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Performing Arts Classes

Workshops Designed For the Life-Long Learner
June 14-23, 2018

The collaboration of Cabrillo Extension, Cabrillo College Theatre Arts Department, Cabrillo Stage and NextStage Productions offers a spectrum of professionally taught classes designed for life-long learners aged 50+. Set in a safe and encouraging environment, artists and student artists hone their skills while enjoying the companionship of others with a similar focus. Explore how the creative process promotes health, lifelong learning and an empowering sense of mastery in the theatrical disciplines you wish to study.

....KINDLE THE FLAME OF CREATIVITY AND RELEASE THE MUSE INSIDE.

Choose individual classes or a custom designed series below.

Bonus! Registered students will receive an invitation to the Cabrillo Stage "Sitz-Probe" rehearsal (lead actors and orchestra) of The Producers.

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Multiple Session Programs
Register for these Multiple Session Programs for a Discount!


Series A:
Dance & Sing Broadway

12 Sessions
For students who wish to develop Musical theater skills and “strut their stuff” in a final performance. This series incorporates these two classes:

  • Dance the Music of Broadway
  • Musical Theatre Adventure

Fee: $205

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Series B:
Health & Laughter

9 Sessions
This series incorporates these three amazing classes:

  • The Embodied Voice: Tips for Vocal Freedom
  • The Body: Workout the Feldenkrais Way
  • Comedy - The Planet Cruz Way

Fee: $155

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Series C:
Expressing Myself

9 Sessions
This series incorporates these three unique classes:

  • Story Sizzle - Celebrate Yourself
  • Playback Theatre
  • The Journey Continues… Personal Theatre

Fee: $155

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Series D:
Laughing at Life

6 Sessions

This series incorporates these two classes:

  • The Journey Continues… Personal Theatre
  • Comedy - The Planet Cruz Way

Fee: $110

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Individual Classes


Dance the Music of Broadway

Feel the rhythm, learn the steps and experience combinations used in dance breaks of the great Broadway song and dance numbers.

This class combines with Musical Theater Experience for an end of workshop performance (optional).
All are welcome.

Thu.-Wed., June 14-20 (No class Sunday, June 17)
1:50 - 3:05 pm
Room: VAPA 5156
Fee: $110

 

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Mindy Pedlar is passionate for music, theater and dance and has appeared in 50+ theatrical productions. She has performed with Juliette Prowse and the Serendipity Singers as well as Cabrillo Stage and many other theater groups. She choreographs musicals and variety shows and teaches adult ballet locally.

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Musical Theater Adventure

Soar high with Cabrillo Stage alumni as you learn song and dance numbers from popular Broadway shows. This adventure will focus on the classic Broadway style of Rogers and Hammerstein and how it contrasts with present day blockbuster Broadway shows. This class combines with DANCE THE MUSIC OF BROADWAY for an end of workshop performance (optional).

Thu.-Wed., June 14-20 (No class Sunday, June 17)
3:15 - 4:30 pm
Room: VAPA 5156
Fee: $110

 

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Kathryn Adkins has 20 years experience teaching theater, voice and directing. She has performed in Europe and for diverse companies including Opera Theater of St. Louis, Cabrillo Music Festival, Santa Cruz Symphony, Tandy Beal and Co. and many musical theatre companies.

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Playback Theatre Workshop

In Playback Theatre someone tells a story from their life, while the instructor facilitates the telling and casting of the story into others who take in the story. Then the teller watches as the actors create emblems of costume from scarves, then reenact the story. In the reenactment, the focus is to find the deeper story, not merely to repeat what the teller said, but to find perhaps what the teller showed but didn't say, or perhaps an archetypal level of truth, or perhaps a level of fun or delight.

At the end the actors turn back to the teller who can validate to what extent the story was real for them, or moving. The process creates a shared sense of community as actors offer back each other’s life events with generosity and delight.

Thu.-Sat., June 14, 15, & 16
11:00 - 12:10 pm

Room: VAPA 5146
Fee: $58

 

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Marc Weiss brings 33 years of experience leading the Boulder Playback Theatre company in Boulder, Colorado, before recently moving to Aptos. Marc will introduce you to some of the Playback forms.  We'll experiment with the delight of re-enacting others' stories on the spot!  Expect playfulness, generosity, and deep connection.

