Contact us at BurtwoodSchool@aol.com or call 508-946-1071
The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts opened in 1995 and quickly became the cultural hub of downtown Middleboro. From September to June, we offer classes in voice, acting, on camera acting, piano, guitar, drums, theory, sight reading, musical theatre, interview preparation, college auditioning, pageant preparation, technical theatre, styling and image, advanced performance, comedy and improv, film making, film editing, show choir, modeling and elegance, walking, writing, makeup, tiny tunes, arts and crafts, improv and dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop.
Adult classes are offered in acting, voice, piano, guitar, public speaking, interview preparation, quilt making, rug braiding, jewelry making, dance and photography.
In June and July we hold our annual Summer Arts Festival which features a full- scale musical production. Four weeks of private lessons are also offered in addition to a dance intensive workshop.
Our 11,000 square foot campus includes:
- 5 private study suites
- 3 large performance classrooms
- A spacious greenroom for homework and hanging out and making friends
- Two office areas
- A quaint kitchenette
- A resource library
- An extensive prop and costume suite with over 8,000 costumes, set pieces and props.
One of the many things that makes our school unique is that we have THE ALLEY THEATRE right on campus. This enables us to produce several plays, concerts, comedy shows featuring famous comics, book signings, lectures and events for adult and child audiences year round. The beautiful Alley Theatre holds 100 seated guests. The chairs can be removed to accommodate up to 150 guests.
Before entering the theatre, guests enjoy their time in our stunning box office/ lobby area.
There is also a spacious backstage/green room for performers
We pride ourselves in focusing on the importance of giving back to the community and volunteer at several events throughout the year to support veteran’s, food pantries, the elderly and the public school system.
From toddler to adult, we are confident The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts and The Alley Theatre will make a positive impact on your life. For more information on studying at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts or attending a show at The Alley Theatre or renting The Alley Theatre visit www.burtwoodschool.com
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Group Study vs. Private Instruction
There are tremendous benefits of both private instruction and group study depending on a student’s needs, commitment and goals.
In private instruction, the immediate and individual needs of the student can be addressed.
This one-on one instruction enables the student and teacher to build a rapport, allowing both to explore new limits and goals not normally achieved in a group setting. The unique bond and obligation to each other helps to cement both a respectful and productive relationship.
Group study offers students and extraodinary environment where students are free to explore new boundaries and aspects of theater instruction. The interaction within this ensemble-type atmosphere enables students to grow and learn about themselves through others. Breaking down barriers and growing as individual and collective artists becomes possible in this setting. Our unique team teaching approach features an environment where students are challenged in two different styles and two different techniques yielding a balanced assesment of the individual’s talent and potential.
Private voice features an individual study of the basic techniques of vocal production including breathing, voice placement, diction, phrasing, tone production and vowel formations. Students are exposed to music theory, anatomy of the instrument, song interpretation and style. A specific unit on styles, 1920s to present, is offered to students of all ages. Students perform in a recital each semester as well as many other, optional, public appearances.
Private Drum Instruction
Beginning students will be introduced to basic snare drum playing including note reading and technique. Intermediate students will begin to explore the essential rudiments, rolls, stick control and incorporating both feet in drum set performance. Advanced students will learn about different types of grooves, odd meter, developing stamina and studying different playing styles of prominent drummers. All students at all levels will learn about musicianship in the role of the drummer.
Behind the Scenes Costuming a Show
These private lessons, for students of all ages, offer an introduction to basic skills, hand and fingering patterns, sight reading and theory. Supportive literature is assigned on an individual basis furthering the study of various fine works.
Students are introduced to basic guitar technique. Lessons have an emphasis on “finger picking” but a plastic guitar pick may be incorporated if desired. Students are also introduced to note reading, composition, and melodic improvisation. Lessons are available for acoustic and electric guitar, though acoustic guitar is preferred (less equipment
Private Acting and Audition Prep
We’ve known for quite some time just how talented our students here at Burt Wood are, and the professional community is beginning to figure it out, too. Thanks to this wonderful trend, The Burt Wood School now offers private acting and private audition preparation classes. Each class is tailored to fit the individual student’s talent and goals. Children learn how to handle every aspect of the audition situation from slating the camera and cold readings to presenting 16 bars of music and even having good audition sportsmanship. Because so many of our students are choosing to seek professional work in this very competitive industry, it is important that they are equipped with the tools that will help them get the jobs.
