Journey Theater Classes: Vancouver

Class sessions begin in September, January and late March or early April. Class information will be posted four to five weeks before each session.

Spring 2017 Session Information – Monday

Location: Cascade Park Baptist Church

Day/Time: Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: March 20 – June 12

(No class on April 3, May 15 or May 29)

Showcase:  June 12 at 7:30 pm

Spring 2017 Session Information – Tuesday

Location: First Presbyterian Church

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: March 21 – June 6

(No class on April 4 or May 16)

Showcase:  June 6 at 7:30 pm

Spring 2017 Session Information – Thursday

Location: Messiah Lutheran Church

Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dates: March 23 – June 8

(no class on April 6 or April 13)

Showcase: June 8 at 7:30pm, location TBA

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Registration for Spring 2017 classes opens on February 13th!

Here are a few things to be aware of:

1.) We have changed our “Beginning Dance, “Beginning Voice,” and “Beginning Drama” classes to be “Foundations of…” classes. They are still our CORE CLASSES that serve as prerequisites for continuing on to other classes. If you have taken DA100, V100, and/or DR100 in the past, your prerequisite for the appropriate series has been met. These classes are comparable to collegiate “survey” courses so we have adopted a new “090” numbering for them.

2.) Classes listed with a * have prerequisites.  Please read the class description for details before registering.

3.)  We have taken big strides towards further developing our 100-level classes so as to really lay a solid educational foundation for 200-level classes and beyond. If you have a question as to whether you meet the prerequisites for a class you’d like to take, please email the Journey Registrar, Beth Maxwell, at b.maxwell@journeytheater.org

4.) Remember to list your second choice of class!

Vancouver Monday Classes - Spring 2017

DR090 Foundations of Drama (ages 8-18) THIS CLASS IS FULL

Teacher: Jayce Fortin

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

DA090 Foundations of Dance (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Hayley Stonehouse

1, 2, 3, 4 – Let’s get up and rock the floor! 5, 6, 7, 8 – Point your toes and stand up straight! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you’ll need to succeed.

DA090 Foundations of Voice (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Janelle Harriman

Whether you sing in your church choir, along with Rock Band, or just in the shower, singing can be fun! Learn how to put those pipes to use with good technique and style. In this interactive class, students will learn the fundamental concepts and training of the voice, learn proper posture and breathing techniques, phrasing and how to stay on pitch. Students will develop the confidence they need to perform solos in showcase through an encouraging learning environment.

SP103 Puppets (ages 9-12)

Teacher: Jon Jacquet

Through the use of puppets, you can become someone or something else! Let your imagination carry you away. While learning music and choreography for a puppet program, you will discover the ultimate role-playing experience that cultivates your imagination in a new way. This class will illuminate the great medium puppets can be for entertainment and ministry.

DA107 Dancing Through the Decades (ages 9-14)*

Teacher: Claire Flatz

Prerequisite: DA090

Come on baby!  Let’s do the twist!! This class will take students through the decades of dance and teach them how to appreciate each era’s contribution to the art form. This time traveling experience will be the perfect synthesis of skills learned in Foundations of Dance and help students dance confidently in period pieces on stage!

V404 Advanced Voice: Glee (ages 8-18)*

Teacher: Micah McIlvain

Prerequisite: Audition, V090 or permission

Now you’re movin’ on up! Time to combine all your vocal skills in a select ensemble class that focuses on group singing with movement and is SURE to be a show-stopper! Whether a cappella (like “The Sing Off”) or accompanied (like “Glee”), students will be challenged in their ear training as they singing tight harmonies in an electrifying dynamic performance.

Auditions for Glee will be held after Vancouver Monday night classes, at Cascade Park Baptist Church, on February 27th at 8:15.

Those wishing to audition will need to prepare 1 contemporary and 1 broadway song: each 1 minute in length.  No acapella, bring your accompaniment on CD or MP3, no streaming.

Questions about auditioning?  Contact Jami at j.ecoff@journeytheater.org.

DR203 Intermediate Drama: Accents and Dialects (ages 12-18)*

Teacher: Shanae Tullis

Prerequisite: DR090, DR103

Like Eliza Doolittle, it is important for all actors to “learn to speak proper.”  Building on the basic skills of diction and projection learned in DR090 Foundations of Drama, actors will now learn the ins and outs of building a character through an accent or dialect.  This course will teach the foundations of language, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and help students find vowel placement and appropriate pronunciation of Standard British, Cockney, Provincial Dialects, Irish, and American Dialects.  Give your character new life by helping to find its true voice.

CI500 Improv Team (ages 12-18)*

Teacher: Alan Baird

Prerequisites: Open to team members only

This class will serve as the rehearsal time and skill development for the Journey Theater improv teams. Focus on creating characters, group think, playing off your teammates, incorporating activities, emotions and accepting offers while learning the official games for Improv Invasion.

Vancouver Tuesday Classes - Spring 2017

DR090 Foundations of Drama (ages 8-11)

Teacher: Cheri Hogan

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

DR090 Foundations of Drama for Teens (ages 12-18)

Teacher: Andrew Rice

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

V090 Foundations of Voice (ages 8-18)

Teacher:  Janelle Harriman

Whether you sing in your church choir, along with Rock Band, or just in the shower, singing can be fun! Learn how to put those pipes to use with good technique and style. In this interactive class, students will learn the fundamental concepts and training of the voice, learn proper posture and breathing techniques, phrasing and how to stay on pitch. Students will develop the confidence they need to perform solos in showcase through an encouraging learning environment.

