The Orbit Junior Program offers fun and exciting classes for Kids ages 3 through the 5th grade who want to explore, create, and find their inner performer. This is a great place for kids to jump in with both feet and spread their wings in the Arts. It has been proven time and again that the performing arts develops physical skills, cognitive and critical thinking ability, social skills and breeds art and creativity, personal achievement, and self- esteem in the lives of children.



Orbit Jr. PLAYGROUND!

“The Playground” is designed to be just that…a fun, tactile and exploratory experience for primary aged students through the 1st grade. The major emphasis is placed on using the imagination to create unlimited adventure.

 

Ages 5-7

Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm August 16-December 20

OR

Thursdays from 4pm-5pm August 17-December 14

Instructor- Tatom Pender

Creating an inspired story line, learning to memorize a script, building a set and performing an original play are just a few of the exciting aspects to this course designed for older explorers. Through music, movement and active play students learn stage directions, character development and acting terms while engaging in imaginative story-telling.

$62/month

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Acting Out

Designed for students ages 7-10, this program continues the creative journey and encourages young performers to stretch their imaginations and develop their own special abilities. This is a great platform for students of varying levels and backgrounds to explore the arts, learn self-discipline, and the value of team work.

Ages 7-10

Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm August 16 -December 20

OR

Saturdays from 11am-12pm August August 19-December 16

Instructor- Tatom Pender

This fun and discovery-oriented class for elementary aged students will focus on a more in depth approach to using imagination and critical thinking skills to develop characters and cohesive story telling.  Learning to memorize a script, building a set and performing an original play are just a few of the exciting aspects to this course.  Each student will learn stage directions, improvisation, character development, and acting terms through interactive play with music, text, their voices, and their imaginations.

$62/month

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Ages 7-10-Advanced

Thursdays from 5pm-6pm August 17-December 14

Instructor- Tatom Pender

Through upbeat and fun voice and movement, story-telling and creative visualization the young performer will learn foundational acting techniques which will serve them well as actors and as students of the world! The skills developed in this class translate well from the stage/set to the classroom with focus on confidence, eye-contact, control over the body, use of space, cooperation and creative thinking.

$62/month

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*Prerequisite- One previous semester of Acting Out for beginners or equivalent training from an alternate acting class.

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Act UR Face Off!Ages 7-12

Saturdays from 1pm-2pm August 19 -December 16

Instructor- Tatom Pender

This is definitely not a SERIOUS class! Come and have an AMAZING time with Orbit Instructor Tatom Pender for a weekly session that is less like a class and more like a party! This fun course won’t even feel like learning as students explore their creative sides using improvisation, games and script writing/story telling! Don’t miss this class that meets just after Orbit PLAYhouse Productions!

$62/month

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Musical Theatre!

Musical Theatre Prep Track– Ages 7-12- AUDITION/APPOINTMENT ONLY

Wednesdays from 6pm-7:30pm

Instructor- Jillian Hanes-Murray

If you are interested in becoming a triple threat, this class is for you! Come explore & experience Musical Theatre and its unique performance demands. This class is designed to help students learn all of the essentials of musical theatre in a fun, creative and supportive environment. It will teach the fundamentals of using drama, song and dance to create characters and tell a story. Become a more versatile performer while studying Musical Theatre Dance incorporating Broadway styles,Vocal Performance, Diction, Theatre Techniques, Acting for the Stage, Character Development, Improvisation and Audition Techniques.

The course culminates with an informal showcase performance of material covered in class.

$99/month

Audition and Appointment only- Please call the Orbit Office at 770-693-3641 or email chris@orbitartsacademy.com for an entrance audition.

Approved Students Register HERE

 

Orbit PLAYhouse Productions!– Ages 7-12

Saturdays -from 10 am-1pm beginning in August!

Instructor- Anthony Galde, Chris Hall, Alison Streeter and guests

Students audition early in the semester and mount, rehearse and perform a FULL Musical! Past shows have included Disney Aladdin, Seussical Jr, Disney The Jungle Book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Elf Jr and our current production of 101 Dalmatians!

$99/month

 

Showtime!

HONK JR!

Orbit PLAYhouse Productions– Ages 7-12

Session Dates : August 19 – December 10

Students will mount, rehearse and produce a full musical production- HONK JR! They will engage in active staging, choreography, and music rehearsal culminating in a fully produced show!

Rehearsal times are each Saturday from 10am-1pm. Performance dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday Dec 8-10, 2017.

