York Community High School

This Summer in York Drama

Welcome to the York Summer Theatre Conservatory

Our first night of class will be Monday June 12th from 6:00pm-9:15pm. Please come dressed to move.  This first session will include dance and movement. 


Students should arrive well before 6:00 each night, come dressed to move and be prepared to immediately begin working. We will meet for this same time period M – F through July 7th with two notable exceptions. There will be no class on Friday July 3rd or 4th for Independence Day. Attendance is required each evening as outlined in summer school policy. Successful completion of Theatre Conservatory I will receive 1 elective credit and eligibility for enrollment in Advanced Theatre Conservatory II in a subsequent summer.


Students will experience a wide-ranging and intensive instruction in the techniques, aesthetics, literature and history of the theatre.  Through a conservatory approach, each evening will feature varied sessions in acting, voice, speech, singing, movement, dance, theatre history, performance theory, and text analysis providing a foundation for audition, performance, and further study of theatre arts.  This exploration of contemporary, classical, and musical theatre techniques will culminate in vocal performance showcases the 29th and 30th of June and an acting showcase on July 6th.


In addition to sessions taught by Mrs. Marianetti and Mr. Forsythe, dance choreography and instruction will be conducted by Mrs. Sapozhnikov.


On the Friday, June 16th we will be taking a field trip to Writers Theater in Glencoe to see the musical Parade.  On Friday July 7th, we will be seeing Lookingglass Theatre’s remounting of their 2015 Jeff Award winner for best play, Moby Dick.  Class will go late those nights as the shows will likely run until 10:00.  Permission slips will be distributed the first week of class.


What you need to bring to class on Tuesday –


A binder with your name on it and two pencils.


Conservatory I students need should bring in two contrasting pieces, 16 - 32 bars, memorized. An accompanist will be there to play. Please make sure that one piece was written before 1970.

Conservatory II students should prepare one 32 - 40 bar cut of a contemporary musical theatre piece in the style of (but not from) Working.

Please make sure to dress comfortably for all classes as we will be doing a lot of movement and dance.


In addition, we encourage you to attend our alumni performance of Godspell on Friday June 9th at 7:30.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.ticketpeak.com/yorkdrama. Hurry, tickets are going fast.


Get ready to learn a lot and have a lot of fun!! It’s going to be a great summer for theatre!



Mrs. Marianetti, Ms. Sapozhnikov, and Mr. Forsythe