Barter Youth Academy is an innovative theatre education program that teaches students teamwork and creativity in a fun, fast-paced rehearsal environment! This Fall, Barter Youth Academy students will bring literary classics to the stage with our “Page to Stage” Season! Students will learn acting techniques and performance skills while working together on a minimally-produced play for their final demonstration. Whether your student loves dance, comedy, drama, music, or anything in between, BYA’s team of theatre professionals will create an exceptional educational experience tailored to their growth and learning.
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2020 BYA Spring Season: Fantasy & Favorites
Pre-Academy Classes (For ages 5-7, or grades K-1)
Falling Up! A Collection of Shel Silverstein Poems and Stories
This Spring, each Pre-Academy class will create a unique demonstration of stories and poems from the books of Shel Silverstein. Pre-Academy classes are perfect for young students because students learn how to use their imagination to create their very own story on stage in a fun, high-energy environment that requires lots of creativity but little memorization.
Elementary Classes (For ages 8-11, or 2nd – 5th Grade)
The Great Alphabet Adventure
Once upon a rainy afternoon, children left home alone with no electricity are certain they will die of boredom with no television or video games to pass the time. When an old book is discovered, a cast of wacky and colorful characters fill the child’s bedroom and take them on a journey that sparks a new found love of reading, adventure, and friendship! This Elementary class is designed to teach students the basics of theatre and all the fun and hard work that goes into putting on their very own play.
Middle/High Classes (For ages 12-18, or 6th – 12th grade)
Alice in Wonderland
This Spring, Middle/High students will venture down the rabbit hole into the beloved classic, Alice in Wonderland! Everyone’s favorite faces from Wonderland come to life in an adaptation written by Barter Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence, Catherine Bush. Middle/High student will be sure to have a wonder-filled spring where they will work on developing quirky, classic characters and bringing this fantasy world to life on-stage for an audience.
Jr. Troupe (For ages 9-13, or 4th-8th grade)
This Spring, Jr. Troupe students will fly, fly away on adventure to Neverland in an adaptation of Peter Pan with all the stories favorite classic characters! Jr. Troupe is an advanced class for students who have significant previous experience in theatre or BYA. The workshop covers more advanced acting topics than those in our regular BYA classes, and the Jr. Troupe class gets to perform at two Demos. Jr. Troupe is an audition-only program which will hold auditions early December. No late auditions are allowed. For more information on auditions, families can email us at email@example.com
Troupe (For ages 13-18, or 8th-12th grade)
BYA’s Troupe will be working on Our Town, an iconic story about small town life in America that is one of the most performed plays for high school students of all time! Troupe is an advanced class for students who have significant previous experience in theatre or BYA. The workshop covers more advanced acting topics than those in our regular BYA classes, and the Troupe class gets to perform at two Demos. Troupe is an audition-only program which will hold auditions early December. No late auditions are allowed. For more information on auditions, families can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW- SKILL SERIES Classes! (For ages 12-18, or 6-12th grade)
BYA is launching a new series of classes in 2020 where students focus on developing a specific skill that will aid in their growth in becoming a well-rounded theatre artist. These are fast-paced, advanced classes for students who are wanting to take their theatre training to the next level and explore what the world of theatre has to offer beyond the stage.
COMEDY IMPROV: BYA is thrilled to announce the return of the ever-popular comedy improv taught by BYA Comedy Improv Creator, Michael Gerber! Comedy improv students will practice the fundamentals of improvisational theatre through different games and activities. Think on your feet, create wacky characters, and at the end of eight weeks, show off your skills in front of a loud, live audience!
TECHNICAL THEATRE: Calling all teens who love to imagine, design, and create! BYA’s Technical Theatre class is a dream come true for all the aspiring visual artists out there! Technical Theatre students will work alongside BYA Technical Director, Madeleine Bullen, in a fast-paced 5 week class to design and create the set, props, costumes, sound, and lights for students in our Elementary, Middle/High, Troupe, and Jr. Troupe classes to use in their demos AND get the opportunity to speak to Technical Theatre Experts from the Barter Theatre who have turned their passion into profession! The students work will be demonstrated through the use of their creations on stage and assist our back-stage demo crew!
AUDITION BOOT CAMP: Designed for students who wish to learn the basics of audition success! Build confidence and learn the importance of letting your best self stand out in this fast-paced 5 week class! Each student will be coached through the process of choosing the best audition pieces while developing skills that will help them flourish in any real life audition and beyond. Students will demonstrate their growth in a mock audition demo for family and friends to watch!