Seeking performers age 7-12 with talent and a strong interest in musical theatre performance.

Those auditioning should prepare a one minute song of their choice (one verse and one chorus) in a style appropriate for the show. Please choose material that shows both acting and singing capabilities. Performers may bring tracked MP3 or CD accompaniment.

Please wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear as you will be asked to move/dance. A combination will be taught on site.

This audition is for entrance into the FALL Orbit PLAYhouse Productions session and all roles in the show will be cast from the existing ensemble on the first day of rehearsal on August 19.

 

Approved Students Register HERE

 

 

 


Dance!

The Dance Factor!- Musical Theatre DanceAges 7-10

(Beginner Level)

Thursdays from 4pm-5pm August 17-May 24

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

Let’s get ready to MOVE before ACTING OUT class! Students will be given nuts and bolts training in each dance medium. Ballet, Jazz, Tap as well as modern and musical theatre dance. This is a great beginning dance class for children and provides them with the needed skills to move into our more advanced musical theatre programs!

$62/month

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Orbit’s Teen/Youth division caters to students ages 10 and up who are ready to take their creative training to the next level. The program is designed to be fun and exciting while giving students a taste of all of the elements of the performing arts. From On-Camera to On-Stage students have the opportunity to explore and absorb techniques to excel not only in the arts, but in life!


Acting

The PRO-gram for young actors– Ages 10-13

Thursdays from 6:00pm-8:00 pm -August 17-May 17

Instructor- Tatom Pender and Orbit Staff

This exciting new program is designed for young actors ages 10-13 who are interested in taking their overall training to the next level. The course will cover all advanced acting fundamentals in characterization, script analysis, body and voice work, improvisation and multiple other performance techniques for stage and on-camera.  Perfect for students who want to make ACTING their prime focus for stage work and for the expanding Atlanta Film Market. This course will be taught by multiple Orbit Staff members and guest artists, but will be led by seasoned instructor and local professional actress Tatom Pender!

$125/month

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ActingAges 10-13

Mondays from 5:30pm-6:30 pm -August 14-May 21

Instructor- Chris Hall

 

To become a real actor, you have to have the fundamental tools it takes to be successful. In this introductory class we will cover stage presence, acting terminology, voice and speech, actor physicality and characterization.  From On-Camera to Theatre, understanding the basics and how to bring your “self” to every character is vital and is the true “fun” of acting.  Learn about yourself….Learn about working in the industry….but most importantly…. Learn to ACT…really.

$62/month

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Intermediate ActingAge 10+

Saturdays from 2pm-3pm  August 19-May 19

Instructor- Tatom Pender

To become a real actor, you have to have the fundamental tools it takes to be successful. In this introductory class we will cover stage presence, acting terminology, voice and speech, actor physicality and characterization.  From On-Camera to Theatre, understanding the basics and how to bring your “self” to every character is vital and is the true “fun” of acting.  Learn about yourself….Learn about working in the industry….but most importantly…. Learn to ACT…really.

$62/month

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Advanced Acting Ages 13+ 

Tuesdays  from 4:30-5:30 pm  August 15-May 22

OR

Saturdays from 11 am-12pm  August 19- May 19

Instructor- Chris Hall

Explore the fundamentals of multiple acting techniques borrowing from Sandford Meisner, Uta Hagen and even a little “method” here and there. A great ‘technique’ is the technique you create for yourself by exploring multiple roads to the “truth of the moment”. Join experienced teacher Chris Hall for the the practice of characterization, script analysis and rehearsal level improvisation by exploring truthful preparation and active approaches your work.

$62/month

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Improv Technique and TROUPE- Ages 13+

Wednesdays- 6:30pm-8pm  August 16- May 23

Instructor- Marc Middlebrooks

Joing experienced improvisationalist and hilarious actor Marc Middlebrooks for the nuts and bolts of comic improvisation, basic improve platforms and other short and long form techniques. Through exercises, games, and activities designed to stretch the imagination, Marc will lead each student individually and this class collectively towards a mastery of improvisational technique. The class will begin with basic instruction and then blossom into a full-fledged performance troupe providing monthly shows for the Sandy Springs community and beyond!

$85/month

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 Musical Theatre

TRIPLE T TRAINING PROGRAM Ages 12+

Wednesdays from 5pm-8:30 pm-  August 16-May 23

Instructors- Chris Hall, Anthony Galde, Jillian Hanes-Murray, Tatom Pender, Shane Simmons

AUDITION ONLY!– Please contact the Orbit Office.

