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Performance Lab: The Little Mermaid adaptation (For Feet’s Sake)

Grades 3–5 · Dive into this magical underwater tale of a young mermaid’s quest for true love. Along the way you’ll meet a pompous prince, a neurotic mer-king, and a deceptive sea-witch. The youngest of five princesses, Thessaly longs to explore the world above the sea, but mer-law states she must wait until her 15th birthday. When she finally comes of age she discovers a world so full of wonder she cannot bear to return to the sea below and ultimately makes a huge sacrifice. Our script, For Feet’s Sake, an adaptation of The Little Mermaid, has been written specifically for youth ensemble at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre by Krista Knight and will conclude with a class performance for family and friends. Students will explore the dramatic process through movement, dialogue, music, improvisation, mask construction, and character work to bring the story to life.

In the 3–5 grade Performance Lab class, young artists will work on individualized character development and creation, movement invention, and script analysis.

SAT 11am–1pm · 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 (performance) · $160

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/session
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 19–July 14 · $1250
SOLD OUT—Please call 510 647–2996 for wait list