The Stadium Theatre Presents
Young Actors Academy (YAA)
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What is YAA?
The Young Actors Academy (YAA) is an 11 week, hands on, theater arts education program. YAA offers budding artists the unique opportunity to participate in all aspects of staging a production on the Stadium stage from start to finish!
With three concentrations to choose from, Musical Theater, Acting or Dance, YAA students can develop specific skills -- acting, singing, dance or a combination! This is a chance for young performance artists to be trained by professionals, an experience that will reinforce confidence, expand creativity and develop imagination.
"Even the young ones that can't read are memorizing lines! I'm just blown away with this program. The directors have so much passion and patience. My six year old daughter is learning acting! She loves this so much."
- Missy Hogan (Mother of YAA Student)
Young Actors Academy gives its students a performance experience that they will never forget! Each session culminates with a final recital on the Stadium Theatre stage in front of a live audience, a memory they will cherish for the rest of their lives.
YAA is not just about acting!
Learn to Sing!
Your young actor will harness the power of their voice by singing their favorite musical theater songs! Under the guidance of trained directors, your child will learn pitch, timing and rhythm in a fun, exciting way!
Learn to Dance!
YAA students are taught how to bring the latest Broadway moves to life on our stage! Children will be taught energetic routines which will incorporate a variety of dance steps from a jazz square to a Broadway kickline!
Learn to Act!
Your child will bask in the spotlight on the Stadium’s big stage! Aspiring actors will develop their skills through the use of fun theater games, improvisation exercises, and scripted pieces combined with the careful instruction of experienced and inspiring professionals.
Class Fee: $200 ($25 sibling discount per child)
$100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration
with payment in full due at the first day of class
Four Sessions Available!
Acting - Mondays - 4pm to 6pm - Ages 8 to 18
Recital:Pinocchio Nose Best performed on Sunday, March 30th at 4 PM
Class Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24
Students will practice acting skills, including dramatic interpretation, character development and improvisation games that encourage creativity and self-expression. Directed by Gian DiCostanzo, a student at Rhode Island College majoring in Elementary Education and Musical Theatre.
Dance Tuesdays - 4pm to 6pm - Ages 8 to 18
Class Dates: 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Students will learn the latest Broadway moves and how to bring choreography to life from a jazz square to a double pirouette. After this class you will shine in a chorus line! Directed by Shannon Martley, Director of Foundations Dance Academy and one of RI’s most experienced choreographers.
Musical Theater Wednesdays - 4pm to 6pm - Ages 5 to 12
Recital: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland performed on Sunday, March 30th at 4 PM
Class Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
Concentration: Singing, Dancing & Acting
Students will develop and perfect their vocal and acting skills while learning dance moves. In each class, students will rehearse for the final production. Directed and choreographed byShannon Martley, Stadium Theatre Director, and Adam Landry, Stadium Kids Kamp Program Director.
Musical Theater Saturdays - 10am to 12pm - Ages 5 to 12
Recital: Disney’s Aladdin performed on Sunday, March 30th at 12 noon
Class Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Concentration: Singing, Dancing & Acting
Students will develop and perfect their voice and acting skills while learning dance moves. In each class, students will rehearse for the final production. Directed and choreographed by Meaghan Bruneault, Instructor at the Jasper School of Dance and assisted by Adam Landry.
Kathleen Halloran-Fortier is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she attended their theater program.
An avid actor since the age of 5, Kathy has played many roles including: Amaryllis in “Music Man”, Martha Cratchitt in “A Christmas Carol”, Joy in “Cinderella”, Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie”, and as Veruca Salt in “Willy Wonka”. In addition to acting, Kathy has choreographed dance routines for many shows including: “Annie”, “High School Musical”, “Aladdin, Jr.”, “A Chorus Line” and “Grease”.
She is currently the Executive Producer of The Encore Repertory Company in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. As Executive Producer, she has overseen all aspects of numerous productions performed at the Stadium Theatre.
