#WTLEARNING

INTRODUCING #WTLEARNING
All of the Wichita Theatre's educational opportunities, now under one umbrella.

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WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

Glad you asked. The Wichita Theatre has consolidated all of our educational programming, added some more, and put it under the direction of our Arts Education Director, Chance Harmon, and Assistant Arts Education Director, Bryson Petersen. (Click here to read about these guys.) We are committed to providing the highest quality theatre training in Texoma. Our team is hard at work developing quality learning opportunities for all of our students.


COOL. WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

A little, or a lot, depending on how you look at it. Don’t freak out – all of our student opportunities are still here. We will continue offering multiple Jr. and Kids shows throughout the year, we’re keeping our homeschool programming, and our in-school program, Acting Out In Class, will still reach our area elementary and middle schools.


Now we’ll do all that, plus offer developmental workshops throughout the school year, and all of this will be helmed by Chance Harmon and Bryson Petersen. We’re taking a triPOD approach with #WTLearning that looks something like this:


WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

Glad you asked. The Wichita Theatre has consolidated all of our educational programming, added some more, and put it under the direction of our Arts Education Director, Chance Harmon, and Assistant Arts Education Director, Bryson Petersen. (Click here to read about these guys.) We are committed to providing the highest quality theatre training in Texoma. Our team is hard at work developing quality learning opportunities for all of our students.


COOL. WHAT’S DIFFERENT?

A little, or a lot, depending on how you look at it. Don’t freak out – all of our student opportunities are still here. We will continue offering multiple Jr. and Kids shows throughout the year, we’re keeping our homeschool programming, and our in-school program, Acting Out In Class, will still reach our area elementary and middle schools.


Now we’ll do all that, plus offer developmental workshops throughout the school year, and all of this will be helmed by Chance Harmon and Bryson Petersen. We’re taking a triPOD approach with #WTLearning that looks something like this:

PRACTICE

Opportunities to practice theatrical skills. This pod will include Jr. and Kids musical productions.

OUTREACH

Efforts to reach students outside of our theatre. This pod includes Acting Out In Class.

DEVELOPMENT

Training. This pod includes our homeschool programming and our new #WTLearning developmental workshops.

THAT’S GREAT! WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Glad you’re excited! Click on the program icon at the top of the page for details and register for some workshops TODAY!

 

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We are excited to announce our fourth year of Acting Out In Class! This in-school program geared toward 5th and 6th graders in the WFISD and Region IX is designed to teach students the importance of presenting themselves through the performing arts. Whether interviewing for a job, auditioning for a show, or doing a report in front of a class, performing is a part of life. The Wichita Theatre believes the audition process is a fun and innovative way to teach kids how to perform and interact with one another.

 

Click here for a downloadable flyer, then email bryson@wichitatheatre.com and tell him you want your students to act out in class!

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The Wichita Theatre offers two types of musical production for students:

 

Jr. Shows: These shows are for ages 8 to 18. The scripts are a little shorter, songs are in a comfortable key for young voices, and all material is age appropriate. Don’t be fooled by the “Jr.” – these shows get all the same attention as our big productions and then some. A $45 costume fee is required.

 

Kidz on Stage: These shows are for ages 8 to 13. Shows run approximately 30 minutes and provide opportunities to include just about everyone. A $45 costume fee is required.

 

Each Jr. and Kids show in the 2017/2018 school year will be directed by Chance Harmon and Bryson Petersen. Participation is tuition-free, and students will have opportunities both on stage as a performer, and off stage as a stage manager, crew member, lighting or sound engineer, and more. This is where students will practice real-world theatrical skills.

 

In order to participate, students must audition. Our audition format will be slightly different this year. Auditions will take place over three nights: (More details on this procedure as auditions for shows are posted)

 

          • Night One: This night will be for those interested in lead roles, and will be appointment only. Auditionees must bring a headshot, resume, conflict sheet, and sheet music for a 30 second cut of a song in the style of the show, in the desired key. (Not sure how to do this? We got you. Sign up for our Professional Auditioning workshop.)

 

          • Night Two: This stress-free night will be open call for those interested in being part of the ensemble. Auditionees will arrive at the posted time with a conflict sheet, fill out an audition form, and learn and sing a musical cut provided by the music director.

 

         • Night Three: This night will be reserved for callbacks.

 

Check our website and social media for upcoming Jr. and Kids shows, and watch the Auditions page for postings.

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The newest addition to the #WTLearning collection: workshops designed for the young actors who wish to better themselves and learn more about the craft they are pursuing. Be warned: These workshops are co-learning endeavors – participants will be guided through experiences where they get out what they put in. The harder the work, the higher the reward.

 

Each workshop has a cap of 25 students, and the cost is $25 per session. (Note: some workshops are a part of a series, and include multiple sessions.) Some workshop sessions will take place on Tuesday afternoons, in place of Jr. or Kids show rehearsal. Workshops are open only to participating students unless otherwise noted.