If you long to be a triple threat like your favorite singer-dancer-actor, or you can recite every line from High School Musical, Musical Theatre is the class for you! With three different age categories, there is a Musical Theatre class for every student. In this exciting class, acting techniques are applied to vocal techniques, creating well-rounded artists within a group setting. With the emphasis on considering a song as a monologue set to music, students are free to create while growing and are encouraged to work on original material. Students are introduced to different styles of musical theatre, composers, lyricists and directors. This process allows students to see, hear and feel the difference between various works. From Wicked to Grease, Annie to Footloose, The Little Mermaid to High School Musical; this class will help your child master the art of auditioning for and performing in musicals.
Private Dance Classes
Offered only to students with a strong and well rounded dance background. More intense levels of ballet, tap, dramatic jazz, hip hop, (which is chosen by the dancer) will be taught. Before a student at a new or basic level of dance knowledge takes a private class, he or she should at least take one year of ballet foundation. The student and his or her parents should meet with me before signing up for a private class.
Acting for the Stage: This class teaches actors everything they need to know about acting for live theatre. With a focus on cold readings, auditioning, script analysis, character development, how to select a perfect audition piece, scene study, monologue work, theatre history, theatre vocabulary, improv, timing, type and how to prepare for a performance, we feel confident students will feel empowered on stage.
This how-to class prepares young performers to work with directors and other actors in musicals or plays and helps them study scenes through the processes and mechanics of breaking down a script, and putting it up on it’s feet. Techniques learned will include research, auditioning, character study, movement, speech – dialects/accents, scene study, reacting and more.
ACTING FOR KIDS Monday 4:00PM-5:00PM
ACTING FOR TWEENS Monday, 5:00PM-6:00PM
Play Development: This exciting class teaches students all aspects of putting together a play. From budgeting, to publicity, marketing, fundraising, the artistic elements of staging a production, and how to direct and design a production including set, lighting and costume design; students will feel prepared to work behind the scenes or on the stage. *This class has the opportunity to produce a full length play during the second semester each year. Students are encouraged to work/train backstage at all of the plays, musicals and recitals at The Burt Wood School.
Play Development: Monday, 6:00PM-7:30PM (Grades 6 -12)
The Artist’s Way Workshop facilitated by Heather Campeau
The Creative Classroom for Grown Ups series in Middleboro will kick off with The Artist’s Way workshop facilitated by Heather Campeau. Based on the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron adults will discover and tap into their creativity. The Artist’s Way is considered “The seminal book on the subject of creativity.” This six-week course guides readers through exercises to help “blocked creatives” find inspiration for all genres of art. The main “tools” of the course are the morning pages and artist dates. If you are looking for encouragement to try out for a play, pick up a new instrument, learn a second language, redecorate your house, start or finish a novel, or take up photography, this course is for you. Every week participants will meet to engage in hands-on activities to unlock creativity. Poetry, icebreakers, painting and music will be implemented to assist creatives in pursuing their own artistic journey. All participants will receive a copy of the mentor text The Artist’s Way and students are encouraged to complete the weekly “homework” assignments.
During the course of the workshop, students will have opportunities to display their work during an annual art faire and local recitals. Please note that there will be no specific instruction in technique in any one area of art, drawing or writing. Instead, these activities will be used in the context of promoting greater creativity. Facilitator Heather Campeau is a former piano instructor at Burt Wood School of Performing Arts. She is has been an English teacher at Taunton High School for ten years. Mrs. Campeau was inspired to lead the workshop after participating in the Buzzards Bay Writing Project at UMass-Dartmouth this summer. She says, “Working with other people to improve my writing increased my creativity exponentially. We laughed, cried, and ate together and quickly became a “family”. I hope this workshop will be a similar, close-knit community where people are encouraged and supported.”
