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REGISTER

Students who are participating in the Performance class are encouraged to take an instructional class as well

for further craft and technique skills.  After registering - you will receive an email wil additional details including payment schedules.

Please contact Erin Friday, Director of Education at Erin@AmericanaTheatre.org for any questions.

 FALL 2020 CLASSES

SEPTEMBER 28th-November 21st

 

ACTING 1  (In Person)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ($200)

Students will learn to work with a script, develop characters, work as a team, and audition effectively. Whether your student has never picked up a script in their life or is a seasoned thespian, the skills we will build on will be invaluable as artists and people.

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS  5:00-6:00PM

taught by Kevin Nelson
 

PERFORMING YOUR SONG  (In Person)

ELEMENTARY  ($200)

Students will learn to work with a script, develop characters, work as a team, and audition effectively. Whether your student has never picked up a script in their life or is a seasoned thespian, the skills we will build on will be invaluable as artists and people.

MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS  4:00-5:00PM

taught by Kevin Nelson

WAITRESS MASTERCLASS  (In Person)

MIDDLE | HIGH SCHOOL ($50)

Students will learn the music and choreography/staging to three musical numbers taught by two of the Broadway Stars from Sara Bareilles’s Waitress the Musical.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th 3:00-4:30PM

taught by Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp

PAGE TO STAGE  (In Person)

ELEMENTARY ($200)

Students will learn the mechanics of theatre from start to finish as they write, direct and perform an original story.

TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS 6:30-7:30PM
taught by Erin Friday

THEATRE SHOWCASE CLASS (In Person)

HIGH SCHOOL ($350)

Students will select and prepare monologues and cuts of songs then get direction and feedback from Broadway professionals. Students will receive professional level feedback that is focused on both process (song analysis) and product (performance).  Students will learn character development, audition technique, packaging/marketing and will finish with a showcase where students present a monologue and song

WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS  4:30-5:30PM

taught by Jeremy Morse and Alex Tripp

 

LET'S MAKE A MUSICAL (Online)

HIGH SCHOOL ($300)

This virtual class is for High School aged singers, actors, and instrumentalists.  Write and perform an original musical, created specifically for the online platform!  Through a process of storytelling and experience sharing, students will be guided by seasoned professionals through the process of scripting scenes, writing lyrics, and composing songs.  A virtual performance will be held online at the completion of the class!

TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS from 5:00-6:00PM

taught by Sarah Troxler and Holly Jennings

BEGINNER GROUP PERCUSSION (Online)

ELEMENTARY ($150)

This virtual class is for the aspiring young drummer. Students will learn to read, write, and play basic rhythms and different drumming patterns, as well as identify the many instruments that are in the percussion family. The class will also include percussion composition and improvisation. No real drums are needed! These classes will all be done via body percussion or with safe gadgets you can easily find at home.

MONDAYS  3:00 PM

taught by Jesse Stiglich

BEGINNER UKULELE ENSEMBLE

AGES/TIMES below  ($150)

Tuesday 9:00a (adults)  online

Thursday 10:30a (adults)  in person/hybrid

Thursday 4:00p (Grade 5-8)  in person/hybrid

Friday 9:00a (Grade 5-8)  online

 

taught by Sarah Troxler

BEGINNER GROUP PIANO

AGES/TIMES below  ($150)

Tuesday 10:00a (adults) online

Thursday 9:00a (adults)  in person/hybrid

taught by Sarah Troxler

BEGINNER GROUP RECORDER (Online)

ADULTS ($150)

This virtual class is for beginner adults. Students will learn to read, write, and play basic tunes.


MONDAYS 9:00AM

taught by Donald Zook

PERCUSSION MASTERCLASS (Online)

ALL AGES ($300)

This virtual class is for the intermediate-advanced percussionist to take their playing to the next level. The class is in a masterclass format where students will learn all different aspects of percussion including warm-up techniques, approaches to drum set and improvisation, and how to play different concert and auxiliary percussion instruments. In addition, students will receive daily faculty and peer review. Students will also learn their own individual parts for a percussion
ensemble piece that will be a final video performance at the conclusion of the class. This class will meet twice per week and will feature a lot of student involvement. A drum pad and drumsticks are required.


MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS  4:30-5:30 PM

taught by Jesse Stiglich

FLUTE SENIOR DISTRICT AUDITION (Online)

HIGH SCHOOL ($150)

 We will work on everything to get you ready for the audition (Suite Modale by Block).  Rhythms, articulations, intonation, dynamics, technique, tempo, sight reading, interpretation and scales. We would also give you valuable practicing tips that would show improvement at a faster rate. 


