Performing Arts

Performing Arts 2020
Chairperson:  Joe Hetko 

T1 Play Guitar!  Beginner to Advanced
Week: 1                                                                 Grades:  5 & up

Grades: 5 and upIn this class we’ll make music on the coolest of all instruments- the guitar! Individually and as part of a group, students will play chords and melodies, explore the art of improvisation, try their hand at a variety of techniques and experience reading several types of guitar notation. We’ll fill the forest with music!

Instructor:  Joe Hetko

T2 Be a Magician! Week 1*
Week: 1                                                                 Grades: 3 & 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.

Instructor: Jim Snack

*Be A Magician ! Week 1 is not required for Be a Magician! Week 2

T3 Be a Magician! Week 2**
Week: 2                                                                 Grades: 3 & up

Here’s your chance to learn magic from one of the top magicians in the Capital Region (all students welcome whether they took Week 1 or not!). 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.

Instructor: Jim Snack

**Students can take Be a Magician! Week 2 whether they took Week 1 or not… Week 1 is not required for Week 2.  Different tricks will be taught in the two weeks, so students wanting MORE magic knowledge can take both and learn a greater variety of tricks!

T4 The Fabulous Heldeberg Marionettes
Week: 3                                                                 Grades: 5th & up

Students will put together a working 9 string marionette and perform a new play for the other Workshop students. The play is titled Revenge of the Trolls. We will see who can make the ugliest, most scary troll, or the most beautiful princess. Students will take home their marionette at the end of the week. The craft skills will be learned through painting puppet faces, costuming the puppet and recording the voices of the different characters in the play. Students will learn the full range of marionette operation.

Instructor: John Koethen

T5  Wizards Workshop
Weeks: 3 – 4 (two week course)                     Grades:  3 – 10

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 a few of the subjects that students will enjoy in this creative 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 mixed in good measure.

Instructor:  Scott Payne

T6 Renaissance Festival Fun
Week 1                                                                  Grades 3 – 10

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Come celebrate the summer season! Become Noble
Knights, Jolly Jesters, Fairy Folk, Lords & Ladies, Madrigals & Minstrels!
Dance the Maypole. Engage in a Joust. Create costumes and fol-de-rol!
Design your Coat-of-Arms and Castles. Perform bits of the Bard’s greatest works in Shakespeare SImplified. Enjoy the pennants and Pageantry of an English Renaissance Faire!

Instructor: Scott Payne

T7 Song Writing
Week: 2                                                                 Grades: 6 and up

In this class we’ll learn how songs are put together and have fun making our own. Students will examine the relationships between song structure, lyrical content, chord progressions, and melody and how these are used to create songs with emotional power. We’ll use nature around us to provide inspiration for our creativity.

Instructor: Joe Hetko

T8 Theater in the Heldebergs   Cancelled
Weeks:  5 – 6 (two week course)                   Grades:  4 – 8

Actors, actresses, musicians, crew-hands – put all of your creative energies to work as we collaborate on the writing and production of the 2018 premier of “Theater in the Heldebergs”!

Instructor:  Mary Liz Stewart

T9  Time Travelers to the Rescue: Aero Explorers
Week 2                                                                  Grades : 3-10

Gizmos, Gadgets, Goggles & Gears. When inventors like Leonardo da Vinci and authors Jules Verne and H.G.  Wells envisioned the future, they knew that mankind would master the skies.  Using Cosplay, Steampunk sensibilities, and our imaginations, we will  create Time Travel devices, Blimps, Balloons, and Flying Machines. We will battle Sky Pirates in our quest for dominion over Air, Time & Space. Join us as we explore an alternate reality where science fiction could become historical fact.

Instructor:  Scott Payne

T10 Haunted Heldebergs
Weeks: 5-6 (2 week class)                               Grades: 3 – 8

It’s back. That strange little house on the edge of the forest has
appeared from the fog once again, and is waiting for you to uncover it’s
secrets.

Create the Legend, tell the tale, and surprise our “Guests”, as we build a
theatrical Haunted House, made to mystify.
Ghosts and Graveyards. Monsters and Mayhem!
Will you be it’s next Victor …or Victim??

Instructor: Scott Payne

 T11: Hula Hoop Dance!
Weeks: 5, 6                          Grades: (Wk 4: 5-8); (Wk. 6: 1-4)

  Come learn how to hula hoop and do amazing tricks. This camp will focus on both on body and off body hula hooping moves. We will explore how to put them together to create fun combination of moves. We will showcase these combo’s in a freestyle dance. No experience is necessary and demo hoops will be provided during camp. Tape your own weighted dance hoop will be optional for $18.

Instructor: Jennifer Mapes

 T12: Live Action Role Play!
Weeks: 2, 3                  Grades: (Wk. 2: 1 – 4; (Wk. 3: 5 and up)

Here is your chance to become any character you can imagine.  In this class, we will create characters (or become a favorite character from movies or books) and act out scenes as that character.  We will write the stories of our characters, develop costumes, create scenes, and act out the scenes by improvising as your character.  Let your imagination lead you on new adventures.

Instructor: MaryAnn Dunn