With industry professionals from Broadway and Regional theatres and Teaching Artists from top-flight national theatre programs, your child will receive training that is second to none, while preparing for a breakthrough in confidence and capability.
Once again our summer experiences will be held at the beautiful Aspen Community School campus in Woody Creek!
For optimal convenience, you can have your student ride our bus to and from Aspen Community School for a nominal weekly fee. Just let us know when you register.
Our regular program hours are 9am to 4pm. If you include optional bus transportation, we’ve got your work day covered with quality instruction and summer fun for your children.
Our summer experiences cover three to four areas of theatre during each program and include both structured and unstructured outdoor time, complementing the Roaring Fork Valley philosophy of living: Mind, Body & Spirit.
We believe students can create great theatre. We also believe students should SEE great theatre! All Kindergarten through 6th Grade participants receive a voucher to redeem for one student ticket for The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, or Little Shop of Horrors at the Hurst Theatre. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired! See our website for complete details.
July 22 – 28
Dr. Dolittle is the friendliest doctor around, and he needs your help! Come join him on his animal-saving adventures as you learn a song and dance from the classic musical, Dr. Dolittle. You’ll work on creating an original story and learn what it takes to be part of a team in this performance-based program! Add the Performance Opportunity to get to be on stage with the “big kids” in Dr. Dolittle!
When: 9am – 4pm, Mon-Fri, July 22 – 28, 2019
Tuition: Only $330
August 5 – 9
You don’t need a green thumb to join us for this class, where plants and imaginations both have plenty of room to grow! Inspired by our mainstage musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, students will learn a song from the show and create their own talking outer space plant puppet! Share your creation with friends and family at our final showcase!
When: 9am – 4pm, Mon-Fri, August 5 – 9, 2019
Tuition: Only $330
June 24 – 28 / August 5 – 9
Your EMMY™-award awaits! Experience the fun of starring in a movie! Students in the EMMY class (Grades 3-6) will learn the art of on-camera acting, improvisational acting, and script-writing while starring in a short professionally-produced movie. Developed by a producer who has worked for Disney and Nickelodeon, the curriculum this summer focuses on non-verbal communication skills. Students develop these acting skills through fun, unique acting games and while rehearsing for their upcoming movie scenes. Then, on Sunday, students are treated to a VIP, red-carpet movie premiere with their family at the ISIS movie theater in Aspen to view the results. MOVIE STAR CAMP™ is designed to help young actors discover new skills while creating imaginative family movies!
Session I: 9am-4pm, June 24-28, 2019; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, June 30
Session II: 9am-4pm, August 5-9; Red Carpet Premiere Sunday, August 11
Tuition: Only $330 (per week)
July 8 – August 3
Dr. Dolittle is a slightly wacky, but ever-so-kind doctor who can talk to animals. His quest to help these creatures leads him on a perilous journey, but in the end he comes face to face with the oldest and wisest creature on earth – the Great Pink Sea Snail. Come along on this adventure to make friends and put your acting, singing, and dancing skills to the test as you help tell this timeless tale based on the stories of Hugh Lofting.
RETURNING THIS YEAR: In addition to fully-staged performances in the Black Box Theatre, classes include acting, singing, dance, and design to boost your abilities and confidence.
When: 9am – 4pm, Mon-Fri, July 8 – August 3, 2019
Performances: August 1-3 at the Black Box Theatre in Aspen
Tuition: Only $895
June 24 – 28 / August 5 – 9
Get ready to craft an OSCAR™-worthy performance! Students in the OSCAR class (Grades 7 and up) will learn the art of on-camera acting, improvisational acting, and script-writing while starring in a short professionally-produced movie. In addition, the OSCAR class is given an opportunity to write, storyboard, and direct their own class movie. Developed by a producer who worked for Disney and Nickelodeon, the curriculum this summer focuses on non-verbal communication skills. Throughout rehearsals, students will practice finding conflict in their scenes which will add intensity and believability to their movie performances. Then, on Sunday, students are treated to a VIP red-carpet movie premiere along with their family at the ISIS movie theater in Aspen to view the results. MOVIE STAR CAMP™ is designed to help young actors discover new skills while creating imaginative family movies!
Session I: 9am-4pm, June 24-28, 2019
Session II: 9am-4pm, August 5-9, 2019
Tuition: Only $330 (per week)
July 1 – August 4, 2019
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED
Performances: (10, plus an Invited Dress Rehearsal)
When: 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, July 1 – August 4, 2019
Tuition: Only $1250; Scholarships available
About the Show
Summer Conservatory breaks new ground this year with 10 Performances of The Wizard of Oz on the Theatre Aspen Main Stage, in addition to training by industry experts dance, vocal performance and acting!
Directed by Elise Kinnon with Music Direction by Terry Lee, the classic show you know and love will a one-act, 75-minute run time.
