Stage Ratz: Fall and Spring Classes
Tues, Thu 3:30-5pm
Grade 1-3 / Grade 4-6
The McGillis School
Stage Ratz will now be offered throughout the school year.
OPEN TO ALL-- YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ENROLLED IN MCGILLIS.
Dance is 3:30-4:10pm and theater is 4:15-4:55pm. Students must commit to two days per week. They can attend dance, theater, or both classes. Fees and more info coming...
Stage Ratz: Summer Kids Workshop
June 15-26, 2015
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm | Performance Fri June 26th 2pm
The McGillis School
Stage Ratz is a 2-week all-day workshop that culminates in a performance. Kids learn the power, wit, and poetry of Shakespeare-- many will absorb this language into their minds forever. Kids also learn dance, song, crafts, and sword fighting for the stage. It is an active and fulfilling day that mixes fun with deep learning.
Winnie Wood: Program Head
Winnie is the head of drama at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant and has been teaching Shakespeare to kids for over 15 years. She is a respected actor, designer, and director and Associate Director of SB Dance.
Kait Andrews: Lead Teacher
Kait has a degree in education from the U of U, has taught at the JCC for over 6 years, and has been involved in the performing arts since she was a kid.
Nathan Shaw: Movement Teacher
Nathan heads the dance program at Judge Memorial where he has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year and, by City Weekly, as the director of the Best High School Dance Concert. He has danced professional for several companies and, since 2006, has been a core member of SB Dance.
Payden Adams: Voice Teacher
Payden graduated in opera and drama from SUU, was a part of the Utah Shakespeare Festival for several years, has worked professionally from China to Disneyworld, and has been with SB Dance since 2013.
Stephen Brown: Program Director, Stage Fight
Stephen is the Artistic Director of SB Dance and has received numerous awards and grants for his creations.
SB Dance's teaching philosophy is based on project-based learning, something education expert David Perkins calls playing the whole game. Our game is a mini-show that includes dialogue, staging, props, preparing for an audience, and more. We also believe that mixed-age groups facilitate learning by allowing older kids to model and younger ones to emulate.
FAQ Summer Workshop
Can I register for one week or half-day only?
Unfortunately no because the final performance is a key part of the experience.
Do we pack a lunch and a snack?
Yes! There is no lunch available at the facility. We also provide a supplemental nut-free, gluten-free snack.
Can my 5 year old participate?
It really depends on the child. Usually, its best if they can read but some kids can learn their lines by hearing them.
Do I have to help my kids learn their lines?
Yes. Even if they do not completely memorize their lines, it is important to put in the effort. Shakespeare is a special language that helps kids expand their thinking.
Do my kids have to attend McGills?
No, the workshop is open to everyone.