Performing Arts

Performing Arts 2024

Get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure.

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T01 Guitar: Beginning & Intermediate
Week: 2                                                          Grades: 5 & up |
Wouldn’t you love to be able to play the guitar, or if you already can, wouldn’t you like to play more? In this class we learn how to make music on the coolest of all instruments – the guitar! We play basic chords, learn to read various kinds of notation and make music individually and as a group. Guitar players looking to take their playing up to the next level will also love this class! We’ll learn new chords, tunes and techniques, and increase our overall knowledge of the guitar. Complete beginners and people with quite a bit of experience are welcome to join the fun.

Note: You do NOT need to have a guitar to join this class, but if you have one, do bring it!

Instructor: Joe Hetko

T02 Be a Magician!
Week: 1, 4                                        Grades: 3 & up (ages 8 & up)
Here’s your chance to learn magic from one of the top magicians in the Capital Region. Magician Jim Snack will draw from his bag of tricks to teach sleight of hand, close-up magic, and illusions. Each student will master several tricks with cards, coins, rope and other readily available objects to present at the Open House. The workshop is for ages 8 and above.

Note: Different tricks will be taught during the two classes, so returning students will learn new tricks.

Instructor: Jim Snack

T03 Marionette Theater students perform: “Battle of the Trolls!”
Week: 4                                                          Grades: 5 – 8
The woods trolls and the mountain trolls battle for the Heldebergs! Join the struggle! Build your own marionette troll and perform the story of the ancient trolls of the Heldebergs for the whole Workshop. Will you make a terrifying troll or the most beautiful princess? Puppet painting, costuming and puppet performance skills are all part of this adventure!

Instructor: John Koethen

T04  Wonka at the Workshop
Weeks 1-2 (2 wk. course)                             Grades: 3 – 10.
What happens when all of the Golden Ticket winners have grown-up?

In this original play, a sequel to the Roald Dahl stories, we find out that Charlie is now fully in charge of the famous Chocolate factory, but things are not as sweet as they could be.

The Oompa Loompas are on strike. Mr. Wonka has retired, and Charlie has lost his Imagination and love of the Chocolate Factory.

In fact, Charlie is all about business, and it’s up to his four friends from the past, also Golden Ticket winners, to help him regain what he has lost.

Can Charlie be saved and rescue Willy Wonka’s factory from ruin?

Instructor: Scott Payne

T05 Wizards Workshop 101
Week: 3                                                          Grades:  3 – 8
Your OWL has arrived! Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Hogwarts in the Helderbergs. Potions, Magic Charms, and Mystical Beasts (and where to find them) are just a few of the subjects that students will enjoy in this crash course in theatrical conjuring. Apprentices will construct a Wizard’s wardrobe, magical apparatus, and other accessories of Abracadabra! Grab your broomstick and get ready to play wizard games. Imagination and Magic creatively combined!

Instructor:  Scott Payne

T06: Wizards Workshop 2.0
Week: 4                                                          Grades: 6 & up  


Celebrate all things “Wizardly” in this Advanced Class of Wizard-ology.

Alchemy, Ancient Runes, Advanced Potions, Care of Mystical Mythical

Creatures, Wand Lore & Spell Creation, Muggle Studies, Transformation, Predictions & Prognostication.

Defend yourself from Dark Arts!   Explore the Forbidden Forest!

Prepare to enter an immersive Magical Realm.

Instructor: Scott Payne

 T07 Acting Antics
Weeks: 1, 2                                                    Grades 3 – 8
Theater games are a fun and engaging way to develop acting skills, improve communication and collaboration, and explore creativity. In this class, students will participate in a variety of games aimed to develop important on-stage skills, such as improvisation, character development, rhythm, projection and enunciation, and storytelling. Students will learn to think on their feet, react in the moment, and create compelling and believable characters.

Instructor: Emily Farrell

Week: 1                                                          Grades: 5 – 8

If you love comedy and want to be creative – then this course is for you!

In the forests of Heldeberg, we will have a “tree – mendous” time!!

For one week, you will be able to create the puns that make everyone

groan, that make dads proud, and dogs bark!  And we will pull them

together into some very interesting skits!

Instructor: Steve Suriano

T09 Winnie the Pooh and Theater Too!

Week: 3                                                          Grades: 2 – 4

This course is designed for all those that love to make up stories, dress up and create characters at home. In this one-week course, we will be performing small scenes with other friends. For many of you, this will be your first chance to “act out” with others.   If you ever wanted to be a star, here is your chance!

Instructor: Steve Suriano

T10 “Time Travelers to the Rescue …Again!”
Week: 5                                                          Grades: 3 – 10
Our Intrepid Explorers are up to saving the World once more, and will travel to Ancient Times. Prepare to patch-up predicaments of the Past, Present, and Future. We conclude our week with a rollicking re-telling of our amazing exploits.

Instructor: Scott Payne

 T11 Haunted Heldebergs – Shuddering Shutters!
Week: 6                                                          Grades: 6 – 12

Freaky Fiends, Ghastly Ghouls, and Things that go Bump in the Night! Create creepy characters to taunt and terrorize our visitors to the Haunted House.

Instructor: Scott Payne

T12 Let’s Play Ukelele!
Week : 6                                                         Grades 5 – 12
Wander the Heldeberg hills and trails with one of the most portable and versatile musical instruments. This class is suitable for both complete beginners, and folks with some playing experience. We’ll learn to play tunes, chord progressions, and work on right hand techniques to bring variety to your playing.

Note: You do NOT need to have a ukelele to join this class, but if you have one, do bring it!

Instructor: Joe Hetko

T13 Voice Acting and Vocal Performance
Week: 5                                                          Grades: 5 – 12
Do you Love To Act or Sing? Well in this class you will learn the endless art and possibilities your voice can create! Learn how to create voices for different characters, and how even small changes in our voice can change and improve any scene. We will learn not only how to better our singing voices but to gain a deeper understanding of how beautiful singing voices are crafted and how both singing and voice acting can be used to tell a story. With your voice you can create almost anything…the only limit is your imagination!

Instructor: Yael Woods

T14 Music in the Heldebergs
Week: 5                                                          Grades: 3 – 6

Each day we will explore and create while learning about the many ways music fills our world. Whether we are learning to play in a drum circle, making instruments out of recycled materials, conducting music experiments or just enjoying the sounds of nature, this workshop has something for everyone!

Instructor: Monica Seebode

Note: You do NOT need to have a ukelele to join this class, but if you have one, do bring it!  Instructor: Joe Hetko

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