Participation is competitive and by audition only. Submit a video audition for acceptance to the program starting March 1. Casting auditions will take place Saturday, June 29.
The 2019 Summer Conservatory experience:
Conservatory is advanced-level training and participation is by audition only. There are 2 rounds of auditions:
All candidates must register using the link below, and submit a resume, headshot and audition video(s) – Youtube link, Dropbox or other online format (preferred) or mail in a DVD.
What to Prepare for Acceptance Auditions:
DEADLINE: Acceptance auditions are accepted February 15 through April 15. Candidates are encouraged to submit earlier than later, as the program may fill prior to the deadline. Due to voice changes, evolving candidate pool, show selection, limited space, and other factors, prior Summer Conservatory students must re-apply and audition each year. If selected for the program, you will receive an invitation no later than April 20, 2019 to audition for a role.
Click here to submit an Audition
Once accepted into the Conservatory, students will receive a link to sign up for a time slot to complete a casting/placement audition Saturday, June 29 (time TBD).
Individual auditions will be in the early afternoon; callbacks, if needed, will be in the later afternoon. If the student will be arriving to Aspen after this date, make individual arrangements with the Director of Education Graham Northrup at email@example.com or 970.300.4299
What to Prepare for Casting/Placement Auditions:
Please prepare 16-32 bars from a song from a contemporary musical. Song must be memorized. Please provide sheet music for our accompanist (preferred), or an instrumental CD/MP3 track. No a capella. May be the same song as the acceptance audition, but students are asked to choose a song that emphasizes character-acting skills.
About one month prior to Casting/Placement auditions, sides (excerpts from the script) will be posted here for advance perusal. They need not be memorized. Students will be asked to read from the script and use their bodies and voices to create characters, and interact in meaningful ways with other characters/actors.
Students will be given a dance routine during auditions.
A note on casting: The Creative Team is diligent in our efforts to cast students in roles that will both help them experience growth, as well as ensure the success of the production as a whole. Upon admission to the Summer Conservatory, students acknowledge that they will accept any role.
Questions? Call Graham Northrup at 970.300.4299
June 24-28, 2019, plus performances throughout the summer
When: 9am-4pm, June 24-28, 2019, plus performances throughout the summer
Tuition: $250 + $25 new student costume fee
By audition only
Auditions: Wednesday, June 12 at 2pm
For new students, participation in The Miner Keys is by audition only. Returning students just need to register.
What to prepare:
*Previous participants do not need to audition again.*
About The Miner Keys
Come join Theatre Aspen’s premiere valley-wide show choir! The Miner Keys are 9th-12th graders who are committed to “Glee”-ful excellence and to learning the art of vocal and physical performance through cabaret and show choir. They can rock a mic solo, as well as hold tight harmonies and sing a capella. On top of that, they can MOVE!
Every member of The Miner Keys will receive instruction in choral technique, as well as solo singing and movement performance coaching. What’s more, you will rock out at numerous performances at civic events (4th of July, etc), Theatre Aspen functions (our annual Summer Splash event, Season Cabarets, and more), as well as private parties. It is a great way to gain self-confidence, self-discipline, aesthetic appreciation and even physical fitness, all while having a BLAST!
What is a Show Choir?
Ever seen Glee? Then you know what we’re aiming for! Students from all backgrounds who come together for one reason: to light up the stage with song and tight choreography, and kick the entertainment factor into high gear! In some areas, Show Choirs attract some of the most elite teen singers, and even have National Championships. We just want to blow our audiences away with the music, movement and performance professionalism that our students will learn as members of the Miner Keys!
What will I experience?
Every member of The Miner Keys will receive instruction in choral technique, as well as solo singing and movement performance coaching. What’s more, every season you will rock out at numerous performances at civic events (4th of July, Tree Lightings, etc), Theatre Aspen functions (our annual Costume Gala, Season Openers, and more), as well as private parties. It is a great way to gain Self-Confidence, Empathy, Self-Discipline, Aesthetic Appreciation and even Physical Fitness, all while having a BLAST! They are also great opportunities for exercising Leadership and Collaboration.
When are rehearsals?
The compact Summer Season rehearsal schedule begins June 24 and runs daily until June 28 at Aspen Community School from 9 to 4pm. Rehearsals include brushing up on previous material, and learning new songs and dance routines.
When will we perform?
The Summer Season of The Miner Keys will kick off with the 4th of July Parade, including a chance to perform for the float judges. The all-new Theatre Aspen Education Award Ceremony will also feature The Miner Keys. Theatre Aspen events, civic events, and private parties will keep The Miner Keys on their toes throughout the summer, with several opportunities to perform and entertain.
This selective performance group is only $250 per season (Summer, Fall/Winter, Spring), plus a small costume fee. Scholarships are available and Theatre Aspen has never turned away a student for financial need.
Interested or have further questions? Let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org