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Spectrum

$790

with Paul Major

Calendar Oct 30, 2022 at 2 pm

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Sundays 2-5pm (October 30, 2022 – March 12, 2023; no class on November 27 or December 18-January 22)

(Tech rehearsals and performances will take place March 6-12, 2023)

Location: 

Rehearsals will take place in person and indoors at SPARC (2016 N. Hamilton St. Richmond, VA 23230)

Grades: 8th-12th

Spectrum is a theatre arts education program for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in grades 8-12. The program is presented by SPARC in partnership with Richmond Triangle Players.  Through a series of rehearsals and workshops, youth will learn the basics of storytelling, performance, production, and playwriting, as they work together to create an original play or musical.

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first. 

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $5 deposit plus 13 payments of $56.07, paid weekly. Final payment of $56.09.

Live Art Filmmaking Workshop (Code 569)

$600

with Martin Montgomery

Calendar Jan 17, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 1 week

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Live Art Experience Workshops: Open to All! 

Throughout the year we will have three Live Art experiences open to all members of the SPARC community, not just current Live Art students. This is an opportunity to participate in a rigorous, accessible, fun artistic experience in community with fellow youth artists and incredible teaching artists.  

Join us January 17-20th from 4:30-6:00pm for the Live Art Experience Workshop: Live Art Filmmaking, taught by two-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Martin Montgomery. This six-hour intensive is an opportunity for all students interested in jumping into the world of filmmaking to create in an accessible, nurturing, collaborative, and fun environment. Working in community with local filmmakers and fellow youth artists, you can expect to explore filmmaking techniques, learn foundational principles of filmmaking, and create mini films. You do not need prior experience in filmmaking to be part of the workshop; all you need is creativity and a willingness to try new things! 

The Live Art Experience Workshop Series is open to all youth in the SPARC community, not just students currently enrolled in Live Art! 

Scholarships are available!

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 6 payments of $82.14, paid weekly. Final payment of $82.16.

Winter Monday Creative Drama (Code 500)

$195
Calendar Jan 23, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Mondays (Jan. 23 to Mar. 13) from 4:30PM to 5:15PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: Pre-K (age 4+) and K

Teachers: Briana and TBA*

Creative Drama is a perfect introduction to the world of theatre. This class emphasizes young children’s inherent sense of play, musicality, and imagination. Each day in Creative Drama offers lessons in storytelling, creative movement, group music, and theatre games. While students learn the building blocks and vocabulary of theatre, they’ll also practice important skills like listening, teamwork, and empathizing with others through stories. At the end of this class, the students will perform a sample of what they’ve learned for a small audience of friends and family. No two Creative Drama courses are ever the same. Because of this, we recommend that most children sign up for this class for multiple seasons while they build their theatrical foundation! 

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*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Liz Earnest

Full Course

Winter Monday Musical Theatre for Beginners (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 23, 2023 at 4:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Mondays (Jan. 23 to Mar. 13) from 4:30PM to 5:30PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 1st to 4th

Teachers: Peggy and Mara*

Song and dance are front and center in Musical Theatre for Beginners! Children who love to belt tunes in the car or follow along with the latest online dance trends will love this class. Young people will get new perspectives on songs from their favorite musicals and movies when they are paired with teaching artists’ original choreography. In addition to expanding confidence in musical theatre, students will also practice multi-tasking, taking artistic risks, and memorization. Teamwork is also emphasized as students learn how to work as an ensemble. At the end of each class, students will reflect on the successes of the day and begin to look forward to the next class. At the end of this course, youth will share musical theatre songs for a small audience of friends and family. No two classes are the same and students often enjoy taking this course more than once! 

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*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Liz Earnest

Full Course

Winter Musical Theatre Prep (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 23, 2023 at 5:45 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.  