The Triple “T” Training program includes classes in acting, musical theatre dance and a detailed approach to acting through song with an accompanist. This programs provides in depth and thorough training in all musical theatre styles and techniques. Each semester will conclude with a Fall and Spring Showcase of student work. Perfect for students interested in taking their musical theatre training to a more challenging level!!

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BEGINNING TO BUILD YOUR AUDITION BOOK Ages 10-15

Thursdays from 5pm-6pm  August 17-December 14

Instructor- Shane Simmons

Work with our talented Staff accompanist and long time musical director Shane Simmons on choosing the right audition material for yourself, making cuts to your music and the tools that will make you successful when entering the room when it really counts! A truly unique course for the serious musical theatre student!

$62/month

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BUILD YOUR BEST AUDITION BOOK Ages 13+

Saturdays from 10am-11am  August 19-December 16 (Fall Semester Only)

Instructor- Shane Simmons

Work with our talented Staff accompanist and long time musical director Shane Simmons on choosing the right audition material for yourself, making cuts to your music and the tools that will make you successful when entering the room when it really counts! A truly unique course for the serious musical theatre student!

$62/month

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Tap Ages 12+

Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm Sept 20 – May 23

Instructor- Carson Hobbs

Tap Dance rudiments and technique for ages 12+. Beginner/Intermediate.

Carson Hobbs was in Broadway’s hit show, WICKED, as the Witch’s Mother, and performed nationally on tour and in several regional productions (A Chorus Line, Footloose, The Full Monty, 42nd Street). Her TV and commercial credits include One Life to Live, The Today Show, ESPN, Toys R Us, Bell South, Mastercard, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Inside Edition, and Dance Spirit Magazine. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Dallas Ballet Center, and StageCoach (LA), as well as many studios in the Southeast.

$62/month

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The Dance Factor-Musical Theatre DanceAges 10 and up

Thursdays  from 5pm-6pm-August 17-May 17

OR

Saturdays from 9am-10am- August 19-May 19

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

A fast paced course for beginning or intermediate students. Instructor Antwan Sessions uses the basics of ballet, jazz, and modern styles and combines them into a musical theatre course in dance style.

$62/month

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Musical Theatre Dance Ages 12+

Wednesdays from 5pm-6pm August 16-May 23

Instructor- Jillian Hanes-Murray

A fast paced course for beginning or intermediate students. Instructor and Orbit’s Lead Choreographer Jillian Hanes-Muray uses the basics of ballet, jazz, and modern styles and combines them into a musical theatre course in dance style.

$62/month

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Ballet for Musical Theatre Dance Technique-Ages 13+

Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30- August- 15-May 22

(All skill levels)

A great ballet technique is the FOUNDATION for every good dancer and musical theatre performer. Come and get the basics of ballet training or explore your technique further in this detail oriented class with instructor Antwan Sessions!

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

$62/month

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Jazz for Musical Theatre Dance Technique-Ages 13+

Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30- August 15-May 27

(Intermediate skill level)

A fast paced course for beginning or intermediate students. Instructor Antwan Sessions uses the basics of ballet, jazz, and modern styles and combines them into a musical theatre course in dance style.

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

$62/month

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Orbit College Preparatory Program-Ages 16+

Mondays from 6:30pm-8:30pm beginning August 14

Rising Juniors and Seniors and gap year students only

Designed for students in their junior and senior year of high school, this 2 hour intensive program will aid young actors in choosing material for auditions for collegiate and University BFA and BA programs in Acting and Musical Theatre. Staff will provide coaching and assistance on song cuts, monologues and interviews. Opportunities for college application counseling will also be available as well as special guest presenters. If you are a rising junior or senior interested in auditioning for college theatre and acting programs, please contact the Orbit office by calling 770-693-3641 or emailing chris@orbitartsacadmey.com. A staff member can assist you with registration for this particular course.

