YAP JR. IS FOR YOU! Middle School, Ages 11-14

As an adjunct to our popular Young Artists Program (or “YAP”), this new series of ala carte workshops for our middle school students is designed to fit into the increasingly busy schedules of the tween set. Topics will be geared toward specialized areas of the craft of theatre and will challenge participants with new ideas, techniques, and skills that will be beneficial as they endeavor to be better actors, singers, dancers, technicians, and human beings. Possible workshops titles include: Advanced Script Analysis, Makeup for the Stage, Shakespeare for Young Artists, Musical Theatre Dance Styles, etc.

Workshop Lengths Vary According to Topic 1 session (Limit 20 students per workshop) Grades | 6-8 Price: $25 per Workshop | Includes materials; pricing subject to change


2018-19 YAP Jr. Workshops

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Magic, love, family feuds, a play-within-a-play, a mischievous fairy named Puck and a man transformed into a donkey are just a few of the entertaining situations to be encountered in one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In this engaging and exciting new workshop series, students will learn about Shakespeare’s language, life, and times through the process of staging one of his plays. Each student actor will be assigned at least one role to bring to life while exploring wondrous language, heightened emotions, enchanting themes, and hilarious characters. The four-week, eight-hour session will culminate with a final performance for family and friends in the Studio Theatre!

Final Performance Date/Time: March 24th, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Family & Friends will attend the final performance from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: GINA MERRILL

Gina has just moved to Carmel from Los Angeles and is thrilled to be joining the Civic Theatre team as she brings her many years of performing and teaching theatre expertise to our stage. After graduating from Northwestern University, where Gina majored in theatre with an emphasis in Shakespeare, she worked as a MainStage actress and educator for Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, the oldest equity theatre in the nation. She then toured the country and into Canada with Missoula Children’s Theatre, where Gina directed and performed in hundreds of musicals with children aged kindergarten through twelfth grade. Then her California adventure began, and she worked as the casting director for E! Entertainment Television where she cast actors, hosts, comedians, and impersonators for a variety of programs. Next, Gina took a position as the Performing Arts Teacher at a prestigious private school, where she taught, wrote and directed original plays, directed the musical theatre summer program, and brought her passion, knowledge and love for Shakespeare to students through plays and after school Shakespeare clubs. Gina has adapted and directed the majority of Shakespeare’s plays and makes them fun and accessible for people of all ages. During Gina’s time as a teacher, she continued to act with a Los Angeles based children’s theatre, where she originated and premiered several roles over her many years on the stage. Gina has had the privilege of studying and working with Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Folger Library, and The Kennedy Center and always strives to learn more about her craft in order to share more with her students. Gina is so happy to call Carmel home and can’t wait to share her passion for acting and The Bard with Civic students and performers. 

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