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Comedy - The Planet Cruz Way

Open yourself to the joy of laughter and turn the frown upside down. Research tells us that laughter is one of the most effective contributors to a long and healthy life.  Learn to write and deliver a joke and for those in the class who want to go public and want to be outrageous, a Flash Mob comedy event. Open to all levels. Come enjoy the journey.

Thu.-Sat., June 14, 15, & 16
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Room: VAPA 5141
Fee: $64

 

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Richard Stockton is a comedian, storyteller and P.T. Barnum wanna-be. He’s pretty much been in the game since he was five. That is when, at a huge Thanksgiving feast of the larger Kern County Stockton Clan, he stood on the Thanksgiving table and did a prolonged impression of a dying turkey. He’s been studying this craft ever since.

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Show Choir with a Pop!

Put the “show” in your choir with great choral sound, “choral-ography” and FUN! Recreate the moves and sounds of the groups like the Temptations, the Supremes and the Marvelettes. All levels and abilities are welcome in this class. 

Mon. - Sat., June 18-23
12:25 - 1:40 pm
Room: VAPA 5141
Fee: $110

 

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Suzanne Duval, MFA, has over 20 years experience teaching voice in Santa Cruz. She has performed with Santa Cruz and Bay Area choirs, with Cabrillo Stage, Opera San Jose, and many other diverse musical ensembles.

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The Journey Continues… Personal Theatre

Tell it like it is for you in this fun and interactive theatrical exploration of life’s thoughts, feelings, issues and concerns.  Through theatre games and exercises that promote self-expression, sharing and empathy, we’ll make spontaneous theatre about the things we care about in life.  We’ll talk, relate, move and create lively and meaningful moments of personal and group performance about topics like family, friends, the path forward, and being alive. In the process, players will cultivate performance skills and stage presence in a supportive setting.

Mon. - Wed., June 18 - 20
11:00 am - 12:10 pm
Room: VAPA 5137
Fee: $58

 

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Robin Aronson teaches theatre and acting at Cabrillo College, and is a theatre director and actor. Robin was Artistic Director of The Young Women's Theatre Collective and The YWTC w/ Guys, an award-winning teen troupe that created and performed original theatre about life. She also co-taught personal story theatre classes for women, “Get Down With Your Sweet Self”, and co-created Love on the Loose, a show about relationships.

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The Embodied Voice: Tips for Vocal Freedom

Delight in the sound of your voice as it learns to connect to impulse and resonates freely through your whole self. Feel your vocal power that comes with efficient breathing and grounded skeletal support. Learn a system of voice awareness employing improvisation, Feldenkrais and Linklater work that will help free your sound from the constraints developed from years of use and abuse. (Bring a yoga mat.) 

Mon. - Wed., June 18-20
1:50 - 3:05 pm
Room: VAPA 5137
Fee: $58

 

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Song Nelson is a dancer, choreographer, performing artist and teacher. She has taught in universities, colleges, elementary schools and to individuals with and without physical challenges. Specializing in voice and movement in the performing arts, her unique teaching cultivates presence, spontaneity and embodied creative process.

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Story Sizzle - Celebrate Yourself

A system of taking life experience and turning it into story—a first-person telling as if it is happening NOW, prepared without traditional script, memorization or rehearsal. Instead, script is replaced with visual and emotional recall, memory is replaced with reliving the scene and rehearsal is replaced by responding honestly to the relived episode. 

Thu. - Sat., June 21-23
11:00 am - 12:10 pm
Room: VAPA 5137
Fee: $58

 

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Stan Grindstaff, MFA, is a co-founder and featured teller for the Santa Cruz Lucid True Story Swap. Stan's experience includes A.C.T.—SF and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is an International Speaker Trainer, bestselling story author and editor.

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The Body: Workout the Feldenkrais Way

The Feldenkrais Method is widely hailed and highly regarded by those who have worked with the system as the way to challenge the brain to find and create new movement pathways through a sequence of guided movement explorations.

Feel muscle patterns unwind, pain decrease and performance improve. Positive changes in posture, breathing and ease in movement and for some, heightened mental clarity and sense of overall well-being have been reported.

Class is for teachers and students seeking comfort in movement and optimizing overall health. (Bring a yoga mat.) 

Thu. - Sat., June 21-23
1:50 - 3:05 pm

Room: VAPA 5137
Fee: $58

 

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Suzie Lundgren has a 28 year career as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A long time faculty member of the annual summer Bill Evans Dance Institutes, she has been based in Santa Cruz, CA where she runs classes and sees individual clients since 1997.

 




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