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  • So What Is CampYATC??

    The Young Actors' Theatre Camp, (CampYATC), is a multi award winning arts camp for ages 8-18 that caters to each student’s specific interests and skill level. We have 5 Summer Overnight Sessions to choose from including 7, 10, and 20 day sessions. Be ready for the best summer of your life! Learn from the Stars and elevate your skills to the next level. This summer CampYATC welcomes guest faculty, Megan Hilty (SMASH), Laurie Metcalf (The Connors), Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde), Julia Lester (HMTMTS), and the Stars of HAMILTON and DEAR EVAN HANSEN, plus SO many more! All of our Instructors work in the Industry and students are treated to master classes and workshops in all the areas of the performing arts! Over our twenty years, we’ve had close to 10,000 campers including today’s stars of Broadway, Film & TV including TONY WINNER Ari’el Stachel, Bobby Conte Thornton (Company, Bronx Tale) and Jillian Butler (Les Mis). The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp is for students ages 8-18 of all levels. Students are groups in cabins and classes by age. “Disneyland got it wrong! YATC is the Happiest Place on Earth!” -August. R., Camper for 7 years All of our camps are COVID compliant and SAFE with the strong guidance from the CDC, ACA, and County of Santa Cruz. Our Staff is also vaccinated as well! Please join us for one of out “Camp Chats” on Wednesdays at 5PM (PST) and Saturdays at 10AM (PST). Simply email for the Zoom Link and come find out about all the amazing and safe offerings we have this summer! Ages 8-18, All-Levels Encouraged. We are looking forward to an amazing summer! Register Today, as spots are extremely limited in 2021. Call (925)858-3548 or Visit Get $100 off a Summer 2021 session with the code: 100SCH21 A Typical Day at YATC is: 8:00 am Optional Morning Yoga Class To start the day focused and ready! 9:00 am Breakfast Get energized for an incredible day! 10:00am Film Class Learning about camera angles and how to act for Film. Let's make a movie! 12:00 pm Activity Period Capture the Dance Flag/ Disney Trivia/ Zombie Tag/ Pool Time! 1:00 pm Lunch The Dining Hall has AMAZING food!! 2:00pm Improv Class Learn FUN games and how to support your scene partner! 3:00pm Activity Period Pool Time! / Optional Hip Hop Dance Class/ You’re So Awesome: Battle of Compliments/ Dungeons and Dragons! 4:00pm Musical Theatre Dance Learn Choreography from our AMAZING teacher, Emmy! 6:00pm Themed Dinner Costumes are encouraged! Dress to the theme and get ready for trivia, performances, and a top notch playlist! 7:00pm-9:00pm Activity Period The Business of Show Business/ Movie Night/ One on One Session with a Staff Member of your choice to nail that dramatic monologue you've been working on!(Not required) 9:00pm Cabin Time Cabin Bonding with the Counselor and Get Ready for Bed! 9:30pm Lights Out! Prepare for another AMAZING day at camp! Youtube Vid: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Youtube:

  • Broadway's Year Long Intermission

    Here we are, one full year without Broadway due to COVID-19. But we have not been without creativity, collaboration, and community from theatre working professionals and fans around the world. As heartbreaking as it was to watch show after show close, some for good and some temporarily, the theatre community has stuck together. Various Broadway staples created opportunities to share established as well as new talent with the world such as Laura Benanti's "Sunshine Songs" or Seth Rudetsky's "Stars in the House". The Actors' Fund brought us parody entertaiment and cast reunions from some of the most popular shows. Creatives were quick to jump to social media to show support for other artists to take the plunge and share their own art for the time publically. Our community helped show the world the power of supporting each other with kindness and positivity even as it seemed our worlds were crashing down around us. With the West Ends's announcement for re-opening in April 2021, it gives hope to a return to pre-pandemic life. COVID safety protocols will be in place to ensure social disancing and requiring masks. After this year of not being able to watch a performance live and not on a screen, I would personally be happy to climb into a plastic bubble if it was required to see a live show. One thing we have all learned this year is to take more control over our art. There was a huge explosion of self creation, whether shared publically or not. The whole world turned to art for comfort when we were told to shelter in place and completely uproot our routines. It's re-emergence calls for a celebration (safely). In the uncharted territory or a global pandemic, we cared for one another and will continue to do so after this. The house lights are flickering to tell us, theatre is coming back SOON!