Shannon Martley was born in Providence, RI, Shannon started her dance career at the age of 4 with Kingstown Dance Center before continuing training with Deb Meunier of Fusionworks. She expanded her training with Herci Marsden and also is a former Company Member of the State Ballet of Rhode Island. Shannon was also a dancer with both Providence College and Rhode Island College’s dance companies. She ran the Town of Cumberland’s dance program from 1997-1998 while also teaching as a Ballet Instructor at Kats Dance Centre in Pawtucket, RI.
Before opening Foundations Dance Academy, Shannon was an Instructor at The Dance Factory in Lincoln, RI for over ten years. In addition to her dance training, Shannon has been a Director, Choreographer & Actress in local community theater, including Theatre Works and The Community Players.
Ever expanding on her training, she has attended Broadway
Dance Center’s Dance Teacher Workshop in NYC in 2010 & 2012 while taking as many dance classes as possible throughout the year. You may also find Shannon teaching off ice dance classes at the Norfolk Ice Arena in Norfolk, MA while not running an after school dance club at B.F. Norton school in Cumberland, RI.
Shannon maintains a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal studies from Providence College and is a member of RI Dance Alliance, National Dance Educators of America, the Educational Theatre Association & National Association of Professional Women.
Shannon is a resident of Cumberland where she resides with her son, Ethan and daughter Charlotte who are also active participants at her studio and in theater.
Adam Landry is a talented actor and musician. He has had many years of experience working with kids, teaching at Stadium Kids Kamp for 4 years, The Mount Saint Charles Fine Arts Camp for 4 years, and teaching several acting and theater classes with fellow teacher and director Meaghan Bruneault. Adam is no stranger to the stage himself, having been performing at the Stadium Theater since he was six years old. Some of his favorite roles include The Cat in the Hat in Seussical Jr, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Zeke in High School Musical, and Jimmy Smith in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Adam was a part of Mount Rush 4, an acapella quartet for four years and recently founded Mount Rush 4 Unplugged and is performing with this group currently in the Rhode Island area
Gian DiCostanzo is a sophomore at Rhode Island College majoring in Elementary Education and Musical Theatre. He is trained in voice as well as tap and jazz dance. Gian was a part of Mount Rush 4, an acapella quartet, as a tenor for four years. He has been performing since he was young, but started theatre at the age of 12. He has been seen in many shows at the Stadium Theatre including "The Wizard of Oz" as The Cowardly Lion and "The Beauty and the Beast" as Gaston. Gian has also been seen as the Donkey in the community premiere of "Shrek the Musical" at Steps Off Broadway in Bellingham, MA. This is Gian's third year as a counselor at the Stadium Theatre Kids Kamp and he is excited to
continue his work with the kids!
Melissa Roberts - Melissa Roberts is a graduate of Rhode Island College. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Elementary Education and Theatre. Melissa has been seen in numerous productions with the Encore Repertory Company. Her most memorable roles are Mrs. MacAfee in the production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” and Mrs. Bucket in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.
Melissa is also a professionally trained vocalist, flautist and recreational guitarist. She is involved in the Music Ministry at St. Agatha's Church and Precious Blood Church in Woonsocket, RI. And is also the lead singer of the band, Spirit Alive.
Recently, Melissa designed and implemented an after-school drama program at Harris Elementary School, in which 44 (grades K-5) students learned about theatre, stage presence, voice projection and more in two productions written by Melissa.
Meaghan Bruneault began dancing at the age of three, and trained for many years under Arlene Golden Gilbert at The Jasper School of Dance (formerly The Dance Center). She has also received training from several notable dancers including: Roni Mahler, Art Stone, and Joe Tremaine.
In the 2009 through 2010, Meaghan was the Dance Team Choreographer for North Smithfield High School. Meaghan has choreographed several shows for The Encore Repertory Company including: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Rent”, “Fame”, and the Encore Kid‘s production of “Beauty and the Beast”.
Currently Meaghan teaches dance at her home studio, The Jasper School, in Cumberland, RI.
Meaghan also loves to sing. She has taken vocal lessons with various private teachers. Meaghan has performed in All-State and All-New England Choruses, and has performed in over 20 musicals with the Stadium Theatre's Encore Repertory.