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Apollinaire Play Lab

Winter Mini-Session

January 10 - February 7, 2017

Tap Dance Theatre
Tuesday 3:30-5:00 (ages 6-9) • $85
Instructor: Susan Paino

Improv Acting Workshop
Tuesday 3:30-5:00 (ages 10-18) • $85
Instructors: Armando Rivera & Robert Cope

Scholarships are available.

Registration: Click here to register
& here to Apply for Scholarship

or Register in Person: Saturday Jan. 7th, 1:00-3:00
at the Riseman Family Theatre, Chelsea Theatre Works
187 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea Sq.

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Riseman Family Theatre, at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 187 Winnisimmet (Chelsea Sq.- a couple doors down from the corner of Broadway & Everett Ave., above Hair Fashion and across from 222 Broadway: Click here for Directions


Tap Dance Theatre- Students learn the basics of tap dance as they develop a sense of rhythm, balance, and precision footwork. They gain practice following directions, working together, and learning dance combinations. Students practice basic theatre skills as they exercise their imaginations to act out stories and develop skits. The activities provide a natural platform for strengthening confidence, communication, and social interactions. At the last class of the session, students present two performance pieces during an open class for families.

Improv Acting Workshop- This class is great for actors and non-actors alike. Students will learn essential skills that make you more confident, creative, and help you think on your feet. We will work on building relationships, communication, storytelling, spontaneity, and making your partner look good. There will be an informal in-class showcase at the end of the final session.

Susan Paino, Early Education Director- Susan brings a unique combination of experience, training, and passion to her work. A classically trained ballet dancer, her teaching practice is rooted in story-telling through movement. Susan has been the lead dance teacher for the Chelsea Youth Theatre education program for more than ten years. She is an advocate for arts in education and leads creative movement story time programs at public libraries throughout Greater Boston. Susan holds a Massachusetts Teacher Certificate in Early Childhood Education and is a Massachusetts Certified Lead Preschool Teacher.

Armando Rivera- Armando co-directed the 2016 Summer Shakespeare Intensive. He is an actor and director, with degrees in theater and history from Florida Gulf Coast University. He has worked extensively in youth theatre with the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA, where he toured California with Walk in Our Shoes and was featured in the original production Dia de los Cuentos.

Robert Cope- Robert made his company debut in our summer production of Hamlet. Robert is a local actor and director with his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Florida. Prior to relocating to Boston, Robert worked at The Hippodrome Theatre where he worked with the after-school classes and spring break camp and taught youth improvisation classes.
The Chelsea Youth Theatre is supported in part by grants from the Riseman Family Foundation and the People's United Community Foundation.

For more information call: 617/887-2336 or email us at apl@aplaylab.com

Chelsea Youth Theatre

The Chelsea Youth Theatre had its inception in 1997 as an intensive summer program. The program included classes in acting, voice, movement, and improvisation, a production workshop which focused on designing and building the sets, props, and costumes for their own production, and rehearsals. The program culminated in performances of an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. We also partnered with Shakespeare & Co. and the Chelsea Public Schools to bring educational programming into Chelsea's schools, beginning with a production of MacBeth.

With our move to the Chelsea Theatre Works we have expanded opportunities for youth to apprentice and intern with Apollinaire Theatre Company, working with professional directors, stage managers, and designers, or participating in productions as actors. The components are designed to give young people the opportunity to relate to the program on various levels: participants can be involved on a short term basis, and for those who choose to be involved on an on-going basis there are increasing opportunities as they progress.

It has long been our goal to create a dedicated youth arts space with a black-box theater within the Chelsea Theatre Works, so that we can expand the CTY to a year-round program. Construction has begun on a storefront space in our building, and that goal is now nearing fruition, with a planned completion date of mid 2016.

Apollinaire Theatre Company • Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet Street, Chelsea, MA 02150 • 617-887-2336 • atc@apollinairetheatre.com