Heather is interested in photography, scrapbooking, and mixed-media art. She has completed three marathons and has had several articles published on parenting, education, travel, and spirituality. The class will meet for six weeks on October 1, 8, 22, 29 and November 5 and 12 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30p.m. Tuition is $120.00. The Artist’s Way work book is included in the tuition. The registration deadline is usually a week before each session.
Selfie: #REGRAM ONE DAY WORKSHOPS
Stylist Richard Bois offers Selfie: The Arts of Being Your Best You. This one day workshop focuses on the importance of hair, skin, nails, fashion and makeup. During this class students will learn how to dress for their body type, create the look they want on a budget, the 1, 2, 3’s of self-esteem and the basics in skin, hair, nail care and makeup. Every student will be given a basic essential kit with cosmetic and toiletry tools to provide perfect and healthy beauty. The workshop will culminate by posing for a perfect selfie picture showcasing the fresh faced look. Since kindness is essential to beauty, students are encouraged to bring a canned good to class to support The Sacred Heart Food Pantry /St. Vincent de Paul in Middleboro.
Two workshops will be offered. One for kids and one for teens. The workshop usually meets on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The tuition for the workshop is $90.00.
(Pictured: Burt Wood client Taylor Kinzler Miss Mass 2012 Performing at Miss America. She won Most Talented Non Finalist.)
Pageant Choreography for Singers
So your song is perfect and you can sing the pants off of it..now you need MOVEMENT to sell it to the judges. Our team is the ticket to having your song make sense on stage. If you want your body to match your voice thus making a phenomenal impact on the crowd, this class is a must for anyone seeking the crown. *Most numbers take at least four half hour coachings to stage.
GET REEL- CREATING AN AUDITION REEL
Award winning documentary maker Aaron Cadieux and acting coach Lorna Brunelle are teaming up to offer GET REEL at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts. This series is designed to provide artists of all ages with the opportunity to master the making of their audition reel. Singers and actors who need a reel for college auditions will select and prepare monologues and songs. Models and actors who need a reel for agencies or casting directors, will select and prepare commercials, scenes and monologues. Athletes who need a reel to apply for sports scholarships and colleges can select footage of their best plays for Aaron to edit together or invite Aaron to collect video footage during a live game.
The audition material will be rehearsed and perfected in private sessions on campus at The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts in Middleboro. Once each student feels confident the material is ready to perform on film, Aaron Cadieux will shoot the reel. During the editing process, Aaron is able to add the headshot and resume of each performer or stats of each athlete. Each student will receive a copy. The reels are filmed using professional video production equipment including a high definition camera, lighting equipment and sound gear. The reels are edited at Bristol County Media’s postproduction facility, where they are then sent to colleges, agents and directors on the students’ behalves.
Aaron and Lorna teamed up two years ago and enjoy helping people secure a professional reel. Owner of The Alley Theatre and The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, Lorna’s students have had success on American Idol, The Voice and The X Factor and have landed roles in plays, commercials, TV and film. Brunelle offered the following quote, “Many of our high school students need pre-screening or audition reels for colleges all over the country. Our modeling and acting clients need reels for managers, agencies, directors and digital casting. Our accompanist provides piano for colleges that require live music (verses prerecorded tracks) on the reel. The Burt Wood team consists of qualified professionals with degrees in acting, voice, dance and theatre. We look forward to helping artists and athletes land their dream school or a big job by providing them with a high quality, professional reel.”
Aaron is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. In 2005 he founded Big Operations Productions, a dual division company specializing in freelance video production and producing independent documentary films. In 2009, he teamed up with Manny Famolare to begin production on The Bridgewater Triangle, a feature-length documentary. In May of 2013, Aaron transitioned into full-time self-employment and established Bristol County Media LLC, a company specializing in video production services. At that same time, Big Operations Productions would become a label under Bristol County Media LLC responsible for independent documentary films. In 2014, production on The Bridgewater Triangle was complete. In July of 2014, Discovery Communications’ Destination America network acquired a license for the US broadcast rights to the film which aired this September on national TV. The cost of making a real is $250.00 payable directly to Aaron. The hourly rate of optional coaching to prepare material for the reel is $110.00 per hour. Those who do not need coaching are able to schedule filming their reel through our office.
