Journey Summer Theater Classes

Teaching Series

We’re excited to offer a uniquely formatted teaching series for all ages this summer!  These classes do not have prerequisites and all levels of ability are welcome.  With just three weeks of classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights, this summer teaching series offers great learning with a small time commitment.  Sign up in an “a la carte” way to do as many as you can, or just take one.  Throw in some specialty workshops and masterclasses for a great summer of musical theater education!   

July 11 – 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver.

Family Contra Dancing (ages 8+, students ages 8-10 need an accompanying participant age 16+) 7:00pm-8:00pm

Teacher: Kristi Foster

This class will be wholesome fun for the entire family!  Enjoy the high energy music and learn the patterns of dance as you connect with various partners down the line of dance.  Learn the basics so that you can feel confident to enjoy one of the many community contra dances held each month in the greater-metro area.  All skill levels welcome!

Tap Dancing (ages 9-16) 7:00pm-8:00pm

Teacher: Grace Thompson

Time step your way into the rhythm of music and make it come alive through the sounds of your feet!  Tap Dance helps students grow in musicality, precision, and expression for stage all while having fun.  This class will help students feel more confident in their footwork through mastering foundational building blocks and increasing their dance vocabulary.

Swing Dance (age 16+ with partner) 8:15pm-9:15pm

Teacher: Kristi Foster

Sign up with a partner and come learn some foundational steps to get you up on the dance floor in no time.  Stick with your same partner, or enter the rotation and work to master the skills of partner connection, feeling the rhythm of big band music, basic footwork for East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, as well as common turns, spins, and tricks to really give you confidence while “cutting a rug.”  Partners need to register individually.

Musical Theater Dance (ages 19+) 8:15pm-9:15pm

Teacher: Rhonda Ward

Ready to build your confidence as a musical theater performer?  Tired of letting the students have all the fun?  Looking for light exercise and wanting to grow in your footwork and style skills?  This will be an energetic class for adults to gain confidence for the stage by learning the foundational steps for theater dance and learning more about physical storytelling through music.

Improv At Work (ages 16+) Tuesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm

Teacher: Sia Marshall

Do you give presentations as part of your work?  Do you find yourself with frequent group projects and team meetings?  Do you meet clients or potential clients from all over?  Whether you are in sales, IT, non-profit, corporate or are self-employed, the techniques and skills of improv can really advance your contributions to the marketplace.  Improv teaches you how to engage with people, how to listen and build on the conversation, how to think on your feet when things go off course, and how to empower not just yourself but your co-workers in a successful collaborative environment.  Both veteran and new improv-ers are welcome in this course specializing in employing the tactics of improv in your workplace.

Beginning Sewing (ages 10+, students ages 10-11 need an accompanying participant age 16+ ) Thursdays 7:00pm-9:00pm

Teacher: Gail Bryan

Looking for a new hobby?  Want to brush up on your skills?  Do you have a sewing machine in the closet that you never use?  Well…now’s the time to get it set up and dive into a fun, group sewing class.  Instructors will guide you though a sewing project, help you take your skills to the next level, and give you confidence to use your sewing machine for practical moments.  Plus, you’ll have a take-home project at the end of the three weeks.  Sign up by yourself, or take the class with your child to help them learn the life-enriching craft of sewing.

Bring the supplies listed below to the first class.  A list of additional supplies needed will be provided at the first class (estimated cost is $22-$49).

Basic Supply list:

  • sewing machine in good working order and users manual if available
  • 2 Bobbins
  • Extra machine needles (11/70 or 12/80)
  • Extension cord
  • Sewing scissors
  • Pins and pin cushion or magnet
  • Seam ripper
  • Thread
  • Cloth tape measure (optional)
  • Fabric marker or tailor’s chalk (optional)

Saturday Workshops

Choose one workshop from each Saturday, or pick and choose which you’d like to attend.  All workshops are held on Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver.  Pack a sack lunch.

July 22nd – Auditioning 101 (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Kristi Foster

Take away the mystery of auditioning with this one day workshop.  We’ll talk about how to select a song with our 2017-2018 Season of Shows in mind, how to deliver a vocal performance that really stands out, and we’ll practice with callback material – both dance calls and cold reads.  You can only improve on auditioning by doing it, so here’s your chance to get some practice in and have fun along the way.

