The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts is proud to present its Triple Threat and Encore Musical Theatre Programs. The programs will provide year round training from September to June for ages 6 to 18 yrs old. Students will train in the three disciplines of acting, singing, and dancing. All instructors are high quality top professionals. Encore Musical Theatre Program students participate in the following disciplines:

Acting | Dancing | Singing |


NOVICE TRIPLE THREAT

This one-hour class  for 6-8 year olds provides students an introduction to the art forms of acting, dancing, and singing in a fun environment!

PARENT / STUDENT GUIDE TO ENCORE MUSICAL THEATRE:

HCA’s  Encore Musical Theatre Ensemble program is a 2-hour/week course that gives students the chance to be part of an acting ensemble working towards an exciting final show, on stage at the Conservatory! Students will work on various songs from Broadway musicals, learning music, choreography and scenes, and having a ton of fun along the way.

 

Parents and students can expect the following as part of the Triple Threat Company:

  • The audition and callback process
  • Casting
  • A rigorous and fun rehearsal process
  • Dress/technical rehearsals
  • Final performance

The audition and callback process:
Students will have the chance to audition within the company. This lets them show off the skills they’ve gained and give instructors an accurate sense of their progress and abilities. An audition/callback may consist of:

  • Learning choreography to be performed in a small group
  • Singing part of a song as a solo
  • Performing a scene in a small group
  • Performing a ‘cold read’ of a scene or monologue

Casting:
While not every actor will play a ‘lead role,’ Encore students are encouraged to discover what makes their role important to the story. Each student will be showcased in final performances, but an important part of musical theatre is working together as a team, whether you got the role you wanted or not.

A rigorous and fun rehearsal process:
Encore rehearses for 2 hours each week – that means the more you can practice and review outside of class, the better! Students are given resources to help them learn their lines, music, and choreography (they will receive a script, and access to the class Dropbox which can include extra copies of the script, choreography videos, piano tracks, etc).

What to bring to rehearsal?

  • Indoor shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move and dance in
  • Your script
  • A water bottle and snacks
  • A pencil
  • A highlighter

Dress/technical rehearsals:
As the final performance approaches, HCA will schedule 2 tech/dress rehearsals on a non-class day. These act as makeup rehearsals for any days we have missed due to holidays, and give students the chance to rehearse on stage in full costume and lights. Notice will be sent home in advance.

 

 

 

10 Cardinal Rules for Rehearsal Adapted from JJ Hudson

1. Arrive early.
Being early signifies your respect and readiness for everybody else in class. It also gives you time to change your shoes, get your script and stretch before we start.

2. Greet your classmates and teachers.
A sure fire way to get comfortable and friendly with everybody is to start by saying ‘hi.’

3. Know your part cold.
When you’re prepared, you raise the bar for rehearsal. You’re given the resources to come in prepared each week so that you can improve and build on what you already know, instead of playing catch-up every week.

4. Watch and listen during rehearsals.
Even if we’re not rehearsing one of your scenes, support your cast mates by giving your attention to them as they work. Even better, use the opportunity to learn from what they’re doing, or review your lines, music or choreography.

5. Perform in every rehearsal.
If you love performing, then do it at every given chance! Perform with passion. Treat rehearsals as mini-performances. Someone is always watching in the audience!

 

6. Appear enthusiastic to be in rehearsal.
Even if you’re having a down day or feeling tired, help the energy of the room be lifted up by your presence.

7. Cheer on your cast mates.
We work together as a team to build a show, and it works best when everybody is supportive of one another.

8. Keep criticism to yourself.
If you have a serious issue, you can always speak with one of your teachers – otherwise, keep working and trust the process.

9. Go with the flow.
Trust that the director and musical director have put thought and preparation into this process. Let them be your leaders.

10. Say thank you.
Be sure to say thank you at the end of class, to your teachers and fellow cast mates. Hard work is always appreciated!

 

 

Things that require zero talent:

1. Being on time
2. Work ethic
3. Effort
4. Energy
5. Attitude
6. Passion
7. Commitment
8. Being prepared