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After School Workshop

 

The After School Workshop is a proven, successful plan for introducing students to the joy of the performance process. Students learn to trust themselves and each other as they take risks onstage, open their hearts and minds and begin to understand the possibilities within themselves. Each Workshop uses a theme and teaches various musical numbers consistent with the chosen theme. Students have opportunities to sing, dance and learn parts of the production process such as staging and lighting. Students also gain exposure to various careers and different aspects of the entertainment profession through guest lecturers and hands-on activities. The Workshop ends with a culmination performance, featuring selections from the Workshop classes.


  • Eight week after school program for 20-25 elementary, middle or high school students.

  • Workshops meet twice a week for 90 minutes and an additional eight hours over the final two weeks, including the performance. Workshops follow the PTDYA curriculum and cover music and dance training, as well as auditioning, headshots, choreography, and other professional aspects of the entertainment industry.

  • Classes are taught by a trained PTDYA professional instructor, and overseen by a PTDYA artistic director. At least one guest artist is brought in each session.

  • The Workshop culminates in a professionally produced Musical Revue at the end of the session. The host organization is free to sell tickets and retain any revenue raised from tickets or concession sales.

There is a set fee for the After School Workshop Program based on the eight week duration and expectation for enrollment. PTDYA pays all instructors, pays script licensing fees and rents equipment and costumes as needed. The Host Organization is responsible for providing rehearsal and classroom space as well as the performance venue and any associated insurance for using the facilities. Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt and photo for each participant. Meals and snacks are not included.

Full Day Workshop

 

The Full-Day Workshop is a fun, affordable way to reach a large number of students without the commitment of an ongoing program or after school club. Students gather for a day when school is not in session and take classes in various performing arts, working with trained PTDYA instructors. Each Workshop uses a theme and teaches various musical numbers consistent with the chosen theme. Students have opportunities to sing, dance, practice spoken word and learn parts of the production process. The Workshop ends with a thirty minute culminating performance, featuring selections from the Workshop classes.


  • Single, full-day program tailored for 10-60 students.

  • Typical workshop begins with registration at 9am and ends with a 3:30-4pm performance for family and community members.

  • Prior to the Workshop, PTDYA will work with the Host Organization to choose a theme for the Day and the Culminating Performance.

  • During the Workshop, students will be grouped by age and prior experience into teams that rotate together through various classes in musical theatre, dance and spoken word / drama. For large groups, percussion sessions are available.

  • Classes are taught by trained PTDYA professional instructors, and overseen by a PTDYA artistic director.

  • The Workshop culminates in a thirty-minute Music, Dance and Drama Revue at the end of the Workshop day. A typical performance would be held at 3:30 with dismissal at 4pm. The performance is open to family, friends and community members. The host organization is free to sell tickets and retain any revenue raised from tickets or concession sales.

The fee for a Full-Day Workshop is based on the agreed-upon length of the day and the number of student participants enrolled in the Workshop. Often, the Host Organization is able to charge students a participation fee to offset the cost of the Workshop. The Host Organization is responsible for providing rehearsal and classroom space as well as the performance venue and any associated insurance for using the facilities. PTDYA will work with the Host Organization to determine whether additional equipment, such as sound and lighting needs to be rented. Fees for such rentals will be added to the cost of the Workshop. One or more representatives from the Host Organization will need to be on-site throughout the Workshop day. Meals and snacks are not included.

After School Musical

 

The Musical after school program is a more intensive version of the After School Workshop. In the Musical Program, students meet for six weeks, but meet four times a week instead of twice a week. The program also accommodates more students: 30-40. In the Musical Program, PTDYA works with students to put on a professionally produced musical with sound, lights, costumes – the works! Students audition for parts, learn their lines, rehearse, sing, dance and have a ball! At the end of the six weeks, families, friends and the community are invited to sit back and enjoy an evening of musical theatre!


  • Six week after school program for 30-40 middle or high school students.

  • Under the professional direction of PTDYA, students will put on a fully-produced musical, with sound, lights and costumes. The Musical will be performed twice at the end of the session (additional performances can be arranged). The host organization is free to sell tickets and retain any revenue raised from tickets or concession sales.

  • The final “Tech” dress rehearsal is open to seniors and community organizations.

  • Workshops meet four times a week for two hours with an additional eight hours for final rehearsals and performances in the last week.

  • PTDYA commits to having an artistic director and administrator dedicated to the Musical Theatre program, as well professional vocal, dance and acting instruction.

There is a set fee for the After School Musical Program based on the six week duration and expectation for enrollment. PTDYA pays all instructors, pays script licensing fees and rents equipment and costumes as needed. The Host Organization is responsible for providing rehearsal and classroom space as well as the performance venue and any associated insurance for using the facilities. Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt and photo for each participant. Meals and snacks are not included.

Summer Performing Arts Camp

 

The Summer Performing Arts Camp showcases all that PTDYA has to offer. In a six week intensive day camp, students work with PTDYA trained instructors, directors, vocalists and choreographers to put on a professionally staged musical production. Students audition for parts, take morning classes in voice, dance and acting and spend their afternoons learning the show. At the end of the six weeks, families, friends and community members are invited to a celebratory performance that is sure to bring down the house!


Camp details:


  • Six week summer camp for up to 80 middle school through high school youth.

  • Classes held weekdays, from 9am to 3pm. Entry into the program is by audition.

  • Each day begins with Company Circle for reflection, prayer and praise. Every student takes morning classes in voice, dance and acting. Afternoons are dedicated to rehearsals.

