Count Basie Theatre
The Count Basie Theatre’s educational mission is to provide a foundation of cultural enrichment to students of all ages and economic levels. These efforts include arts instruction and coursework, plus unique programs like professional development for teachers and bus-in programs for students in underprivileged school districts. The theatre’s Education and Outreach Programs and its faculty aim to offer an ever-changing suite of programming designed to enrich the Count Basie Theatre community as a whole.
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Need Help? Have Questions?
Contact the Education Department
Phone: 732-224-8778 x 125
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701
Email: sbrennan@countbasietheatre.org

Current Session

Rolling Registration Available!
Sign up for multiple classes and save! Pay full price for first camp and deduct $25 off the course fee for each additional camp. Offer is valid for individual registrants and is not a family discount plan. Does not apply to 3 week workshops or partnership camps
 
 
 
 
 
JULY 28-AUGUST 1
 
DRAMA DANCE SINGING WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30AM-12:30PM
INSTRUCTORS: YVONNE SCUDIERY & AMY FREDERICKS

This is a fast-paced, performance-based session, incorporating singing, dance and acting techniques.  Musical theatre is the basis of the materials reviewed here, with an emphasis on singing, blocking, and script work. The week culminates with an in-class demonstration for parents and friends. The perfect class to build confidence while honing your performance skills. Students should bring a daily snack and a blank audio CD. Click here to enroll.


TEEN VOICE AND HARMONY WEEK
AGES: 12-18   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 1-4PM
INSTRUCTOR: DIANE FOX

Students will develop proper vocal and breathing techniques and posture, blending, and the importance of listening to one another to create dynamic ensemble pieces and group harmonies. Ensemble  singing is collaborative process and a valuable skill for all young singers. An informal in-class performance for parents and friends will be held at the end of the week. Students should bring a daily snack and a blank audio CD. Click here to enroll.
 
 
TEEN ACTING WEEK
AGES: 13-18   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR

Designed for beginning students interested in mastering acting, this session provides a basic foundation in acting skills. Scripts,  improvisation and theatre games and exercises will round out the week, which also serves as a great place to meet peers who share the same passion for theatre. Click here to enroll.


DIALECTS WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 5:30-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPHER TOMAINO

This globe-trotting camp adds to your toolbox of theatrical skills in this weeklong exploration of the most commonly used dialects in musicals and plays. Standard British, Cockney, Irish, and American Southern accents will all be addressed. Click here to enroll.

AUGUST 4-8

DISNEY ON STAGE WEEK
AGES: 4-5   FEE: $110
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30-10:30AM
INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI

Everyone loves the music of Disney’s most memorable stage productions! The magic of Disney’s Broadway productions come to life through acting, dance and movement. A short classroom demonstration will be held at the end of the week for parents and friends. Click here to enroll.


WIZARD OF OZ WEEK
AGES: 6-8   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 10:30AM-12PM
INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI

Follow Ms. Giustiniani to Emerald City in this fun filled introduction to musical theatre that focuses on the songs, characters and  dialogue from this all-time favorite musical. A short classroom demonstration will be held at the end of the week for parents and friends. Click here to enroll.

MUSICAL THEATRE KIDS WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 1-4PM
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR  

This week-long, fun-filled intensive hones your stage and musical theatre skills and unleashes your inner performer. Script work, singing and lyric interpretation and stage movement / blocking will be incorporated into the weeklong camp. At the end of the week, an informal classroom demonstration will be held parents and friends. Students should bring a daily snack and a blank audio CD. Click here to enroll.
 
 
KIDS ON CAMERA WEEK
AGES: 6-8   FEE: $120
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4:15-5:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON

An excellent introduction to the world of television and film. Classroom exercises and games are designed to help students overcome shyness while promoting strong speaking and ‘camera- ready’ performance styles. Class focus is on helping students  develop a natural and spontaneous line delivery. Click here to enroll.

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA WEEK
AGE: 9-12   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 5:30-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON

Actual television and commercial scripts will be used to create exercises for campers during this session. One of the primary goals is to instill a strong sense of self-confidence, self-expression  and crisp clear diction in each student. Click here to enroll.

POP/ROCK PERFORMANCE AND TECHNIQUE WEEK
AGES: 12-18   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30AM-12:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: DEB LYONS

This camp is an opportunity to work with Broadway veteran (Smokey Joe’s Café) and multi-faceted performer, Deb Lyons.  This seasoned professional’s techniques will help young vocalists navigate high notes and connect to the lyric. This class includes vocal exercises,  audition skills, the inside scoop on what it takes to ‘land the gig’ and emphasizes solo stage performance. Click here to enroll.

