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Olney Theatre Center is offering free Zoom classes taught by members of our staff, apprentices and National Players. Early registration is encouraged. Registration is required and classes will run until June 31. While these classes are free to you, all instructors are being paid as part of our effort to keep our artists and staff employed and active. Donations are appreciated. 

STORYBOOK THEATRE with Education Apprentice Hannah Ensign 

Mondays, 10:00am-10:55am EDT

Take a deep dive into one of your favorite books! We will explore the world of reading and imagination through crafts, theatre games, and activities. Material needed for each craft are listed below. 

June 1: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

  • 2 pieces of white cardstock 

  • Scissors

  • Tape of glue

  • Something to color with 

June 8: Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin 

  • Cow printable

  • Paper plate 

  • Something to color with 

  • Tape of glue 

  • Straw or stick

June 15: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

June 22: Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack 

  • Paper plate 

  • Scissors 

  • Tape

  • 2 pieces of regular white paper

  • Something to color with 

  • Straw or stick 

This class has reached capacity and will not be accepting new registrations.

MUSICAL THEATRE PREP with director/choreographer Tara Jeanne Vallee 

Mondays, 4:00pm-4:55pm EDT

Work on your triple threat skills with Olney favorite Tara Jeanne Vallee, who has choreographed such hits as ELF, THE KING AND I, and MARY POPPINS, along with many other Olney Theatre Center hits. Each week teens and young professionals can work with Tara Jeanne on different aspects of musical theatre performance. Come prepared and ready to work!

June 1: Musical Theatre / Jazz 

June 8: Monologue Work

June 15: Musical Theatre Song coaching

June 22: Audition Prep

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DECODING SHAKESPEARE: MACBETH with director Eleanor Holdridge

Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm EDT

Take a deep dive into Shakespeare’s wicked classic with Eleanor Holdridge, one of America’s foremost experts in directing the Bard’s canon, and director at Olney Theatre Center of The Crucible, Fickle, and I and You. Each week, Eleanor will focus on different scenes from Macbeth to help students unlock the meaning of the text, discover the acting clues, and reveal the layers of meaning in Shakespeare’s dark, mysterious tragedy. If you don’t have your own copy of the play, you can download this Macbeth script.

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CREATE A PUPPET SHOW with Education Apprentice Hannah Ensign 

Wednesdays, 10:00am-10:55am EDT 

Make a sock puppet, create your own unique character, and make a puppet show with your classmates! For the first day of class students will make their own unique sock puppet. You will need a sock, hot glue, string, and a black marker. Other suggested materials include felt, googly eyes, buttons, or anything else that would be fun on your puppet! Recommended participants attend every week, as each lesson will build upon the next.

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TECH: BEHIND THE SCENES with Wardrobe Supervisor and Costume Associate Melissa Gilbert

Wednesdays, 1:00pm-1:55pm EDT

Join Melissa as she covers a variety of costume-related skills. From Zombie Makeup to Watercolor Painting, to Basic Sewing, Melissa will show you how to do it—and have fun along the way! 

June 3: Watercolor Painting - highlight/shadows, painting draped fabric

  • Tools: paint, paper, pencil, brushes

June 10: Mask Making

  • Tools: cardboard, masking tape, hot glue, paper, scissors or X-Acto knife (ask your parents!)

June 17: Scenic Painting Basics - scumble, splatter, spatter, marble, wood grain

  • Tools: paint, paper, pencil. large flat brushes

June 24: Puppets! 

  • Tools: cardstock (cereal boxes work great!) brads, chopsticks or short dowels (pencils work too!), pencils, scissors or X-Acto knife (ask your parents!)
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OLNEY FAVORITES FLASHBACK with Dramaturgy Apprentice, Sarah Kiker, and guests

Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 4:55pm EDT 

Revisit some of OTC’s favorite plays from previous seasons in this discussion-based class. Each week will feature a special guest from the OTC production to share their reflections on and experience with the play. Participants are encouraged to read or revisit the scripts beforehand and come ready to ask questions and share thoughts.  Drop in for as many discussions as you’d like; it’s not necessary to attend every class, but we’re happy if you do! 

Scripts available for download here:

June 3: THE CRUCIBLE with cast member Dani Stoller (ABIGAIL WILLIAMS)

June 10: OIL with cast member Megan Graves (AMY)

June 17: EVERY BRILLIANT THING with Alexander Strain (NARRATOR)

June 24: AUBERGINE with cast member Tony Nam (RAY)

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HOW TO WRITE A TEN MINUTE PLAY with Community Engagement Coordinator and Playwright Rebecca Dzida

Thursdays, 4:00pm-4:55pm EDT

If full length plays feel daunting to you, then ten minute plays are the perfect bite-sized amount. Learn the essentials of writing a play and how to do it in ten minutes. Each week we will read and discuss a ten minute play. We will also set aside time for participants to bring in some pages and workshop their writing. If you can write a ten minute play, you can write anything.

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MOVEMENT FOR THEATRE (AND LIFE!) with National Player Emma Stern

Fridays, 1:00pm-1:55pm EDT

This class will cover the different ways we can use movement in theatre (and in life!). The first week will focus on how movement can help us develop an ensemble. The second and third week will be about character building using movement. Finally, the fourth week we will discover how movement can be used as a way to unlock something in the text we might be working with and to more broadly open up our imagination. Be dressed to move and ready to have fun!

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MASTERMIND OR MONSTER? Shakespeare’s RICHARD III and James Graham’s INK with Artistic Director Jason Loewith

Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Take a deep dive with Artistic Director Jason Loewith into two extraordinary texts about charismatic men and the worlds they changed. The cruelty and charisma of Shakespeare’s Richard III has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years, and its themes ripple through our culture today. Labour of Love playwright James Graham’s Tony-winning play Ink, about Rupert Murdoch’s 1969 turnaround of The Sun, gives us a stunning look at the origins of today’s media-crazed world of fake news (and secret news:  OTC will be doing its DMV premiere in 2021-22!). We’ll spend two weeks on each text, and the class is seminar-style:  less lecture, more conversation, 90 minutes each.  Bring a cocktail or mocktail and settle into some charismatic conversation! Texts are available on our website for student use only.

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