  • Understudy, Swing, Standby: What Are They, and Should I Accept an Offer?

    The number one goal of a performer is to land a leading role in a play or musical. For some of those not experienced with the industry in the professional sense, an offer of understudy, swing, or standby, is met with disappointment and even slight embarrassment. It’s time for that reputation to change and for the unsung performers of the production to get the recognition and appreciation they so deserve. We’ll start with the most well-known term, Understudy. The Understudy is responsible for learning their own part in the ensemble or a smaller role, and be ready to perform either one of two of the leading roles at a moment’s notice. There are two types of Swings and it’s important to know the difference. An Off-Stage Swing is a performer who is only in the show if they are covering a role for a missing actor. An On-Stage Swing may be a part of the ensemble and may be asked to cover up to twelve roles, commonly referred to as Tracks in the show. Any casting director you ask will tell you that the most talented performers are cast as Swings since the production team needs to be able to trust that the Swing can remember blocking for multiple parts and deliver a performance like they do it eight times a week in that role. A Standby is not common for school or community theatre productions. Like an Off-Stage Swing, a Standby is not in the show unless the lead that they are covering is absent. There is no guarantee that the Standby will get a chance to perform but they must always be ready. As cast members take vacations, have family emergencies, or get injured or ill, the Standby is there to jump in where it be 1 hour before curtain or during intermission to take over the second act. Sure, it might be more attractive to say you are the lead in a production, but mastering the skills needed to become a great Understudy, Swing, or Standby, will make you an invaluable part of the cast. There are several reasons why these people are the most impressive performers in a show. Mary Claire Miskell was an off-stage swing in the musical “13” and covered five different tracks. Her experience and tips for future swings will make the difference between overwhelm and outstanding. “I had a separate script for each of the two leads and one for the three ensemble tracks. I had a highlighter with a matching pen for each and a million photocopies of a diagram of the stage to insert into my script for musical numbers and blocking. Never assume something is too easy to forget because you will. You want everything in writing but keep your script clean and simple for last-minute reviews when you go on. Sometimes you have set dates to go on for certain tracks but keep lightly reviewing the other roles as well because you might (probably will) have to go on sooner than planned.” In the role of Sven, in the Broadway musical, Frozen, three to four performances a week are played by the Standby. The role is incredibly physically demanding and requires not only an hour of pre-show stretching and warm ups, but two hours of stretching post-show as well as physical therapy and massage therapy in order for Andrew Pirozzi to stay healthy and ready for the next show. Although Pirozzi is the creator of the Broadway role and sometimes wishes he could be at every performance, he knows that it is not safe for him to push himself into more shows. Sven is a very specific track that requires not only an incredible amount of upper body strength, but also requires puppetry to move parts of the head. So, should you accept an offer to be an Understudy, Swing, or Standby? Yes! Especially if you are just starting out in the business, you want to build a reputation that you are a hard worker, dependable, and a pleasant to be around. The less a creative team has to worry about you, the happier they’ll be. The most important thing for an actor to remember, regardless of the role, is that the story is not there to serve your ego. YOU are there to serve the story. Like the saying goes, “there are no small roles, only small actors.” For further tips and tales from the Broadway Battlefield, we recommend checking out Jennie Ford’s book series, “Be The Best on Broadway.” Not only will you get real stories from Broadway productions, but you’ll see examples of how to organize blocking for different roles.

