Studio Luna

Children's Theatre Classes
for Ages 4-13
Winter Session 2018

Registration will open December 4, 2017

January 6 - February 10, 2018

Snow Day (if necessary) - January 17, 2018

Little Luna

Theatre Classes for Children Ages 5-7
10am- 11am
$60
Instructor: Danielle Renee Thompson

In the Little Luna program, young performers discover the creative elements of drama through a basis in story-telling. Through fun games and exercises, Little Luna participants learn about different theatrical elements (sets, costumes, props, scripts, etc.) and how they combine to create a performance. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Little Luna

Musical Theatre I

Ages 7-9
9am-10am
$76
Instructor: Elena Dones

Luna's Musical Theater Class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring the basics of Musical Theater (acting, singing and dance). Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Musical Theatre I

Musical Theatre II

Ages 10-12
10am-11am
$76
Instructor: Elena Dones

Luna's Musical Theater Class allows children of all experience levels an opportunity to discover their individual talents, creativity and performing interests while exploring the basics of Musical Theater (acting, singing and dance). Young performers work collaboratively to explore vocal technique, character-based song interpretation, and choreography from Broadway musicals. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Musical Theatre II

Musical Storytelling I

Ages 4-5
11am-Noon
$76
Instructor: Elena Dones

This class is an expanded version of our former "Song and Dance" class. Student will still get plenty of opportunity to sing and dance, but will use music, sound, movement and most importantly, their imagination, to create characters and stories. As students journey through different devised settings and musical adventures as various characters, they will learn to work together to problem-solve and to control their own narrative.

Musical Storytelling I

Musical Storytelling II

Ages 6-7
Noon-1pm
$76
Instructor: Elena Dones

This class is an expanded version of our former "Song and Dance" class. Student will still get plenty of opportunity to sing and dance, but will use music, sound, movement and most importantly, their imagination, to create characters and stories. As students journey through different devised settings and musical adventures as various characters, they will learn to work together to problem-solve and to control their own narrative.

Musical Storytelling II

Creative Drama

Theatre Classes for Children Ages 8-10
11am-Noon
$60
Instructor: Danielle Renee Thompson

The class is specially designed with creative minds and play as the focus. Through the use of theatre games and mini-performance workshops, young actors receive a comprehensive study of the various aspects of acting and performing. Topics include voice and speech, character development, creative expression through movement and solo and group improv, just to name a few. Actors will have an opportunity to perform for each other every class, and will work together to develop self-confidence, team/group dynamic, body and spatial awareness. The class culminates in a sharing for family and friends.

Creative Drama

Improv

Noon-1pm
Ages 11-13
$60
Instructor: Danielle Renee Thompson

Young artists will have a blast learning how to think on their feet in this new class that incorporates scene work and movement-based and group exercises to explore the primary fundamentals of improvisation. Participants will gain self-confidence and improve their focus and listening skills. A great class for serious young acting students looking to improve their craft, and for beginners looking for a fun way to explore their creativity on stage.

Improv

Meet Our Teachers

Elena Dones
Elena Dones holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College and a B.A. in English/Theatre from Lafayette College. She teaches drama full time at Arts High School in Newark and has directed a variety of plays and musicals. She runs the Musical Theatre Club in addition to working and directing through the Drama Department. Elena taught at Luna Stage, The Institute of Music for Children, and All Children's Theatre in NJ, as well as Beyond the Fourth Wall in Cambridge, MA. At Arts High, she participates in residencies with NJPAC, Papermill Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, NJ Youth Theatre, and Circle in the Square Theatre. She encourages students to create and devise original work, and directed an original piece for Teens on Broadway at Circle in the Square. She has performed in NJ, PA, MA, and NYC and is a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. She's thrilled to be joining the fantastic team at Luna Stage and to bring theatre to young lives!
Danielle Renee Thompson
Danielle Renee Thompson first began her theater training at Newark's Arts High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Danielle recently starred in the Off-Broadway production of the world premiere of My Occasion of Sin by Monica Bauer directed by Frances Hill at Urban Stages Theater in NYC. Additionally, over the past couple of years, she has been touring a one women show, Warriors Don't Cry by Eisa Davis, directed by Trazana Beverly in New York and Connecticut through the Urban Stages Outreach program. When Danielle is not on the stage, she is off sharing her love for arts education in the classroom. She has been an acting teaching artist for New Jersey Performing Arts Center since '05 for programs like the Summer Youth Performance Workshop and the Young Artist Institute. She also teaches theater, performance technique and ballroom dance for the In-School residency programs at NJPAC.
Daryl L. Stewart
Daryl L. Stewart is an actor, director and teaching artist. Stewart's regional music theater credits include Gershwins' My One & Only, The Wild Party, Disney's Aida, Carousel, Ragtime, Into The Woods, Stepshow (NYMF) and Five Guys Named Moe. Director/choreographer credits include: The Wiz, Once On This Island, Annie, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress, High School Musical, Fame and Disney's The Lion King Experience. Education: New York University, New York Conservatory for Drama and Papermill Playhouse Conservatory. Stewart serves on the faculty of several arts organizations including NJPAC Center for Arts Education, Luna Stage Theater Co. and Institute of Music. He is the 2014 Urban League YP Honoree for the Arts, Two-Time Papermill Rising Star Nominee and a 2013 BMC Award Nominee. iamdarylstewart.com | @thedarylstewart

Schedule and Instructors are subject to change. At Luna we want to bring you the highest quality of instruction so our teachers are all working professionals. The downside to this is that they are in demand, and sometimes they get jobs that conflict with our classes. If there is a change in instructor for a class, we will do our best to notify parents ahead of time.

Upcoming Calendar

Dec. 8 - Dec. 10

SoloFest
Performed by Ami Brabson

Dec. 9 - Dec. 10

SoloFest
Written and Performed by Helena D. Lewis

December 11, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Chris Cragin-Day

December 15, 8:00 pm

SoloFest
Written and Performed by David Lee White

December 16, 8:00 pm

SoloFest
Written and Performed by June Ballinger

December 17, 3:00 pm

SoloFest
Written by Trent Armand Kendall

January 8, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by C.A. Johnson

Feb. 1 - Mar. 4

Mainstage
A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage

February 12, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Justin Taylor

March 12, 7:30 pm

New Moon Reading Series
by Matthew Kelly