Intro to Video Production for Documentary Filmmaking
Intro to Video Production for Documentary Filmmaking offers an introduction to the fundamentals of shooting quality video, an overview of the techniques used to obtain high production values at a low cost, a detailed look into what goes into organizing a documentary film, and how these elements can be combined in the making of a documentary film.
Students will learn how to choose the right documentary topic, organize for an on-camera interview, framing, lighting shooting and recording sound for an interview, framing, lighting and shooting cut-away (b-roll) footage, the basics of video editing and what not to do when making a documentary film. The project will culminate in an original documentary that participants create during the class. Participants will walk away from this course with a firm grasp of the basics of video production, and how the techniques can be applied to documentary filmmaking.
Intro to Film Production
Students will learn the foundation of digital filmmaking on cutting edge, state of the art, high definition cameras and audio equipment and create their own production from start to finish. Developed with the optimum mix of instruction and hands-on practice, students will be shooting in this program and have numerous hands-on opportunities to develop skills and gain experience. Students will participate in groups to develop a short film project. Groups will write, produce, direct, shoot and edit their own short thesis film. This course will make a filmmaker out of the novice! Students will learn film making on the newest technology such as Hi Def DSLR’s and camcorders. The editing class and film production classes will work together on a final film piece for the year end showcase.
Advanced Film Production
This class is a continuation of the intro to film production class. Students will expand their knowledge of film making. Intro to Film Production is a prerequisite. Students will learn film making on the newest technology such as Hi Def DSLR’s and camcorders. The editing class and film production classes will work together on a final film piece for the year end showcase.
Intro to Editing
In this class students will experience the process of piecing together film and video footage to create a narrative sequence through editing. Students will be introduced to the principals of editing including the style and the craft of hands-on editing work using editing software. Basic and advanced concepts will be explored such as color correction and introductory special effects, screen direction, sound design, picture management, titling and continuity. Although students are encouraged to bring lap tops to class laptops are not required. The editing class and film production classes will work together on a final film piece for the year end showcase.
Burt Wood children’s first introduction to a formal musical program, Tiny Tunes features timeless, favorite children’s songs as performed by three and four-year-old budding artists. Classes focus on the basics of carrying a tune, memorizing words, proper use of the microphone, stage presence, and practicing basic dance steps. Taught in a fun, nurturing environment, Tiny Tunes performers rank among recital audience favorites.
Building Life Skills and Relationships Through the Arts
The six week course is designed to allow participants to express themselves through all aspects of the performing arts. Participants of all ages will discover the confidence building power of performing on stage while learning about costumes, set designs, creative movement, music, props, theatre games and character development, all while learning about appropriate social interaction. The class will feature guest mentor workshops and master classes. The session will culminate in an open to the public performance on stage at The Alley Theatre in Middleboro.
M.E. Modeling & Elegance-A Young Girls Guide to Becoming Her Best “M.E.”
In M.E.Modeling & Elegance-A Young Girls Guide to Becoming Her Best “M.E.” students will learn how to dress for any occasion, how to care for their skin, nails, teeth, and hair, how to select and apply make up, how to avoid gossip and other unbecoming social behaviors, proper web etiquette, how to handle and manage daily not so pretty problems with peers, how to walk down a street or runway with perfect posture and poise, how to be graceful and gracious, with manners, a strong image and perfect diction and speech, the art of letter writing and thank you cards, runway and photo shoot techniques, how to select the best accessories, how to exude confidence from within, how to make healthy food choices, the importance of exercise, how to nail an audition or interview, how to select a pageant, how to lend a hand in the community, how to select a modeling or talent agency, how to say NO to unhealthy temptations and still be HIP, how to compose a resume, how to make an lasting positive impression!
