Winter 2017 classes

Mile Square Theatre
1400 Clinton Street, Hoboken[map]
Corner of 14th and Clinton streets (north of the viaduct)


Session $250

Grades K thru 2


Songs & Scenes

The first step on the road to performing. Learn musical numbers and scenes to be presented on the last day of class. A fun way to start singing and dancing your heart out!

Instructor: Jessica McCuiston with Arielle Legere

Tuesdays 3:15–4:00

Classes: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7
Final Performance: Mar. 14, 3:15–4:00

Wednesdays 3:15–4:00

Classes: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8
Final Performance: Mar. 15, 3:15–4:00

Fridays 3:15–4:00

Classes: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10
Final Performance: Mar. 17, 3:15–4:00

Session $550

Grades 2–4


Sing! Dance! Act!

Seussical Kids

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical KIDS, a fantastical musical extravaganza. The Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child, who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton's challenge is twofold—not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! This class is for the child with an interest in performing. Real scripts and costumes, real choreography—and real performances!

Director: Jessica McCuiston with Arielle Legere

Tuesdays 4:00–6:00

Classes: Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7
Dress rehearsal: Mon. Mar. 13, 3:30–5:00
Performances: Tue. Mar. 14, 6:00 (actors arrive 5:00)
     & Thu. Mar. 16, 6:00 (actors arrive 5:00)

Wednesdays 4:00–6:00

Classes: Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1, 8
Dress rehearsal: Mon. Mar. 13, 5:15–6:45
Performances: Wed. Mar. 15, 6:00 (actors arrive 5:00)
     & Fri. Mar. 17, 6:00 (actors arrive 5:00)

Session $650

Grades 4–8


Performance Workshop

Changing Minds

At Playa Sola Junior High School, it’s business as usual—the jocks, geeks, popular kids, etc., all try to navigate a world of insecurities, grades, fashions and text messages. Then, during a school trip to a historic mission, the minds of two students are inexplicably switched. Suddenly, Kyle Fairbanks, a charismatic slacker/surfer is helping everyone with their calculus, and scholastic superstar Natalie Watson has become an expert on heavy metal lyrics and is calling everybody “dude.” In this screwball-comedy-for-a-new-generation, Kyle and Natalie have to find out how to get their brains back as they juggle friends, classes, rumors, scholarship competitions and, oh yeah, Kyle’s super-popular, snob-of-a-girlfriend Ashley. Driven by a contemporary pop score Changing Minds is a musical that is sure to have you singing and clapping along as Kyle and Natalie, Brad and Claire, Shelly and Freddy, Garrett and Ashley, and all of their classmates as they discover that sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is by … CHANGING MINDS! This class is for the dedicated actor with some performance experience who is ready to seriously focus on all aspects of a musical production.

Directors: Jessica McCuiston & Chase Leyner

Fridays 4:00–6:30

Classes: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3
Dress rehearsal: Thu. Mar. 9, 4:00–7:00 MANDATORY REHEARSAL
Performances: Fri. Mar. 10, 7:00 (actors arrive 5:30);
     Sat. Mar. 11, 2:00 (actors arrive 12:30) & 7:00 (actors arrive 6:00)

Session $680

Grades 6–9


Junior Company

The Snow Queen (subject to change based on enrollment)

This modern re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure is the winner of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival Publishing Award. It tells the story of Gerda on a dangerous quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. This new musical has an original pop rock score, alluring ballads, urban steam-punk flair, and the enigmatic Snow Queen. Junior Company is for advanced performers with extensive experience. By invitation/audition only.

Director: Chase Leyner

Musical Director: Scott Pearson

Mondays 4:00–7:00

Classes: Feb. 27, Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12
PJ Day: Sun. June 18, 12:00–4:00
Tech Week: Mon. June 19 thru Wed. June 21, 4:00–7:00
Performances: Thu. June 22, 7:00 (actors arrive at 5:30); Fri. June 23, matinee (TBD) & 7:00 (actors arrive at 5:30)

Session $360

ages 10–12


Acting Pre-Teen

This class is for the actor with basic technique who is seeking a stronger foundation. In addition to diction, voice, movement and character development, students will begin to analyze contemporary text. Monologues and scene work will be worked on. Theater games, activities and exercises will be used in order to support the student’s growth as an actor both individually and collectively.

Instructor: Rachel Eckerling

Sundays 10:00–12:00

Classes: Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 5
Final class: Mar. 12, 10:00–12:00 (presentation for parents & friends begins at 11:30)

Session $440

ages 13–18


Teen Acting Workshop

On The Verge (subject to change based on enrollment)

This class will continue with acting technique, while rehearsing a full-length play. Students will give thoughtful examination to the play through table work, text analysis, active personalization, creation of characters, emotional accessibility and instinctive freedom. Students will learn core acting elements that make up a responsible actor.

Instructor: Rachel Eckerling

Sundays 12:30–3:00

Classes: Jan. 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 26, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26,
     Apr. 2, 9, 30
Tech Week: May 1–4, 4:00–7:00
    Fri. May 5, 7:00 (actors arrive at 5:30
    Sat. May 6, 2:00 (actors arrive at 1:00)
    Sat. May 6, 7:00 (actors arrive at 6:00)
    Sun. May 7, 2:00 (actors arrive at 1:00)