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  • Summer Camps | YATC

    SUMMER CAMP SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY 18th @ 11AM ! Summer Camp 2021 registration will open soon! REGISTRATION OPENS Skip to Session Info We're Turning 20 This Year! The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary Season in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer and we want you to be there! Obeying all CDC COVID Compliances, CampYATC will be back in person, overnight and exactly what we all need after the year we had in 2020! ​ We've proudly trained thousands of young artists ages 8-18, of all levels of skill and experience! For more information of to schedule an interview for placement into our Award Winning Program call (925)858-3548 or Visit us Online at This Summer’s Overnight Camp Faculty includes: Megan Hilty (Smash), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Laurie Metcalf (2 Time Tony Award Winner, The Conners), Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls), Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Laura Bell Bundy (Tony Nominee Legally Blonde) Julia Lester (High School Musical, The Musical: The Series), Alex Brightman (2 Time Tony Nominee Beetlejuice, School of Rock), Jim O’Heir (Parks and Rec), Christopher Henry Young (Hamilton), Brandon Hudson (Hamilton, The Prom), James Alsop (Choreographer for Beyonce and J Lo) and SO many more amazing teachers! With an All Star Faculty, a COVID Safe Camp, and the most amazing campers & staff, we are going to have the BEST SUMMER of OUR LIVES! SESSION 1 July 5-14, 2021 Tuition $3491 +$75 COVID Testing Fee SESSION 2 July 16-25, 2021 Tuition $3492 + $75 COVID Testing Fee ​ SESSION AWESOME SESSION AWESOME SESSION 4 July 27-Aug 5th, 2021 Tuition: $3494 + $75 COVID Testing Fee July 26th-August 1st 2021 Tuition: $2893 + $75 COVID Testing Fee July 6-25, 2021 Tuition $6995 + $75 COVID Testing Fee SESSION 3 ​ *sessions 3&4 run at the same time **Prices do not include the $75 Covid testing fee ​ ***Based on limited capacity numbers during The 2021 Season, we may run out of room very quickly. ​ REGISTER NOW! Need More Time? Fill this out to Hold a Spot in Summer Camp 2021 Hold A Spot For Me! Fill out this form to reserve a spot for 72 hours. Student First Name Age This Summer Student Last Name Pronouns She/ Her/ Hers He/ Him/ His They/ Them/ Theirs Other Parent Names Parent Phone Number Parent Email Which Session(s) are you interested in? Session 1 July 5-16th Session 2 July 16-25th Session Awesome July 6-25th Session 3 July 26- August 1st Session 4 July 27- August 5th Unsure Continue Call us at (855)462-9282 with ANY QUESTIONS! Back to Top Summer 2021 Master Class Teachers Hamilton SF Cast Kate Rockwell Mean Girls Stephanie J Block Tony Winner Julia Lester High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Laura Bell Bundy Legally Blonde Nick Adams Falsettos Eden Espinosa Wicked Zachary Noah Piser Dear Evan Hansen Laurie Metcalf Tony, Emmy Winner Jim O'Heir Parks & Rec James Alsop Béyonce Choreographer Naomi Grossman American Horror Story

  • Learn From The Stars | Camp YATC

    OVERNIGHT Summer Camp 2021 Registration is OPEN!! Call Now for the Pre-Registration Price (925)858-3548 Ages 8-18 + All Levels Need More Time? CLICK HERE to Hold a spot in Summer Camp 2021 REGISTER NOW! Summer News COVID Safety Welcome! ​ You've come to the right Drama Camp! ​ Our Teachers Work Professionally on Broadway! TV! Film! Dates & Rates Upcoming Events Conservatory 2021 Auditions Email for instructions! ​ Summer Camp Registration Now Open! ​ Our Next Workshop TBA UP NEXT @ YATC UP NEXT YATC Summer camp 2021 Register online or CALL US today! Register online or CALL US today! (855) 462-9282 BACK TO TOP

  • Monologues | Camp YATC

    Monologue Suggestions MONOLOGuE TIPS 1. (if available). If not, think about the storyline, or make it up. Knowing the overall story helps you perform the monologue. Read the play 2. . The more comfortable you are with the lines the better. Learn the lines 3. Why are they saying these words? What does your character want? 4. Are you in a church, bathroom, school hall? Specificity is really important for all actors. Where are you? 5. (Important to know who you are speaking to. Is it a group of people or just one person?) Who are you talking to? 8-10 Year Old Comedic 8-10 Year Old Dramatic 11-13 Year Old Comedic 11-13 Year Old Dramatic 14-18 Year Old Comedic 14-18 Year Old Dramatic

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