Class Archives – Los Angeles Drama Club

Summer with LADC 2016

Summer with LADC 2016

 

LADC is pleased to offer a variety of programs this year. For students Grade 2 and older, we are offering multiple weeks of our 8th Annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive, as well as Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry. Students enter Grade 7 and up can choose our Ten-Minute Play Festival, or “Shakespeare and Beyond.”

This year, due to construction at the Lyric Theater, all classes will be held at Fais Do Do (5253 W. Adams Blvd).

Each session runs Monday through Friday, and meets from 9 to 3 every day. Each week will offer unique content, and those who choose to do multiple weeks will have the opportunity to build on their experiences of the prior weeks.

We believe that every child who is drawn to this work should be able to participate, so we offer a variety of scholarships – click here for the application form and guidelines. Please do not hesitate to apply!

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June 20 – June 24
10-Minute Play Fest
Age 7th grade and up

THIS WEEK IS FULL (register below to be added to the wait list)

THE PLAYS THE THING!
WRITE/DIRECT YOUR OWN TEN MINUTE PLAY
The program consists of rigorous, exciting storytelling and playwriting sessions throughout the day, creating short plays out of improvisations with prompts, autobiographical moments, and stories the group creates together. We will also discuss the art, craft and business of playwriting.

In the afternoons, we will be joined by an ensemble of actors, including both LADC Players and professional actors, who will perform the scripts we’ve created.

The week will end with a presentation of all the plays, held Friday afternoon at 2 pm.

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June 27 – July 1
Shakespeare Intensive
Age 2nd grade and up

THIS WEEK IS FULL (register below to be added to the wait list)

Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

We will explore the stories and the language of Shakespeare, strengthen our voices, and learn new ways to use our bodies to tell stories. We will discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, and discover how his plays relate to our world, as well. During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, culminating in a Friday afternoon recital to which family and friends are invited.

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July 4 – July 8

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July 11 – July 15
Shakespeare Intensive
Age 2nd grade and up

THIS WEEK IS FULL (register below to be added to the wait list)

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July 18 – July 22
Beyond Shakespeare
7th grade (in Fall 2016) and up

Our directors’ exceptional training is brought into this week – guests will come to teach various acting and movement techniques such as Spolin Games, Agosto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed for Social Justice, Kristin Linklater’s Free the Voice, Ann Bogarts VIEWPOINTS, Sanford Meisner, Actor’s Studio, and Laban Effort-Shape.

In addition to these incredible theater tools and de-stressors for everyday life, our students will be exploring Shakespeare’s comrades – classical and modern playwrights with a gift for storytelling, who use language in a distinctive way.

The week will culminate in a Friday afternoon recital to which family and friends are invited.

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July 25 – July 29
Knighthood and Chivalry
Age 2nd grade and up

Ancient Chivalric codes of conduct shaped modern manners and the global treatment of humanity. The practice of chivalric principles are based in service, integrity and courage.

L.A. Drama Club’s mission is to keep these practices alive by involving our youth in an immersion course in Modern Knighthood. They’ll light up their minds and souls, through storytelling, exploring their ancestry, creating a Family Crest, and participating in a service activity to better our community. They’ll enliven their brains and bodies, as our Knights-in-Training get away from electronics and onto our hillsides for nature-themed hikes, and archery. They’ll learn fencing for the stage, and begin and end the day with deep yoga practice. At the end of the week, we will share what we’ve experienced in a recital.

The School of Knighthood is an ongoing movement of youth in service. Once in, you are knighted for life.

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August 1 – August 5
Shakespeare & The Greeks
Age 2nd grade and up

THIS WEEK IS FULL (register below to be added to the wait list)

Here is where we not only explore Shakespeare’s plays set in Greece, but his references to mythology and Greek Gods. We explore the perspectives of Greek Philosophers like Plato, Epicurus, and especially Ovid, who was a strong influence on Shakespeare. And we introduce the basis for all modern books, plays and screenplays – Aristotle’s Poetics. With this rich banquet of ideas, we create original skits and weave them with Shakespeare’s Greek plays.

The week will culminate in a Friday afternoon recital to which family and friends are invited.

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To register, please fill in the form below. If you are registering multiple children, we ask that you complete an individual registration for each child.

 

The World of Shakespeare

The World of Shakespeare

10403574_10153395983599923_5374403823217555191_nREGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR ALL OUR FALL CLASSES. PLEASE CHECK BACK AT THE END OF NOVEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR THE WINTER/SPRING SEASON.