Jackie Bruno with the Burt Wood Modeling and Elegance Class
Group Acting: Basic Principles of learning how to become an Actor
Acting 101 will be a how-to class on working with directors and other actors in musicals or plays. Students will learn to create characters, develop monologues and study scenes through the processes and mechanics of breaking down a script, and putting it up on it’s feet. Techniques learned will include research, auditioning, character study, movement, speech – dialects/accents, scene study, reacting and more.
DRUM CIRCLE: Daren Jacobs will be offering a weekly drum circle class for students who love music and want to develop team building life skills in a creative and therapeutic percussion filled space. Basic hand drumming techniques will be learned as students explore different ways to communicate through drums and other percussion instruments (and non-instruments) including tambourines, blocks, pots and pans, 5 gallon water bottles, boxes, buckets, and cow bells. The students will drum funky rhythms to popular radio music genres including hip hop, rap, Indie and R & B.
The class will listen to and learn worldly drumming sounds and methods from cultures including West African, Latin, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, European and Asian. This ensemble will have opportunities to perform in two optional recitals each year.
Daren joined The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts in 2010. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music with a minor in Education from Bridgewater State College. He was the music teacher, band and choral director for Bridgewater/Raynham school systems, and a public school music and choral director in the Taunton school system for years. Daren has been teaching private lessons for nearly twenty years. Daren has performed at The Boston Esplanade, Lupos, and The Middle East Café. His students have performed at several sporting events including The Brockton Rox, The Providence Bruins, and various benefits, galas, and inaugural events. Daren has been the featured bass player in a band and enjoys playing in the orchestra pits for many local high school shows. Classes begin on September 12 and meet on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. for ages 6-10 and 6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. for ages 11-18. Tuition for the class is $60.00 per month. Registration begins this week. For more information visit burtwoodschool.com or call 508-946-1071.
This class will consist of an hour of hip hop instruction. No experience necessary. If a student has prior dance experience, changes in level will be made upon teacher evaluation. Students will learn modern dance moves while moving to the hottest radio songs.
Burt Wood BEATS Show Choir
This high energy class based on the concept from the hit TV show “GLEE” will be taught by Miss Julie who will teach the vocal arrangements and Laura Crowell who will teach the choreography. No dance experience is required. This class is a blast! Extra performance opportunities may arise throughout the year.
Comedy & Improv
For grades 6 and up, this one-hour class will teach the performer some of the great comedy styles and rules- there are RULES to comedy (who knew?)! This class will focus on short scenes and skits to practice the comedy stylings and will also offer plenty of time for improvisation. Improvisation keeps the actors on their toes and encourages creativity and quick thinking!
Adults Acting Up
Finally a class for adults! Brush up on your acting skills and have fun. This class will focus on scene study, monologues, audition techniques, as well as some improvisation work. We’ll study everything from classic to contemporary, dramatic to comedic. Whether you’re finishing up high school, attending college, or have grandkids, all are welcome.
Photography for Adults
Learn how to use that new Digital SLR camera someone bought you this year. (Or the one that’s been left on the shelf and nearly forgotten.) The Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, together with Jon Haglof owner of J Haglof Photography, is offering five-week photography classes year round. The class meets Wednesdays from 6 – 8 p.m. and is aimed at beginner and novice level photographers who want to unlock the potential of their 35mm digital SLR camera. In this class, students learn the basics of using a 35mm Digital SLR camera and work towards using the camera in “Manual” mode and using the camera’s light meter and controls to expose an image correctly. This will serve as a stepping-off point to explore a variety of other camera functions, like the menu, all of the buttons, the on-camera flash and much, much more. The class also includes lessons in composition, perspective, timing and a wide range of techniques and concepts designed to put you on the road to taking great photos.
A 35-mm digital SLR camera and a few basic computer skills are required for the course.
The fee for the class is $250.00 for the five-week session. Gift certificates are available
Private Lessons in Voice, Acting, Public Speaking, Piano, Audition Preparation, Speech Writing, Pageant Preparation, Music Theory, Harmony and Ear Training, Composition, and Guitar (Based on 30 lessons per year for every student).
