Each year Burning Coal hosts an intensive conservatory. This year’s STC is for ages 12-19.
STC is our intensive, three-week conservatory for students interested in professional training and having fun with a new “theatre family”. This year Ayal and Elliott from TIME FLIES CIRCUS, based in Brooklyn, NYC, are back to lead the conservatory and direct the final performance.
Discover the techniques that work for you with morning master classes from professionals and educators from across the state. In the afternoon, rehearse a play and prep on the final two days for your culminating performance.
Students ages 12-19 are encouraged to apply this year, and will work together to perform the musical GODSPELL, music by Stephen Schwartz and book by John-Michael Tebelak. Auditions will take place on the first day of class, and every student will have the chance to perform.
STC Camp Dates: July 10th – 28th
Godspell Performance Dates: July 28th & 29th
The musical GODSPELL is structured as a series of parables primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew*, intermixed with stylistic theatrical clowning techniques and music that genre bends hymns, rock, gospel, pop, and vaudeville. The STC performance will incorporate circus and aerial performance techniques as taught by TIME FLIES CIRCUS.
*Please note that although GODSPELL is loosely based on a religious text, students of ALL faiths and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.
No previous theatre experience is required to join STC, and all students enrolled will have a role. We welcome students of all abilities to join us, and if your student has specific accessibility needs there is space to let us know on the application.
If your student is interested in technical theatre opportunities such as design, assistant directing, or stage management, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
FEE: $425, with $100 due upon application and the remainder due by the first day of class. Partial scholarships available upon request.
APPLY HERE for a scholarship to attend STC, Sr.
CLASS STRUCTURE: STC consists of morning classes with guest artists from across the state’s myriad professional theatres and educational institutions and afternoon rehearsals for a classic or modern classic play (This year the musical GODSPELL).
Drop off is from 9:30am – 10am, pick up is from 4pm – 4:30pm (if you require extended time, give us a call at 919.834.4001 in advance to let us know or email email@example.com). There is a carpooling interest checkbox on our application form so we can connect parents together. There will be an hour-long lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions (students bring their own lunch).
Week 1: Auditions will take place on the first day of class, and casting will be determined. 1-2 Guest Artists will come in during the mornings to teach master classes. The other mornings will be taken up by aerial circus technique training. Afternoons will consist of play discussions and blocking rehearsals. This is also a fun time where students make friends and get to know each other!
Week 2: More Guest Artists will come in to teach master classes in the mornings. Rehearsals will begin in earnest this week with an exploration of character and performance styles.
Week 3: This week is all focused on getting performance-ready. Performances will be fine-tuned and there will be multiple tech and dress rehearsals for practice.
Performance Days: Performances are open to the public, and students are encouraged to invite friends and family to attend. On the Friday performance day, students are invited to join us for a Pizza Party between the end of class and the performance! On the Saturday performance students are expected to be at the theatre at least 1 hour before the performance to get ready. We aspire to give students a professional performance experience and responsibilities.
GUEST ARTISTS will conduct classes during the conservatory. They are all working theatre performers or college-level educators. The list of Guest Artists this year will be announced in May, 2023. Past teaching artists from colleges and professional theatres around the state have included:
Jill Carlson [ECU] – Stage Combat
Ray Dooley [PlayMakers Rep] – Auditioning
Carl Forsman [UNC-School of the Arts] – Shakespeare Text
John Gulley [UNCG] – Meisner Technique
Jo Hall [Greensboro College] – Fitzmaurice/Berry
COVID PRECAUTIONS: Students must show proof of vaccination on the first day of class (boosters not required). Students may be required to wear masks when indoors during class (not during the performance). If your student has an extenuating circumstance regarding vaccination, please call us at (919) 834-4001 before signing up.
Jul 10 – Jul 28, 2023
10 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday
$425 DUE $100 deposit with application, remainder due before class starts on July 10th.
Application Deadline: July 3rd
To sign up, start by filling out the application form, or call (919) 834-4001.
Then, pay for enrollment online by clicking here. You may also pay over the phone at (919) 834-4001, or send a check made out to Burning Coal Theatre Company to 224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604.
NOTE: There are partial scholarships available. APPLY HERE for a scholarship to attend STC, Sr. To find out more about them, please call (919) 834-4001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct all questions to Artistic Director Jerome Davis at email@example.com or call us at (919) 834-4001
Performed by the 2023 Summer Theatre Conservatory Cohort
July 28-29 at 7pm
Tickets $10 (In-Person or Livestream)
The musical GODSPELL is structured as a series of parables primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew*, intermixed with stylistic theatrical clowning techniques and music that genre bends hymns, rock, gospel, pop, and vaudeville.
Each student will receive 2 complimentary tickets. Additional tickets will go on sale soon, and are $10 each.
224 Polk St., Raleigh, NC 27604
For additional information, please call 919.834.4001.