Totally Trollwood Academy Classes
Choose from 17 different summer classes in the performing arts! Whether your interests lie in musical theatre, acting, dance, improvisation, film, or songwriting, you will be able to immerse yourself in the perfect learning opportunity. Make your own schedule – you can sign up for 1 to 4 classes daily in June!
Grades: Grades 5, 6, or 7 (all grades refer to 2022-2023 school year)
Dates: Runs June 5-28,| Monday–Friday
Period 1 9:00am – 10:20am
Period 2 10:30am – 11:50am
Period 3 1:00pm – 2:20pm
Period 4 2:30pm – 3:50pm
Location: Trollwood Performing Arts School at Bluestem – 801 50th Ave. S. Moorhead, MN 56560
Fees: See Program Fees for 2023 fee structure.
Bus Transportation: Trollwood offers bus transportation to Trollwood Performing Arts School from various pickup points in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead and back again. Routes will run prior to 9:00 am and again after 4:00 pm, allowing you to participate in a full day of programming at Trollwood.
For just $100.00, you may ride the bus both ways, only one way, or switch it up from day to day! Routes will operate from June 5–28, 2023. Refer to Student Services for schedule/locations.
Trollwood Performing Arts School is committed to safety and will monitor COVID-19 guidelines. Trollwood reserves the right to alter or cancel programming if deemed necessary. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, Trollwood will refund program registration fees. Otherwise, all registration fees are non-refundable.
TOTALLY TROLLWOOD ACADEMY
(all grades refer to 2022-2023 school year)
Period 1 (9:00am-10:20am):
Dance for Stage
Each week, students learn and perform a new combination from selected Broadway musicals. The class focuses on learning various musical theatre dance styles, increasing expressiveness and improving dance memory. Great for those wanting to hone their dance audition skills!
Stage Makeup – CLASS FULL!
This course will explore the field of makeup design & application. Beginning with an understanding of physical facial structure and visual principles, this class will open your mind to different ways of approaching the human face—through a wide range of application techniques, materials and conceptual play. Lessons may include: transformation; character design development; drawing; tattooing; and a variety of character looks, including glamour, old age, scar/blood/injury, fantasy, and more.
NOTE: If you have previously taken Stage Makeup, you are invited to take this class again, as course topics and instruction levels will adjust each year to match the experience and knowledge levels of the students enrolled.
ALSO: It is required that each student has their own personal makeup kit. Complete kits will be available for purchase from TPAS for $80. If financial barriers preclude the kit purchase, please contact TPAS for assistance.
Intermediate Acting Techniques
Want to continue growing as an actor? Unlock your creativity and engage your imagination through theatre. Using games and scene work, learn how to create characters, use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools, and explore the dramatic text. Have fun and connect with peers while developing self-confidence.
Beginning MT Vocals – Contemporary
This class provides essential training for the young vocalist while singing songs from your favorite contemporary Broadway shows! You will learn all the basics of singing, such as proper breathing for singing, how to support the voice, proper diction and vowel formation, extending your range, and finding the ideal resonance. You will learn how to sing for an audience, including correct posture, interpretation, and how to work with an accompanist through the use of solos and group numbers. Daily sessions include physical and vocal warm-ups, group work on vocal techniques, and individual coaching on solo pieces.
Period 2 (10:30am-11:50am):
A class that focuses on the basics of hip-hop. The class guides students to find confidence in self-expression through contemporary hip-hop moves. The class teaches fundamental exercises to build groundedness and quick shifts of weight to use during dance sequences.
Immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. Hone your craft in both music and lyric writing. Receive expert support and feedback on your original material. You’ll also learn about the tools you’ll need to write and record your music.
Intermediate MT Vocal – Classic
Perfect for students with a growing understanding of singing who are looking to enhance their skills with songs from the world of classic musical theatre. You will learn to harness your vocal range and improve your vocal quality all while discovering how to tell a story through song.
Beginning Monologues – CLASS FULL!
Unlock your creativity and engage your imagination through theatre. Using games and monologue work, learn how to create characters, use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools, and explore the dramatic text. Have fun and connect with peers while developing self-confidence.