Come join us!! This class gets to the core of the Los Angeles Drama Club technique. We combine the foundation of our classic Improv classes with the characters, stories and language of William Shakespeare. This Fall, our students will be exploring Shakespeare’s classic, “Macbeth,” and creating an original piece, telling the story through movement, and, of course, Shakespeare’s words.  While it’s a great introduction for students new to the Los Angeles Drama Club, it will offer an exciting challenge for those who have already worked with us!

Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd

September 30th through November 18th
Performance – Sunday, November 22nd

Please note: Grants from the City of Los Angeles and various Neighborhood Councils enable us to offer this program at a low cost to residents of District 10. If you are not a resident, or if you are able to contribute more, we ask that you make an additional donation to help us continue this work.

 

 

Unspoken

Unspoken

outspokenJoin us as we develop another original piece – a companion to last year’s hugely successful “Outspoken: Shakespeare’s Prisoners.” This time, Shakespeare’s most commonly cut characters (like Hecate, Blind Gobbo, Christopher Sly, and more) argue passionately that they MUST BE HEARD!!

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea Ave.

Starting September 15th
Additional weekend rehearsals in November *
Final Dress/Tech: Wednesday, December 2nd / Thursday, December 3rd

Performances:
December 5th & 6th
December 12th & 13th

 2nd through 8th grade
Tuition: $550
Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information.

* Please note that we will be rehearsing Thanksgiving weekend. If you will NOT be in town, you must note this on the registration form, so that we can plan accordingly. We will also meet EVERY Monday, including school holidays.

 

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

trojan-war-2Another entry in our “Rare Gems” series, this play (like Cymbeline, Timon of Athens and King John) is not on the Greatest Hits list. Set against the backdrop of the final years of the Trojan War, it swings wildly between bawdy comedy and tragic gloom, and the audience is not always sure how to feel about its complex characters!

This epic story is filled with themes that are very relevant for our middle/high schoolers. While we will treat them in a manner appropriate for the ages involved, parents should be aware that the play involves some mature topics, and we suggest reading a synopsis, and discussing any concerns with us prior to registering.

For Grades 7 through 12

Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Beginning January 13th
Additional weekend rehearsals will be scheduled in late March and April

Performances: Saturday and Sunday
April 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3

Time TBD

Lyric Theater – 520 N. La Brea

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

muchadoGenerally considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, Much Ado mixes lots of hilarious antics with some scenery-chewing near-tragedy.  This play was written for our current crop of young Players – it’s a near-perfect fit!!! We can’t wait …

Rehearsals: Mondays from 4 to 6 pm
Beginning January 12th
Additional weekend rehearsals will be scheduled in late March and April

For Grades 2 through 6

Performances: Saturday and Sunday
April 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3

Time TBD

Lyric Theater – 520 N. La Brea

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA

cleopatraWhat an exciting challenge for our Shakespeare in the City Players – this play combines elements of history, comedy, romance and tragedy – lots of meaty material to sink our teeth into! As we’ve done to great effect in our productions of Hamlet, Macbeth and Richard III, the roles of Antony and Cleopatra will be divided among 2 to 3 Players, exploring the different aspects of the characters. We’ll be incorporating music and movement, as well, to bring the audience with us to Rome and Egypt!

For Grades 2 through 9

Rehearsals: Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm
Beginning January 17th

Performances: Saturday and Sunday
May 16th & 17th

Location TBD

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

 

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

(c) Walker Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationThis play makes both the actors and the audiences very happy … and we strive to please you every day. With a hey, ho, the wind and the rain!

Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea
(Please note that, due to scheduling issues, the first class – Sept. 16th – will be held at our Mid-City location – Club Fais Do Do at 5253 W. Adams Blvd. Subsequent classes will return to the Lyric Theatre) – so sorry for any confusion! The first class will be at The Lyric, after all!

Starting September 16th
Additional weekend rehearsals in November *
Final Dress/Tech: Friday, December 5th

Performances:
December 6th & 7th
December 13th & 14th

6th through 9th grade
Tuition: $550
Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information.

* Please note that we will be rehearsing Thanksgiving weekend. If you will NOT be in town, you must note this on the registration form, so that we can plan accordingly.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Subversive Shakespeare

Subversive Shakespeare
subversiveSubversive Shakespeare is Back!
If you saw last year’s Taming of the Cur, you saw how we successfully turned Shakespeare upside down and inside out by swapping genders and making the Shrew a boy.  What if you were able to bring back to life a Shakespeare character destined to die? What if you could change the outcome of a 420-year old play?  What if all the royalty were poor and all the servants were rich? There is no telling what will happen for this Fall’s production – tailored especially for our amazing young actors!

