Crystal Sea Drama Company Spring, 2018 Classes

Contact Information:  Irene Miller, ; 210/849-0934. www.crystalseadrama.org.

 

Registration for spring: You may register by mail or in person on the first day of class for the second semester – Thursday, Jan. 5, and Monday, Jan. 8.

 

Location: All classes meet at CSDC Fine Arts Studio, 8414 Speedway, San Antonio, 78230.

 

Notes on Classes: Monday Production Class – deadline to register is Friday, Dec. 1st. Thursday Production Class – Speaking parts have already been cast, but there are openings in the Ensemble.

 

CLASSES  BY DAY OF WEEK

(See class descriptions for complete details)

Mondays:

Tech Class                                             Ages 12 and up 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday Production Class                 Grades 5th-12th 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursdays:

Elementary Art   Grades K5th     9:00-10:00 a.m.

Exploring Theatre Grades 5th – 12th 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Scriptwriting Grades 6th and up 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Elementary Theatre Arts Grades K-4th 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Middle School Art Grades 5th-8th 10:00-11:00 a.m..

Improvisation                                      Grades 7th-12th              1:00-2:30 p.m.

Thursday Production Class             Grades K – 12th 2:30-6:00 p.m.

Tech Class                                             Ages 12 and up            2:30-6:00 p.m.

 

**Students registered in 4 or more classes at CSDC will receive free registration (and t-shirt, if applicable)

Monday Classes: Spring – January 8, 2018, to May 14, 2018. (Some classes end their semesters on different dates – see class descriptions for more details.)
Thursday Classes:  Spring – January 5, 2017, to May 18, 2017. (Some classes end their semesters on different dates – see class descriptions for more details.)

 

Holiday Breaks:  No classes during Spring Break, March 12-16, 2018.

Showcase: The spring showcase will be held April 13, 2018. Check class descriptions to see which classes will be participating in the showcase. There will be a required rehearsal for the spring showcase on the Thursday, April 12, 6:45-9:30.  If your student’s class is participating in the showcase, they will be expected to attend the rehearsal and the showcase.

Yearly Registration Fee (August 16, 2017-August 15, 2018):
Registration fees are payable to CSDC.

Returning 2016-2017 Students: $60 per student ($180 family maximum)

New Students: $75 per student – includes Company t-shirt ($180 family maximum, plus $15 per student for required company t-shirt for 3 or more students)

Fees are not prorated if you register late. Fees are non-refundable.

If there are financial issues in regards to payments, please talk with the Office Manager to work out a payment plan.


Tuition:
Tuition is made out to the teacher or to CSDC as noted in class descriptions.  Tuition is paid by the semester. Some teachers may allow you to divide that fee into monthly payments. If they do, the payment is due the first class day of each month and should be turned in to the office. It is considered late after the second class day of the month, and a $10 late fee will apply. Tuition is refundable only if a class is cancelled due to lack of enrollment, or if the student is officially withdrawn by filling out a withdrawal form (available in the office) before the first class day.

Supply Fees: Supply fees are due the first day of spring classes. Supply fees are non-refundable. You may be dropped from a class if the supply fee is not paid on time. After the second class of the semester, a $25 late fee will be required.

Registration Information:
To register, fill out the following forms:

-Family Registration  Packet – consists of Family Information, Activity/Medical Consent, Medication Release/A.M.E. Notification, Standard of Conduct Agreement (available online)

Mail this forms to our corporate address: CSDC, 526 Waxwing Circle, Windcrest, TX 78239, or bring them to CSDC (call 210/849-0934 to check that facility is open before you come).

-Class Registration (will be given to you by office manager after registration)

-Payment Contract (will be given to you by office manager after registration)

 

Tuition Assistance: Limited funds are available for families who need financial assistance. A Tuition Assistance form must be completed before enrolling for classes.  Check with Terri Flory at the CSDC office to receive a form.

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

(Listed alphabetically by title)

Elementary Art

Grades: K-5th
Thursdays: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Check with instructor as to end date for the class

Instructor:  Sarah Ras
Tuition: $50/month
Supply Fee: $50/semester
Tuition and Fees – payable to the teacher

This class will participate in the showcase.

This course is open to K-5th graders, as any project can be modified depending on age. Student will be led through a variety of lessons where they will learn all kinds of techniques in drawing, painting, sculpting, and crafting. They will develop fine motor skills as they work on projects that incorporate eye/hand coordination. Each project will be teacher-led, but all students will be able to develop their own style within the lessons.

 

Elementary Theatre Arts  

Grades: K-4th

Thursdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Class ends April 26, 2018

Instructor: Irene Miller

Tuition: $180/semester

Supply Fee: $35/semester

Tuition and Fees – payable to Irene Miller

This class will participate in the  showcase

 

The class will utilize games, activities, and scene work to teach creative drama, acting, and stage movement.  Students will prepare a scene for the showcase that will demonstrate what they have learned. No homework will be required other than line memorization.

