest level of performance classes, listening, observation, memory, focus, concentration, and imagination skills are introduced, and those skills are built further in the intermediate level and refined in the higher levels. Regardless of past experiences and skill levels, participation in this type of specialized performance training in a fun-filled and nurturing environment leads to performers who appear to be natural-born stars!
Only the BYPC Companies require additional classes and participation in productions; however, we do encourage performing students to take a variety of BYPC classes and to take advantage of using their new skills to engage live audiences when presented with performing opportunities throughout the year.
PRESCHOOL PERFORMANCE AND Acting
Students in our BYPC introductory-level acting class, Acting / Performance I, hone their performing skills through specialized training in acting, dance, and voice. The goal is to combine song, dance, and voice to produce believable characterizations that engage and entertain audiences. Each class consists of a group voice lesson with an emphasis on technique, theory, and dynamics, along with a dance and performance class adding a focus on choreography, staging, props, costuming, and performing skills.
Performance / Acting I
Students in our BYPC introductory-level performance class, Performance / Acting I, are introduced to terminology and basic skills such as posture, breath, and stage presence. A strong focus is on building confidence in these budding performers. Each class includes time dedicated to a group voice lesson and to dancing and performing. Singing in these classes are based on a love for singing and learning to sing in concert with others. Beginning performance skills are taught through teacher directed imaginative journeys.
Tuesday, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Our Performance II classes build on previous skills and also add in mime, improvisation, and introduction to character, scene, and song analysis. Children are introduced to sheet music and will work on singing in unison and blending. The concept of storytelling in acting, dance, and singing is started, and students begin to use props for production numbers.
Thursdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Performance III level at BYPC focuses on refining the skills learned in the previous performance classes. Improvisational and movements become more complex. Students continue to work on reading music and are introduced to harmonies and different styles of music. Storytelling skills are developed by working on song and scene analysis. In song analysis, students learn how to find and deliver the story in a song, dance, or scene. Overall these performance classes bring together the various performance skills required to create a strong foundation in musical theatre.
Thursdays, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ages 12+or by invitation
Performance IV level at BYPC focuses on refining the skills learned in the previous performance classes. Improvisational and movements become more complex. Students continue to work on reading music and are introduced to harmonies and different styles of music. Storytelling skills are developed by working on song and scene analysis. In song analysis, students learn how to find and deliver the story in a song, dance, or scene. Overall these performance classes bring together the various performance skills required to create a strong foundation in musical theatre.
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Beginner to Intermediate Musical Theatre
Intermediate and Advanced Musical Theatre offer a path for our Pre Professional students looking to sharpen their skills in Music Dance and Theatre over four sessions (Acting, Singing/Acting, Triple Threat where choreography is introduces, and finally Character Development) during the school year. Students who are interested in these classes should contact BYPC for more information and to request an audition.
*Enrollment in a dance class is highly encouraged, contact the office for placement.
Intermediate Musical Theatre
This class is designed for the experienced performer seeking the challenge of perfecting their art through intensive training and numerous performance opportunities. Throughout the year, our company members may perform in musical productions, cabaret performances, musical revues, community performances, and recording sessions. Community service, mentoring, and outreach is also encouraged for all company members. This pre-professional program prepares members for a career in the performing arts.
To Register for these programs or to learn more about BYPC's options for students dedicated to continuing their performance training and considering a career in the performing arts, please contact BYPC or call our office at (603) 472-3894.