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TIC ACADEMY

FOR KIDS & ADULTS

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For Kids Who Love Theatre!

TIC Academy is didecated to kids who find joy in performance

NEW FOR FALL 2020

  • Smaller Classes for easy social distancing
  • Mondays – Musical Theatre
  • Wednesdays – Acting
  • Take 1 class a week or 2 – your choice
  • Intense cleaning and safety protocols
  • STAGE EXPLORERS class for 5 and 6 year olds
  • 2 Shows a year in all classes
  • Discounts for additonal family members

TIC ACADEMY

Acting & Musical Theatre classes for

children, teens and adults

TRAINING  –  PERFORMANCE  –  OPPORTUNITY

Please choose any that apply

CLASSES FOR KIDS FROM 5-18

Stage Explorers (Ages 5-6)

This new class is for our youngest actors to act out, have fun and get creative! There will be two short in-class performances: one during the last class before Christmas, and the other in the Spring.

Register with a friend and get 10% off
for both students!

Online Drama (Ages 6-14)
  • Runs Monday mornings September to November.
  • We perform The Show Must Go Online,a new musical written specifically to be performed from home.
  • Zoom class from 10-10:45 each Monday to sing, act and get creative.
  • Each student will be assigned a scene from the show, which they will work on in two private twenty-minute coachings with the instructor.
  • In November the scenes will be filmed at home, and edited by the instructor into one super fun musical!

Learn and perform right from your own home. Invite friends from around the world!

 

Junior Musical Theatre (Ages 7-12)
  • Runs Mondays 4-5pm at Theatre in the Country
  • Classes officially begin October 19.
  • Auditions for the musical will happen in
    November, with show rehearsals beginning
    directly after.
  • Musical performances will be on the TIC
    stage with full lighting and costuming in the
    spring.
Junior Drama (Ages 7-12)
  • Runs Wednesdays 4-5pm at Theatre in the Country
  • Classes officially begin October 14.
  • Students will perform a short play in-class in
    the last week of December and a full length
    play in the spring
Senior Musical Theatre (Ages 13-18)
  • Runs Monday 5:15-6:30 at Theatre in the Country
  • Classes officially begin October 19
  • Auditions for the musical will happen in
    November, with show rehearsals
    beginning directly after.
  • Musical performances will be on the
    TIC stage with full lighting and
    costuming in the spring.
Senior Drama (Ages 13-18)
  • Runs Wednesdays 5:15-6:30 at Theatre in the Country
  • Classes officially begin October 14.
  • Students will perform a short play
    in-class in the last week of
    December and a full length play in
    the spring
TIC ACADEMY COVID PLAN

TIC Academy is dedicated to fostering a fun, creative and safe learning environment for our students and their families.  We adhere to the guidelines set out by the BC government pertaining to Covid-19, and will be strictly following their advice as we move into cold and flu season.

  •  Before entering TIC students will be asked by a teacher if they have any symptoms attributed to Covid-19 or have exposed to anyone with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. If yes, they will be asked to return when they are symptom-free. Upon entering they will be asked to show their mask and use hand sanitizer.
  •  Students must bring a mask to class. Masks will be used if we are unable to social distance, or in the case of our musical theatre classes, always when we are singing.
  •  All contact surfaces and teaching spaces will be sanitized by instructors before and after each class, including bathrooms.
  •  As class times are short, we ask that students do not bring food into class. Snacks should be eaten and hands washed or sanitized before coming to class.  Students are encouraged to bring water in a labelled water bottle.
  •  Classes and rehearsals will be socially distanced as much as possible. Our theatre allows for ample space between students and we intend to use it fully.
  •  If a student in the Jr or Sr classes is unable to attend for an extended period of time due to illness or exposure, we will try our best to support them via Zoom if we are given ample notice.
  •  Should we be put into ‘lockdown’ again we intend to continue our classes on Zoom, and, if necessary, share our performances through an online platform.
  •  In order to keep foot traffic low, we are asking parents not to enter TIC during class time. The one exception is the first class, when an accompanying parent is invited to come in briefly to meet the teachers and see the space their child will be learning in.

