Enrolling in The Acting Program
The Acting Program at CHSMA (TAP) brings professional, process-driven theatre instruction to students (grades 2 – 12) from Chapel Hill and surrounding communities. Our highly qualified faculty lead weekly technique classes (46 weeks/year). These focus on developing the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, mastery of performance techniques and on developing leadership skills within a small group of supportive peers. Students have regular opportunities to share their work through performances, showcases, or family play days.
TAP Company Members are guaranteed performing roles in their classes’ productions. Students pay a flat monthly tuition. Initial enrollment in some classes may require an audition. An audition does not guarantee admittance into TAP’s Acting Company.
Weekly Technique Classes:
We believe that everyone can benefit from instruction in the performing arts. Limited class size and significant individual attention encourages students to find self-confidence and their own artistic, authentic voice. Classes focus on developing the student’s ability to think critically and creatively, mastery of performance techniques and on developing leadership skills within a small group of supportive peers. More information on weekly classes can be found on the following tabs!
Company Member Benefits:
– A biography, photograph and video clip hosted on chsma.com.
– 2 “comped” tickets for the student’s public performances.*
– 50% off acting workshops and seminars.
– Students age 15 – 18 also have access to special benefits and services designed to support their preparation for college and working in the arts.
How to Join The Acting Program at CHSMA:
Students interesting in joining TAP@CHSMA should first fill out a consultation form in order to schedule an appointment with a Director. Students wishing to join the High School class should prepare either a 1 minute monologue or 16 bars of music to perform (no accompaniment). Upon being accepted, students will join the class during the next open enrollment period (August, December and May).
* Applies only to performances that are open to the public and charge for tickets.
High school students develop a wide range of skills that support truthful and powerful performances including physical and vocal training, scene work, script analysis, acting theory and application. Students will deepen their own personal awareness and learn to challenge and stretch their own capabilities. For students grade 9 – 12. Highly motivated students age 13 years and older may request to audition for this group regardless of grade.
Performance: Students will formally perform 3 times/year through a combination of productions and showcases. These performances are open to the public.
Entrance Requirements: Students are required to audition (1 minute monologue or 16 bar song of the student’s choice) before joining the class during our open enrollment period (3 times per year). Highly motivated students who are age 13 or older may request to audition for this class regardless of grade level. Auditioning does not guarantee enrollment. Once students are accepted into the class, they do not need to audition again to continue their enrollment.
Monthly Tuition: $150/month. Classes are 90 minutes long and limited to 12 students.
Schedule: Summer enrollment begin May. Weekly technique classes are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
Middle school students start building their personal skills as artists in this course. They will discover their own routines for vocal and physical preparation, and become more adept in committing to strong choices in performance. Students in this course will learn to identify their audience and use that to inform their approach to text and further explore the ideas of objective, obstacle and tactics. Learning to be present in exercises and in rehearsal, students will practice skills through cold readings, monologue, scene study and song. For students grade 5 – 8.
Performance: Students will perform 3 times/year through a combination of showcases and productions. These performances may be open to the public upon the teacher’s discretion.
Entrance Requirements: Students may join the class during our open enrollment period with a short in-person interview. An interview does not guarantee enrollment.
Monthly Tuition: $125/month. Classes are 75 minutes long and limited to 12 students.
Schedule: Summer enrollment begins in May. Weekly technique classes are held on Saturdays from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.
Elementary school students learn about the rehearsal process, improve their ability to make strong choices with their voice and body, learn to approach text independently and how to stand out from their peers. Students in this course will develop awareness of their bodies, voices and imagination as used in storytelling. They will Improve executive functions including cognition, attention, working memory, problem solving, planning, and inhibitory control while also establishing an understanding of theatrical vocabulary and rehearsal etiquette. For students grades 2 – 4.
Performance: Students at this level share their work through “Family Play Days” 3 times per year. Family members are invited to participate in class activities with their child and observe an informal demonstration of what they’ve learned. These events are not open to the public.
Entrance Requirements: Students may join the class during our open enrollment period without an audition or in-person interview.
Monthly Tuition: $100/month. Classes are 60 minutes long and limited to 12 students.
Schedule: Summer enrollment begins in May. Weekly technique classes are held on Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
We Also Offer...
Private Coaching :
Students meet for one-on one-coaching and instruction with one of our qualified instructors. This is perfect for students wishing to prepare for an important role or audition, those looking to increase their confidence while performing, and for those wanting to delve deeper into perfecting their craft. Sessions last 45 to 60 min and cost approximately $65/hr.
Workshops and Seminars:
Workshops are self-contained, single-day classes that introduce students to specific concepts and methods that support the student’s development as an artist. Average class time is 1 – 2 hours and may include between 6 – 25 students depending on topic. Seminars delve more deeply into specific skill sets that support the student’s development as an artist. Average class time is 4 – 8 hours and may include between 6 – 25 students depending on topic. Tuition varies. TAP Company Members receive a 50% discount on tuition.
Camps and Intensives:
Intensives are longer periods of intense study and skill building that results in a public performance. Average class time is 30 – 50 hours and may include between 10 – 25 students depending on topic. Tuition varies.
CHSMA is offering two programs this Summer!
Curtain’s Up is a week-long musical theatre camp for rising 7th – 10th graders ending in an original musical review performed for friends and family. No audition required.
The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) offers advanced musical theatre training to students age 13 – 19 resulting in a professionally produced musical (2018 selection is Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz). Students are selected by audition.