Youth Classes

A Commitment to Young People

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre has a long-standing commitment to encouraging children and young people in acting. Since its establishment in the 1950s, the Chagrin Valley Youth Theatre has fulfilled this mission with dedication and professionalism.

We believe that performing on a stage in front of an audience teaches children discipline, self-confidence and responsibility, even if they never pursue acting as anything more than a hobby — and besides, it’s a whole lot of fun!

To teach the skills and discipline of acting and encourage children to discover the fun of being part of a play, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre offers Youth Theatre classes in January and September and a summer camp in July and August. These classes culminate in a final performance. Classes that do not involve a final performance are offered in the spring.

Teaching Acting Skills

The Chagrin Valley Little Theatre Youth Theatre program offers acting classes for young people ranging from grades 1 – 12. The focus of the classes is on confidence, character development, voice, movement, improvisation, and performance. Most sessions end with a final production on CVLT’s main stage. All students receive a speaking role in the productions, regardless of their previous experience. While preparing for their performance, the students gain experience in many aspects of theatre production including rehearsing, learning lines, creating a character, and working as an ensemble. They are exposed to different types of theatre through scripts, sets, costume, and makeup.

In addition to learning about theatre and improving their acting skills, the students benefit from increased self-esteem, improved confidence in public speaking, making new friends, and through the experience and patience of our director, Ms. Kolibab, they receive support and encouragement in a very comfortable and fun environment. Students enjoy the classes regardless of their age or prior experience in the theatre. Final performances are followed by a reception in the Stuart & Roberta Sears River Room upstairs.

TEEN SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

March 18, 1:00 – 4:00 “Stage Combat Basics”
May 20, 1:00 – 4:00 “Audition Tips”
Ages: 13 and up
Tuition: $25.00 each course
To register, call the Box Office at (440) 247-8955.

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!

Spring acting classes

Saturdays, April 7 through May 12
Grades 1 & 2: 9:00 – 10:45
Grades 3-5: 11:00 – 12:45
Grades 6-12: 1:15 – 3:15
Tuition: $100
To register, call the Box Office at (440) 247-8955.

These classes will include a variety of activities: improvisation, theatre games, voice, movement, monologues, and scenes. Students work on all aspects of their acting technique in a fun and supportive environment. Great for either the beginning or advanced student. There will be no final performance.

Enrollment is limited to 25 students per session.

Summer performance camps

Session 1: Grades 3-12
Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 1:00, June 4 through June 16
Registration opens April 1

Students will participate in theatre games and exercises and will prepare for a final presentation of a full-length play on Saturday, June 16 at 2:00. Every student will have a role in the production. On several occasions the students will visit the Popcorn Shop during break time and will participate in fun-filled activities that go along with the “theme of the day.”

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Session 2: Grades 1 & 2
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 3:00, July 9 through July 20
Registration opens April 1

Students engage in games and activities designed to stretch their imaginations, and they will rehearse and perform a play based on a fairy tale that will be written specifically for their class. The play will be presented during the final class time.

Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Session 3: Grades 3-12
Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 12:00, July 9 through July 29
Registration opens April 1

Students will participate in theatre games and exercises and will prepare for a final presentation of a full-length play, which will have performances on Saturday, July 28 at 2:00 and Sunday, July 29 at 7:00. Every student will have a role in the production. On several occasions the students will visit the Popcorn Shop during break time and will participate in fun-filled activities that go along with the “theme of the day.”

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Introduction to ACTING FOR AGES 9 – 12

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.

Class size limited to 12.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Subscribe to our email list for updates on future sessions.

ACTING CLASS FOR HOME-SCHOOLERS

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.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Subscribe to our email list for updates on future sessions.

ACTING CLASS FOR Kindergartners

Through the use of theatre games and exercises, the students will have the opportunity to explore their imagination and creativity. In a relaxed and supportive environment, they will act as a variety of fun characters and animals, and will even try their hand at some memorization as they practice lines from a simple fairy tale.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Subscribe to our email list for updates on future sessions.

BACKSTAGE & TECHNICAL THEATRE FOR AGES 15 – 19

You love theatre, but prefer staying out of the spotlight? Working backstage is where you feel you really shine? The students enrolled in this class will handle all aspects of backstage work for the youth theatre production workshop. Stage management, finding and managing props, assisting with costumes, building sets, and possible involvement with operation of sound and lights.

Come join both Julia Kolibab, Director of the Youth Theatre for 20 years, and Edmond Wolff, CVLT technical theatre director for over 20 years, and take part in the important backstage aspects of theatre production.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Subscribe to our email list for updates on future sessions.

HOW TO AUDITION

“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.

Class size limited to 12.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. Subscribe to our email list for updates on future sessions.

Julia Kolibab, Teacher & Coordinator

Julia Kolibab, director of our Youth Theatre program since 1996 and the long-time coordinator of AOY, holds an MFA in theatre from Case Western Reserve University. She is a professional actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Julia has appeared at The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cesear’s Forum, Ensemble Theatre, Willoughby Fine Arts, and the Working Theatre as well as performing both abroad and in New York City.

She has taught at CWRU, Laurel School, Hathaway Brown, Beaumont, Willoughby School of Fine Arts, the Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, and has directed nearly one hundred plays for the CVLT youth theatre.

Additionally, she has served as the producer of Dobama Theatre’s Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival in Cleveland Heights. Julia is committed to helping young people experience the joy and confidence that comes from participating in an acting program.