Why is NTPA Offering This Program?
Any new endeavor can create worry or anxiety for both the student and the parent. Too often we hear parents say they want their children to “try out” the performing arts, but don’t know where to start. They also don’t want to invest a lot of time and money in an activity that may not excite or interest their student.
NTPA’s UpSTARt Workshop is intended to give the student and parent the confidence to want to try to “take the stage”. It will provide the basic tools and techniques to enable them to decide if they want to further pursue this activity, and give them the confidence and enthusiasm to enjoy the fun and excitement offered by the performing arts!
This fast-paced, high-energy and fun-filled workshop will move through a lot of “theatre basics” in a short period of time. After attending the workshop, the student should be able to confidently complete an NTPA audition.
During this 90-minute workshop, the student will engage in:
- “Power On”: This fast-paced “Theatre Game” to creates the mood and energy for the workshop. This high-energy game will allow the students to introduce themselves and get comfortable with the other participants.
- Power Warm-Up: This exercise gets the voice, body and heart pumping and ready, and is typical of a preparation technique used in a real show rehearsal.
- The Actors Toolkit: This exercise introduces the three tools of an actor, and provides a quick exercise employing pantomime and improvisation to illustrate the power of the voice, the body and the imagination of a performing artist.
- Upstage Basics: This topic talks through “stage basics” and introduces a vocabulary for the student to begin to understand “stage-speak”!
- Audition Action: This session explains the role of the audition, and what a student is expected to do during the audition process. It explores the song and monologue to best represent the student’s skills and rehearses some standard audition forms.
Immediately following the student session, the Director will engage the parents in a fast-paced thirty-minute discussion and provide a handout as a guide to:
- Overview of a typical audition process and what to expect.
- Steps to take to prepare your student for the audition process.
- Tools and resources available so that you can enjoy the activity.
- What to expect in an NTPA production … time, financial and other planning.
- Next steps to “take the stage”!