Trollwood Winter Academy is proud to introduce a variety of IN PERSON & ONLINE youth performing arts classes, beginning in January 2022! These informative and unique sessions in vocal music, dance, improv, and sketch comedy are offered to middle school and high school students. Join your friends and favorite teachers as we learn and have fun this winter!

CLOSED – Musical Theatre Audition Prep (Grades 5-8)

Audition Prep Class» PROGRAM DATES: January 9, 16, 23, 30 & Feb 6, 13

» SUNDAYS from 3-4:30 pm (Dance) & 4:45-6:15 pm (Voice)

» LOCATION: In person at Trollwood Performing Arts School,
801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN. Online if needed due to inclement weather or a change to the COVID protocols. (A private link will be provided to all participants.)

» PROGRAM FEE: $150

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS: If need to switch to online: an internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

» INSTRUCTORS: Katie Damico (Voice) & Matt Gasper (Dance)

» CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is the perfect class to help you prepare for your next auditions!

The Vocal/Music portion is a 90-minute class where students will learn to sing in varying musical theatre styles and focus on how to act the song. Assistance will be given in choosing audition song selections and preparing cut versions of songs. Emphasis will be on delivering a musical theatre sound via healthy vocal technique. BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS.

The Dance portion is a 90-minute class that presents the students with various styles of authentic Broadway Theatre dance. Dancers learn the basics of technique and alignment through ballet and jazz-based warm-ups. They also get to practice the specifics of context and setting for each week’s combination. Learn how to improve your ability to act and dance to help you stand out in the audition room. BEGINNING TO INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS. Jazz/character shoes suggested.

CLOSED – Sketch Comedy (Grades 5-8)


» PROGRAM DATES:January 8, 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12

» SATURDAYS from 1:00 – 2:00 PM

» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)

» PROGRAM FEE: $75

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS: Internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least), somewhere to sit and write, pen, paper.

Scott McClure» INSTRUCTOR: Scott McClure
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 as an instructor.

» CLASS DESCRIPTION:
If you enjoy classic comedy, witty satire, or just a good joke, sketch comedy would be great fun for you. Learn how to develop a formula for jokes and scene structure while collaborating with a team. Write and rehearse your ideas and watch your comedy come to life! We’ll cover the basics to get you started, help you develop your ideas, and teach you what you need to complete your sketch and have your audience rolling in the aisles!

Improv (Grades 5-8)

Improv» PROGRAM DATES:January 8, 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12

» SATURDAYS from 2:30-3:30 PM

» LOCATION: In person at Trollwood Performing Arts School,
801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN. Online if needed due to inclement weather or a change to the COVID protocols (A private link will be provided to all participants.)

» PROGRAM FEE: $75

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS: If need to switch to online: an internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

Kevin Kennedy» INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Kennedy
Kevin has been improvising for 30 years. He trained at iO and Second City in Chicago and performed professionally at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. Kevin currently performs with the Linebenders all around North Dakota and Minnesota. He has been teaching Improv at Trollwood for 8 years and has been coaching the Fargo South High School Improv Troupe, Donkey Hotey’s.

» CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn 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, and understand status work. They will also learn 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 form skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.

CLOSED – Musical Theatre Audition Prep (Grades 9-12)

» PROGRAM DATES: January 9, 16, 23, 30 & Feb 6, 13

» SUNDAYS from 3-4:30 (Voice) & 4:45-6:15 (Dance)

» LOCATION: In person at Trollwood Performing Arts School, 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN. Online if needed due to inclement weather or a change to the COVID protocols (A private link will be provided to all participants.)

» PROGRAM FEE: $150

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS:  If need to switch to online: an internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

» INSTRUCTORS: Katie Damico (Voice) & Matt Gasper (Dance)

» CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is the perfect class to help you prepare for your next audition!

This is the perfect class to help you prepare for your next auditions! The Vocal/Music portion is a 90-minute class where students will learn to sing in varying musical theatre styles and focus on how to act the song. Assistance will be given in choosing audition song selections and preparing cut versions of songs. Emphasis will be on delivering a musical theatre sound via healthy vocal technique. INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL CLASS.

The Dance portion is a 90-minute class that presents the students with various styles of authentic Broadway Theatre dance. Dancers learn the basics of technique and alignment through ballet and jazz-based warm-ups. They also get to practice the specifics of context and setting for each week’s combination. Learn how to improve your ability to act and dance to help you stand out in the audition room. INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED LEVEL CLASS.
Jazz/character shoes suggested.

CLOSED – Sketch Comedy (Grades 9-12)

Sketch Comedy» PROGRAM DATES: January 8, 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12

» SATURDAYS from 2:30-3:30PM

» LOCATION: Online (a private link will be provided to all participants)

» PROGRAM FEE: $75

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS: Internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least), somewhere to sit and write, pen, paper.

Scott McClure» INSTRUCTOR: Scott McClure
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 as an instructor.

» CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you enjoy classic comedy, witty satire, or just a good joke, sketch comedy would be great fun for you. Learn how to develop a formula for jokes and scene structure while collaborating with a team. Write and rehearse your ideas and watch your comedy come to life! We’ll cover the basics to get you started, help you develop your ideas, and teach you what you need to complete your sketch and have your audience rolling in the aisles!

Improv (Grades 9-12)

» PROGRAM DATES: January 8, 15, 22, 29 & Feb 5, 12

» SATURDAYS from 1:00-2:00 PM

» LOCATION:In person at Trollwood Performing Arts School,
801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN. Online if needed due to inclement weather or a change to the COVID protocols (A private link will be provided to all participants.)

» PROGRAM FEE: $75

» TECHNICAL/SUPPLY NEEDS:If need to switch to online: an internet connection, computer or phone with camera and microphone, access to Zoom, an open space to move in (10’ x 10’ at least).

Kevin Kennedy» INSTRUCTOR: Kevin Kennedy
Kevin has been improvising for 30 years. He trained at iO and Second City in Chicago and performed professionally at the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. Kevin currently performs with the Linebenders all around North Dakota and Minnesota. He has been teaching Improv at Trollwood for 8 years and has been coaching the Fargo South High School Improv Troupe, Donkey Hotey’s.

» CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn 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, and understand status work. They will also learn 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 form skills will be taught in a supportive and fun environment.

CLOSED – Musical Theater Audition Workshop (Grades 8-12)

Workshop

» WORKSHOP: Sunday, January 30

» TIME: 2:30-5:30 PM

» LOCATION: Marcil Commons, Trollwood Performing Arts School 801 50th Ave S, Moorhead, MN

» PROGRAM FEE: $35

» INSTRUCTOR: Angie Schulz (Voice) & David Triptow (Dance)

» CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Want to rock your next audition? Join us for this fun, one-day workshop for an overview of what makes a really successful audition. Local Musical Theatre instructors will help you learn how to choose & prepare an audition song, gain confidence learning dance combinations and become more at ease at auditions. This is a great introduction for students who are new to the Mainstage Musical audition experience! For those looking for more intensive audition training, please check out the 6 week Musical Theatre Audition Prep Classes for 5-8th grade or 9-12th graders.