Love watching movies? Want to better understand what makes them so incredible? This class will screen and analyze clips from popular movies, breaking down storytelling secrets such as the importance of setting, how camera movement underlines a scene, how to disguise exposition, how costuming, lighting and even the actors’ blocking all help to establish a tone–and much, much more! From classics to contemporary films, we will explore every genre to find out why we all love going to the movies so much! Popcorn is optional.
Period 3 (1:00pm-2:20pm):
Dance Improv & Choreography
A class that focuses on becoming more expressive in one’s movements and creating meaning in dance. Using improv games and compositional tools, students will explore the fun and excitement of creating dances in the moment while developing their own personal movement style. Students will be encouraged to use skills learned in technique class in a piece of choreography that they create themselves with classmates and the instructor.
Beginning MT Vocals – Classic
This class provides essential training for the young vocalist while singing songs from your favorite classic Broadway shows! You will learn all the basics of singing, such as proper breathing for singing, how to support the voice, proper diction and vowel formation, extending your range, and finding the ideal resonance. You will learn how to sing for an audience, including correct posture, interpretation, and how to work with an accompanist through the use of solos and group numbers. Daily sessions include physical and vocal warm-ups, group work on vocal techniques, and individual coaching on solo pieces.
Moviemaking – CLASS FULL!
Interested in movies and television but don’t know where to start? Learn the basics of how to operate camera equipment, set up shots and piece it all together using user-friendly computer editing software, all in a fun and positive environment. Walk away with your own 2-5 minute movie! Quiet on the set, please, we’re ready to roll camera!
Students will continue to build on their understanding of the fundamentals of improvisation: how to accept and not block offers, how to work intuitively rather than intellectually, how to rely on storytelling rather than jokes, understand status work, and the basics of scene building—character, physicalization, careful listening, the importance of opposites, building trust, high stakes, environment, and creating a “beginning-middle-end.” Short and long form improvisation skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.
Period 4 (2:30pm-3:50pm):
A class that builds on the fundamentals of contemporary dance. Using traditional warm-up exercises and rhythmic dance sequences, the class builds strength, flexibility and coordination skills. Emphasis is placed on technique, expressiveness, and style.
Beginning Acting Techniques – CLASS FULL!
Unlock your creativity and engage your imagination through theatre. Using games and scene work, learn how to create characters, use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools, and explore the dramatic text. Have fun and connect with peers while developing self-confidence.
Can’t get enough singing and dancing? Show Choir is designed for the singer and stage performer. Students will study and perform music from pop, rock and Broadway genres. Additionally, stage movement and stage presence will be incorporated and worked on. Students will perform a program as an ensemble for Sun Celebration.
Students will start to build their improvisation skills learning how to accept and not block offers, how to work intuitively rather than intellectually, how to rely on storytelling rather than jokes, understand status work, and the basics of scene building—character, physicalization, careful listening, the importance of opposites, building trust, high stakes, environment, and creating a “beginning-middle-end.” Short and long form improvisation skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.
TOTALLY TROLLWOOD ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS
Scott McClure is a filmmaker, writer, and actor. A Fargo native, he created a popular web-series and a following on YouTube. Currently, he is working on several film projects with Trollwood Alumni and colleagues. He’s excited to be back again as an instructor and Trollwood Players Director.
Creg is excited to begin teaching this summer at Trollwood Performing Arts School. Having earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from UW-Stevens Point and his MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Creg works nationwide as an actor, director, singer, musician, and educator.
Notable performing credits include: National Tours — Hair, Million Dollar Quartet, Evil Dead: The Musical. Regional — The Sound of Music (Asolo Rep), Grease, Miss Saigon (Paramount Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Fireside Dinner Theatre), Harbor (Dog Days Theatre).
Creative team credits include: Director – Go Forth (UWSP Fringe), Associate Director – Next to Normal (Paramount Theatre), Assistant Director – Dead Man’s Cellphone, Composer/Music Supervisor – As You Like It (FSU/Asolo Conservatory), Music Coach – The Burdens (Urbanite Theatre), Assistant Dialect Coach – Murder…Orient Express (Asolo Rep), and he is an ongoing Vocal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Ginny Glaser is a Los Angeles based performer with 20 years of experience as an actress, recording artist, and lyricist. She is a Trollwood alumnus, performing in the Mainstage Musical for five years in such roles as Dorothy (The Wiz), Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Narrator (Joseph), and Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof). She’s thrilled to be with her Fargo friends and family this summer!