Dates/Time: Mondays (Jan. 23 to Mar. 13) from 5:45PM to 6:45PM 

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 5th to 8th

Teachers: Garrett and Mara*

Jump into the upbeat world of musical theatre in this high-energy class. Students who enjoy singing and dancing will love this opportunity to learn music and choreography from their favorite shows. Young performers can expect to learn several different styles of movement and song in this class, while learning more about theatre through games and warm-ups. Students will also grow skills like ensemble-building, information recall, and sharing the spotlight. Each young person will develop physical and vocal techniques for performance. Vocal skills include expression through choral music, using proper breath support, and following basic conducting gestures. Physical skills include conveying emotion through movement, building endurance and coordination, and retaining patterns of choreography over time. At the end of the session, the youth will perform musical theatre-style songs and dances for a small audience of friends and family. The world of musical theatre is deep and wide, and there is a wealth of classic and contemporary material to explore in Musical Theatre Prep. Youth who enjoy this class are encouraged to return and learn more from the canon! 

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*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Liz Earnest

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks.

Winter Tech Workshop: Lighting Design (Code 500)

$400
Calendar Jan 24, 2023 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Dates/Time: Tuesdays (Jan. 24 to Mar. 14) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. There will be no class on Mar. 21, the last class will be held on Thursday, Mar. 23 from 4:45PM to 6:45PM. 

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 6th to 12th

Teacher: Gretta*

Ever wonder what it’s like to design the lights for a SPARC performance? Well, Lighting Design Workshop is your chance to be a part of the show creation process! Students in this class will be directly involved in SPARC's Showstoppers program as Lighting Designers for the final performance! They will learn skills such as color theory, light board cueing, director collaboration, setting the mood of a scene, beam angles, and some special effects!

Students may be asked to be on a ladder up to 12ft tall in this class and will be asked to sign a safety waiver. 

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*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Amy Almond

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $93.75, paid every two weeks.

Winter Tuesday Acting & Improv Prep (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 24, 2023 at 6 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.

Date/Time: Tuesdays (Jan. 24 to Mar. 14) from 6PM to 7PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 5th to 8th

Teachers: Donna and Mike*

Young people who enjoy creating characters, telling stories, and immersing themselves in a role will delight in this class with an emphasis on play! Students will expand their understanding of important acting and improvisational skills like working with scene partners, making strong choices, expressing emotion, and saying "yes". This dynamic class also teaches focus, empathy, and commitment. Acting and Improv Prep starts with a focus on improvisational comedy skills like trusting your instincts and working cooperatively with a team. Then as the session continues, those skills are applied to scripted scene work, where students will expand their understanding of acting through giving life and truth to a character, investing in the character’s given circumstances, and using acting concepts like objectives/obstacles/tactics. At the end of the session, students will share their favorite parts of these two branches of theatre for a small audience of friends and family. Improvisational topics and acting scenes will vary from session to session. Youth who enjoy this class are encouraged to take it more than once so that they can continue to practice their new skills. 

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 2 payments of $95.00, paid every four weeks.

Winter Wednesday Acting & Improv for Beginners (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 25, 2023 at 4:45 pm, runs for 8 weeks

SPARC requires all students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to learn more and visit other helpful FAQs.  

Dates/Time: Wednesdays (Jan. 25 to Mar. 15) from 4:45PM to 5:45PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 1st to 4th

Teachers: Hannah and TBA*

This collaborative, creative class is the perfect fit for young people with big ideas! Led by their teachers playing in-role beside them, students develop characters and embark on a new adventure in every class guided by their imaginations. This class builds theatrical skills like characterization, improvisation, and storytelling, as well as transferable skills like decision-making, teamwork, and mutual respect. Students will also learn elements of story structure and how to create a plot with multiple characters, conflict, and resolution. At the end of this course, students will share some of their favorite activities and adventures with a small audience of friends and family. Each course is a new discovery in creativity. As such, your child can take this course multiple times and learn something new each session. 

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Courtney Thompson

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