During the school year, our Musical Theatre classes meet weekly September – May. While the classes are designed to
be taken year-round, registration is on a monthly basis to help accommodate the busy lives of many families. Class work is cumulative, so students will get the most out of their time at EEPA by coming to class each week. We know that some folks find out about us later than the year, or you are swamped with other activities at certain times, and we are more than happy to have you join us when your schedule permits – we always find a way to fit you into our current project in meaningful and enjoyable way.
Our classes are “process based,” meaning that the skills our young actors acquire in class will help them excel in other settings, such as their own school plays. Many parents have remarked that their children are more confident in oral presentations at school after enrolling in our classes. It is also our belief that everyone can improve if they are willing to work, and we endeavor to help each student grow in their unique abilities and confidence.
While EEPA emphasizes the skills necessary to grow as an actor and a person, we also recognize that an important part of growing as a performer is to build confidence through performing for an audience. We have done this through both formal performances and outreach in the community.
Students participate in two Student Showcases each year, typically in December and
May, at The Maker Theatre in Shadyside. This gives them the opportunity to perform in a real theatre with lighting, props, costumes and a professional accompanist. We also invite parents and friends into class throughout the semester so that they can see how a typical class runs, as well as see the students in action in a more casual setting.
We have also taken the stage at the Wilkins School Community Center to entertain during their Holiday Gift Shop kick off events, their monthly open mic nights, and plan to find more community-based performance opportunities this year.
EEPA also organizes group outings to live performances, which are often at a discounted rate, so that we may learn by seeing those who are at the top of their profession ‘do what they do,’ as well as promote connections between like-minded families with the same interest. In the past, we have attended performances such as Potted Potter, Newsies the Musical, and many of our students attend each other’s school plays and concerts to support one another.