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-

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 and WEDNESDAYS from 5:00-6:00pm

taught by Kevin Nelson

PERFORMING YOUR SONG- 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 from 4:00-5:00pm

taught by Kevin Nelson

LET'S MAKE A MUSICAL-

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 UKULELE ENSEMBLE-

AGES/TIMES below  ($150)

 

Tuesday 9am (adults) - online

Thursday 10:30am (adults) - in person/hybrid

Thursday 4pm (Grade 5-8) - in person/hybrid

Friday 9am (Grade 5-8) - online

 

taught by Sarah Troxler

PRIVATE LESSONS

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

We offer lessons in he following:

  • voice 

  • dance 

  • acting 

  • piano

  • ukulele

  • music composition 

  • beginner violin 

  • flute 

  • percussion

BEGINNER GROUP PIANO-

AGES/TIMES below  ($150)

Tuesday 10:00am (adults) - Online

Thursday 9am (adults) - in person/hybrid

taught by Sarah Troxler

PAGE TO STAGE

ELEMENTARY ($200)

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

TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS 6:30-7:30pm

taught by Erin Friday

BEGINNER GROUP PERCUSSION 

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  at 9am

taught by Jesse Stiglich

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

TEACHER BIOS

MORNING JAM- starting in September

Suggested donation $5 per person, $10 per family

Add a little flavor to your mid-morning by joining us for our online Morning Jam.  The 11am time is for children and caretakers, and will feature a singalongs, movement, and stories.  The 11:30am time is for adults/seniors and will feature singalong, movement, and music appreciation.  Sign-up ahead of time to attend for free, from anywhere in the world.  A suggested donation of $5 per person/$10 per family can be donated via our virtual tip jar.

Monday 11-11:30am (for kids & caretakers)

Monday 11:30am (for seniors)

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.

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.

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

 

PERCUSSION MASTERCLASS 

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  (10-11AM) online

taught by Jesse Stiglich

Americana Theatre Company
info@americanatheatrecompany.org

 

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