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The Time Machine

Grades 2–3 · Have you ever wanted to time travel? Let’s do it! Let’s build a time machine and travel to a different place in the past or the future. Hmm…where should we go? To study the dinosaurs? To visit some cave people? To see the pyramids of ancient Egypt? To have a feast with a king and queen? Or to land on a pirate treasure island? With a time machine, anything goes! In this weekly class we will build a time machine out of broken toys and found objects and lots of clocks, clocks, clocks. We will read books to research our destination and hop in the time machine for a great adventure. This class is a fun way to introduce children to great historical happenings all over the globe as well as time concepts. A new adventure every week! We have a culmination at the end of the session bringing friends and families to our favorite destinations. In this class children will create their own characters and costumes and write a script to make a fabulous show. Materials for making costumes and props are included in the price of the class. There will be a dress rehearsal the evening of Friday, 6/1.

SAT 9–10:30am · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/1 (dress rehearsal), 6/2 (performance) · $190

Mallory Penney has been involved in theatre since she was 6 years old and has never looked back. From acting to stage managing to directing, Mallory has always felt at home working with young actors exploring the wonders theatre can offer. While attending school, Mallory founded and ran a theatre program at Earhart Elementary School in Alameda. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies. Mallory currently works as a teaching artist with companies such as Tomorrow Youth Repertory and Throckmorton Theatre.

Play Creation: Time Travelers’ Tales—A Wrinkle in Time

Grades 4–6 · Come and be a Time Traveler as you create your original tale based on the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. You create it all. Not only will you create your own characters, act in the story you have written, and create the set, costumes, props…but you will add elements of video, photos, audio, music, and sound! Blending the world of live performance with digital elements to create a multimedia living theatre piece! Come and learn how to create the magic of theatre…and even learn some real magic tricks to include in your Wrinkle in Time tale. Share your vision and your talents at a performance for family and friends at the final class. The time has come to tell your tale!

SAT 9:30–11:30am · 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/8 (dress rehearsal), 6/9 (performance) · $315

Nancy Gold is a multifaceted performing artist, director, teacher, and author of Finding Your Funny Bone! The Actor’s Guide to Physical Comedy and Characters. She has studied physical theatre in Paris with Jacques LeCoq, mime with Claude Kipnis, and clowning with Ctibor Turba. She has a BFA from the University of Illinois and a Master’s equivalence. She teaches at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, ACT Young Conservatory, Academy of Art University, California Shakespeare Theater, Marin Theatre, UCLA, and public and private schools throughout the country. Directing credits include A Servant of Two Masters, Pippi Longstocking, Madeline and the Gypsies, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as numerous original plays about empowering women for young audiences and adaptations based on literature. Nancy performs comedy and vaudeville with her partner, Lol Levy.

Musical Theatre Scene Study: Sound of Music

Grades 5–8 · The hills are alive with the sound of music! Inhabit the world of the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Sound of Music. Based on the true story of the Trapp Family Singers, the musical tells the tale of a young nun sent to be a governess for seven children, only to find herself falling in love with their imperious father, a former Captain in the Austrian military. It’s award winning score features such well known songs as “16 Going on 17,” “Do-Re-Mi,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Each student will focus on a 16 to 32 bar selection from the score to hone their vocal and acting skills. They will also be directed in a scene with a partner, and will play a part in a large ensemble musical number, all of which will be presented in the final performance for family and friends.

TUE 4–6:30pm · 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 (performance) · $310

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

Improvisation

Grades 6–8 · Expand your imagination through improvisation! As an ensemble, students explore technique, theory, games, and tricks that help them open up to the kind of spontaneity that breeds better comic timing on stage, stronger reactions in rehearsals, laughter at parties, and a lot more fun at family functions. All levels welcome. Returning students will be challenged with more advanced exercises.

THU 4:30–6:30pm · 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 (showing) · $280

Erica Blue is an international performance art, dance, and theatre maker. She has a BA in performance studies from Sarah Lawrence College and has done Master’s work at Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre and Wesleyan University. After founding The Raw Material Performance Ensemble in Amsterdam, she then traveled and studied dance extensively in Southern Asia. Once arriving in the Bay Area she began teaching, directing, and performing with her ensemble, Teatro Auzzura. Her solo work has been performed at La Mama in New York, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival, and has won Best of the Fringe in San Francisco and Seattle. She also received a Goldie award in 2000 for her role as Salvador Dali’s wife, Gala. Blue’s company has received critical acclaim for their dance theatre work around the US and in Europe.

Acting Intensive

Grades 6–8 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft! Can be repeated.

MON 4:45–6:15pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 · $150

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Private Voice

Grades 6–8 · Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a voice session

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 6–8 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

Summer Theatre Intensive: Session 1

Entering grades 6–8 · Explore all facets of theatre through a fun-filled, four week experience for all levels. Students study with professional artists, creating an original play to be performed onstage at Berkeley Rep! Click here for more information.

MON–FRI 9am–3pm · June 18–July 13 · $1290