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2023 Winter Classes

Musical Theatre Workshop: Shrek

  Participants will get experience with multiple aspects of musical theatre, including auditioning, character development, blocking, basic choreography, and performance.  This musical theatre workshop will feature each participant in their own role with a speaking part, while taking part in each musical number.  The performance piece will feature songs and scenes from the Dreamworks production of "Shrek, Jr"  A small performance for family and friends will be offered during the last 20 minutes of the final class on Monday, February 27th. Ages 8-12.

WHEN: Mondays, 5-6p

January 9 - February 27

WHERE: McCallister Recreation Center

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Baumann

COST: $175

Homeschool

Roald Dahl Scene Study

Explore the quirky and strange world of Roald Dahl through multiple scenes from some of his best books made into plays including The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches.  Dahl’s skill of making bad characters VERY bad and good characters VERY good makes bringing his stories to life so much fun for actors, especially those just starting out.  Participants will learn about stage directions, blocking, character development, and expression through this scene study course. Ages 8-15.

WHEN: Wednesdays 1-2p 

January 11 - March 1

WHERE: Civic Theatre

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Baumann

COST: $100

Improv with the Best!

Come learn about how improvisation works through some of the best improv performers around!  We will be joined each week by different members of the “One Size Fits All” comedy troupe who will bring us some of their favorite games and tips of the trade!  This is a great place to start with improv, OR come refine your skills if you have taken improv in the past. Ages 8-12.

WHEN: Saturdays 11:30a - 12:30p

January 7- 28

WHERE: Civic Theatre 

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Baumann and OSFA Improv Troupe

COST: $75

Becoming a Character Actor

  Are you tired of getting “type-cast?”  Are you looking for some interesting ways to create new and unique characters?  This is the class for you!  In this course, you will interpret classic characters in brand new ways, create brand new characters that don’t exist yet, all while interacting with others in a creative atmosphere.  You will explore movement, voice, expression, and unique qualities that help make characters believable. Ages 12-18

WHEN: Mondays 5:30-6:30p

January 9 - February 27

WHERE: First United Methodist Church

INSTRUCTOR: Kyle Brown

COST: $175

Out of the Box

“Out of the Box Theatre” classes feature creative performance opportunities to students with diverse learning needs (including, but not limited to autism).  “Out of the Box” offers instruction in a broad range of theatre knowledge, including stage position, characterization, teambuilding, and improvisation.  Peer student mentors engage participants in various games, exercises, and scene work that is structured around the group’s unique attributes and strengths and culminates in a performance of favorite games and scenes learned at the end of the final day of class.  This program is available to students ages 15-22 (please inquire if interested but outside of this age range!)

Ages 15-22

WHEN: Thursdays 5-6p

January 12 - Macrh 2

WHERE: Civic Theatre

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Baumann

COST: $100

Private Coaching

Year round. Ages 8 - Adult.

Roald Dahl Scene Study

Explore the quirky and strange world of Roald Dahl through multiple scenes from some of his best books made into plays including The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches.  Dahl’s skill of making bad characters VERY bad and good characters VERY good makes bringing his stories to life so much fun for actors, especially those just starting out.  Participants will learn about stage directions, blocking, character development, and expression through this scene study course. Ages 8-12.

WHEN: Tuesdays, 5-6p

January 10 - February 28

WHERE: First United Methodist Church

INSTRUCTOR: Rachel Wallace

COST: $175

Saturday Fun Class: Disney Royal Party

Participants will choose a costume (can arrive in one or choose from our provided costumes) and indulge in the best parts of being a prince or princess.  Each week will feature a different Disney character who teaches us about character traits such as courage, kindness, selflessness, and creativity.  Class members will take part in theatre games and activities that reinforce each week’s character trait. Ages 4-7

WHEN: Saturdays 10-10:45a

January 14- March 4

WHERE: Civic Theatre

INSTRUCTOR: Julie Baumann

COST: $75

Questions?
Contact julie@lafayettecivic.org

Teaching Artists

Rachel Wallace

Rachel Wallace (she/her) has been involved with theater throughout her life both on and off stage. She has been performing at Civic since 2016 and volunteering with Civic Youth Theater since 2018. Her efforts at Civic Youth include helping with educational classes, directing youth shows (Flora and Ulysses, Walk Two Moons, and A.D. on Frozen Jr. as well as Still Life With Iris) and volunteering during shows. Outside of Civic, Rachel is a Registered Behavioral Technician at Cornerstone Autism Center. In addition to providing ABA therapy to kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder for the past 4 years, she has also worked as a preschool teacher, a nanny, and worked in varying roles in multiple classrooms for the past 10+ years. Rachel is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and ABA at Purdue University Global, with the intention of pursuing a Master’s Degree in a related ABA or educational field afterwards. She is a strong advocate for inclusivity both in and out of educational settings, and believes deeply that theater should be a safe place for all folks. Rachel lives in West Lafayette and shares her life with her teenager, her dog, her person, and her circle of supportive family and friends.  

Kyle Brown

Kyle Brown is a Registered Behavior Technician for LittleStar ABA working with kids from ages 3-22 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He has been at Civic in multiple capacities that include: Acting, directing, assistant directing, backstage managing, and even behind the bar for any show he isn’t directly involved in. He wants to help with being a male presence at Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette to encourage younger male identifying actors prosper in any role they gravitate toward in theater.