Katie Damico is super excited to be returning for another summer at Trollwood! Katie just finished her 20th year of teaching and currently is the 7-8 choir director at Horizon East Middle School in Moorhead. In addition to her full time teaching job, Katie also vocal directs the fall musical at Fargo North High School and is an assistant speech coach at Moorhead High School. During her many years working for Trollwood, she has vocal directed and taught for many of the programs, including winter academy, TTA, TA, Artspark and June Session vocal classes. Katie lives in Moorhead with her husband Daniel, and two children, Isaiah (16) and Lily (13).
Matt Smith is an alumni of Trollwood 2017. He currently attends NDSU for English Education and Theatre Arts. He has been learning, teaching, and performing improv for 8 years while being a part of groups such as improvanati at Fargo North High School, Linebenders, and President NDSU’s TBD Comedy. He currently coaches Fargo South High’s Troupe of Donkey Hotey.
Clothing for Totally Trollwood Academy:
Clothes should be comfortable and movable. Athletic wear works great!
Tops –Tank top, t-shirt, sweatshirt
Bottoms – Sweatpants, long shorts, leggings
Footwear – Appropriate shoes for the class:
Dance: Ballet, jazz, or clean tennis shoes. Tap shoes if you are taking that section.
(If you need help acquiring dance shoes, please contact Student Services)
Acting, Improv, Musical Theatre, Other: Clean tennis shoe. NO sandals or flip-flops.
Standards & Benchmarks
TOTALLY TROLLWOOD ACADEMY – Grades 5-7
Totally Trollwood Academy exposes students to the performing arts in three curricular areas: Vocal Music, Drama, and Dance. The applicable standards and benchmarks for this program are listed below. Not all standards and benchmarks will be addressed in the four week session, but a significant number of them will be represented.
Standard 1: Singing
Students sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
6-8.1.1. Sing accurately and with good breath control throughout their singing ranges, alone and in small and large groups.
6-8.1.2. Sing with expression and technical accuracy a varied repertoire of vocal literature.
6-8.1.3. Sing music representing diverse genres and cultures.
6-8.1.4. Sing music written in two and three parts.
Standard 2: Instrumental Performance
Students perform on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Acacemy.
Standard 3: Improvisation
Students improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
6-8.3.1. Improvise simple harmonic accompaniments.
6-8.3.2. Improvise melodic embellishments and simple rhythmic variations on given pentatonic melodies in major keys.
6-8.3.3. Improvise short melodies, unaccompanied, over given rhythmic accompaniments.
Standard 4: Composition
Students compose and arrange music within specified guidelines.
*This standard is not applicable in Totally Trollwood Academy.
Standard 5: Reading Music
Students read and notate music.
6-8.5.1. Read complex rhythms in simple and compound meters.
6-8.5.2. Sight-read simple melodies in both the treble and bass clefs.
6-8.5.3. Know standard notation symbols.
Standard 6: Listening
Students listen to, analyze, and describe music.
6-8.6.1. Understand appropriate terminology to describe specific music events.
6-8.6.2. Know the uses of the elements of music in the analysis of compositions representing diverse genres and cultures.
Standard 7: Evaluating Music
Students evaluate music and music performances.
6-8.7.1. Know how to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of music and music performances.
6-8.7.2. Know how to apply specific criteria when offering constructive suggestions for improving the performance of self and others.
Standard 8: Music and Other Disciplines
Students understand the relationship between music, the other arts, and other disciplines.
6-8.8.1. Know how relationships expressed through music can be expressed differently through other art forms.
6-8.8.2. Know how principles and concepts of other disciplines are related to those of music.
Standard 9: Music, History, and Culture
Students understand music in relation to history and culture.
6-8.9.1. Know the characteristics of music genres and styles from a variety of music cultures.
6-8.9.2. Know exemplary musical works from a variety of genres and styles.
6-8.9.3. Know the functions of music, the roles of musicians, and the conditions of performance in several cultures of the world.
Standard 1: Dramatic Literature
Students comprehend a wide variety of dramatic literature.
6-8.1.1. Know a variety of significant works from various major playwrights.