JUNIOR PROGRAM

  • October to May
  • Ages 7-12
  • Monday: Musical Theatre
  • Wednesday: Acting Class
  • 4 – 5 PM 
  • Skills Development
    • Voice
    • Movement
    • Acting
  • Ends with full Production
  • Everyone performs
  • Full Set, Lights & Audio
  • Costumes & Make-Up

Other Opportunities

  • TIC shows and other field trips

COST:

1 class a week: $60/ month
2 classes a week: $108/ month

DISCOUNTS:

10% off if you take both classes
10% off for members of the same household

SENIOR PROGRAM

  • October to May
  • Ages 13-18
  • Monday: Musical Theatre
  • Wednesday: Acting Class
  • 5:15 – 6:30PM 
  • Skills Development
    • Voice
    • Movement
    • Acting
  • Ends with full Production
    • Everyone performs
    • Full Set, Lights & Audio
    • Costumes & Make-Up
  • Other Opportunities
      • TIC shows and other field trips

      COST:

      1 class a week: $80/ month
      2 classes a week: $154/ month

      DISCOUNTS:

    • 10% off if you take both classes
      10% off for members of the same household

    STAGE EXPLORERS

    • October to May
    • Ages 5 & 6
    • Mondays from 3-4 PM
    • Learn the basics of performance
    • In class performances 

      COST:

      1 class a week: $60/month

    ONLINE CLASSES

    • Monday mornings 9:20 -11:05 AM
    • Private coaching for your part
    • Recorded production online
    • 9 week session

     COST:

    $75 for complete program

     

    Child and Teen INSTRUCTOR

    Rachel Stephens, MA Musical Theatre

    Adult Scene Study INSTRUCTOR

    Reg Parks, MA Theatre

    About Rachel Stephens

    Rachel is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having received her Master of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance in 2015.  She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba (2011).

    Rachel has been teaching for 7 years, working with all ages, from Preschool music circles and Mommy and Me classes to seniors choirs.   She works with many kids’ musical theatre companies around the Fraser Valley as a director or coach. She is spending Summer 2019 at a boarding school in Switzerland, teaching musical theatre through the summer break.

    Her passion is watching kids take pride in their successes, big or small.  She has a history of working with behaviors, and found herself drawn to working with autism diagnosis’, seeking out training with The Canucks Autism Network in sports classes and swimming lessons. Rachel also hold membership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

    About Reg Parks

    Reg Parks is the founding Artistic Director or Theatre in the Country in Langley, BC. He is also the Theatre Arts teacher at Maple Ridge Christian school, and has been teaching theatre for over 25 years. 

    In his early years he was the Techinical Director of the Pavilion of Promise at Expo 86 in Vancouver and Expo 88 in Brisbane, Australia. In the 1990’s Reg started Good Soil Dinner Theatre which toured Canada and the US performing shows about the child AIDs crisis in Africa.  For the past 10 years, Reg and his wife Erin have also been leading theatre tours to London and Europe for students and adults alike.

    Reg has experience as a professional actor on both stage and screen, but now focuses primarily on directing and producing at TIC and MRCS.   He has directed over 120 shows in his career, and continues to love the process of telling great stories, and working in the community of theatre with great people. Reg has a Masters degree in Theatre Studies.

    What can students expect?

    • All students will be given the opportunity to perform in a fully-staged and choreographed musical on the Theatre in the Country stage with professional level lighting and sound tech.
    • Students who may be more interested in the technical aspects of theatre will be given a chance to be part of the running crew.
    • We are eager to build our students’ “toolkits” so they can succeed on the stage.  
      • SKILLS TRAINING: For the first two months of class each Monday will be a Skills Day devoted to craft development in:
        • singing technique (projection, breathing, harmony)
        • dance (basic dance steps, co-ordination) &
        • acting skills (projection, basic improv, intention) which will then be put into use in the scenes that we block.
      • PRODUCTION PREPARATION: On Wednesdays for the first two months and on both days starting in November we will be focusing on blocking, song development and choreogrpahy for the big year end production.