COMEDY WEEK
AGES: 11-17   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 1-4PM
INSTRUCTOR: MICHAEL O’KEEFFE

Comedy Week classes include all forms of comedy: sketch (i.e.: Saturday Night Live), improvisation, (Who’s Line Is It Anyway?) and stand-up. Instructor Michael O’Keeffe has performed over 6000 comedy shows worldwide, most recently with renowned comedians Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum. As Creative Director of the Improv Jam Comedy Lab (New Jersey’s only full time interactive comedy troupe), O’Keefe brings over 20 years of teaching comedy to this fast paced and undoubtedly hilarious week long intensive for aspiring comedians.  A performance for parents and friends will be held in the classroom on the last day of the camp. Click here to enroll.
 
 
TAP FOR KIDS WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4-5:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: JACQUELINE MAZZA

Aside from simply being great fun, dance training provides multiple benefits:  increased flexibility, coordination and strength, creative  expression, development of rhythmic skills and timing, improved self-control, focus and group cooperation.  Ms. Mazza’s classes are inspiring and engaging. Click here to enroll.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED TAP WEEK
AGES: 9 & UP   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 5:30-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: JACQUELINE MAZZA

For those dancers with a stronger background in tap technique, this challenging camp is sure to get your heart pumpin’ and your toes  travelin’. Class includes complex rhythmic patterns and choreographed sequences in a variety of tap styles. Join Ms. Mazza for this exciting week of dance. Click here to enroll.


AUGUST 11-15

DRAMA DANCE SINGING II WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30AM -12:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPHER TOMAINO & AMY FREDERICKS

This fast-paced performance based week incorporates singing, dance and acting techniques, and is the perfect opportunity to build confidence while honing your performance skills. Musical theatre is the basis of the course work, with an emphasis on singing, blocking and script work. The week culminates with an in-class demonstration for parents and friends. Students should bring a daily snack and a blank audio CD. Click here to enroll.
 
 
ANNIE WEEK
AGES: 6-8   FEE: $170
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30-11AM
INSTRUCTOR: SAMANTHA GIUSTINIANI

It’s a hard knock life! Annie is one of the most popular musicals of all time -- especially with our younger thespians. Students will hone their acting, singing and movement skills while working with the script and music from the original stage production. A high energy week of learning and growing! Click here to enroll.


ACTING BASICS WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $220
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 11AM-1PM
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR

Campers will develop stronger acting skills and gain an understanding of the use of movement, expression and coloring of words to convey subtext and create memorable and believable characters. Monologue work will also be included in this week-long session. Click here to enroll.
 
 
CLASSICAL VOCAL PERFORMANCE WEEK
AGES: 15-ADULT   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 1PM-4PM
INSTRUCTOR: DIANE FOX AND AMY FREDERICKS
This intensive, week-long session allows students to study techniques of classical vocal performance by exploring the stories and  composers behind some of the great operas. Voice placement, breathing, diction and acting the lyric will all be incorporated. Academy Award©-winning actress Meryl Streep credits her early operatic training for her facility with accents and impersonations – so this is a valuable class for musical theatre lovers as well as those whose gravitate towards classical music. An informal in-class demonstration for parents and friends will be held at the end of the week. Students should bring a daily snack and a blank audio CD. Click here to enroll.
   

WRITE AND PERFORM YOUR OWN MUSICAL THEATRE SCENES WEEK
AGES: 13-18   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 1-4PM
INSTRUCTOR: KRIS ZOOK

Guided by music educator, performer and composer Kris Zook, this group will work to develop characters, formulate musical numbers and dances around a storyline, and then breathe life into each of them all with little time and a shoestring budget. If you’re a writer, composer, songwriter, lyricist, actor, singer or dancer with a passion for musicals and love of collaboration, then we want you. Be prepared for a challenge! Click here to enroll.
 
 
 
MAKEUP TECHNIQUES FOR THE STAGE WEEK
AGES: 10-16   FEE: $315 (INCLUDES $20 SUPPLY FEE)
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR

From zombies to sopranos to ballerinas, it’s important for actors, singers and dancers to be skilled at applying stage makeup. In addition to the basics, Ms. Taylor will include aging, fantasy and horror makeup methods in this week-long camp. An additional fee for supplies is included in the weekly session cost. Click here to enroll.

MUSICAL THEATRE TEENS WEEK
AGES: 12-17   FEE: $295
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4-7PM
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPHER TOMAINO  

Broaden your musical theatre skills via script work, moving, blocking, ensemble singing, and solo performances that focus on the  Broadway performer. A simple classroom demonstration will be held at the end of the week for parents and friends. Click here to enroll.


AUGUST 18-22

BEGINNER SONG WRITING WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $220
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 9:30-11:30AM
INSTRUCTOR: CAT LONDON

Students will learn the foundations of songwriting, including the function and characteristics of verse, chorus and bridge through  listening and analyzing some of the great songs throughout radio history -- including today’s hits! Students will the in-class opportunity  to share what they create and receive feedback. It’s encouraged - but not required - for students to accompany themselves with  an instrument. Click here to enroll.

