Keystone Youth Theatrics Summer 2019 Workshops

Space is limited for all workshops, so register early to make sure you have a spot!

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Kids Musical Workshop – Winnie the Pooh Kids

Workshop Description: Winnie the Pooh Kids will explore the basics of theatre in a fun learning environment. Kids enrolled will increase confidence in public speaking and teamwork as they build their knowledge of theatrical conventions.

About the Show: Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and, of course… sharing snacks.

Grades: Going into 3rd – 6th
Dates: July 22-26, July 29-30, 2019
Shows: July 30 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Location: The Playhouse at Allenberry Resort
Times: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Cost: $300

Junior Musical Workshop – Emma: A Pop Musical JV!

Description:  Emma: A Pop Musical JV will build upon theatrical experiences through daily workshops on audition help, script analysis, character work, theatre etiquette, and theatrical conventions. This workshop is the perfect opportunity for young artists looking to build upon their strengths and knowledge of theatre. Emma: A Pop Musical JV will challenge young artists as they work together to put on this fun and fast-paced musical in a little over a week.

About the Show: Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of     legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!

Grades: Going into 6th – 10th
Dates: August 5-9, 12-13, 2019
Shows: August 14 at 2:00 and 7:00 PM
Location: The Playhouse at Allenberry Resort
Times: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Cost: $375

Ghost Light – a new piece of theatre devised by theatre kids for theatre kids

Description:  In the world of theatre, a ghost light is a lamp illuminating the stage, meant to “scare off” the ghosts of theatre. It is also the one concrete thing that remains on stage once the sets, lights, and actors have left the theater. When nothing else remains of a show, only memories survive. Drawing inspiration from Tectonic Theatre Project (the company responsible for creating The Laramie Project), Ghost Light will bring together high school students from across Central PA. Using their stories as the basis for the text, the students will craft a new devised piece of theatre that shows exactly what theatre means to them. Weekly work sessions beginning early June will culminate in a presentation of the devised work in early August.

Grades: Going into 10th-Graduated 2019
Dates: Sundays, June 9th – August 11th
*Please still feel free to register if you might miss some Sundays for vacations/trips/plans/etc!*
Show: August 11 at 7:00 PM
Location: The Playhouse at Allenberry Resort
Times:  5:00 to 7:00 PM
Cost: There is no cost to participate

Meet The Lead Teaching Artists

Freddie Miller (Teaching Artist) – Freddie is a proud 2018 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre Studies from the nationally recognized Penn State School of Theatre. In high school, Freddie directed The Great Gatsby, the 2018 Hershey Theatre Apollo Award recipient for Outstanding Play. Freddie worked as an intern at Keystone Theatrics during its inaugural season and since then has worked both onstage and off in productions of The Little Mermaid, Seussical, and Shrek the Musical. His first musical Outcasts (co-written with Meghan Nardella) received its regional premiere at The Pollock Center in August 2017. At Penn State, Freddie has worked on productions of To Kill a Mockingbird, Death of a Salesman, and Caroline, or Change as an actor, dramaturg, and assistant director. He is a student member of The Dramatists Guild and is a freelance writer for Theatre Nerds.

Meghan Nardella (Teaching Artist) Meghan is a 2018 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and is currently a student at The Pennsylvania State University. She is pursuing a BME degree in Music Education with an emphasis in voice as well as a Theatre minor.  She is a student member of The Dramatists Guild as well as a collegiate member of the National Association for Music Educators and the Student National Association of Teachers of Singing.  Meghan served as the Vocal Director of the Penn State Thespian Society’s cabaret “MasquerAIDS: The Fight Is Not Over” in the spring of 2019 and was the Assistant Vocal Director of various productions including CabaretNice Work If You Can Get ItMary Poppins, and Once On This Island. She is also the composer and co-lyricist of Outcasts, an original musical written with Freddie Miller, which made its regional premiere at The Pollock Center in August 2017. She has been involved with Keystone Theatrics since their first season in 2017, working both on and offstage as an intern and performer in productions of Shrek, the Musical and The Little Mermaid.