 

Exploring Theatre

Grades: 5th-12th
Thursdays: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Class ends April 26, 2018

Instructor: Irene Miller
Tuition: $180/semester
Supply Fee: $35 /semester
Tuition and Fees – payable to Irene Miller

This class will participate in the showcase.

The class will utilize games, activities, and scene work to teach acting, theatre history, and stage movement.  Students will prepare a scene for the showcase that will demonstrate what they have learned. No homework will be required other than line memorization.

 

Improvisation Class

Grades: 7th-12th
Thursdays:  1:00-2:30 p.m.

Class ends April 26, 2018

Instructor: ComedySportz professional, tba
Tuition: $125/semester, payable to CSDC
This class will participate in the showcase.

Students will learn the art of improvisation. This class will give students a fun and safe place to learn and to implement the rules for improvising. Whether you’re an experienced performer looking for more practice, or a newbie wanting to give improv a try, this class is for you.

 

Middle School Art

Grades: 5th-8th
Thursdays: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Check with instructor as to when class will end

Instructor:  Sarah Ras
Tuition: $50/month
Supply Fee: $50/semester
Tuition and Fees – payable to the teacher

This class will  participate in the  showcase.

 

This course is open to 5th-8th graders, as any project can be modified depending on age. Student will be led through a variety of lessons where they will learn all kinds of techniques in drawing, painting, sculpting, and crafting. They will develop fine motor skills as they work on projects that incorporate eye/hand coordination. Each project will be teacher-led, but all students will be able to develop their own style within the lessons.

 

Monday Production Class – performing “Do-Overs”  in the spring

Grades: 5th-12th

Mondays: 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

Class ends April 16, 2018

Instructor: Gwen Kandt

Tuition: $300/semester

Supply Fee: $60/semester

Tuition and Fees – payable to Gwen Kandt

This class will perform in the showcase.

 

Students will prepare and perform a one-act play, “Do-Overs,” on March 22-24, 2018.  They will learn acting basics and will help with the technical aspects of the show. There will be some added rehearsals outside of regular class time when we get near performances. This class is especially good for those who want performance experience, but don’t have a lot of extra time to commit to a show. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals unless they have submitted conflicts at the beginning of the rehearsal period, or unless they are ill, or there’s a family emergency.

 

Scriptwriting  – Minimum 3 students needed for class to make

Grades: 6th and up

Thursdays: 10:00-11:00 AM

Instructor: Courtney Rodgers

Tuition: $125/ semester

Supply Fee: $10/ semester

Tuition and fees- Payable to the instructor

This class will cover the basics of scriptwriting, editing, and style. Students will write a full-length script by the end of the semester. This class requires written homework turned in via email.

 

Tech Class

Ages 12 and up

Mondays: 12:00-4:00 p.m. and/or Thursdays: 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Instructors: Alfy Valdez, Aaron Parelli
Tuition: $150/semester
Supply Fee: $75/semester

Tuition and fees – payable to Alfy Valdez

Students will learn all the technical aspects of producing a show. Learning will be tied to active preparation for the company’s productions. Students will be assigned technical positions, such as light board operator, spot operator, soundboard operator, props crew, etc., for performances of our productions. The student will be given a calendar of rehearsals and performances for the shows, and will be able to choose which shows they tech. It is expected that the student would tech at least two of the four spring productions (three shows and the showcase), unless they are acting instead.

PLEASE NOTE: extra rehearsal days outside of scheduled class times will be required, which may include Saturdays or weekdays. Students must be available for all crew rehearsals for the shows they have chosen to work unless other arrangements have been made.

 

Thursday Production Class  – performing  To See the Stars by Cynthia Mercati

Grades: 5th-12th  (Younger students accepted on a case by case basis.  Contact the teacher if your K-4th grade student is interested)

Speaking parts have been cast; there are openings in the Ensemble.

Instructors:   Irene Miller, Andrea Miller
Tuition:  Spring semester – $500
Supply Fee: $75/Semester
Tuition and fees – payable to CSDC

Performances – May 4-13th, 2018

This class will participate in the showcase.

 

To See the Stars plot: It’s 1909, and the shirtwaist industry in New York is making profits of $50 million. But the young girls who work in the factories earn barely enough to live on, and their working conditions are brutal.  When their pleas for help are rejected by the male-dominated union, the young girls who work at Johannsen’s Shirtwaist Factory band together to fight for a better life.  They endure beatings, starvation, and even prison, but ultimately prevail, as the shirtwaist girls win the first industry-wide strike in American labor history. However, the girls’ real victory is in changing the way they see themselves – not as victims, but as fighters – and in discovering the power of sisterhood. Rehearsals will start in second semester, with performances in May.

PLEASE NOTE: during spring extra rehearsal days will be required outside of scheduled class times, including one to two Saturdays a month for January-April, plus added evening rehearsals starting in late March or early April. Students must be available for all rehearsals unless other arrangements have been made.