    ASSIGNING ROLES & BEING PART OF THE SHOW

    • Audition techniques and expectations will be taught and practiced during the early days of September. We will outline audition expectations in the weeks before so that students can prepare accordingly. EVERYONE WILL GET A PART!
    • This year we will be holding auditions during the third week of classes to give students a chance to settle into our schedule and become comfortable with the teachers.  
    • In November we will be moving into production mode working on show blocking and choreographing in each class.  Students are expected to review class material at home and come to class prepared to learn new material or refine already-blocked material.
    • The week prior to the show is called Tech week.  Students will then have the chance to rehearse with all prop, set, and costume pieces, and full lighting and mics.  Please make yourself available for extra/longer rehearsals during this week as we may require more time for students to become comfortable with all these extra moving parts.

    TIC Academy PAYMENT OPTIONS

     

    We have three payment options:

    1) Full up front payment – prefered

    2) Monthly Instalments (1 month deposit required to hold place)

    3) A half-tuition payment and the 2nd half in January can also be arranged

    Please pay by cheque to Theatre in the Country or by EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) to office@theatreinthecountry.com.
    Credit Card Payments are not accepted for The Academy at this time

    TIC Academy Policy

    Cancellation Policy and Withdrawals: Students who cancel registration before the start of class will have their tuition returned minus a $20 admin fee.  Students who withdraw after the first week will not receive reimbursement for time already taught.  Payments made monthly will not be returned. Payments made in advance (annual and semi-annual plans) will be reimbursed from the month following withdrawal notice. Withdrawals must be made in writing and give 2 weeks notice.

    Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class with all necessary materials (script, pencil, dance shoes).  Students who miss 3 rehearsals without proper notice/reason will have solos/roles re-assigned as necessary.

    Parent Volunteering: Parents are expected to be involved in the making of the show! We will be looking for people to help with front of house, backstage, costuming, sets and props.  Families will be charged a $75 fee, which will be returned upon fulfillment of volunteer commitment.

    Inclement weather: We follow the Langley school district, though hold the right to cancel class should the weather become worse over the day.  Parents will be contacted via email.

    Bullying: We have a zero-tolerance bullying policy.  We hold the right to cancel registration as a result of such behavior.  Our definition of bullying is in accordance with stopbulling.gov:

    Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. (From stopbullying.gov)

    If you have been affected by bullying within The Academy, these are the steps that will follow:

      • Parent or student brings the issue to the teacher’s attention in writing.
      • We will schedule a meeting with teachers where an official complaint will be filled out and signed by both parties
      • Meeting with bullying party and parents, form filled out and signed
      • A follow-up with students will occur.  If no change occurs, The Academy will take necessary actions which may include suspension or the cancellation of registration.
      • All documentation will be kept on file with The Academy

    Dress Code: Please wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to move in.  Please wear dance shoes or runners, for safety-sake no bare feet are permitted in rehearsal.  Midriffs and shoulders covered. Please aim toward comfort and functionality over style!

    Electronic Devices:  Please keep cellphones and tablets turned off and in your bag – they are not permitted in class.  Students not following this rule can expect to have their electronic devices collected and returned at the end of class.

    Theatre Week: In the week preceding the show we may schedule extra tech/dress rehearsals. We will try to give as much notice as possible but please do not schedule anything that week which cannot be changed.

    Progress Reports:  We will be sending home progress reports with students before Christmas break and at the end of the year.  This is an encouraging way to help students track their progress and for teachers to help guide students toward their strengths and pinpoint any weaknesses.   

    Sample Report Below…

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    CLASSES FOR ADULTS

    The next Adult class will start in January 2021

    How the Scene Study classes will operate

     

    • Each class will be 8 weeks longs.
    • We will meet on Sunday afternoons for 2 hours.
    • Students may sign up with partners or be assigned a partner of partners from inside the class.
    • We will start with short scenes and work up to larger scenes for the Showcase event at the end of the 8 weeks.
    • We work on the following for all scenes:
      • Learning how to approach the text and break it down.

      • Discover ways for you to get inside your chosen character with honesty and clarity.
      • Understand how to turn the text and character work into a polished performance.
    • Everyone will get a chance to perform their final scene in front of an audience of invited friends.
    • Please use this form to ask any questions: Question Form

    CHILD AND TEEN CLASSES

    ADULT SCENE STUDY CLASSES

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    Parent Info

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