Online Learning

Enjoy our wide variety of links to art, theater, and online resources below!

If you are interested in an online lessons or having us start a new group class, reach out to us and we can put something together! We are available to continue educating and expanding the arts online!

FREE Family Acting Improv Class
Join Betina Hershey (professional performer, educator, and Mom) for a family acting improv class on Wednesdays 4:30-5:30.

Many adults and kids have been taking online classes separately, but this one is for kids and adults to take together! Learn how to play, say “yes and,” explore your emotions, and think on your feet! Acting improv is a wonderful bonding tool to brings us together with laughter and fun! Any ages welcome!

Register in Advance for the Zoom class link.

The Show Must Go Online – Garden Players students performing the title song

Our friend and composer Denver Casado has written a musical about saving the show by putting it online. Our Garden Players and Rising Stars students were offered the challenge of learning this song in two days and video taping themselves. Both videos below were edited by Denver Casado.


Thanks everyone, for rising to the challenge! This is an incredibly fun and inspiring song for these shelter-in-place times! This song is from the virtual children’s musical “The Show Must Go Online” available at www.bbbpress.com. Book by Jessica Penzias Lyrics by Dave Hudson Music by Denver Casado

Online websites and learning tools you may love (feel free to send me more links I can share with everyone):

Dear current students in Rising Stars, Garden Players, and Parents,

I hope everyone is well and finding ways to laugh and express themselves during this strange time. I look forward to seeing your responses to our videos and assignments, meeting online, guiding you, and working on theater skills with you.

You should have received your Google Classroom code, and also your Zoom meeting code and password. Reach out to us if you need any help accessing your online content or have any suggestions.

Content and assignments will be added weekly to each of the Google Classrooms for you to use at any time that works for you. Some assignments will have due dates and you will be asked to share videos or written work with us as you develop your character, are assigned additional character work, monologues, warm-ups, technique exercises, and theater projects. Besides sharing videos, assignments, and written pieces, we are also  online during your weekly class time using Zoom. Sundays will be coming soon. We are committed to finishing this school year, to extending classes in place of Sunday rehearsals, and having a culminating virtual show experience.

Find out more answers to your questions about our program changes related to COVID-19 on our FAQS page.

We know everyone is adjusting so if you cannot join us, we understand, but hope to see you when you are able!

On Camera Techniques / Songwriting

Working together online has some very exciting possibilities. What works really well online?

  1. On-Camera Film and TV Acting Techniques

The final video of your character development monologue will be you in your costume and with your background, having learned some valuable techniques not only within our musical theater genre but also for TV and Film auditions. Facing the camera, having a background that is either plain or a setting appropriate to your story, expressing through the use of your face in subtle ways, keeping yourself in the center of the camera, wearing something simple or designed for your character, and keeping focus throughout the full take are some of what you’ll be working on.

  1. Singing & Recording

Using piano and orchestrated tracks, you get to sing along, and then record yourself.

Composer Denver Casado has put together some videos of our first singers who sent us themselves singing The Show Must Go Online.

(You can still send a video of yourself for us to make another video with the recent ones we’ve already received and the ones you send. 

  • Close up
  • Clean or single color, neat background
  • Wide angle landscape view
  • Look into the camera
  • Wear earphones so we don’t hear the keyboard in the background
  • Learn the song in short phrases by listening, then pressing pause and singing

So Far From Home & Garden Players Songs:

I’ll be asking you to record yourself singing at least one of our show’s songs, so feel free to get a head start.

Piano tracks to all of our So Far From Home songs and to our Garden Players song here.

  1. Character Development Monologue Writing

Your character development questions and answers are rich in details that add so much to your characters. Your monologues are built from those questions you’ve answered. Together we are exploring how to create more dynamic beginnings, endings, and hone those fun details.

See the monologues we are working on with you here

  1. Student Theatrical Design

The process of adding character look and set design creativity to your vision. Assignments are on Google Classrooms but email me if you need more details.

  • Draw your character.
  • Draw your set.
  • Create a costume.
  • Create a backdrop.
  • Make a video of yourself performing your character development monologue in your costume and in front of your backdrop.

Keep in mind all of your on-camera technique!

  1. Acting Improv

Another step to depth of character and a big step towards self expression and resiliency during this moment in time, acting improv gives you chances to bond with fellow actors, think off of the top of your head, reflect the current moment as different characters during different times, and to explore what’s on everyone’s minds with fun and bravery. Small groups are able to work together in break-out rooms and then present to the full class, as well as large group stories, and single and double rants. I’ve been loving the Baby Ogres, Dragons, Atlanteans and Martians who have all been dealing with being stuck at home due to some strange virus or other alien reason just like all of us.

  • Rant
  • Double Rant
  • Yes And
  • Yes But
  • It’s Tuesday
  • Questions
  • Conducted Story
  • First and Last Line
  • 3 Lines to Show Relationship
  • Musical Theater Character’s in Today’s Situation

6.Songwriting

The New Victory has been providing excellent content each week. This week is songwriting week. If you follow the exercises, let me know which ones you love! If you write a song and are able to record it, send it to me! If you are working on a song and get stuck, let me know, and I can help edit! Go to the Classes.

  1. You Choose!

Send me what you’ve been working on! Be it acting, singing, or writing, I’d love to see it! Record yourself doing a scene with someone in your family, an improv with your sibling, a monologue, record yourself singing your favorite song, record yourself singing one of our show songs. Want me to send you a monologue for something extra to work on? Let me know that, too!

See you on Zoom during your class time and if you can’t make it to Zoom, you can still do the work by sending videos and getting feedback through email.

Much love to everyone,

Betina

& all of us at Garden Players