Session: Fall 2019
Chapter:  New Braunfels
Location:  The CYT Studio
Time:  6:30pm - 9:00pm
Day:  Thursday
Starts:  08/15
Ages:  13-18
Tuition:  $200.00

** Registration ended August 17, 2019 at 11:00pm

Class Description

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you ready to fine tune your acting skills? In this unique class you will have a chance to explore all that is involved in producing a play. You will learn skills that will allow you to explore the various elements on and off stage. Please read the important information below!

It is my pleasure to be able to lead CYT Players this session because I treasure the opportunity to work with a select group of students who are eager to expand their skills and hone their stage-craft. The beauty of a non-musical is that the story moves forward exclusively through the portrayal of believable characters and their dialogue. Below is the schedule. You will want to be sure these dates are conflict-free if you intend to audition for CYT Players this session.

Schedule: August 15-October 3, class will meet each Thursday from 6:30-9pm, plus these dates/times:
October 3 – 6:30-8:30 tech/dress rehearsal
No class October 10 – please come cheer on your fellow students in their showcase performance!
October 14 (This is a Monday) - 6:30-9pm
October 17 – 5:30-8:30 for Full Dress Rehearsal
October 20 & 21 – 5:30pm call / 7:00pm Performance

For auditions, come prepared with a photo and the printed portion of the script you’ve rehearsed. Auditions will consist of get-to-know-you group exercise(s), prepared readings, and group improv.

The show this session is called "Sherlock Holmes Comedy Trilogy", a spoof of the classical Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of intrigue and superior powers of deduction. These three separate mysteries have it all: lightning-fast pacing, humor, absurd disguises, plot twists, and farcical characters. Because it is three separate narratives, it is possible for each scene to have a stand-alone cast, which would mean casting up to three each of the recurring characters (marked with a *), depending on availability of actors to play the roles. Character descriptions follow as well as scenes to prepare in preparation for auditions (click "Download Class PDF" in Callboard at bottom – you will need to be logged in). Students are encouraged to work with other actors when possible and will be permitted to audition together. While British accents will not be required, actors who feel able may prepare scenes both with and without accent for auditions. A working-class British accent is especially welcome for the Mrs. Pott character.

From the script’s Production Notes: "The objective of these short plays is to entertain – to give a variety of performers the opportunity to do characterization and develop the timing and the skill of humorous interpretation. In this regard they have been very successful. They have been repeat winners for humorous interpretation in National Forensic League competitions at the state and national level.
The essence of the scripts is primarily word play – puns, funny lines, outrageous characterizations and surprise twists of plot. The key to successful presentation of this type of material is careful rehearsal because all the laughs depend on precise timing and good dramatic interpretation."

Sherlock Holmes* - masterful detective
Mrs. Pott* - housekeeper, cook
Doctor Watson* - Holmes’ sidekick with dry wit
Lady Ruth Fairfax – heiress, Moriarty’s current target
Sir George Limpet – Lady Ruth’s fiancée
Professor Moriarty* - scheming bad guy
Parson/Pastor – on call to perform marriage nuptials
Maid – serves Lady Ruth
Penelope Moriarty – Prof. Moriarty’s wife
Hortense – Moriarty dressed as woman
Sir Edward Dare – the real Hortense’s fiancé
Girl – the real Hortense
Lord Monacle – trying to escape ruinous gossip
Lady Gertrude Monacle - trying to escape ruinous gossip
Miss Beatrice Brown-Horrocks – a pauper, in love with Rodney
Rodney Monacle – nimble poet & nerve specialist .”


Heather Stamper

Heather Stamper has a B.A. in Theatre, and has performed over the last 30 years on stages and screens in New York, Los Angeles, Texas and a few spots in between. She has worked with adults, youth and children, creating honest and dynamic performances, and bringing out the very best in actors, regardless of their experience level. She directs with passion, leads with vision, and fosters an environment that encourages the exploration of talent, building on their strengths, and adjusting for their weaknesses all while developing characters with depth, humor and raw sincerity. A huge proponent of how theater benefits people with greater confidence and superior communication abilities, Heather also believes in the power of community and connectedness that theater offers, especially at CYT. She and her husband have been married 15 wonderful years and they have two sons, Tim and Eli. In her spare time, Heather serves as the co-lead for a Ministry of Mothers at Community Bible Church. On stage some of her favorite experiences have been Eliza in My Fair Lady, Maria in Sound of Music (twice!), and leads in both The Mikado and The Threepenny Opera. Psalm 104:33: “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”

Location Notes:

Welcome to the CYT Studio! Please enter through the door with no window.

Class Location:

1379 Industrial Drive, New Braunfels, TX 78130