Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Classes at CVLT

Below you'll find a roster of currently planned classes for young people and adults at CVLT. Youth Courses are listed first, and classes for ages 18+ are toward the bottom.

Youth Theatre Production Workshops

Grades 1 - 2
Saturday 1/6– 2/25
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Tuition $160.00

Both classes in this session will perform together in a final, full-length production.  Every student will have a role in an exciting, large-scale production with three performances. The class will include theatre activities and exercises for students when they are not rehearsing their role on stage.  

(Feb. classes will be extended to 11:00 or 12:00 and on 2/17 class will be held from 10:00-2:00)

Students will be expected to attend Tech week rehearsals: Sunday 2/18 2:00-6:00, Tuesday 2/20 5:30-7:15, Wednesday 2/21 5:30-7:15 , and Thursday 2/22 5:30-8:30 (final dress rehearsal) PERFORMANCES: 2/24 at 2:00 and 7:00 2/25 at 2:00

Download and print a mail-in registration form here

Grades 3- 12
Saturdays 1/6 – 2/25
10:00-1:00 pm
Tuition $210.00

Both classes in this session will perform together in a final, full-length production.  Every student will have a role in an exciting, large-scale production with three performances. The class will include theatre activities and exercises for students when they are not rehearsing their role on stage.  

(Feb 10th and Feb 17th class will be extended until 2:00)

Students will be expected to attend Tech week rehearsals: Sunday 2/18 2:00-6:00, Tuesday 2/20 5:30-7:30, Wednesday 2/21 5:30-7:30, and Thursday 2/22 5:30-8:30 (final dress rehearsal) PERFORMANCES: 2/24 at 2:00 and 7:00 2/25 at 2:00

Download and print a mail-in registration form here

Youth Theatre Classes

ACTING CLASS FOR AGES 9 - 12
September 19 - November 7
Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Tution $100

Contact the Box Office - 440.427.8955

This informative class, taught by award winning long time CVLT veteran, Don Edelman, will cover a wide variety of topics which address the skills that every young actor needs. Scene and line structure, stage movement, acting and reacting, mime, diction, articulation, and stage makeup are some of the areas that will be practiced and developed.

Held at the River Street Playhouse
Class size limited to 12

ACTING CLASS FOR HOME SCHOOLERS
September 20 - November 8
Wednesdays 9 - 10:30 PM Grades 2-5
Wednesdays 11 - 12:30 PM Grades 6-12
Tution $100

Contact the Box Office - 440.427.8955

Are you homeschooled and have time during the day to attend additional classes? Then these classes are right for you! Designed for either the beginner or more advanced acting student, the class will focus on theatre exercises, improvisation, working together, and will help to develop confidence, stage presence and memorization while working on scenes from plays. Instructor for the class is Julia Kolibab, CVLT Youth Theatre Director for 20 years.

TEEN SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP
September 24, 11:00-1:00 "Intro to the Bard"
November 26, 1:00 - 4:00 "Speak the Speech"
January 21, 1:00 - 4:00 "Creating Character"
March 18, 1:00 - 4:00 "Stage Combat Basics"
May 20, 1:00 - 4:00 "Audition Tips"
Ages: 13 and up
Cost: All five workshops $100.00
Individual workshops $25.00 each

Do you want to learn more about Shakespeare? Are you intimidated by the text? Do you have trouble understanding it? Learn about acting in a Shakespeare play with Kate Bernardo, CVLT award winning actress and theatre instructor and director at Beaumont School. Each workshop will cover a different topic involving Shakespeare and how to perform it!

BACKSTAGE & TECHNICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 13 - 19
September 26 - November 9
Tuesdays 5:30 - 7:00 PM
The class meets once a week, but involvement may extend to evenings and weekends, depending on availability.
Class fee $100.00

You love theatre, but prefer staying out of the spotlight? Working backstage is where you feel you really shine? Join Edmond Wolff, CVLT technical theatre director for over 20 years, and explore all aspects of technical theatre craft and design. Learn about different types of stages, building and lighting a set, creating a mood through music, and other important features that highlight and enhance every on stage performance.

The students who enroll in the tech support class may also work backstage for both youth theatre shows and main season productions. They may be running lights, working sound, finding props, building sets, stage managing, and possibly even directing. Students who work on shows may receive community service hours.

Classes for Students and Adults

HOW TO AUDITION
September 20th – October 11th
Wednesday 4:00-5:20 PM AGES 12-17
Wednesday 5:30-7:00 PM AGES 18 and up!
Tution $100

Contact the Box Office - 440.427.8955

"You're not going there to get a job. You're going there to present what you do." ~ Bryan Cranston, Actor

Do you want to increase your chances of landing that role you have always wanted? Join award-winning actor and director Michael J. Rogan for his 4 week intensive class on the principles of auditioning.

The course will cover an actors' approach to, preparation for and performance at auditions. The course is appropriate for both new and experienced actors alike. It is also useful to those auditioning for either musicals or straight plays.

Held at the River Street Playhouse
Class size limited to 12

IMPROVISATION with Tracy Cubbal
October 10 - November 14 (Registration Deadline October 9!)
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 PM
CVLT's Neff Building
Tuition $140

Embrace uncertainty using the tools of improvisation: agreement, spontaneity, listening, and character. Rediscover the art of play, explore the fun of failure, and silence the voice of judgment in your head! Actors improve their ability to make bold choices, develop characters on the fly, use their bodies effectively, listen deeply, and form connections with emotional authenticity. Students receive personalized feedback to encourage development on both a professional and personal level. Open to students age 16 and older.

Led by Tracy Cubbal, CVLT's Improv program began in 2012 and offers classes for students 16 and up. Actors learn fundamentals of improv, working within the context of the classic structures of short-form comedic improvisation, including scenic games, line games, blind games, and musical games. Ms. Cubbal's students learn to think on their feet and to deal with the unexpected with poise and humor. Many classes include an informal final performance for family and friends.

For questions or registration, contact Ms. Cubbal - improv@cvlt.org