Instructor- Anthony Galde and Chris Hall

$100/month

 

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Home School

Ballet for Musical Theatre Dance Technique- Ages 10+

Wednesdays from 3pm-4pm- August 16-May 23

Mr. Orlando Molina is an ABT Certified Teacher with extensive international dance education, stage performance, and teaching experience. He received his Diploma as a Dancer/Teacher from the Cuban School of Ballet and joined the Ballet Clasico de la Habana where he toured internationally. He moved to Peru and worked with the Ballet School of Chiclayo and I.N.C. School of Ballet, later assuming the role of Ballet Master. He then joined the Ballet Municipal de Lima as a principal dancer and later performed with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet and Orlando Ballet. During his time with Orlando Ballet he was appointed as Ballet Master. He later served as the ballet master for the Focus Performing Arts Center and Pulse Performing Arts Studio. Orlando has extensive personal ballet coaching experience, resulting in several students reaching the finals of the Youth Grand Prix.

Instructor- Orlando Molina

$62/month

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Modern Dance Technique– Ages 10+

Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm- August 16-May 23

This course will cover the foundations of modern dance through a variety of exercises, improvisations, and movement combinations that help students gain confidence in moving their bodies in new ways. Instructor Antwan Sessions will lead students through multiple modern techniques, including Lester Horton, José Limón, Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

$62/month

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Jazz for Musical Theatre Dance Technique– Ages 10+

Wednesdays from 1pm-2pm- August 16-May 23

A fast paced course for beginning or intermediate students. Instructor Antwan Sessions uses the basics of ballet, jazz, and modern styles and combines them into a musical theatre course in dance style.

Instructor- Antwan Sessions

$62/month

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Acting for Home School Students– Ages 10+

Wednesdays from 4pm-5pm- August 16-May 23

To become a real actor, you have to have the fundamental tools it takes to be successful. In this introductory class we will cover stage presence, acting terminology, voice and speech, actor physicality and characterization.  From On-Camera to Theatre, understanding the basics and how to bring your “self” to every character is vital and is the true “fun” of acting.  Learn about yourself….Learn about working in the industry….but most importantly…. Learn to ACT…really.

Instructor- Orbit Staff

$62/month

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Orbit Company/Junior Company Training Program

Auditions

Orbit Arts Academy Announces auditions for our 2017-18 Company and Junior Company Training Programs.

Auditions will be held at Orbit Arts academy studios, 650 Mt Vernon Highway, NE in Sandy Springs.

Each interested applicant should prepare 32 bars of two contrasting songs appropriate for a musical theatre audition. Please bring music clearly marked. An accompanist will be provided. Each auditioning applicant should also bring comfortable, dance appropriate clothing and be prepared to dance.

A panel of local professionals will be in attendance at the auditions along with Orbit Artistic Directors Anthony Galde and Chris Hall.

Audition times are as follows:

Orbit Company (Ages 13-18) – Saturday, May 20 – 3 pm-5 pm

Orbit Junior Company (Ages 10-15) – Sunday, May 21 – 2 pm-5 pm

Please email Chris@orbitartsacademy.com or call 770-693-3641 to set up a top of the hour audition time.

The Orbit Company(ages 13-18) and the Orbit Junior Company (ages 10-15) are intense musical theatre training programs for students with a passion for musical theatre performance and interest in training for a possible future career in the musical theatre industry.

A serious approach to each medium (voice, acting, dance) is required as well as an interest in improving and refining overall musical theatre performance technique. Entrance is by audition only.

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Company/Junior Company members will participate in a Fall Showcase of talent and a full Spring musical theatre production from the canon through a Broadway licensing company. During this time they will receive the utmost possible training in each required musical theatre medium.

All Company and Junior Company Students are required to participate in our Extended Learning program, which includes the standard 6-8 hour training program as LTR_DSC00835well as 2 elective courses (Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre) and a Full week Summer Program. We encourage serious musical theatre students to train as much as possible, and Orbit is excited to offer this option of training.


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Approved Students Register HERE 

The Atlanta area is teeming with possibilities in the acting, film and television industries. The market offers opportunities from being an extra, to a walk on, to making the most of launching a career in an exciting and budding new industry. Orbit’s Adult program offers beginning to intermediate actors a safe and challenging environment to explore, grow, and learn the valuable techniques it takes to become a professional.


 

Stay tuned for Orbit Underground’s Line up of 8 week classes and workshops for Adults! Courses to include On-Camera, Acting, Improv and Industry Building Skills! 

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Summer Camp 2018

Orbit offers fun-filled and educational Summer performing arts camps for kids ages 5-18. Campers have a blast and make tons of new friends. These action packed camps consist of acting, singing,dance, mime, puppetry, stage combat, musical theatre and a host of other samplings from the Orbit line-up of arts-centered activities.


Stay tuned for exciting announcements about Summer 2018!!!