ABOUT THE 2020 DEPOT THEATRE ACADEMY

The Depot Theatre Academy is an education and outreach program for artists ages 8 an older who are enrolled in school or college, led by theatre professionals from of the only professional Equity theatre in the Adirondack park.

 

Message from the Academy’s Artistic Director:

“Training in the theatre is training for life. It’s more than learning words, notes and where to stand.  In the theatre we learn creative “outside the box” thinking. We learn to overcome our fears: fears of public speaking; fear of failure, fear of taking a risk. We learn how our “part” is a cog in a bigger wheel that we all have an investment in. How working as a group toward a common goal is more effective and more rewarding than a self-serving attitude. We learn to tap into emotions and express them in constructive and often eye-opening ways. This is why education in the theatre, and all arts, is a life long passion for me.  I can’t wait to continue showing how the theatre can be life transforming to new young students”. – Adam Michael Tilford

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Given the COVID-19 environment, what health and safety protocols will be implemented?

A: The program will be conducted in accordance with recommendations and guidelines from County, State and Federal authorities. Programming will take place primarily under an open sided 40’ x 60’ tent, so that the participants spend most of their time outdoors, but protected from rain and sun. Participants will be assigned their own “circle” (7’ wide drawn in chalk in the grass) in a grid under the tent for general workshops.

Bathroom breaks will be handled one at a time and students must check in with a staff member (A time sheet will be kept for these breaks as well as arrival and dismissal).

All staff will have their temperature taken and answer a health questionnaire prior to each day’s sessions, which will be logged. Staff will wear face coverings at all times. Participants will be required to wear face coverings upon drop off, pick up (both staggered and one at a time), and any time they are within 6 feet of others. Sanitation stations will be provided, for frequent hand washing.

Q: Will the participants wear masks at all times?

A: Masks are recommended when unable to physically distance by 6 feet or more, so masks will be required at drop-off and dismissal, and bathroom breaks as it requires going inside, and the few micro-group activities (1-6 people). When the students are in their “circles” (which are 7 ft wide) they won’t need to wear their masks. When the students film their video footage, staff will wear masks and remain more than 6’ from the participant, who will be able to act and sing without their mask for the camera.

Q: Do you need volunteers?

A: Due to the COVID-19 environment in which we’ll be operating in 2020, all support of the program will be handled by staff.

Q If my child has to miss a day or part of a day, is that ok?

A: Due to the flexible, personalized nature of this program, participants can “make up” for missed time if absolutely necessary.

DAILY SCHEDULE (JUNIOR PROGRAM)

9:45-10:15 ARRIVAL
Parents arrive.  Participants will be dropped off/admitted on a one by one basis. Check in with a staff member and proceed, with all of their belongings, to their circle.

10:15 PHYSICAL WARM-UP
Students will be lead in a physical warm up by a staff member.  This will lead directly in to-

10:30 DANCE CLASS
Students will be lead in a dance class involving learning skills in technique, stamina, balance and, often, including a small combination to learn.

11:00 VOCAL/ACTING WARM-UP
Vocal – Students will be lead in music/singing warm-up (using strict guidelines as to facing direction, spacing etc for safety) involving learning skills in technique, breathing sound placement and diction. Segueing directly in to-

Acting- Students will be lead in a facial and speaking warm-up involving learning skills in diction and emotional as well as theatre games/exercises.

11:30 WATER/SANITIZING/MENTAL BREAK

11:45 SEPARATION/SMALL GROUP/CONCENTRATED LEARNING
Students will be split in “sections” to work on assigned scene work, song work or choreography for the final performance recording. This will be rotated daily and each small group (4-6 students) will work with the Staff Member of their specific field.  These will be socially distanced as well.  

1:00 LUNCH
Students eat lunch in their circles.  

1:30 WATER/SANITIZING BREAK

1:45 REGROUP 
Students will be led in theatre games and physical activities to “rally” back to work mode.