DR105 Drama: Stage Movement (ages 8-18)*

Teacher: David Bareford

Prerequisite: DR090

The actor’s body tells a story even when there is no dance or fight choreography.  Learn to use movement, gesture, and expression to communicate emotions, relationships, and conflict without saying a word.  Students will learn to inhabit a character physically, establish the imaginary world of the play, and even portray animal and fantasy characters.

DA111 Dance: Dancing With Props (ages 9-14)*

Teacher: Hayley Stonehouse

Prerequisite: DA090

Are you in a show that requires the use of props?  How do you make those props enhance your story-telling and musicianship while dancing?  This class addresses those such issues and helps the dancer handle them with confidence and flair.  Whether it’s umbrellas in Singin’ In the Rain or basketballs in High School Musical, musical theater actors will be called upon to dance with confidence using expressive tools other than their body.  Learn to do that with tricks of the trade that build on the basic rules of dance.

DR400 Advanced Drama: One Act (ages 8-18)*

Teacher: Melissa Bareford

Prerequisites: Audition

Auditions will be held after classes from 8:30-9:15 on Monday, March 6th at Cascade Park Baptist Church, Tuesday, March 7th at First Presbyterian Church, and Thursday, March 9th at Messiah Lutheran Church.  Contact Melissa Doak (m.doak@journeytheater.org) to schedule your audition time.  All students who audition may not be selected for the class.  It is recommended that you register and make payment for a second choice class prior to auditions in order to secure a spot for the session.  Students selected for DR400 will be transferred.

Play Info

The Last of the Dragons adapted from the short story by Edith Nesbit

Sometimes you have to take a risk to make the choices you want to make. In a world where traditional princes rescue traditional princesses, and slaying a dragon is the only way to win a princess’s hand—we meet a very untraditional pair. Princess Andromeda is a master swordswoman and Prince Stanley is great at inventing things.  Can he slay the dragon and win her heart? Or will they both be dragon’s lunch?  The Last of the Dragons is a fun play about how sometimes true bravery is just being who we are.

Cast of 9 with a flexible mix of Male/Female Characters.  The Last of the Dragons will provide participants with an exciting acting challenge. The play has great three-dimensional characters in a world of stereotypes. Great opportunities for stage combat and ensemble work.

Character Descriptions

Monologue suggestions

The Last of the Dragons

CI500 Improv Team (ages 12-18)*

Teacher:  Brenna Larson

Prerequisite: Open to team members only

This class will serve as the rehearsal time and skill development for the Journey Theater improv teams. Focus on creating characters, group think, playing off your teammates, incorporating activities, emotions and accepting offers while learning the official games for Improv Invasion.

Vancouver Thursday Classes - Spring 2017

JT100 Journey Troupers (ages 6-7)

Teacher: Nicki Roller

Let your imagination take flight into the world of theater through song, music and dance. The fun never stops in Troupers and includes theater basics while learning the foundations of performing in a safe, encouraging environment. We also take time for fun with games and crafts. Let your child take the spotlight! This age group is not eligible to audition for the session production.

DR090 Foundations of Drama (ages 8-11) THIS CLASS IS FULL

Teacher: Cheri Hogan

Become a character from head to toe. Explore the building blocks of acting through creative movement, story enactment, theater games, imagination journeys and more! You’ll be able to use your whole body, voice & facial expressions to portray everything from a swashbuckling pirate to an Oompa Loompa.

DA090 Foundations of Dance (ages 8-18)

Teacher: Madeleine Townsend

1, 2, 3, 4 – Let’s get up and rock the floor! 5, 6, 7, 8 – Point your toes and stand up straight! Step up to all the basic techniques that will prepare you to take on any form of dance. Whether you want to learn Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, or Ballroom, this class will give you the foundation you’ll need to succeed.

MT100 Musical Theater (ages 9-14)*

Teacher: Shanae Tullis

Prerequisite: DR090, DA090, V090

It’s time to put it all together! Dance, drama and singing all work together to create the magical world of musical theater. Start the journey to becoming a triple threat by learning how to combine all the basic skills you learned in previous Core Classes into one show-stopping showcase! The class will include warm-ups, group activities, character development and performance technique. By the end of class, you’ll be ready to take center stage and shine in the showcase!

SP203 Intermediate Stage Combat: Acting the Fight (ages 12-18)*

Teacher: David Bareford

Prerequisite: DR090

Theatrical fights involve more than stage combat. Too often, actors learn physical techniques in isolation without the critical step of incorporating choreography with character work. This class is part physical training and part scene study as we stage excerpts from previous Journey shows and other plays that feature characters who explode into intense physical struggles. Students will learn a variety of unarmed stage combat techniques and then be assigned roles and learn choreography for a specific scene, which will be rehearsed up to performance level for the showcase.

This class is also an acting seminar, and participants will also be coached on methods that help actors portray the fear, anger, pain, stress, and adrenaline of a real fight, allowing them to deepen their characterization and move beyond simply “doing choreography” to create theatrical fights that appear personal, painful, desperate, and real to the audience.

CI500 Improv Team (ages 12-18)*

Teacher: Jon Jacquet

Prerequisites: Open to team members only

This class will serve as the rehearsal time and skill development for the Journey Theater improv teams. Focus on creating characters, group think, playing off your teammates, incorporating activities, emotions and accepting offers while learning the official games for Improv Invasion.

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