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New Summer Theatre Academy Offered at COC

   SANTA CLARITA -- College of the Canyons is offering a unique,
intensive Theatre Academy as part of its largest summer school in 35 years.
The program is developed and taught by working professional producers,
directors, actors and designers that comprise the college's theatre
department.  The Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts will be used
as both an instructional facility and as a performance venue for the
program.  Students will have the opportunity to learn many aspects of the
actor's craft in this state-of-the-art, high-tech facility featuring both a
926-seat theater with a proscenium stage and an exciting black box venue.
    The objective of the Theatre Academy is to provide intensive
training for levels of experience ranging from college freshman, to working
professional.  Classes are available in musical theatre, classical acting,
improvisation and acting fundamentals. 
    Participants will enjoy a unique, hands-on training experience
through this program and those who choose to register for all of the
Academy's classes will begin their days at 9:30 a.m. and finish up at 9:50
p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 11th through August 4.
    The productions at the conclusion of the Academy provide an
opportunity for participants to showcase their talents to agents, casting
associates and other college theatre programs.  
    This program is considered part of the College of the Canyons
"for-credit" curriculum and the four classes that comprise the program range
from 1 to 4 credits and are subject to the college's $26 per unit fees.
    For more information, contact Theatre Department Chair, Susan
Hinshaw at (661) 362 - 3991; Theatre Department Instructor, Andrea Slominski
at (661) 263 - 9377 or go online to www.canyons.edu.