 

Instructors and Staff

 

Terri Flory has been a part of the CSDC family since 2015. Currently serving as the Office Manager and photographer, Terri is passionate about serving CSDC and its families. Terri has a Bachelor and Graduate Degree from Baylor University, and worked as a school psychologist for many years before having children. She is now Mom to three children, all of which enjoy greatly participating at CDSC.

 

Gwen Kandt – Gwen Kandt has twenty years of experience writing for, directing, and coordinating church drama ministries. She has also written and directed eleven productions for school and homeschool drama programs. She wrote and directed four productions at CSDC and will be teaching the Monday Production class along with directing the fall intensive play. For her day job, she teaches middle school English at Summit Christian Academy in Boerne.

 

Grace Lamberson– has been a CSDC student since 2009. She has performed in many CSDC shows, most recently playing the Cat in Seussical™ the Musical. Last year, she played Hero in Much Ado About Nothing at Northwest Vista College, and Miranda in The Tempest at The Classic Theatre. She loves Shakespeare and has attended multiple Shakespeare summer camps. She has the distinction of having won the most individual awards at Texas Renaissance Festival Theatre Competition. She interned for Advanced Shakespeare class last year, and is one of the teachers for the Shakespeare Performance class this year.

 

Victor Lamphier (aka “Mr. L”)  has been CSDC’s Tech Advisor since 2004.  He started when his daughter, Autumn, was a student. After she graduated, he stayed on! Our black box theatre is named in his honor. He is a military veteran and has worked as a stage technician and as a graphic artist. Currently retired, he enjoys time with his wife, Claudette, and their cats.

 

Andrea Miller is a CSDC alum who graduated in 2012 and spent her gap year as an intern at CSDC. She received her Associate of Arts from Collin College in the summer of 2016 and is currently attending Texas State for her Bachelor’s degree in Directing & Stage management.  She directed Wait ‘til the Sun Shines, Nellie, or So Long, Snivelheart and co-directed Byline: Amanda Danger, both at CSDC. Starting at age 8, she has acted at CSDC, The Playhouse: San Antonio, and Collin College in many shows, including Les Miserables, Our Town, and Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She has also been a costumer, dresser, and wig mistress in San Antonio and Dallas.  Andrea co-teaches Exploring Theatre, Production Class, and Shakespeare Performance Class.

 

Irene Miller is one of the founders of CSDC and is its Executive Artistic Director. She teaches Shakespeare Performance, Elementary Theatre Arts, and co-teaches Exploring Theatre and Production Class.   She has over 40 directing credits, including  The Importance of Being Earnest, Seussical the Musical, Much Ado About Nothing, and Byline: Amanda Danger, all at CSDC. Mrs. Miller graduated with a Theatre and Communications degree from the University of Iowa. She has acted at The Playhouse: San Antonio and was named one of  their Volunteers of the Year in 2015.

 

Aaron Parelli is a Dallas transplant who received his Associate of Arts degree from Collin College in May, 2017. Currently, he is attending Texas State University and working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)  degree in Technical Production with an emphasis in Lighting. He is the Assistant Technical Director at CSDC. His favorite shows that he’s worked on have been Curtains, Elton John: A Musical Review, Dead Guy, God of Carnage, and Hamlet.

 

Sara Ras has had a zeal for creativity ever since she can remember. This zeal was fully established at Texas Tech University where she participated in numerous art shows and was awarded first place at the 25th Annual Juried Art Student Exhibition her senior year. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in studio art painting in 2012. Her interest in teaching was first sparked while interning at San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. During her time as an intern, she worked with the MOSAIC program director and assisted in creating several mosaic murals with middle and high school students. That opportunity led to teaching elementary art for Shelley Fluke in 2013, becoming the art teacher at Friday School (AACE) in 2014, and starting her own private art tutoring business. Sarah is experienced in leading K-12th graders in enriching classes where students’ artistic personalities are encouraged to develop and flourish.

 

Marla Ripps is the Lead Costumer and an instructor for CSDC. She co-founded CSDC with Irene Miller in 2002. She has worked in some capacity in every show CSDC has produced. Her expertise can be seen in CSDC’s makeup designs and applications, costume designs and construction, and sound design. Mrs. Ripps has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.

 

Courtney Rodgers is a CSDC 2010 alum who returned in 2011 to stage manage To See the Stars and in 2017 with Much Ado About Nothing.  She was part of the original cast of the devised theatre piece Johanne D’Arc, and has performed in physical theatre productions of Orpheus and Eurydice and The Tempest. Her play Paint was featured in the 2014 Festival on the Hill in Kolding, Denmark. Courtney earned her BA in Theatre and Creative Writing from Belhaven University.

 

 

Alfy Valdez is a California transplant to San Antonio. He grew up on the Monterey Peninsula where he  discovered acting while in high school. Set design & construction followed receiving a degree in Art from CAL Berkeley. Alfy designed sets for community theatres & dinner theatres around the Monterey Peninsula. One of his favorite projects was teaching at Carmel School of Performing Arts for three years. Favorite productions included You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Hans Christian Andersen, Little Mary Sunshine, & the Wizard of Oz.