Group Lessons in Musical Theater, Film Production, Tap, Jazz, Burt Wood Beats Choir, Shakespeare, Tiny Tunes, Acting, Advanced Performance, Actors Tool Kit, and Extreme Acting, (Based on 30 lessons per year for every student).
Absence / Make Up Policy
If you are going to miss a lesson, please try to give someone in our office at least 24-hour notice. If you know in advance that you will be missing a specific lesson – please let your teacher know and a make-up lesson can be arranged at that time. Students are allowed two make-up lessons per year. These make up lessons must be scheduled within 30 days of the original date of your missed lesson. We do not provide make up lessons for missed make up lessons. If you give less than a 24-hour notice, there will not be a make-up lesson allowed as the teacher has to be paid for being present at lessons that are canceled on short notice.
Tuition is based on 30 lessons from September to June and is payable monthly for your convenience. Burt Wood is closed a few days during the school year to guarantee an equal amount of lessons per year for our students. Students who enroll mid-season may not receive the same amount of lessons as students who enrolled in September. Tuition will not be prorated for mid-season enrollees. TUITION IS DUE THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH OR A $20.00 LATE FEE WILL BE APPLIED. THERE IS A $35.00 FEE APPLIED TO RETURNED CHECKS. *Add on and summer lessons are available. Please see add on and summer study information.
Add On Lessons
The Burt Wood School offers an even 30 lessons per school year to every student between the months of September and June. However, add on lessons are available during the weeks we are closed for families who don’t go away for vacation or prefer to have uninterrupted study sessions. Add on lessons are $30.00 per lesson. This fee is above and beyond the regular $90.00 per month tuition. Example: If the school is closed for a week in March. Students interested in an extra lesson that month will have the opportunity to add on an extra lesson that week for an additional $30.00.
Summer lesson are offered for three consecutive Mondays in July and three consecutive Mondays in August and are $90.00 per month
Monthly Class Per Week
$45.00. . . . . . . $15.00
$50.00. . . . . . . $16.67
$55.00. . . . . . . $18.33
$65.00. . . . . . . $21.67
$70.00. . . . . . . $23.33
$75.00. . . . . . . $25.00
$80.00. . . . . . . $26.60
$83.00. . . . . . . $27.67
$90.00. . . . . . . $30.00
$118.00. . . . . . $39.33
$166.00. . . . . . $55.33
Semi private lessons $135.00 monthly/ $45.00 per class
Sunday lessons $110.00 per hour
Consultations $65.00 per half hour
Monthly Group Classes
Tiny Tunes $55.00 month
(45 minute class) $18.33 per class
On Camera Acting $75.00 month
(1 hour class) $25.00 per class
Musical Theatre $70.00 month
(1 hour class) $23.33 single class
Dance $55.00 month
(1 hour class) $18.33 per class
Film Production $75.00 month
(1 hour class) $25.00 single class
Burt Wood Beats Show Choir
(1 hour class) $65.00 month
(90 minute class) $70.00 single class
Acting $70.00 month
(1 hour class) $23.33 single class
Private Study Payable by Month:
Voice, Piano, Acting,Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone,
Banjo, On Camera Acting, Public Speaking, Guitar, Drums andTheory
30 mins. $90.00 month $30.00 single lesson
45 mins. $135.00 month $45.00 single lesson
1 hour $180.00 month $60.00 single lesson
Concentrated Private Study Payable by Session:
Pageant Prep or Modeling 1 hour $110.00 per hour
30 minutes $55.00 per class
Sunday sessions are $150.00
1 hour $110.00 per hour / 30 minutes $55.00 per class
Sunday sessions are $150.00 per hour.
Modeling and Elegance, Pageant Boot camps and
Improv Death match take place in multi-week sessions
throughout the year and range in price. Follow our
website and newsletter for updates on these events.
Adult Classes in Photography, Jewelry Making, Painting,
and Quilting available.
Click here for printable 2015-2016 calendar and tuition rates