MONDAYS 7:00-8:00 PM
taught by Donald Zook

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

ALL AGES ($40/30 min; $60/45 min; $70/60 min)

We offer lessons in he following:

  • voice, dance, acting, piano, ukulele, recorder, flute, percussion, beginner violin, music composition 

FLUTE JUNIOR DISTRICT AUDITION (Online)

MIDDLE SCHOOL ($150)

We will work on everything to get you ready for the audition (Valse Gracieuse by Popp).  Rhythms, articulations, intonation, dynamics, technique, tempo, sight reading, interpretation and scales. We would also give you valuable practicing tips that would show improvement at a faster rate.


THURSDAYS  5:00-6:00 PM

taught by Donald Zook

TEACHER BIOS

ERIN FRIDAY

Erin is thrilled to serve on Americana Theatre Company's production team as the Director of Education.  In 2002, Erin acquired a degree in elementary Education with a focus on Fine and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College.  She has performed with companies such as The Round Barn Theatre, The Comtra Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Gemini Children's Theater and others.  Erin has been a board member with Americana Theatre Company since it's opening in 2011.  

SARAH TROXLER

Sarah Troxler is an active music educator, music director, and pianist throughout the greater Boston area. She earned her Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano at the Longy School of Music and Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at Eastern Nazarene College, where she also served as an adjunct music professor.

Ms. Troxler is passionate about community arts programs, having served on staff with the Quincy-based South Shore Performing Artists’ Concert Series, Quincy Summer Singers, Cambridge Summer Opera Company, and as a guest teaching artist for the North End Music and Performing Arts Center. She serves as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and adjudicator at various local colleges and voice studios, and is active as a Music Director with multiple theatre companies. Her work as a theatrical and operetta music director has been seen with community and professional companies throughout Boston and New York. From 2010-2018, she served as Minister of Worship at North Street Community Church in Hingham, MA. Her instrumental arrangements of favorite Christmas tunes can be heard on North Street’s album Coming Home, a collaborative instrumental work.


Since 2012, Ms. Troxler has taught in the piano department at South Shore Conservatory (SSC), where she has served as Piano Department Chair since 2018. At SSC, she serves as the primary performance coach for student recitals and competitions for all instruments, accompanist for ensembles and summer programs, performance-lecturer through the Storyteller Series, and visiting musician faculty through SSC’s ImagineArts community partnership program. Additionally, she created and led SSC’s Student Leadership Team for outreach and service, established in 2017.


Ms. Troxler was part of the Mass Cultural Council’s Music Educators & Teaching Artists Fellowship Program from 2018-2020, where she worked to cultivate the voice of youth artists through mentorship and outreach opportunities.

KEVIN NELSON

Kevin Nelson is passionate about helping students find their creative voice, whether through singing, acting, or just the creative process. Kevin has his BAs in Music (Vocal Performance) and Creative Arts (Theatre). After teaching professionally for three years he is excited to be continuing his journey with Americana.

ALEX TRIPP

Alex Tripp is a New York City based performer, originally from Plymouth, MA.  She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School.  Most recently she could be seen in the ensemble of the 1st National Tour of Waitress the Musical.  Previously, she could be seen touring nationally in Girls Night the Musical, as well as Off Broadway in Cuff Me: The 50 Shades Musical Parody.  She is a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher, loves Sazeracs, and enjoys crossword puzzles.  @sneakygirl14

JEREMY MORSE

Jeremy Morse is a New York City based performer originally from Havertown, PA and currently living in Plymouth, MA with his amazing wife Alex Tripp! Before the pandemic, he was playing the Duke of Weselton on the 1st National Tour of Frozen the Musical. He made his Broadway debut in Waitress the Musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and then went out on the 1st National Tour of Waitress playing the role of Ogie. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2010 (Featured Performance by an Actor in a Musical) for his portrayal of Lo Cocodrilo in Joe Iconis’s Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova. He loves playing golf, cheering on teams from Philly (sorry New England), and is a big fan of Sazeracs. Bachelor of Music from NYU Steinhardt for Vocal Performance – Musical Theatre. jeremymorse.net @jeremycmorse

DAVID FRIDAY

David is a full time company member and Managing Director of the Americana Theatre Company.  A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, David has been rather nomadic, living and performing on stage, television, radio and film in NYC, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.  Most recently he served as the Technical Director for The Company of Pittsburgh and has appeared in productions of Oklahoma! and Man of LaMancha, and can be seen in the film "Love the Coopers" in 2015.

RICARDO FOSTER

Born and raised in Boston, Ricardo has been involved with the entertainment industry for over 20 years. Using his special talents as a dancer, choreographer, performer, actor, comedian, and model, he has single-handedly made a name for himself amongst many of today’s popular artists. Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, NSYNC, En-vogue, Uncle Cracker, and Beyoncé to old school classics like Naughty by Nature, Wu-Tang clan and RUN DMC, he has seen it all. From having his choreography featured on Sesame Street to appearing in television advertisements for TJX Corporation and McDonald's, his vast experience in the industry makes him a valuable resource to those he now teaches and mentors.

