Theatre Troupe

Learning and Families is proud to offer three theatre opportunities for students in grades 7 – 12:

  1. Fall Drama
  2. Spring Musical
  3. Music Theory: Aural Music Theory/Choir

Middle and high school students interested in drama, dance, music, and art will find opportunities in the LAF Theatre Troupe. Every year the Troupe casts, directs, and choreographs two full productions: a dramatic play in the fall, and a musical in the spring. The musicality course is an excellent opportunity for students to improve their vocal performance for the theatre.

Student Leadership

LAF Theatre has a heart for discovering and inspiring leadership in its students. The troup was founded in Fall 2018 by then high school freshman Sam Stahlmann. Sam recognized a need in the homeschool community for a theatre option and approached the LAF Board of Directors with a proposal for a Theatre Troupe.

The Troupe began that year with just eight students, who performed one production in the spring to an audience of more than 125! It was a hit, and the following semester, the Troupe tripled in size.

Throughout Sam’s high school career, every aspect of the Troupe was student-run, from play selection to direction, sound and Iighting design, costumes, makeup, sets, choreography, fundraising and more.

Each year, Sam built a small leadership team that included a director, assistant director, choreographer, and technical director.

Now, as an LAF graduate, Sam is continuing to pursue his passion for theatre by returning to the LAF Theatre Troupe as an official facilitator, but his heart for discovering and inspiring leadership in theatre students has not waned.

The LAF Theatre Troupe will continue to identify students who are passionate about all aspects of theatre and cultivate leadership in these students by building a student leadership team.

Non Performance Opportunities
What about those who want to work backstage? You’re in luck! Every year, we look for new people to help with set design/construction, sound & lighting, stage crew, and more! If you would like to join as a tech crew member, you may be able to do so without officially joining the troupe and paying the fees. Email Sam Stahlmann for more information. 
 
Theatre Troupe Offerings

FALL DRAMA

Tuition: $120

Supply Fee: $50

Facilitator: Sam Stahlmann

Thursdays, 1:00-2:50

Room C212

Course Description:

In the fall of the 2022-2023 school year, we will be performing Alice In Wonderland, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, adapted by Anne Coulter Martins. This is a two-act dramatic play.

In the fall, there is usually little to no singing (on occasion, there will be some light music in the dramatic plays). The troupe puts emphasis on learning to bring characters to life on stage! 

We will not have access to the official script until LAF registration is complete and we pay the required licensing fees (based on the number of scripts ordered). There is also not a good example of this drama available on YouTube, but if you click this link, you can find samples of the script to help you determine if this production is a good fit for your family.

Required Materials:

  • Script (provided)
  • Pencils (not pens!)
  • Highlighters
  • Proper shoes (We will discuss at the first meeting what proper shoes are. Please do not buy beforehand!)

MUSIC THEORY:AURAL MUSIC THEORY/CHOIR

Tuition: $220

Supply Fee: $35 (covers licensing of digital curriculum)

Facilitator: Sam Stahlmann

Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:20

Room C105

Course Description:

In this course, students will take a deep dive into all things music theory! Music theory can be a difficult concept to grasp, but this course teaches students to look at music as a language more than anything else. 

In the curriculum, by Berklee College of Music Graduate Sky Stahlmann, students will learn how music operates and be given the tools to create their own (or as I say, “speak the language!”).

In addition to music theory, the class is also a concert choir! Students will learn to sing hymns, classical pieces, contemporary selections, and more. The primary objective of this course is learning the three aspects of music as a language and learning to speak it with our own voices! 

At the end of each semester, there will be a showcase featuring the pieces they learned in the course.

Required Materials:

  • 3 ring binder 
  • Printed and hole-punched curriculum to add to binder (link will be provided)
  • Folder for music

SPRING MUSICAL 

Tuition: $200

Supply Fee: $50

Facilitator: Sam Stahlmann

Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:50

Room C212

Course Description:

In the spring semester, we will be putting on a production of the Broadway adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This is a very chorus-heavy production! That being said, it is a two-day class, not a one-day class. The first 4-6 weeks will be spent learning vocal technique, developing a strong choral blend, learning breath control, and all the other tools needed to be able to sing (regardless of prior experience).

Auditions

All LAF shows have casting auditions for the purpose of assigning roles. If you sign up for the program, you will be in the performance, but the role you get is determined by your experience and audition. All information about auditions will be emailed out before the beginning of each semester.

Reference Video

We strongly encourage families to do their due diligence and thoroughly research a production before registering for theatre. Here is a video example of this year’s spring musical. Before watching this, please understand that all blocking, choreography, and acting are different in every creation of a live show! This is video example is only meant to give parents an idea of what the show entails before registering for the program. Most (if not all) blocking and choreography will be different in our adaptation. All lines and music will be the same (with the exception of any potentially inappropriate words, which we will change). 

Required Materials:

  • Scripts (will be emailed to be printed, or distributed, depending on the contract from MTI)
  • pencils (not pens)
  • Highlighters
  • Proper shoes (We will discuss at the first meeting what proper shoes are. Please do not buy beforehand!)
  • Solid color, floor length, rehearsal skirts (girls only)

Supply Fee: $50

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