POP ROCK VOCAL WEEK
AGES: 9-12   FEE: $220
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 11:30AM-1:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: COREY MARKOWITZ

This craft centers on the world of contemporary pop and rock. Learn to sing like your favorite Grammy™ winning artist while building confidence, vocal techniques and performance skills. Group and solo work will be covered. Click here to enroll.
 
 
MAKING AND USING PUPPETS WEEK
AGES: 7-11   FEE: $235 (INCLUDES $15 SUPPLY FEE)
MONDAY-FRIDAY • 4:30-6:30PM
INSTRUCTOR: MARJORIE ENERSON

For crafty and creative youngsters this session includes creating puppets from paper maché, paper bags, sock, paper cups and popsicle sticks. Using the puppets and creating characters and voices will round out this innovative arts week. A perfect combination of multiple challenges designed to motivate and strengthen students sense of self while encouraging concentration and use of the imagination. For students who are shy, working with puppets is often a perfect way to promote a greater use of speech. Click here to enroll.


PARTNERSHIP CAMPS (Multiple camp discount offer not applicable.)
For more information or to register for Jazz Arts Academy or Rockit, please call 732-224-8778 x125 
 
JAZZ ARTS ACADEMY SUMMER SESSION
JULY 28-AUGUST 1
10AM-4PM DAILY • AGES: 13-19 • FEE: $350*
Showcase performance at the Two River Theater • Friday, August 1
*Tuition includes course materials, study guides & sheet music. Needs based tuition assistance & scholarship programs available.
Learn from an all-star, all-pro faculty. Receive comprehensive training in improvisation, music theory, jazz history, and on your instrument.  The program features group lessons, individual coaching, and listening sessions throughout the week, as well as master classes with visiting artists and free access to Summer JazzFest concerts. Have fun learning to improvise, improving on your instrument, and meeting other young musicians. Click here to enroll.
 
 
ROCKIT AT THE BASIE SUMMER BAND CAMP
AUGUST 4-8 • AGES: 8-16 • FEE: $325
10AM-2PM MONDAY-THURSDAY • 12-2PM FRIDAY
INSTRUCTORS: BRUCE GALLIPANI & ROCKIT STAFF

Join Rockit this summer as we present an educational musical program for young musicians. Learn the dynamics of playing in a band with students who have the same passion for music. Experience first-hand how Rockit has become the premier music program in  Monmouth County. Learn how to audition and play in a band with confidence and discipline, form your own band and choose songs.Learn improvisation and music theory, watch live band demonstrations and learn how different musical sections are combined to  produce a song. Participants will perform an intimate concert in the Count Basie Theatre rehearsal room. Click here to enroll.


REQUIREMENTS
Vocalists, drummers, guitarists, bass guitarists, keyboardists, brass and string players are encouraged to join our camp. All students must have had private music studies for at least eight months.

ONCE-A-WEEK CLASSES

MONDAY TEEN I/II ACTING FOR THE STAGE
JULY 7, 14, 21, 28
AUGUST 4, 11, 18
7-8:30PM • AGES: 13-18 • FEE: $ 215
INSTRUCTOR: MELANIE TAYLOR

Challenge your creative energy in this exciting and informative summer session! Students will learn the importance of projection,  articulation, and rhythm in speaking the actor’s dialogue. The process of layering role interpretations with energy, flexibility and  commitment to actions will also be addressed. Class will focus on creativity and using the imagination. Click here to enroll.


 
 
TUESDAY THREE-WEEK PUBLIC SPEAKING
& ORAL PRESENTATION
AUGUST 5, 12, 19
7-9PM • AGES: 18 & UP • FEE: $90
INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTOPHER TOMAINO

Students will work on oral presentation and speaking skills throughout this innovative, three-session workshop. Much like the performance styles of John Leguizamo, Chazz Palminteri or Tyler Perry, this workshop uses personal stories as the basis for developing strong and engaging oral presentations. Through sharing your own “truths” and empowering yourself through listening to others, you gain a deeper understanding of who we are collectively. Click here to enroll.
 
     
MONDAY THREE-WEEK VOICEOVER CRASH COURSE
AUGUST 4, 11, 18
7-9PM • AGES: TEEN/ADULT • FEE: $90
INSTRUCTOR: BRADLEY MOTT
Learn the skills required to succeed in the voiceover business. This course covers audition skills, copy interpretation, finding your  character, using a microphone, breath control and voice placement. A popular class with a very knowledgeable and upbeat instructor. Click here to enroll.

TUESDAY THREE-WEEK IMPROVE AND ENHANCE YOUR VOICE
JULY 15, 22, 29
7-9PM • AGES: TEEN/ADULT • FEE: $90 
INSTRUCTOR: BRADLEY MOTT
Learn how to preserve, develop and strengthen your voice. Participants will learn how to speak clearly and distinctly, develop  dynamic and persuasive speaking techniques and gain and understanding of vocal preservation -- valuable skills for singers, actors or public speakers. Click here to enroll. 
 
 
 



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