2:00 SEPARATION/SMALL GROUP/CONCENTRATED LEARNING
Students will be split in “sections” to work on assigned scene work, song work or choreography for the final performance recording. This will be rotated daily and each small group (4-6 students) will work with the Staff Member of their specific field.  These will be socially distanced as well.

3:00 CHOREOGRAPHY 
Students will be lead in one of 3 group dance numbers. These will be choreographed in their circles.  

4:00 SEPARATION/SMALL GROUP/CONCENTRATED LEARNING
Students will be split in “sections” to work on assigned scene work, song work or choreography for the final performance recording. This will be rotated daily and each small group (4-6 students) will work with the Staff Member of their specific field.  These will be socially distanced as well.

4:45 CLEAN UP/DISMISSAL
Sanitizing.  Collection/disposal of leftover waste.  Gathering of personal belongings.

Parents arrive.  Students will be dismissed on a one by one basis.  Check in with a staff member and proceed, with all of their belongings, to their guardian’s vehicle.

Exceptions/Procedural
*Any Masterclasses involved in the program will be put in in place of DANCE CLASS/VOCAL ACTING WARM-UP in the 10:30-11:30 slot or the second CONCENTRATED/LEARNING slot at 2:00-3:00.
** Mask would be required at drop-off and dismissal. Also bathroom breaks as it requires going inside.
*** Bathroom breaks will be handled one at a time and students must check in with a staff member (A time sheet will be kept for these breaks as well as arrival and dismissal).
**** As the days progress Some of the CONCENTRATED LEARNING slots will become time to record for the final performance video.

MEET THE TEAM

ADAM MICHAEL TILFORD, DEPOT THEATRE ACADEMY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Adam Michael Tilford is a New York City-based music director/composer/piano bar entertainer and educator. He has an extensive background in theatre education having musically directed, directed and choreographed for multiple public school and private theatre training institutions from elementary school through the college level. His vocal coaching students have appeared on Broadway/National tours of King Kong, Hairspray, Kinky Boots and Ghost, among others.

He has musically directed and been on stage multiple times at The Depot Theatre including Wicked City and The World Goes ‘round. His musical direction and acting resume includes multiple regional theatres from Chicago to Virginia to off-Broadway and includes shows ranging from Aida to Hello, Dolly. He has also played at almost every major cabaret/nightclub venue in NYC and is one of the pianists at the famed Marie’s Crisis, taking the event from NY to Sydney and London and appearing at the venue as himself on two episodes of “Younger” on TVLand. He has represented Marie’s three times as part of Darren Criss’ live broadway festival Elsie Fest in New York City. His original compositions have been performed throughout the country as part of the not for profit touring theatre company Pyramid Productions, in Manhattan at Theatre 311 in “Things to Chase” and his new off-Broadway version of A Christmas Carol (with lyricist Marc Goldsmith) was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Musical.

MICHEAL JAMES ROY

Michael James Roy is a music director and performer in New York City. He has musically directed new works for a number of festivals in New York including NYMF and Fringe. Michael has also worked extensively all over the country teaching choral music and musical theater, including Creative Planet School of the Arts & Ridgecrest Middle School in California, The Youth Theater Program at the Palace Theater and Peacock Players in New Hampshire, Drury High School and MCLA in Western Massachusetts and Little Red/Elisabeth Irwin High School in New York City. When he’s not performing, Michael also teaches private piano lessons.

MADDIE McCLOUSKEY

Maddie McClouskey is thrilled to join the Depot Theatre family this summer! Maddie has spent her professional life performing, working with children on the Autism Spectrum, and writing for feminist and theatre publications. She also volunteers with the New Hampshire Teen Institute, specializing in leadership and drug abuse prevention curriculum for at-risk teens. She has also taught early childhood music and art classes for Kids At Work NYC as well as short-form improv classes and audition coaching for elementary and middle school students at the Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy. 

JACKIE ROBERTIN

Jackie Robertin has worked with theater groups and Drama Clubs all over Clinton and Essex counties, but her home base is Clinton Community College, where she runs the theatre program and teaches dance. She would like to thank this incredible team, the cast family volunteers, and the Depot for all their hard work and dedication to this awesome program.