Mondays from 4 to 6 pm
Lyric Theatre
520 N. La Brea Ave.
(Please note that, due to scheduling issues, the first class – Sept. 15th – will be held at our Mid-City location – Club Fais Do Do at 5253 W. Adams Blvd. Subsequent classes will return to the Lyric Theatre)

Starting September 15th
Additional weekend rehearsals in November *
Final Dress/Tech: Thursday, December 4th

Performances:
December 6th & 7th

 2nd through 6th grade
Tuition: $475
Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information.

* Please note that we will be rehearsing Thanksgiving weekend. If you will NOT be in town, you must note this on the registration form, so that we can plan accordingly. We will also meet EVERY Monday, including school holidays.

Shakespeare’s Mavericks, Rebels and Trailblazers

Shakespeare’s Mavericks, Rebels and Trailblazers

rebelsOur players will meet and embody the most iconoclastic people in Shakespeare’s Canon! Characters who break the mold, speak up to the Power, smash their own stereotype, explode old paradigms, and climb an uphilll trail of courage, creativity and… controversy.

Also, there will be an opportunity to play the opposite kind of character, as these rebels have opponents. While exploring “two sides of a story,” the players will also be exposed to a myriad of Shakespeare plots and stories and will expand their knowledge of the Bard!

Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm
Club Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd

Classes: beginning September 13th
Performance: Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14th at Club Fais Do Do

Tuition: $50.00 (Class value: $425.00) *

* Thanks to grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs  and the Mid-City Neighborhood Council,  and to the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer low-cost tuition to participants residing in District 10. If you are able to pay more, and/or if you do not live in District 10, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to LADC, as your generosity allows us to continue to grow our program!

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – no one is turned away! Please click here for more information.

Registration for this class has closed

The World of Shakespeare

The World of Shakespeare

intro-to-shakesCome join us!! This class gets to the core of the Los Angeles Drama Club technique. We combine the foundation of our classic Improv classes with the characters, stories and words of William Shakespeare. It’s a great introduction for students new to the Los Angeles Drama Club!

Saturdays from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
September 13th through November 1st

Baldwin Hills Public Library (map)
2906 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

1st Grade & up

Final Recital – October 25th at 3:30 pm

Please note: Grants from the City of Los Angeles and various Neighborhood Councils enable us to offer this program at a low cost to residents of District 10. If you are not a resident, or if you are able to contribute more, we ask that you make an additional donation to help us continue this work. Registration Priority is given to residents of District 10 (all or parts of Palms, South Robertson, West Area Neighborhood, West Adams, Arlington Heights, Mid City and Mid City West, Olympic Park, West Pico, Wilshire Center and Greater Wilshire – please see map for confirmation).

Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

knightsaroundthetableAncient Chivalric codes of conduct shaped modern manners and the global treatment of humanity. The practice of chivalric principles are based in service, integrity and courage.

L.A. Drama Club’s mission is to keep these practices alive by involving our youth in an immersion course in Modern Knighthood. They’ll light up their minds and souls, through storytelling, exploring their ancestry, creating a Family Crest, and participating in a service activity to better our community. They’ll enliven their brains and bodies, as our Knights-in-Training get away fromarchery electronics and onto our hillsides for nature-themed hikes, horseback and archery. They’ll learn fencing for the stage, and begin and end the day with deep yoga practice.

The School of Knighthood is an ongoing movement of youth in service. Once in, you are knighted for life.

Monday through Friday – 9 am to 3 pm
Week One – July 21 through 25

$400.00 per week
(includes fees for Field Trips – Archery, Horseback Riding, Fencing)
Financial Aid is available, based on need. Click here for more information.
Grade 2 through Grade 8 (Fall 2014)

Register Today

Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare Intensive

summerWe are pleased to announce our 2014 Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, culminating in recitals to which family and friends are invited. We will discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, learn about costume and set design through hands-on art projects, and enjoy visits from Los Angeles theater professionals. Students will also have the opportunity to attend various local Shakespeare productions.

Each week will end with a recital, held Friday afternoon at 3 pm.

Monday through Friday – 9 am to 3 pm
Week One – July 14 through 18
Week Two – July 28 through August 1

$325.00 per week
Financial Aid is available, based on need. Click here for more information.
Grade 2 through Grade 8 (Fall 2014)

Register Today

Shakespeare in the City Summer 2014

Shakespeare in the City Summer 2014

sitc2 Join us this summer – free week-long sessions for residents of District 10!

