Summer Classes 2015

Kids Create - Summer Stars!

Monday – Friday           Each session is 1 week
2 - 5 PM            Ages 4 - 7
Instructor: Liz Hayden           $110
Six weeks of one-week sessions for this popular program! Children will step into the world of creating, designing and making their own show from pure imagination. Through games, play, art, music and dance students will create an exciting show. Remember to bring a snack and get ready to have a wonderful time. Performance on the last day of camp. $10 materials cost included in the fee.

  • Camp 1: Treasure Island    July 6 - 10
  • Camp 2: The Summer Wizards    July 13 -17
  • Camp 3: The Great Boat Adventure    July 20 - 24
  • Camp 4: Honey Bee’s Surprise    July 27 - 31
  • Camp 5: The Bears in Summer    August 3 - 7
  • Camp 6: Camping Adventures    August 10 - 14

Sleepy Hollow - Children’s Theatre Workshop

Monday – Friday         Each session is 2 weeks
9 AM - 2 PM        Ages 7 - 16
Instructor: Steve Christensen        $225
Sleepy Hollow returns for two sessions of theatre production, using original works as vehicles to teach all areas of musical theatre. The final product of the workshop will be public performances on the last two days of the workshop. Sleepy Hollow has often been a young actor’s first experience participating in live theatre. Many return year after year for the training and performance opportunity Sleepy Hollow offers. Areas of study include: Auditioning, Staging, Character Development, Vocal Techniques, Creative Dramatics, Direction, Improvisation and Evaluation. These workshops challenge young actors from beginners to experienced thespians.
Session 1: Saved by the Farce                                       July 6 – 17
Session 2: Saved by the Farce 0.5 - the prequel           July 27 – Aug. 7

New! Places Please – A Pre-Professional
 Musical Theatre Training Showcase

Monday - Saturday, July 13 – July 24         2 weeks, 1 Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM                 Ages 14 - 20
Directors: Michael Snider,                           $450
Steve Knox, Cyndy Ramsey-Rier                               
New students are accepted by audition only. 
Please Call 503-635-3901 to arrange.
Places Please offers high school and college students with professional music theatre aspirations, advanced training and development for music theatre performance. The intensive 11-day summer program is directed by individuals with years of professional and educational musical theatre experience. Learn from directors and teachers who cast and produce musicals. The program offers an opportunity to:

  • Develop critical techniques for stage, vocal and dance skills in a professional atmosphere.
  • Learn selections and scenes from classics such as Les Misérables, Cinderella, Into the Woods, and less familiar musicals designed to broaden the actors repertoire for future auditions and competitions.
  • Last day of the class, perform in a showcase that will tour to different venues with a finale performance for family, friends and community on the Headlee Mainstage at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

The workshop is designed for students ages of 14 to 20 who seek advanced study in musical theatre with prior experience in one or more performance skills, including singing, dancing or acting.

Playing With Shakespeare

Mondays, July 6 – Aug. 24         8 weeks
7 - 9 PM        Ages 18 - Adult
Instructor: Nancy McDonald        $150
Back by popular demand! This acting class brings together a love of language, magic, mood, intrigue and, of course, some of the most beautiful theatre ever written. All in a frothy concoction that’s just "As You Like It." No previous experience required. Taught by the founder of New York City’s Shakespeare Stage Company.  
Returning students always more than welcome!

It’s Never Too Late to Sing

Tuesdays, July. 7 – Aug. 25         10 weeks
6:30 - 8:30 PM        Ages 18 - Adult
Instructor: Leona Mitchell        $175
You will never know the full potential of your own singing voice until you take this step. This class is for you if you want to audition for musicals, sing with friends, perform karoke or prepare for competition. This class is especially aimed at the individual who wants to be prepared for any occasion and any role, including the ones that require a song or two. Learn the full range of your voice, how to carry a tune and how to sell a song.  Class limit 10.

