Young People's Project

Acting Camps

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YPP Fall 2019 includes
Theatre Games & Life Skills for ages 8-13
Theatre Enrichment Workshops for ages 12 - 16

FALL 2019
Theatre Games & Life Skills!


“Teaching practical life skills and philosophies are important parts of developing our children into well rounded and happy adults.” - Sheri Kruger, Arts Education Advocate

The word “Play” defines Theatre Arts on several levels, but the most important is that participating in Theatre Arts can be as much FUN as simply playing! Theatre Games may seem like they’re all fun and games, but there is so much more going on at the core of their practice and purpose.

Theatre Games will open the door for children to explore a world of exuberant activities and shared imagination. They’ll gradually and firmly establish positive thinking and develop the confidence they need to get along with others. They’ll practice respecting other people’s differences and understand the importance of teamwork. This environment of creative play will allow students to fearlessly test their cognitive and problem-solving skills, while sharing in the laugher with other children. Theatre Games create a wonderful environment for them to feel free to learn and be themselves.

Each session will combine games played in groups/teams that will help students build good communication and listening skills, with games that depend on individual ability and achievement. This combination of games will challenge students to play at their best individually while finding their strength by working as a team. Students will also hone their ability to use imaginative solutions and innovative strategies to play to meet their individual goal.

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” - Mr. Rogers

Concepts and Topics that are incorporated; Confidence, creativity, focus, language and communication, concentration, accountability, dedication, determination, problem solving, receiving and offering constructive feedback.

When and Where: Theatre Games & Life Skills will take place each Saturday between September 24 thru October 25.
• Meets from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
• Location: PCPA studios in the Columbia Business Center, Room 16, 900 E. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria.
• Enrollment fee $90
• All students must be registered in the series to participate.
• Lead by Director of Education, Leo Cortez.

Session break down by date: September 21, 28 and October 5, 12, 19, 26.

FALL 2019
Theatre Enrichment Workshops


This new workshop series, for students between the ages of 12 – 16, will offer a “hands-on” introduction to all aspects of the process Theatre Artists take to develop a story - from the page to the stage.

This Theatre Enrichment experience is specially designed for home-schooled or independent study students. On a series of twelve Mondays, students will participate in a total of 42 hours of workshops, acquainting them with the many theatre disciplines that it takes to bring the a play’s creative vision to life.

Sept. 16 Theatre Business / The people who make a Theatre run
Sept. 23 Script writing / Creative adaptation
Sept. 30 Directing / Stagecraft basics and Visual Storytelling
Oct. 7 Scene Design Part I / Scenography - The art of a world in miniature
Oct. 14 Scene Design Part II /Stagecraft - The Mathematics of technical problem solving
Oct. 21 Props / how Things tell us about the world of the play
Oct. 28 Costumes / The History revealed by the clothes we wore
Nov. 4 Lights / The creative Science of storytelling with light
Nov. 18 Paints / The Art of mixing colors and application
Dec. 2 Sound / Attentive listening to the world around us
Dec. 9 Stage Management / Organization and Creative Problem Solving
Dec. 16 Acting / Understanding acting as Action

Concepts and Topics that are incorporated; Ensemble building, creative interpretation, time management and innovative problem solving. Students will reinforce listening skills, boost communication skills, appreciate the value and experience the joy of artistic expression.

Student participation: The ‘hands-on’ approach to these workshops offers each student the opportunity to discover their own creativity by exploring the responsibilities of a member of a theatrical production’s creative team. From the genesis of a story idea by the Playwright, the conceptualization of the Director, the ingenuity of the Designer, the craftsmanship of the Artisan, the judgment of the Manager, the savvy of the Producer - by the end of the workshop students will have exercised their own creative ideas in application to real stage production processes.