Our 9-3pm curriculum includes:

  • THEATER GAMES
  • YOGA and MEDITATION
  • IMPROV
  • SHAKESPEARE
  • PROFESSIONAL STAGE COMBAT TRAINING FOR SHAKESPEARE
  • STORYTELLING
  • A SPECIAL COURSE ON THEATRE TRADITIONS – Why we say “Break a leg” – Why we don’t say Macbeth inside a theatre, etc.

The location is Club Fais Do Do – 5253 W Adams Blvd. Snack provided. Player must pack their lunch or bring money for the two restaurants next door.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SHAKESPEARE IN THE CITY PROGRAM HERE.

dept-of-cultural-affairsPlease note: Grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and various Neighborhood Councils enable us to offer this program free to residents of District 10. If  you are able to contribute, we ask that you make an additional donation to help us continue this work. Registration Priority is given to residents of District 10 (all or parts of Palms, South Robertson, West Area Neighborhood, West Adams, Arlington Heights, Mid City and Mid City West, Olympic Park, West Pico, Wilshire Center and Greater Wilshire – please see map for confirmation). If you are not a resident of District 10, we invite you to consider our program at The Lyric Theatre (details here).

June 16 – 20 (full)
July 14 – 18 (full)
August 4 – 8 (full)

Our sessions are full – please use the form below to be placed on the Waiting List.
9 am to 3 pm

Grade 2 through Grade 8 (Fall 2014)

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The World of Shakespeare

The World of Shakespeare

intro-to-shakesCome join us!! This class gets to the core of the Los Angeles Drama Club technique. We combine the foundation of our classic Improv classes with the characters, stories and words of William Shakespeare. It’s a great introduction for students new to the Los Angeles Drama Club!

Saturdays from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
January 11 through March 22

Baldwin Hills Public Library (map)
2906 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

1st Grade & up

Final Recital – March 22nd at 4 pm

Please note: Grants from the City of Los Angeles and various Neighborhood Councils enable us to offer this program at a low cost to residents of District 10. If you are not a resident, or if you are able to contribute more, we ask that you make an additional donation to help us continue this work. Registration Priority is given to residents of District 10 (all or parts of Palms, South Robertson, West Area Neighborhood, West Adams, Arlington Heights, Mid City and Mid City West, Olympic Park, West Pico, Wilshire Center and Greater Wilshire – please see map for confirmation).

The Tempest

The Tempest

storm-at-seaThis was the first full length play LADC ever performed, and we are excited to revisit it with Shakespeare in the City, and to discover a new interpretation. From betrayal and oppression to forgiveness and freedom, this play has drama, humor, adventure, magic and music for our Players to explore.

Prerequisite: Participation in a prior class or workshop with us.

Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
(additional & extended rehearsals in March)
January 11 through April 6

1st through 9th grade

Performances: April 5 & 6
Fais Do Do
5253 W. Adams Blvd.

Please note: Grants from the City of Los Angeles and various Neighborhood Councils enable us to offer this program at a low cost to residents of District 10. If you are not a resident, or if you are able to contribute more, we ask that you make an additional donation to help us continue this work. Registration Priority is given to residents of District 10 (all or parts of Palms, South Robertson, West Area Neighborhood, West Adams, Arlington Heights, Mid City and Mid City West, Olympic Park, West Pico, Wilshire Center and Greater Wilshire – please see map for confirmation).

 

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Two Gentlemen of Verona

two-gents

One of Shakespeare’s “romantic” (yet not so romantic) comedies, this play uncovers the possible disasters when one has to choose between loyalty to a friend and one’s own desires and agenda – when the two are at cross-purposes. “Two Gents” is rife with iconic, large and colorful characters, including one of Shakespeare’s first cross-dressing heroines, and a couple of scene-stealing clowns, and, as has become the LADC tradition, lots of music!

Tuesdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (plus additional weekend rehearsals in April)
January 7 through April 29
(16+ sessions, coaching, performance)
Performances: May 3rd & 4th / May 10th & 11th

5th through 9th grade

Midsummer Night’s Dream

Midsummer Night’s Dream

midsummer

A mysterious forest, ruled over by a Fairy King and Queen. A bunch of “civilians” rehearsing a play. And four young kids who get caught up in it all. Our youngest Players will have a magical time tackling this classic.