Ricardo is proud to be one of the main choreographers and developers for the Xbox Kinect video game franchise “Dance Central”. Ricardo’s choreography has also been featured in other video games including Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Due to his involvement with these projects and his works being showcased on different platforms of entertainment, Ricardo is now a world renowned choreographer while continuing to be a devoted Hip Hop teacher at Dean College, as well as leading workshops, master classes, and lectures on the performing arts.

JESSE STIGLICH

Jesse Stiglich is an active music educator and performer in the greater Boston area. He carries a Bachelor’s Degree in both Music Performance and Music Business from UMass Lowell, where he studied both orchestral percussion and drum set. Jesse can be found performing throughout New England in various settings such as pit orchestras, wedding bands, and jazz/rock bands. Notable performances include playing percussion for Histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky at Duxbury Music Festival, playing drum set for the Polymnia Choral Society’s Pops Concerts, and being an active pit orchestra performer at theaters such as The Company Theater, Priscilla Beach Theater, Norwood Theater, and more. He can also be seen playing with his band, Professor Caffeine and the
Insecurities, as well as being recorded on all of the group’s records. As an educator, Jesse has taught throughout New England at several different locations
including South Shore Conservatory, Indian Hill Music School, Thayer Academy, and others. From 2015-2020 at South Shore Conservatory (SSC), Jesse has taught in the Jazz/Rock/Pop department, as well as the Percussion department, where he has served as chair since 2018. At SSC, Jesse serves as a private/group lesson instructor, student rock band coach, K and Pre-K specialist, and Open Mic Coordinator, as well as being involved in organizing a number of
student events. In addition, he is a faculty member of SSC’s Summer Music Festival and coaches the percussion section for the Festival Wind Ensemble.

DONALD ZOOK

Donald Zook made his solo debut at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Music, Magna Cum Laude, from the American Conservatory of Music, where he received the  John Conterio Award in recognition of his outstanding ability in performance.
Donald is faculty chair of the Woodwind Department and Director of Chamber Music at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham and Duxbury and also teaches flute as adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University. He is a much sought-after flute teacher in Southeastern
Massachusetts and gives many master classes throughout the Boston area.
Appearing as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout New England, the Midwest and New York, Donald delights audiences with his technique, passion, and virtuosity. He is the founder, music director and conductor of one of the largest Flute Symphony’s in the United
States, which boasts a membership of over a hundred flutists. Donald has commissioned many new works and arrangements for this flute choir.

HOLLY JENNINGS

 Holly Jennings began her professional career at the age of 16.  She has played such iconic roles as Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel (IRNE nominated Best Supporting Actress) and originated the role of Mary in the world premiere of Jack the Ripper: the White Chapel Musical (Boston Playwrights Theatre).  Today she enjoys a well balanced career as both a performing and teaching artist. Since 2005, she has been working with teens to create original shows and staged musical adaptations of books, such as Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

REVIEWS

Studio Americana is amazing!!! The productions are top notch! It's a wonderful organization that teaches children about theater and the arts. We are lucky to have them as a part of our community...and even luckier to be able to enrich our children's love of theater and acting through such hands on and gifted instruction. My son has been part of several productions and summer camp. He loves them and the instruction he receives and skills he is building are invaluable. Let your imagination roll Studio Americana!!

Elizabeth S.

 

My kids have absolutely loved this summer camp experience! What a wonderful group and great opportunity so close to home!

-Jennifer B.

 

My daughters, age 14 and 11, have been involved with Studio Americana the last two years and the experiences have been invaluable. They have taken part in elementary and Middle/High School performances. The instructors guide them in all aspects of a stage production. They feel ownership of the whole production as a result, regardless of the role they may have. They have participated in the summer camp program which is very intensive but thoroughly engaging. They have also done classes in musical theater and creating a musical. No matter they are doing, my girls have always enjoyed every minute of the experience. They have gained confidence and broadened their scope of speaking skills as well. Erin and David encourage my girls to work on areas of weakness and help their strengths shine. The resulting productions and showcases never fail to impress. I highly recommend any class Studio Americana offers.

-Marie B.

My daughter age 9 has been involved in Studio Americana and has loved the experience. From summer camp, Page to Stage, to Wizard of Oz, she enjoys working with the Fridays, the other kids, and learning about the theatre process.

-Lauren J.

 

The kids are encouraged to work together and help each other build confidence in themselves. My daughter can't wait until the fall program begins.

-Suzanne

 

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