Each workshop will blend active Seminar-style discussions introducing concepts, followed by practical application in monitored Lab time. With the guidance of the Instructor, students use lab time to transform their idea into a tangible “concept” that will be communicated with writing, sketches, photographs, music, historical research, etc. to develop and support their ideas. We’ll end the lab time with each student presenting their production concept to their peers and the instructor.

Students will receive a basic introduction to the many artistic components that are needed to produce a live play or musical and gain an enriched appreciation for the creative process -because they will have experienced it first-hand!

In Addition: Included with this special workshop series will be an opportunity to the PCPA “Conservatory Attends” the final dress rehearsal of our holiday production of Disney's The Little Mermaid on November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

When and Where: The Theatre Enrichment Workshops will take place each Monday between September 16 thru December 16. No sessions will be held on November 11 and 25.
• Meets: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Lunch between 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
• Location: PCPA studios in the Columbia Business Center, Room 16, 900 E. Stowell Rd., Santa Maria.
• Enrollment fee $250. Includes 42 hours of combined workshop Instruction/Lab time and attendance of PCPA rehearsal of The Little Mermaid.
• All students must be registered in the series to participate.
• Lead by Director of Education, Leo Cortez.

Additional costs: Once enrolled, each student will receive a list of supplies, they will need to provide. This list will include a variety of brands, prices and local/online purchase options. Supply costs can run between $65 -$85 (depending on where purchases are made).

Session break down by date:
September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 18, December 2, 9, 16
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YPP Instructors:
Sarah Barthel
Guest Instructor
Peter Hadres
Resident Artist
Yusef Seevers
Resident Artist
Emily Trask
Resident Artist
YPP Jr. for ages 9-12
Students spend a week engaged in theatre workshops - including improvisation, acting, singing and dancing - under the leadership of professional actors, musicians, dancers, and directors. Included in the tuition is attendance to the PCPA production of Million Dollar Quartet, and receiving a YPP camp T-shirt. On the morning of July 13, students will present a showcase performance created for family, friends, and invited guests.

Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13
Meets daily 9am - 1pm

(Students attend a performance of Million Dollar Quartet on the evening of Sunday, July 7)

Tuition: $300
YPP Jr. Instructors:
Sarah Barthel
Guest Instructor
Peter Hadres
Resident Artist
Yusef Seevers
Resident Artist
Leo Cortez
Director of Education
Teatro YPP for ages 9-18
This addition to theYoung People's Project offers children, with a knowledge of the Spanish and English languages, workshops in the traditional style of "Teatro." Included in the tuition is attendance to the PCPA production of The Addams Family, and receiving a YPP camp T-shirt. Using current topics, personal experience and a lot of imagination, woven with music and dance that originate from Latino cultures, students will create an original Teatro performance for family, friends, and guests.

Sunday, July 14 - Saturday, July 20
Meets daily 9am - 1pm

(Students attend a performance of The Addams Family on the evening of Thursday, July 18)

Tuition scholarship available for up to 25 students! Tuition: $25

Regular Tuition: $250
Emily Morales
Guest Instructor
Andres Ortiz
Guest Instructor
Leo Cortez
Director of Education and Outreach
Teatro YPP is generously sponsored by - Women's Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara Bowl, Smooth Inc., The Towbes Foundation, Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation.

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You can make an initial, non-refundable, payment of $150 to reserve your student's spot in the YPP camp of your choice. The second payment of the remaining tuition will be due no later than June 29, 2019. The second payment can be made by printing out the registration form again (having saved it to your computer) with your credit card information, or attached check. Sorry, no cash payments. Payments must be made by credit card or check. If you mail your second payment insure there is adequate time for the USPS to process and deliver it before the deadline. Or, you can submit it in person to our Box Office during Box Office Business hours. Make sure it is in a sealed envelope with
YPP/Attn. LeoCortez - PCPA Outreach

PCPA Office of Education and Outreach
1-805-928-7731 ext. 3156

YPP Teatro instructor Emily Morales discusses Teatro and PCPA's YPP Teatro program.

Business Office
805 928-7731
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805 922-8313

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