Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Dramatic Arts

SCAA offers a comprehensive study of Musical Theatre and Acting with emphasis on the foundation of acting, singing and creativity. The theatre program is designed in a progression of study for beginners and students with theatre experience and passion for fun!

New this year: Classes are being offered in two sessions. Students will need to register separately for each session. Study begins this fall on a virtual platform using Zoom, with phases built into Session I for potential reentry into the physical SCAA classrooms. Session II will have high expectations for live classes.

Session I will run twelve weeks in length from September 14 – December 11. Registration opens June 18. Study begins this fall on a virtual platform using ZOOM.  Students will receive the instruction at home from a device of their choice. More information regarding ZOOM can be found here. Note: with strict class-size limits, please register early to reserve your spot.

Session II is fourteen weeks in length and begins January 25, with registration opening in mid-November. For Session II, again, SCAA’s expectation is for in-person classes as public health rules and mandates allow. Decisions and information regarding in-person classes will be forthcoming in December 2020 or January 2021.

Holidays/Closures
November 22-27: No classes
December 5-11: Final week of classes before break

Early Elementary Performs: ZOOMICAL!

Age: 5 to 9 years

This online class is a great way for kids to use their creative energy, have tons of fun, make friends, and laugh while exploring theatre performance.  Through moderated theater and improv exercises children will be playing, learning, and creating. We will read stories dramatically, costume play and create, sing, and use our imaginations to create whole new worlds. So what are you waiting for? Zip online and create a ZOOMICAL with us!

Session I  (begins September 14 for twelve weeks)
Tuition: $156
Class Offered:
M 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Karen Santmier | Virtual-ZOOM  | ATHE 300-01


Introduction to Musical Theatre

Age: 9 to 12 years

Introduction to the art of music theatre by first separating and teaching the basics of movement, music, and drama. At the end of the year, the students will combine the three art forms to create a musical!

Session I: During this first twelve weeks, the class will focus on the art of drama. The students will be guided in the basic skills of acting by learning to use their words and facial expressions to depict a kind of emotion or action. This will be achieved through a variety of drama activities and improvisational techniques. The students will also work on individual monologues, which will be assigned to them by the instructor. Through the use of monologues, the students will use memorization and take their new-found drama skills and apply them to the acting of their monologue.

Session I  (begins September 17 for twelve weeks)
Tuition: $147
Class Offered:
TH 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Christina Romich | Virtual-ZOOM  | ATHE 200-01

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Sneak Peek for Session II

(Registration opening in mid-November)

Session II: In-Person Version (SCAA has phased into the classroom) 
Fairy Tales: Through the use of fairy tales, students will examine character work, scenery and learn about different musical effects and cues that can be used in a story.

Session II: Virtual Version (SCAA has not yet phased into the classroom)
Family Fairy Tales: Each student will pick their own fairytale to direct with their family. They will do character work on the story, think of the overall scenery and also learn different musical effects and cues that can be used in the story. They will direct their family in creating the fairytale and record it for a virtual performance.

Session II  (begins January 28 for fourteen weeks)
Tuition: $TBD
Class Offered:
TH 4:30-5:30 p.m. , or 4:30-6:00| Christina Romich | TBD | ATHE 200-02