Professional Actors Class

Wednesdays, July 8 – Aug. 26         8 weeks
7 - 9 PM        Ages 18 - Adult
Instructor: Nancy McDonald        $150
An ongoing, in-depth class for actors who want to advance their acting skills while preparing themselves for auditions. Students work on scenes, monologues, auditions and storytelling, all in a fun, creative and safe environment for stretching and growing. This class is designed for actors who are serious about pursuing professional acting opportunities. Students already in this class are encouraged to return as often as they like. Prerequisite: Fun-damentals of Acting with Nancy McDonald or another foundational acting class. Note: If you have not taken the prerequisite class or studied with Nancy McDonald before, she will want to have a phone conversation before you register.

Acting For Non Actors

Thursdays, July 9 – Aug. 27         8 weeks
7 - 9 PM        Ages 18 - Adult
Instructor: Nancy McDonald        $150
Now Thursday nights - just for the summer. If you’ve always wanted to try acting, this is the class for you. Come and have fun while you learn theatre skills and techniques that will enhance your ability to think on your feet and feel comfortable and relaxed in front of others. A great place to plunge in and give it a try. Returning students welcome.

New! Pocket Sketching Workshop

Friday - Sunday, July 10 – July 12         3 days
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM        Ages 18 - Adult
Instructor: Kath Macaulay        $300
Learn enough to play for a lifetime. This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café.  Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper and a small paint set.  Ideal for the timid beginner learning to paint fearlessly in public, and the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up. 
Workshop includes several of the watercolor techniques of John Singer Sargent and uses his watercolors extensively as teaching examples.

  • Day One: Technique with the water soluble pen and landscape. In the morning you will learn the technique for sketching with a water soluble pen, then combine the pen with color using watercolors. The perspective lessons of contrast and color are included. In the afternoon you will work from photographs (furnished by instructor) using both previous perspective lessons plus focal point and editing. This includes the use of wax, a la John Singer Sargent’s watercolors. The day ends with a ridiculously easy exercise, (which gets great results), just for fun.
  • Day Two: Still life and people. In the morning you will begin with a simple still life emphasizing color, contrast, focal point and the peculiar characteristics of the water soluble pen. Then you will learn how to edit things in and out of a ‘gathered’ still life.  In the afternoon you will learn how to include the human figure.
  • Day Three: Plein Air. The weather may determine if we can work outdoors (Plein Air), and interiors may be substituted in case of rain, but you will get experience working among strangers with architecture and with color.  This may include a very interesting exercise during lunch.

Note: Supplies are provided for an additional $40 fee, or you may bring your own.


Monday – Friday, July 20 – July 24         1 week
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM        Ages 8 - 12
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM           Ages 13 - 18
Instructor: Sandra Peabody        $110
Get a taste of stardom and have fun while developing your acting skills through on-camera experience. Perform shows and practice improvisations, presentations, and auditions using commercial, film, and TV scripts (both comedy and drama). Parents are invited to observe the last class in action. (All skill levels invited).  

Kinetic Art: Art in Motion

Monday – Friday, Aug. 3 - Aug. 7         1 week
10 - 11:30 AM        Ages 8 - 13
Instructor: Alex Ferguson        $110
Create art that moves. This class will explore the exciting world of kinetic art. Kinetic art is art from any medium that contains movement perceivable by the viewer or depends on motion for its effect. Kinetic art is a term that today most often refers to three-dimensional sculptures and figures such as mobiles that move naturally or are machine operated. From kaleidoscopes to a zeotrope, students will spend a week in the studio creating imaginative art sculptures that come alive with movement. Class is limited to 12 students.

TV/Film Acting

Monday – Friday, Aug. 3 – Aug. 7         1 week
2 - 3:30 PM        Ages 8 - 12
3: 30 - 5 PM        Ages 13 - 18
Instructor: Sandra Peabody        $110
Have fun while developing your acting skills through on-camera experience. Perform shows, practice improvisations, presentations, and auditions using commercial, film, and TV scripts (both comedy and drama). Parents are invited to observe the last class in action.  Instructor Sandra Peabody is an Emmy award-winning writer/producer/director and manages young talent for voice-over, film and television work in the northwest and Los Angeles.  
(Class material differs from Starstruck. All levels invited).

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