  • PTDYA brings professional voice, dance and acting instructors as well as an administrator. There are opportunities for up to six high school students from the host organization to work full time at the camp. The cost of paying these six “production assistants” is included in the camp budget.

  • Culminates in a two performances of a Musical Production on Friday and Saturday, featuring 70-75 of the students onstage with 5-10 “running crew” and learning the production end. The host organization is responsible for all ticket sales and keeps any ticket revenue. Similarly, concessions are up to the host organization.

  • Final “tech” dress rehearsal is free and open to seniors and community organizations.

  • Note: the “standard” package is geared towards performing a musical, but the Performing Arts Camp can be customized. Spoken Word, dramatic scenes, percussion, show choir and other performing arts elements can be incorporated into a summer experience that meets the needs of the Host Organization.

There is a set fee for the camp based on the six week duration and expectation for enrollment. PTDYA pays all instructors, pays script licensing fees and rents equipment and costumes as needed. The Host Organization is responsible for providing rehearsal and classroom space as well as the performance venue and any associated insurance for using the facilities. Cost of the camp includes a t-shirt and photo for each participant. Meals and snacks are not included.

Artistic Direction

 

Our experiences in arts education tell us that only the largest and wealthiest organizations can afford a professional Artistic Director to coordinate the performing arts programs at most organizations. The PTDYA model allows you to hire a part-time director to bring high quality programming and professional direction on an as-needed basis. Said another way, you will “share” an artistic director with other organizations, allowing the director to remain gainfully and fully employed while you are gaining the professional artistic direction you need to build a high caliber arts program. The role of the Artistic Director to be established with the Host Organization, but typically includes responsibilities such as:


  • Establishes a vision for the arts arm of the organization, in collaboration with the administration and other arts professionals.

  • Supports other performing arts groups, classes, instructors, etc. throughout the organization.

  • Holds regular staff meetings and creates structure for the performing arts organization.

  • Creates and implements fundraising events, one or two per year as appropriate.

  • Organizes culminating performances and events.

  • Facilitates collaboration between the arts entities and arts performances, often using a theme to unite the various performing groups in a single event.

  • Arranges entertainment for large events such as a school graduation

  • Works to bring together the community and the host organization through the arts.

We offer two ways to pay for Artistic Direction Services: hourly or, for more long term or projects in the early stages of building and development, we can assign an Administrator to your organization to work as your employee on a full or part-time basis. In both cases, we prefer to enter into twelve-month commitments with the host organization.

Arts Administration

 

At the heart of every successful organization you’ll find a team of professionals dedicated to making things work. Arts organizations are no different, and the industry’s recognized title for the go-to get-it-done lead person is Arts Administrator. This person will have the soul and training of an artist, but the mind of an organized and efficient business person. At PTDYA, the Arts Administrator also is an educator.

Our educational system often recognizes the role of the Athletic Director and his/her staff. Yet, the performing arts coordination likely is left to the teachers or volunteers. Educational programs committed to performing arts as a vital part of a child’s growth and education will want to bridge this inequity with an Artistic Director and an Arts Administrator (and sometimes even a staff!)

That said, we at PTDYA know firsthand the budget and management challenges organizations face today. It is usually not feasible to hire a full time team. The PTDYA Arts Administration service offers part-time professional help to keep your performing arts department running smoothly and maximizing the value your organization brings to the students and the community.

Typical Arts Administration responsibilities will include:


  • Coordinating the various performing arts groups and classes across the organization.

  • Scheduling rehearsals, performances and community events.

  • Building relationships through outreach to the community and other stakeholders.

  • Producing events, including contracting with sound, light and other rental companies, promoting the events, ensuring the venues are set up, working with instructors to maintain the integrity of the product.

  • Communicating to all stakeholders, including other school staff and administration, parents, vendors and community members; working with graphic designers to create programs and posters.

  • Organizing all business elements of the performing arts programs as needed – may include fundraising, ordering supplies, keeping financial records.

  • Assuming artistic director and instructor roles as needed.

We offer two ways to pay for Arts Administration Services: hourly or, for more long term or projects in the early stages of building and development, we can assign an Administrator to your organization to work as your employee on a full or part-time basis. In both cases, we prefer to enter into twelve-month commitments with the host organization.

Other Services

Show Choir Choreography

 

  • PTDYA Show Choir Choreography is an exciting way to step up the “wow” factor at your next vocal performance. Your organization chooses vocal selection, teaches the choral students and rehearses as needed. A few weeks before the performance and after the vocalists know their songs, PTDYA will come in and add “show choir” choreography in the “Glee” style.

  • Fee: hourly rate. Typical choirs of 20-30 students require eight hours of instructor time, including two hours instructor prep, four hours on-site instruction and two hours of final rehearsal time.

Class Instruction

 

  • PTDYA trained instructors are available to teach hour long classes in various forms of dance, musical theatre, choreography, auditioning and chorus.

  • Fee: hourly rate

Percussion and Drum Line

 

  • PTDYA trained instructors are available to teach percussion and drum line in a variety of formats: single class, full-day workshop, after school programs.

  • Fee: negotiable, depending on class format

NEW! ABDC-style Dance Crew

 

  • Still under development, this workshop or after school program will be taught by Dantriell Houston, veteran member of one of Chicago’s hottest Dance Crews, the Boyz of Poison.

  • Fee: negotiable, depending on class format

Other

 

  • Interested in something you don’t see? Give us a call and let us work together to create the perfect Performing Arts Program for your students.

  • Executive and Artistic Director Michael Jones is available for consultation – call him at 773.655.6066.