Backbeard: The Musical

Established in February of 2011 and originally under the direction of Associate Professor Michael Musial, the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS) is dedicated to providing quality live theatre and arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth, educators and residents. The Institute also provides opportunities for Russell Sage students as performers,  technicians and teachers.

Programs include educational support services for Sage productions (such as in-class preparations, teacher in-services and study guides), a Saturday theatre arts school, camps during school breaks, and several theatre camps during the summer for children ages 5-18.

Currently under the supervision of Managing Director, David Baecker and Artistic Director, Leigh Strimbeck, the Theatre Institute at Sage faculty includes Russell Sage Teacher/Artists-in-Residence David Bunce, Heather Hamelin, and Lynne Roblin. Programs are taught by a combination of Sage staff, students and consultants.

Programs take place on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy, which is home to three performance spaces as well as numerous studios and classrooms.

Saturdays on Stage

Some kids have a very lively and active imagination, some have an “inner actor” hidden deep inside, and others are just “born to the stage.” If any of these are you, come join your fellow young performers every Saturday morning for an exciting exploration of the world of theatre.

Creative Dramatics  (Ages 5-7)

Saturdays 9 – 10 am

Come explore your imagination in this 10 week session.   Express your thoughts and ideas in a safe and nurturing environment.  Explore theatre through creative activities such as storytelling, movement, singing, mime, and craft projects.  Work together with your class and teachers to create a performance to share on the last day of classes.

Tuition: $125

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Theatre Skills (Ages 8-16)

Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm

Focus on performance skills (and personal development) in this 10 week session.  Work on skills in acting, voice and movement in a non-competitive atmosphere that fosters concentration, cooperation, and communication. Enjoy developing your own characters and story through improvisation and theatre games. Collaborate with fellow students and staff to create an original piece to be performed on the last day of classes. The fall session focuses on Musical Theatre Skills and the spring session focuses on Improvisation.

Tuition:  $275 for the 10-week session

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All classes held on the Russell Sage Campus, Troy, NY.

Fall 2016 Class Dates:  September 24 – December 10, 2016

OPEN HOUSE: September 17, 2016, 11 am in the Meader Theater

SOS #1: September 24

SOS #2: October 1

SOS #3: October 15

SOS #4: October 22

SOS #5: October 29

SOS #6: November 5

SOS #7: November 12

SOS #8: November 19

SOS #9: December 3

SOS #10: December 10

***No classes on October 8 and November 26, 2016

For more Information:

Heather Hamelin
[email protected]

2016-17 Season

Oct. 2016

By Leigh Strimbeck
Directed by David Baecker

A centennial celebration… a hundred years of history…performed with flair. Through Founders’ letters, student poems and editorials from The Quill, you’ll hear the heartbeat of Russell Sage College. Come see what has changed and what has stayed the same in this Centennial herstory.

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Alice in Wonderland
Nov/Dec. 2016

By Lewis Carroll
Directed by Michael Musial

Lewis Carroll’s unflappable young heroine takes a tumble down an enchanted rabbit hole to an off-kilter world of mock turtles, dancing flora, punctual rabbits, and mad tea parties. Whimsy and wordplay are the order of the day in this imaginative musical adaptation of a family favorite!

Recommended for all ages.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
February 2017

By Celese Raspanti

More than 12,000 children passed through the Terezin Concentration Camp between the years 1942-1944 and only about a hundred were still alive when Terezin was liberated. Raja lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little reason for hope. This play is her story, showing the best and the worst of which the human heart is capable.

Recommended for ages 10 and up.

April 2017

By Alan Alda
Directed by David Bunce

With backbreaking work in a ramshackle lab in Paris, Marie Curie and her husband Pierre achieve a revolutionary understanding of radiation and share a Nobel Prize in physics. After her beloved Pierre dies in an accident, Marie is plunged into depression, but physicist Paul Langevin gives her the strength to return to her work and she receives a second Nobel Prize, this time for chemistry.  A stirring look at the challenges and passions of a scientific pioneer.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Freckleface Strawberry
June 2017

By Julianne Moore

A musical based on the beloved New York Times bestselling book by Oscar winning actress Julianne Moore. With fun music, awesome dancing… and a freckle face full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages . . . freckles or not!

Recommended for all ages.