 

Browse the workshops below and click on the link to the registration form for each one you would like to participate in.

 

Stage Presence: In this three-session workshop, students will explore what it means to be present and focused on the stage. Students will develop tools to heighten on-stage awareness and strategies for being present in the moment. This workshop is geared toward students ages 8 to 18 and all levels of experience. Students must attend all three sessions. Register here.

 

Dates:

          • Sept. 23, 11:00am-11:50am

          • Oct. 14, 11:00am-11:50am

          • Oct. 24, 4:30pm-5:20pm.

               Total Cost: $75

               Location: Balcony Stage

 

Professional Auditioning: In this one-session workshop, students will learn how to be prepared and conduct themselves in a professional audition setting. Students will see examples of headshots, learn how to construct a musical theatre resume (even with no professional experience), and will explore how to successfully craft audition song cuts. This workshop is geared toward students ages 8-18 with little or no professional experience. Parents/guardians are welcome to accompany participating children. Register here.

 

Dates: Two available:

          • Nov. 4, 11:00am-11:50am OR

          • Nov. 14, 4:30pm-5:20pm.

               Cost: $25*

               Location: Balcony Stage

 

*While each session will cover the same material, students may attend both for $50 if they choose.

 

• Vocal Masterclass: In this one-session workshop, Chance Harmon will lead a vocal masterclass. Some students will observe while a few selected students perform and receive coaching. This workshop is geared toward students ages 8 to 18 and all levels of experience. Register here.

 

Date: 

          • Dec. 5, 4:30pm-5:20pm.

               Cost: $25

               Location: Balcony Stage

 

• Exploring Emotion: In this five-session workshop, students will explore how to display emotion, layer emotion, and how to identify what emotion the role is asking for. Students will develop tools to accurately display emotion and practice applying those tools to actual roles. This workshop is geared toward middle school and high school students with at least some on-stage experience. Students must attend all five sessions. Register here.

 

Dates:

          • Jan. 9, 4:30pm-5:20pm

          • Jan. 13, 11:00am-11:50am

          • Jan. 23, 4:30pm-5:20pm

          • Feb. 10, 9:00am-9:50am

          • Feb. 20, 4:30pm-5:20pm.

               Total Cost: $125

               Location: Balcony Stage

 

Keep checking here for more #WTLearning Developmental Workshops!

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We are continuing our homeschool programming for the third year at the Wichita Theatre! This year, classes will be administered by Chance Harmon and Bryson Petersen. Acting Out Homeschool is for middle school and high school students and all levels of experience.

 

We will offer two classes with a limit of 25 students per class:

         • Class A: 12:00pm-12:50pm

         • Class B: 1:00pm-1:50pm(offered only if Class A is filled)

 

Don’t worry – we’ll cover the same material in both classes. The separation is to offer a quality learning environment to each student, and the time differences are merely a matter of preference. Tuition is $40 a month, and the first class begins Sept. 20. Click here for a full schedule. Click here to register.

 

Special Note:

Our instructors are designing the Acting Out Homeschool curriculum to satisfy the essential knowledge and skills for theatre required by the Texas Department of Education for a community-based fine arts program. This will include a broad swath of theatre education from technique to history. Students will be assigned research topics and give presentations at the end of each semester. This curriculum will not overlap with any of our developmental workshops. If you want to get the most out of what we are offering, we suggest signing up for everything!

CHANCE HARMON

ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTION

chance@wichitatheatre.com


Chance Harmon is one of the top performance instructors in the nation. He began his career as a teenager performing at various theme parks like the award-winning OPRYLAND U.S.A. in Nashville, Tennessee. Chance has performed on numerous cruise ships, regional theater productions, and Broadway national tours. His theater performance and directing accolades led him into the world of television. He began as a vocal coach and performance specialist for MTV, working on shows like Say What? Karaoke. During his many years in New York City, he worked for Food Network, Fox News and on shows like Fear Factor, just to name a few. He directed, produced and performed on many distinguished broadcast and live theater events. From Broadway workshops to Emmy Award winning television, his professionalism is renowned and he is highly respected in the television and theater community.

 

VARIETY called him, “A bright spot on the stage.”

BRYSON PETERSEN

ASSISTANT ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTOR

bryson@wichitatheatre.com


An actor, singer, and teaching artist, Bryson Petersen has co-administered the Wichita Theatre’s in-school workshop series, Acting Out In Class, for four years. In the summer of 2017, he trained as a teaching artist at Lincoln Center as a part of Lincoln Center Education’s Summer Forum, and he has participated in the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture’s Teaching Artist Learning Lab for two years. Bryson has performed for over 14 years in over 50 musical productions in North Texas. His most recent stage credits include TJ in Sister Act: The Musical, Prince Eric in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Danny Zuko in Grease. His latest co-directing credit is Disney’s The Lion King, Jr.

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