Top of the Hill
Fine Arts Theater

at All Saints Church
     

2005
Summer
Program

     

The Top of the Hill Fine Arts Theater is a professional fine arts training program for young people between the ages of 5 and 12. The program allows participants to develop their creative talent and to grow as young artists.
Program Directors and founders Mrs. Jennifer Snyder and Dr. James Shepherd are pleased to offer dynamic courses for the beginner exploring acting and music for the first time, as well as advanced-level study for young actors and musicians with previous experience.
Our teachers are NYS certified professionals who are particularly skilled in working with young actors and musicians.

Musical Playlet • Grades 1-3

Aim: This course offers a fun and exciting atmosphere while introducing children to the world of performing arts. Youngsters enhance their creativity through song games and exercises used to develop concentration, creativity, and self-confidence. Music is incorporated into the curriculum by learning rhythms, telling stories using music, and an introduction to instruments. This seven week class culminates with an August 10 presentation of the Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelsiltskin.
Classes: 5:00 to 6:10pm Wednesdays July 6 to August 10
Cost: $210

Musical Theater • Grades 4-7 (A)

Aim: Youngsters explore basic principles of acting technique including objectives/obstacles, given circumstances, sensory memory, emotional recall, improvisation, and dramatic training which are designed to expand the imagination and to increase concentration and self-confidence. This seven week course culminates with an August 16 presentation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s light opera Pirates of Penzance.
Classes: 6:30 to 8:00pm Mondays and Thursdays July 7 to August 15
Cost: $360

 

Musical Theater • Grades 4-7 (B)

Aim: Youngsters explore basic principles of acting technique including objectives/obstacles, given circumstances, sensory memory, emotional recall, improvisation, and dramatic training which are designed to expand the imagination and to increase concentration and self-confidence. This four week course culminates with a July 26 presentation of musical monologues and/or scenes.
Classes: 5:00 to 6:10pm Mondays and Thursdays July 7 to July 25
Cost: $180

 

The Hill Top Singers • Grades 1-3

Aim: Through a variety of exciting, up-beat, and fun-loving songs, youngsters are introduced to vocal production, rhythm, and movement. This four week course culminates with a July 29 choral concert.
Classes: 5:00 to 6:10pm Fridays July 1, 8, 15,
and 22
Cost: $150

 

The Hill Top Singers • Grades 4-7

Aim: This choral experience is carefully structured to place singers into one of its two divisions. A terrific Broadway Medley of songs will be mastered and presented in a July 29 concert.
Classes: 6:30 to 8:00pm Tuesdays July 5, 12, 19, and Friday July 22
Cost: $150

 

All Classes are held in Huske Hall, All Saints Church, 855 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck NY 11024
Call for more information: 516-482-5392
Registration deadline is June 17

 
 

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About the Program Directors

Dr. James Shepherd teaches choral and general music at EM Baker Elementary School, and is the Music Dept. Chair at the John L. Miller North High School. He is Organist and Choir master at the All Saints Church, and coordinates the “Music on the Hill Concert Series.” In addition, Dr. -Shepherd has been the musical director of the Drama program at the E.M. Baker School for the past eleven years.

Mrs. Jennifer Snyder has been a teacher for twenty years. In addition to teaching fourth grade, she initiated the Drama Program at E.M. Baker School featuring the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. She understands the importance of all areas of theater production, and teaches improvisation, voice, movement, set design, and stage management. “I look forward to bringing my expertise in theater to children once again.”