Summer Weekly Classes

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BEGINNING BROADWAY TAP with TODD MICHAEL COOK

Looking to tap in show choir or musical theatre in the future? This class will help students to learn tap technique that can be used both in the show choir competition season and on the musical 

theater stage.

Thursdays (ages 11 - 18)

11:45am - 1:15pm

$155

BROADWAY DANCE with TODD MICHAEL COOK

This class will focus on developing dance technique for the musical theatre stage.  Students will learn routines for popular Broadway musicals from a professional dancer and choreographer from the "Business."  For the Adult/Teen dancer

Thursdays 

Men's Class: 10:00-11:30 am

Women's Class: 1:30-3:00 pm

$155

ACTING & IMPROV

This class will help students develop acting technique that will assist them on stage and in auditions. Students will work individually and in groups to learn how to develop strong and interesting characters on stage. This course is for the eager and ambitious student actor.

Tuesdays  (ages 11-14) 

11:00PM - 12:00PM

$155

MUSICAL THEATER ALTER EGO

This course will introduce students to the techniques used by actors/singers to play musical theatre scenes believably, honestly and dynamically. Basic acting techniques will be taught as well as work in singing, text analysis, movement and speech. Students will begin with individual songs, then prepare, rehearse and present musical scenes from popular classic and contemporary musicals. The Alter Ego comes into play as students will learn a song that goes against their "type."

 (AGES 10 - 13)  

Tuesdays  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

$185

MUSICAL THEATRE ALTER EGO & SEARCHING BEYOND! (HIGH SCHOOL +)

This is Alter Ego, but the second half of the summer we will work with students on how to prepare for theatre on the college and professional levels. Students will work to prepare contrasting monologues. We will also work with professional performers to provide insight on how best to prepare for the world of theatre beyond the walls of PAPAS and Community Theatre. Even if your child isn't looking for a career in performance, this will be an intense process that will help strengthen audition and performance skills.

Tuesdays 1:30PM - 3:00PM

Tues. and Wednesdays  1:30PM - 3:00PM - Starting July 17

$250.00

Soundwave & Vocal Velocity

High School Competitive Show Choir (Soundwave) & Jr. High Competitive Show Choir (Vocal Velocity.)  By audition only.  $52/month for June & July.  Please refer to audition materials for season tuition & fees.

MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP with MATT BEAN

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Dr. Matt Bean is a Professor of Musical Theatre and Voice. In addition to teaching, Matt conducts shows, stages opera, sings, writes articles, composes, arranges, and presents workshops on singing/acting. A bass-baritone with an extensive range, Dr. Bean is an expert on pop and belt vocal technique as well as classical, and his students are currently performing on Broadway, in national touring companies, at Disney World, and at stock and regional companies across the nation.

TUESDAY, June 25  (ages 14 - 19)

12:00PM - 3:00PM

$55

SUMMER CAMPS

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MUSIC THEATRE DAY CAMP

1 week of theatre games, singing, short rehearsals, and fun! This camp focuses on teaching basic musical theatre skills while having a great time at summer camp. A great place for kids to start getting involved with musical theatre, or a great refresher for continuing actors. It’s all about the energy you put on the stage, so this camp really focuses on creating and teaching positivity in students.

Ages 7 - 13

9:00am - 4:00pm 

Session 1: June 3 - 7 

Session 2: July 22-26

$225/session

SUPERSTAR CAMP

Students will get their first taste of performing  We will have a different theme each session. Each day will also include a snack and craft. Kids will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned at our informal evening concert.

Ages 5-7        10:00am - 12:00pm 

Ages 8-10     1:00pm - 3:00pm

Session 1: June 10-14 

Session 2: July 15-19

$85/session

SHOW CHOIR CAMP

Fine tune your singing and dancing - prep for the big time!  Students will learn a show of fun songs, complete with dancing. An informal performance on Friday evening will end our week! Includes a PAPAS t-shirt for performance.

Ages 11 -  14

9:00am - 12:00pm

Session 1: June 10-14

Session 2: July 15-19

$185/session

BROADWAY DANCE FEATURE

 Participants will learn a more intensive dance (no singing) and work as an ensemble in the style of Musical Theater. 

Ages 11 - 14   

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Session 1: June 10- 14

Session 2: July 15-19

$85/session  ($70 if also registered for Show Choir Camp)

DECLAMATIONS/SPEECH CAMP

Will you be joining your high school speech team in the future? This one week camp will provide a head start on preparing for the upcoming speech season. Current high school speech coaches will lead this camp as an introduction to the world of speech. T

Entering grades 5-9

June 17, 19 and 21st

1:00pm  - 2:30pm

$55

BABYSITTER'S CLUB

This camp will instructed by a certified educator in Family and Consumer Sciences. This camp will be  perfect for kids who plan to work as a babysitter in the future. Students will learn activities and exercises to engage young children, as well as safety procedures and general childcare tips. Come join the club and learn skills that will help make young adults confident to care for young children


June 24 - 28

10:00am - 12:00pm

Ages 11 - 14

$85

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CRAFTS AND SLIME SUBLIME

Crafts and Slime Sublime. This camp is just as fun as it sounds. Come join us for a week of hands-on craft activities including making SLIME of all types. Instructors will also lead the students in fun camp activities and games throughout the week. Join us for this crafty and slime filled week of fun!

Ages 5 - 8  & Ages 9 - 12

Session 1:  June  17 - 20

Session 2:  July 8 - 11

10:00am - 12:00pm

$75      

Todd Michael Cook

PAPAS welcomes Todd Michael Cook to our summer staff!

Todd is a Central IL native, who has just returned from 14 year stint performing and teaching dance and fitness in NYC!

His earliest training came at his one year at ICC with Mary Dexter. He then went to study Musical Theatre and Dance at AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy), where he eventually taught. There he studied with many accomplished teachers; but honed his style and technique as the protege of Jazz/Tap Master, Mark Santoro.

Todd's performance credits are many. Some of his favorites include Don Lockwood (Singin' in the Rain), Phil Davis (White Christmas) and Ensemble/French Guard (Monty Python's Spamalot starring Charles Schaughnessy and Rachel York). He has managed to return home the last few years to make guest appearances. Recent shows in the area include “42nd Street” and “Saturday Night Fever” at Eastlight and “Company” at Corn Stock.  "Fun Home" at Corn Stock, and Peoria Ballet's production of "Alice in wonderland".  Todd also teaches tap/jazz/theatre dance at Velocity Dance Center in Goodfield with Tamra Challacombe.

Todd will be teaching Broadway Dance and Beginning Broadway Tap this summer.


Todd Michael Cook
Dance Teacher
Group Fitness Instructor

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