Education at “The Box”

Director works with young male actorThe Box Theatre Co. is committed to the growth of the next generation of young talent in southeastern Wisconsin. This commitment includes our youth and junior productions, as well as our theatre education initiative. Starting in 2018 we are introducing classes designed to grown the theatrical skills of students of various ages and ability levels. Our classes are designed to increase student ability and comfort on stage. Prices will be announced and posted soon, so check back for more details.

Classes & Workshops

2018 Class Registration will open December 1, 2017

Space is limited as class sizes are kept small. This allows our instructors to give individualized, personal environment for each and every student. So mark your calendars for December 1st, because classes will fill up quickly!

Scene & Character Breakdown

June 18-July 6, Mondays & Thursdays from 3:00-4:15 (Age 8-11)
June 18-July 6, Mondays & Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 (Age 12-16)

This 6 class package prepares young actors for cold readings at auditions, character development skills for once they get the role, and an understanding that acting is much more than speaking memorized lines. Tackling aspects of acting such as timing, commitment, delivery and much more, Scene & Character Breakdown welcomes students of various experience levels. Class size is a maximum of 13, providing the instructors the opportunity to tailor their coaching and directions to fit the individual skill levels of each student.

Musical Theatre Dance

May 21-June 6, Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 (Age 12-16)
(for age 8 to 11, see below regarding our Musical Theatre Dance workshop!)

5, 6, 7, 8! Get yourself confidently prepared to nail your next dance callback or just brush up your skills while we touch on basics such as jazz squares, time steps, soft shoes and more…before diving into combinations from a range of choreography found in Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, Chorus Line and others!

Musical Theatre Dance *WORKSHOP*

May 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 (Age 8-11)

This is very similar to our Musical Theatre Dance class except the instructors give a little more focus to the basic choreography found in most junior musicals, while touching briefly on flashier choreography from Broadway musicals.
***There is a showcase for this workshop at 4:30 displaying what the students will have learned during the afternoon.

8 Hours to Places

June 2 from 10:00-6:00 (showcase performance from 6:00-7:00) (Age 8-11)
June 9 from 10:00-6:00 (showcase performance from 6:00-7:00) (Age 12-16)

In an intense 1-day workshop, students arrive at 10am and draw from a hat to receive an onstage or offstage production team role before spending the rest of the day putting together a One Act Musical to perform at 6pm!

Musical Theatre Appreciation (Series)
$50 (per class)
Age 10-17

MTA: 50 Years of Broadway – Saturday, March 31 from 1:00-3:00
MTA: Broadway Stars – Saturday, April 28 from 1:00-3:00
MTA: Broadway Composers – Saturday, May 12 from 1:00-3:00
MTA: Broadway’s Longest Running – Saturday, June 16 from 1:00-3:00
MTA: Off-Broadway & Hidden Gems – Saturday, September 22 from 1:00-3:00

There are more musicals than you will ever know. In our Musical Theatre Appreciation (MTA) series we explore musicals and musical elements of Broadway history beyond what is learned from being on stage.

2018 Class Registration will open December 1, 2017


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“Variety BOX” Camp
July 9-13 from 9:00 to 4:00 (Age 8-16)

Can’t figure out which class is right for you? Variety BOX Camp involves a little bit of everything! Scene work, character commitment & development, musical theatre dance and learning on-stage and off-stage elements involved in the production process of a show.

This camp welcomes a wide age range of 8 to 16 but is geared toward actors who are brand new to theatre or have minimal prior experience.

“Closing the BOX” Camp
July 16-20 from 9:00 to 4:00 (Age 12-16)

In “Closing the BOX” Camp students use a focus on the anticipation and excitement of closing numbers of variety of musicals to improve their performances skills and learn to create audience buzz during intermission after a rousing Act 1 finale, and earn that standing ovation at the end of the show.

This camp is most appropriate for experienced junior performers and welcomes age 12-16

There is a showcase for this camp to take place on the last day, July 20 at 4:00

Not sure which camp would be best for your child? Email, we can help you figure it out!

Private Performance Lessons

Female Student Directed by Female DirectorPerformance/Acting lessons are now offered by Timothy Barnes and Allison Chicorel who combined have 40 years of theatre and performance background, training, education and experience.

Performance lessons allow our student actors to work one-on-one with our Artistic Directors, for 30 minutes on any performance area the actor would like to improve on.

While a private lesson is highly suggested for preparation for an upcoming audition, lessons are also offered year-round to help accelerate all theatrical skills including monologues, staging, character work, even choreography!

In order to receive full benefit of a 30 minute lesson, our instructors tailor each individual lesson to the student’s needs and assist in whatever approach fits most comfortably with the student’s learning style.

Lessons are $25 for a 30-minute session.
Packages of 5 lessons are available to be purchased at a discounted rate of $100.