6-8.1.2. Know themes of dramatic literature.
6-8.1.3. Understand the construction elements of dialogue and actions.
6-8.1.4. Understand elements of improvised and scripted scenes.
Standard 2: Acting
Students will engage in fundamental acting skills.
6-8.2.1.Know resource elements that help to create character motivations.
6-8.2.2. Develop a character’s behavior through a combination of movement, vocal pitch, and tone.
6-8.2.3. Interact in an ensemble.
Standard 3: Production
Students use fundamental production skills.
6-8.3.1. Know the technical elements of a scene or play.
6-8.3.2. Know publicity and house management duties.
Standard 4: Cultural Context of Drama
Students will understand the drama’s role in cultural and human experiences.
6-8.4.1. Know the historical, social, and cultural factors that influence theatre.
6-8.4.2. Know aspects of dramatic genres from a variety of cultures.
Standard 5: Consumer of Theatre
Students will understand how to be knowledgeable consumers of theatre.
6-8.5.1. Use appropriate audience behaviors.
6-8.5.2. Prepare for selected theatrical events.
6-8.5.3. Use knowledge of production elements to respond to a theatrical event.
Standard 6: Drama and Human Development
Students understand the role of theatre in human development.
6-8.6.1. Use drama to develop creative thinking skills.
6-8.6.2. Use drama to develop critical thinking skills.
6-8.6.3. Use drama to develop social skills.
Standard 7: Drama and Other Disciplines
Students understand the connections between drama and other disciplines.
6-8.7.1. Know the relationship of the other fine arts to drama.
6-8.7.2. Know how concepts expressed through drama can be expressed differently through other art disciplines.
6-8.7.3. Know the relationship of other disciplines outside of the arts to drama.
Standard 1: Movement Skills
Students understand the role of movement elements and skills in dance.
6-8.1.1. Understand the characteristics of various dance movements and the underlying principles common to all movement.
6-8.1.2. Know basic dance steps, body positions, and spatial patterns for dances from various styles or traditions.
6-8.1.3. Understand the process of transferring a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic.
6-8.1.4. Understand the process of transferring a rhythmic pattern from auditory to kinesthetic.
6-8.1.5. Know a range of dynamics/movement qualities.
6-8.1.6. Use kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills.
6-8.1.7. Use dance vocabulary to describe the action and movement elements in a dance.
Standard 2: Choreography
Students understand choreographic principles, processes, and structures.
6-8.2.1. Understand the relationship of principles of creative design to dance.
6-8.2.2. Understand the significance of the processes of reordering and chance.
6-8.2.3. Understand the importance of dance structures or forms.
6-8.2.4. Understand the importance of working cooperatively in a small group during the choreographic process.
6-8.2.5. Know partner dance skills.
6-8.2.6. Know performance etiquette and stage terms.
Standard 3: Dance and Meaning
Students understand dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
6-8.3.1. Understand the difference between pantomiming and miming.
6-8.3.2. Understand how different accompaniments can affect the meaning of dance.
6-8.3.3. Communicate feelings, ideas, and needs through dance.
Standard 4: Dance and Thinking Skills
Students apply critical and creative thinking skills in dance.
6-8.4.1. Solve movement problems.
6-8.4.2. Know the critical elements that contribute to a dance in terms of space, time, and force.
6-8.4.3. Know the possible aesthetic criteria for evaluating dance.
Standard 5: Dance, History, and Culture
Students understand the historical development of dance and its relationship to various cultures.
6-8.5.1. Know the similarities and differences in steps and movement styles from various cultures.
6-8.5.2. Know social and theatrical dances from a broad spectrum of 20th Century America.
6-8.5.3. Know the role of dance in various cultures and time periods.
6-8.5.4. Know the appropriate audience response to dance performances.
Standard 6: Dance and Personal Wellness
Students understand the connection between dance and personal wellness.
6-8.6.1. Know strategies to prevent dance injuries.
6-8.6.2. Understand the value of personal health goals for dance improvement.
Standard 7: Dance and Other Disciplines
Students understand the difference between dance and other disciplines.
6-8.7.1. Know how various dance concepts and principles relate to other disciplines.
6-8.7.2. Know the aesthetic impact of performance.