July 22nd – College & Career Prep (ages 14-18)

Teacher: Ben Tissell

This workshop is for students who are interested in pursuing theater at the collegiate level and maybe even continuing until it’s a lifestyle hobby or a vocational path.  Learn what college theater programs are looking for, how to select and prepare for the college audition process, and find out more about the Actor’s Equity Union, the professional market, contracts, etc.

July 29th – Acting Technique (ages 12-18)

Teacher: Ben Tissell

Take some time to focus on one discipline: acting.  Breaking down character motivation and objective, along with looking at various approaches to a role from respected techniques, students in this class will really have the chance to take their acting to a new level.  Learn the skill of acting and don’t leave things to chance on stage.  The audience, and your scene partners, will thank you.

July 29th – Accents & Dialects (ages 16+)

Teacher: Kristi Foster

The voice of a character is critical to the storytelling.  This is a great chance to explore the mechanics of accents and dialects for the stage and help you, as an actor, feel confident to be the mouthpiece for the character you are playing.  We’ll explore sound & timbre, phonetics, language rules, and work as a class to break down script samples to find the unique sounds required for the moment.  Focus will be on Standard British, Cockney, American dialects with some exploration of Western European accents.

August 5th – Director’s Workshop (ages 16+)

Teacher: Kristi Foster

Interested in learning more about the mind of a theater director?  Want to explore the idea of being a director yourself one day?  Here’s your chance to learn the approach, philosophy, and tactics of a stage director.  We’ll discuss the pre-production design work, the auditioning process, effective rehearsal technique, and how to guide a show thru the complete process.

August 5th – Stage Combat (ages 19+)

Teacher: David Bareford

Knowing how to control the physical violence on stage – whether a fist fight or a comedic pratfall – is the actor’s artistic responsibility.  Join this active class to learn the tricks of staging a realistic fight sequence and gain confidence to control your own safety in stagecraft.

Tech Training Workshops

Have you been interested in learning about sound and lighting design for musical theater productions?  Or are you someone who has already served on a Tech Parent Committee for a Journey show and you’d like a little more training or want to learn about lighting as well as sound?  Then you’ll want to attend one or both of our Tech Training Workshops this summer.

Ages 16-Adult

Sound (Tuesday August 1, 6:00-9:00pm)

Work with Journey’s Technical Director, Jason Rogers to set up a complete system at Washougal High School and learn, not just what cable goes where, but also about some challenges of mixing live theater.  This will be a hands-on workshop intended to give each attendee time to work on EQ, and to troubleshoot some of the most common issues when it comes to sound design.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Lighting (Thursday August 3, 6:00-9:00pm)

Work with Drama Teacher and Lighting Designer, Kelly Gregersen, at Washougal High School to learn all the ins and outs of lighting a theatrical production.  Kelly will lead you through the catwalks and talk through the various types of lights used.  This also will be a hands-on workshop where attendees will get to gel lights, aim them, work with gobos, understand how to create a general wash for both cool and warm scenes & musical moments, and generally get to play with color & light.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Voice Masterclasses

Participating in, or attending a Voice Masterclass is a great way to take your singing & performance skills to the next level.  Students will be allowed an opportunity to perform a song for a master clinician, who will then work with the individual student on a vocal technique or on a performance aspect of their song selection.  Spots will be limited to performers, but even students who attend will glean wisdom and insight to take back to their personal vocal performance preparation.  You’ll see transformation before your eyes and leave with an arsenal of tips & tricks to better yourself for the stage.

Masterclasses will be July 22nd and August 5th from 2:00pm-4:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA.  Registration is open for attendees ($10 per person).

Students between the ages of 8 and 18 are eligible to audition to perform.  To be considered as a performer, please send a 1-min. video audition to  Use “MASTERCLASS AUDITION” as the subject and include your availability for either July 22 or August 5 or both.  The deadline for submitting video auditions is June 19.  Nine spots will be offered and a performance fee of $50 will need to be paid at the time of registration.  Invited participants will perform their song in it’s entirety for the guest clinician(s).

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