ETC's Education Programming Supported by Virginia Castagnola-Hunter, The Towbes Foundation, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington, The Leni Fund and Sara Miller McCune.
Summer 2019 Programs at a Glance
Production: Disney's The Jungle Book Kids
This three-week workshop offers middle school students ages 9-14 the chance to expand their performance skills by exposing them to the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing. Perfect for students new to the stage or those looking for a challenge, this training program encourages risk-taking and growth with nurturing guidance from theater professionals. Individual attention, ensemble building, character development and improvisation exercises are used to enhance creative expression, positive self-image and confidence. The camp runs Monday through Friday and culminates with a production of Disney's The Jungle Book Kids under the direction of Brian McDonald.
Dates and Times: July 1 - 21, 2019 Monday through Friday (with some Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Performances: July 19 and 20 at 7:00 p.m. / July 20 and 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Shakespeare Performance Workshop
Production: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Enrollment for this four-week summer program is by audition only. Students ages 15-24 learn about Shakespeare’s world, script analysis, scansion and verse, dialect, vocal production, and character development. Lead by skilled Shakespearian artists, students rehearse and perform one of the Bard’s masterpieces on the Ensemble stage at the New Vic. This year's production will be A Midsummer Night's Dream, Directed by Michael Bernard.
Dates and Times: July 8 - August 4, 2019, Monday through Friday (with some Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Performances: August 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m. / August 3 and 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Musical Theater Performance Workshop:
Production: Into the Woods
Students ages 15-24 are selected by audition for this four-week intensive training and performance program. Under the leadership of award-winning actor/director Brian McDonald and a faculty of professional teaching artists, participants are immersed in musical theatre training which includes advanced performance skills and techniques in voice, dance and acting. The workshop culminates with fully-produced performances of Into the Woods on the stage at the New Vic.
Dates and Times: July 22 - August 18, 2019, Monday through Friday (with some Saturdays) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Performances: August 16 and 17 at 7:00 p.m. / August 17 and 18 at 2:00 p.m.
ETC Educational Outreach Mission Statement
Our mission at ETC is to provide educational opportunities that will deepen the relationship with our community, our existing patrons and encourage both adult and youth audiences to attend the productions, with a heightened awareness, passion and understanding of the theatrical process, the artistic process as well as the issues presented by the work. In this way, we hope to enhance the current work on our stage and position the institution as essential to the cultural and social well being of the Santa Barbara community, our schools and the American theatre.
It is important to us that our educational endeavor, through classes and outreach programming, finds a way to maintain a connection to the practices of the past, drawing on them, creating in the present, while structuring a vision for the artistic educational road ahead, with truth and fervor.