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Winter Camps & Spring Classes 2018


Our Winter Session runs the month of January.  Our Spring Semester begins the week of February 5 and ends with a Showcase & Certificate Ceremony the week of May 7-11.  There are NO classes the week of March 26-30 due to Valparaiso School District Spring Break.  Teen Ensemble members begin classes on January 24 (Level 1 & 2).

  •  MANDATORY ORIENTATION for NEW SPRING enrollments only, will be held TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 from 6:30-7 pm (at least one parent/guardian needs to attend AND enrolled student).

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Winter Camps

IMPROV 1 (Ages 10+) - $95

Log off the screens and see how much fun you can have working together with your peers to create hilarious moments!  Explore the concepts of improvisations through games and scenes in an incredibly supportive atmosphere.  The only side effects include developing strong listening and communication skills, living in the moment, and respect and appreciation of each other’s creative abilities.  Laughing and fun are guaranteed! Certificates handed out at the final camp. JANAURY 9, 16 & 23 ONLY!

  • TUESDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

IMPROV 2 (Pre-Requisite of Camp Improv during the Summer of '16 or '17) - $95

Building upon the foundational techniques learned in Camp Improv, students will explore advanced work.  Laughing and fun are guaranteed! Certificates handed out at the final camp. JANAURY 11, 18 & 25 ONLY!

  • THURSDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

Spring Classes

SEEDS (Grades 1 & 2)

This class is energy-packed exploration of imagination. The emphasis is on creative expression through structured play. Young students learn to “act out” a story while important skills such as listening, concentration, and collaboration are developed. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing-TUESDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Gina Zieniewicz
  • New & Continuing-THURSDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Arlene Henry

SPROUTS (Grades 3 & 4)

This class is an exciting initiation where students are guided through the foundational elements of drama (who, what, and where).  While acting out favorite stories and playing theatre games, they explore imagination and creative expression with a purpose.  The emphasis is on extending concentration and focus while illuminating discipline, self-esteem, empathy, understanding, and basic problem-solving.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced - MONDAYS, 4:30-5:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Gina Zieniewicz
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

SPROUTS 2 (Grades 5 & 6)

In this stimulating class, students learn to sharpen their work in improvisation and theatre games while transitioning into scripted material.  The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is introduced, as they are taught to understand the importance of “listening.”  The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment. New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • Advanced - MONDAYS, 5:30-6:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano
  • New & Continuing - TUESDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Gina Zieniewicz
  • New & Continuing - THURSDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Jenna Johnson

BUDS-UPPER LEVEL (Grades 7-10) 

In this exploratory class, students begin to sharpen their skills in improvisation and theatre games. The concept of “playing” the wants and needs of characters is applied through scripted material.  The continued emphasis on concentration, discipline and self-esteem is enhanced through collective and constructive assessment.  New and returning students will benefit from this class.

  • New & Continuing - MONDAYS, 6:30-7:30 pm with Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano 

TEEN ENSEMBLE/Level 1 & 2 (Grades 8-12) - ONLY OPEN to those enrolled in Fall.

These challenging courses focus on bringing a character to life through an advanced exploration of text.  Students learn to identify and play objectives (wants/needs), how to break a scene into beats, and continue to explore “listening and responding.” Students will also develop skills to analyze and critique dramatic work and suggest alternative artistic choices.  New and returning students will benefit from this class. 

  • Level 1 - WEDNESDAYS, 5:00-6:30 pm 
  • Level 2 - WEDNESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 pm
  • All Teen Ensemble Members participate in a professional workshop environment taught by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano, Director of Education.
  • Advanced students are invited to become a Member of the Teen Ensemble after exeptional work and several semesters of study.  Their year culmiates in the Annual CTW Teen Festival in May.  During the Fall semester, we work on character development, script analysis and ensemble, while exploring the performance pieces.  During the Spring semester, we apply the skills learned in the Fall, and rehearse the plays for performance in the Festival.