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in Grades 5 - 8

StageCraft (Code 520)

$1,000

with Amy Almond

Calendar Oct 11, 2022 at 4:30 pm, runs for 21 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 (Oct. 11 to Mar. 28) from 4:30PM to 5:30PM (21 Weeks) No class Nov 22, Dec 20 & 27, and Jan 3. Additional meeting times below.

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 6th to 12th

StageCraft is a new pilot program from SPARC that focuses on building a community for students interested in all aspects of technical theatre, but especially backstage work. As members of the StageCraft, students will meet with professional Designers and Technicians once a week to learn about the various roles of a crew member. Participants will also learn practical skills related to shop safety, set construction, lighting design and hanging, sound design, stage management, and much more!  The program will culminate with the StageCraft members putting their learning into action as production crew for SPARC performances.  Roles will be assigned based on interest, skill set, and experience. Along with the weekly meetings listed above we ask that families tentatively put the following SPARC performances in their calendars. In addition to the programs listed below, other events that have crew opportunities may pop up throughout the school year.

  • Winter Production: Tech Rehearsals February 10-16; Performances Feb 17-19 and Feb 24-26
  • Spectrum: Tech Rehearsals March 5-9; Performances March 10-12
  • Showstoppers: Tech Rehearsal March 23; Performances March 24 & 25

Participants will be asked to sign a safety waiver and agree to follow all guidelines set in place by the instructors.

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first.

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 16 payments of $57.35, paid weekly. Final payment of $57.40.

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 10 payments of $71.36, paid every two weeks. Final payment of $71.40.

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 every two weeks. Final payment of $82.16.

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 4 payments of $47.50, 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, last class will be held on Thursday, Mar. 23) from 5:30PM to 7:30PM

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. 

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Amy Almond

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $93.75, paid every four 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 4 payments of $47.50, paid every four weeks.

Winter Thursday Acting & Improv Prep (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 26, 2023 at 5 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: Thursdays (Jan. 26 to Mar. 16) from 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 5th to 8th

Teachers: Elle and Donna*

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.

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $47.50, paid every four weeks.

Winter Storycraft (Code 500)

$215
Calendar Jan 28, 2023 at 11:45 am, 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: Saturdays (Jan. 28 to Mar. 18) from 11:45AM to 12:45PM

Location: In person and indoors at SPARC

Grades: 5th to 8th

Teachers: Maggie and Mike*

Create a piece of original theatre in this unique class! Youth will embark on an exploratory process where they’ll discover how conversation, improvisation, music, and movement come together to tell a story. Storycraft is centered on amplifying young people’s distinctive opinions and experiences, building meaningful connections, and working to achieve a goal. This class is meant to develop a young person’s process of creating and presenting a story. In drawing connections between personal experiences and dramatization, youth will practice brainstorming, problem-solving, and collaborating to create one original work of theatre as a class. Perhaps most importantly, students will learn to respect and honor the stories of others as well as their own. Youth will share their original piece of theatre for a small audience of friends and family at the end of the session. Because this class creates a unique performance piece with each new session, this class can be taken more than once with fresh lessons and takeaways each time.  

Interested in scholarships? Read this page first

*Teaching artists subject to change.

Photo Credit: Tom Topinka

Payment plan available: $25 deposit plus 4 payments of $47.50, paid every four weeks.




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