Mondays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (plus 1 to 2 weekend rehearsals in March/April)
January 6 through April 7 (14+ sessions, coaching, performance)
Performances: April 12th & 13th

1st through 5th grade

This class is full – if you’d like to be placed on the Waiting List, please email us

Shakespeare for Social Justice: Speaking Truth to Power

sitc-actionThe troupe will work on embodying select characters from the Shakespeare Canon – those who display elements of courage in the face of corruption, poise under pressure, and who spoke their truth to the powers that be.

Sometimes we don’t have the words for the injustice we witness in this life – but Shakespeare had them and he generously offers them to us today to borrow for any situation life throws us, no matter who we are, how young, how old, how poor, how powerful.

Lessons abound, and tools for living are found in his most sublime characters.

Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm
Club Fais Do Do – 5253 W. Adams Blvd

Classes: September 21st – November 23
Performance: Sunday November 24 at Club Fais Do Do

Tuition: $50.00 (Class value: $425.00) *

* Thanks to grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Mid-City Neighborhood Council, and Cultural Care Kids First Foundation, and the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer low-cost tuition to participants residing in District 10. If you are able to pay more, and/or if you do not live in District 10, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to LADC, as your generosity allows us to continue to grow our program!

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – no one is turned away! Please click here for more information.

Shakesprovisation

arlo-veniceThis class gets to the core of the Los Angeles Drama Club technique. We combine the foundation of our classic Improv classes with the characters, stories and words of William Shakespeare – each Player will do an in-depth exploration of two characters, and present their work at a recital on November 18th. The perfect venue for our 2nd through 5th graders to get ready for our Winter/Spring production of Midsummer Night’s Dream!

Mondays from 4 pm to 6pm
Grades 2nd through 5th

September 16th through November 18th
Recital – November 18th

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information. 

TUITION: $325.00

Subversive Shakespeare

Subversive Shakespeare

subversiveSubversive…(Adjective)
Seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution.
Purists, head for the hills. We will be subverting – with impunity – the established opinions and “schools of thought” on Shakespeare’s plays and characters, turning conventional concepts on their 16th century heads. This is an ideal and safe place to radicalize and revolutionize yourself as an artist. This is where risking is the win and failing is celebrated.

For our inaugural adventure, what could be more subversive than exploring this already controversial Shakespearean Comedy with the genders reversed.

Please join Subversive Shakespeare’s first Fall show,
“Taming of the Shrew Switcheroo”
Breaking the rules that Shakespeare didn’t make:  One Play at a Time

Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm
Grades 5th through 9th

September 10th through December 3rd 

PERFORMANCES – December 7th and 8th at The Lost Studio (our show will also be performed at libraries and schools across LA)

Please note that there will be additional weekend rehearsals the weekends of November 23rd/24th, and additional afternoon rehearsals the week of December 2nd through 6th. If you not available during that time, we MUST know at the time of registration.

TUITION (13 weeks, plus tech and performances) – $525.00

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information. 

Richard III

Richard III

richard-iii

Welcome LADC veterans, to this masterful play. You have tackled Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet and many other challenges, and now you have a bigger Dragon to wrestle. Without a doubt, King Richard III makes Macbeth look like a saint. This year, you will be diving in to discover why and how he contines to fascinate generations of audiences. As is our culture, Three Players will divide up the title role – representing his splintered self. Ladies! Never before have more complicated and exciting women been written together to handle the monster that is Richard III. Jump in.

Wednesdays from 4 pm to 6 pm
Grades 7th through 12th

PART ONE – October 16th through December 11th (November 27th off for Thanksgiving)
December 18th – “Holiday Party”

PART TWO – January 8th through April 30th

PERFORMANCES – May 3rd & 4th / May 9th & 10th

Please note that there will be additional weekend rehearsals the weekends of March 29th/30th and April 26th/27th, and additional afternoon rehearsals the week of April 28th through May 2nd. We realize that many schools have Spring Break during April – if vacation/travel plans will require you to miss rehearsals, we must know as early as possible.

TUITION:

PART ONE (9 weeks) – $300.00

PART TWO (17 weeks, plus techs and performances) –  $675.00

TOTAL: $975.00

Financial Aid/Scholarships are available – please click here for more information. 

 

 

 

Summer with the Los Angeles Drama Club

July 15 through August 9, 2013

LADC is pleased to offer two programs this year – our 6th Annual Summer Shakespeare Intensive, and Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry. Our programs are designed for students entering Grade 2 – Grade 9 in Fall 2013. For some activities, the participants are divided according to age, and for others, they will work together as a group. In some group activities, the older participants will serve as mentors to the younger; the younger students learn by example, and the older gain valuable leadership experience.

The Shakespeare Intensive is held at The Lost Studio, upstairs at 130 S. La Brea Ave. Each week will offer unique content, and those who choose to do multiple weeks will have the opportunity to build on their experiences of the prior weeks.

Looking for Shakespeare in the City – please click here!

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Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

knightsaroundthetableAncient Chivalric codes of conduct shaped modern manners and the global treatment of humanity. The practice of chivalric principles are based in service, integrity and courage.

L.A. Drama Club’s mission is to keep these practices alive by involving our youth in an immersion course in Modern Knighthood. They’ll light up their minds and souls, through storytelling, exploring their ancestry, creating a Family Crest, and participating in a service activity to better our community They’ll enliven their brains and bodies, as our Knights-in-Training get away fromarchery electronics and onto our hillsides for nature-themed hikes, horseback and archery. They’ll learn fencing for the stage, and begin and end the day with deep yoga practice.

The School of Knighthood is an ongoing movement of youth in service. Once in, you are knighted for life.

Monday through Friday – 9 am to 3 pm
Week One – July 22 through 26
Week Two – August 5 through August 9

$400.00 per week
(includes fees for Field Trips – Archery, Horseback Riding, Fencing)
Financial Aid is available, based on need. Click here for more information.

Register Today

Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare Intensive

summer-2012We are pleased to announce our 2013 Summer Shakespeare Intensive. Students will spend their days discovering Shakespeare through the best tools and techniques theater has to offer. The LADC technique begins with the improvisational work of Viola Spolin and Agosto Boal, and expands on that to include a variety of physical and vocal disciplines – with the ultimate purpose always to invoke the creative spirit that exists in every child.

During the Summer Intensive, our Players will work on a variety of scenes and sonnets, culminating in recitals to which family and friends are invited. We will discover the world of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, learn about costume and set design through hands-on art projects, and enjoy visits from Los Angeles theater professionals. Students will also have the opportunity to attend various local Shakespeare productions. The theme for this year’s intensive is “Heros.”

Each week will end with a recital, held Friday afternoon at 3 pm.

Monday through Friday – 9 am to 3 pm
Week One – July 15 through 19
Week Two – July 29 through August 2

$325.00 per week
Financial Aid is available, based on need. Click here for more information.

Register Today

Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

Queen Elinor’s School of Knighthood and Chivalry

Back in King Arthur’s Day, Merlin created a roundtable to show that no one is higher than another but each person is recognized for their strengths. At our Round Table, based on the historic tenets of Queen Elinor of Aquitaine and her Troubadours and Knights, we will practice Modern Chivalry – the Art of Compassionate Communication and Manners, from Debating to Dining, and the championing of values, such as integrity, courage, heroism, kindness, empathy, and justice.

Our Lords and Ladies will be drawn away from the digital adventures that fill up so much of our 21st Century lives, and will experience real adventures, as they learn fencing and archery, and take journeys that will connect them with Nature. Our quests will be for the highest good in our lives, and to the principles of being of service to our loved ones and community.

CODES OF CHIVALRY!   OATHS OF KNIGHTHOOD!

We will translate classic Chivalric oaths into applicable codes for our modern life, then hold one another accountable for actively practicing the Codes of Chivalry.

THE  ROUNDTABLE

Merlin’s roundtable encouraged equality, justice, fairness.  The School of Knights gathers at the Round Table to solve problems as a community/democracy by following the principles of Chivalry and Robert’s Rules of Order as our structure.

COMBAT ARTS – ARCHERY AND FENCING

There will be “off site” sessions in the chivalric and combat arts, and taught by experts in fencing and archery.

RITUAL AND CEREMONY

International rituals and ceremonies are explored and practiced – leading to a deeper understanding of how the implementation of  Tradition, Ritual and Ceremony creates consistency and safety in communities.

HISTORY, STORYTELLING AND REENACTMENTS

We will explore the best of the mythic and non-fiction stories of this period (the epic of the Holy Grail and stories of Glastonbury, Castle of Arthur, Guinevere, and Lancelot) and tie them to our current quest for the highest good for ourselves, others and the world.

Grades: 2nd through 9th
Mondays from 4 pm to 6 pm
(plus 2 Saturday Field Trips, dates TBA)

January 7th to March 18th
Recital & Knighting Ceremony: March 18th

Tuition – $525.00
Financial Aid is available, based on need. Click here for more information.