Hiram Institute of Theatre
July 15-18, 2015 (Residential)
Age: Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, with preference given to juniors and seniors
Hiram Institute of Theatre (HIT) is designed to be an acting-intensive program for students to focus primarily on a specific style of acting and musical performance. Dedicated high school students will focus their energy on learning the skills and values that make Vaudeville one of the most explosive forms of live theatre. Focus areas will include movement, dance, vocal quality, improvisational technique, and character study. HIT will conclude with a Saturday night exhibition that will be open to family and friends.
The objective of HIT is to instill the qualities of performance that dedicated actors gain through intensive training. By using the skills of the past, we can produce better performers for the future.
What is Vaudeville?
From the 1880s to the 1920s, Vaudeville was the most popular form of entertainment in America. At a time when America was becoming more culturally diverse, this form of variety show promised something for everyone. Magicians, jugglers, actors, dancers, comedians, musicians, acrobats, ventriloquists, and more promised "A Dazzling Display of Heterogeneous Splendor." Performers such as W.C. Fields, Buster Keaton, Kate Smith, the Three Stooges, Charlie Chaplin, Abbott and Costello, and Judy Garland began their careers in Vaudeville. In this workshop we will explore the history of Vaudeville and the beginnings of musical theatre, as we create our own entertainment with comedy routines, songs, dances, and other acts. From the truly talented, to the unusual and quirky, we can use it all. Bring your instruments, tap shoes, and individual talents!
Hiram College will award a $1,000 scholarship to every high school student who attends a 2015 summer academy and enrolls as a full time student at Hiram College. Renewable up to four years. (Potential of $4,000 total in scholarship award.)
Who conducts the Hiram Institute of Theatre?
Betsy Bauman, Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Theatre Department
Where is the Hiram Institute of Theatre?
The Hiram Institute of Theatre is a four-day, residential summer learning experience held on the Hiram College campus, located in Hiram, Ohio. Hiram's campus is a 45-minute drive from Cleveland and Akron. Participants will stay three nights in a residence hall.
The 2015 Hiram Institute of Theatre is aimed at high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Please submit one registration form and one payment per student.
+ Pay Only: If you have already registered but have not paid, please click the Pay Only link to be directed to the payment screen. Please be aware that the first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance.
Cost and Payment Arrangements
The total cost for the Hiram Institute of Theatre is $325. Meals, housing and all activities associated with the academy are covered in this price. The online registration form is linked to two online payment options. Payment arrangements include:
Online by Credit Card: Hiram College accepts American Express, Discover, and MasterCard. When paying by credit card, please note that a 2.5% convenience fee will be included in the total amount charged.
Online by Electronic Check: There is no convenience fee when paying by E-check.
Other Requirements for Participation
Reference: On the registration form, students are asked to provide the name, title, telephone number and email address of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as a reference on their behalf. We assume that references are aware that students have used their names and that they may be contacted.
Register Early! Space is Limited!
The first applicants to complete the registration process in its entirety and submit their full payment will be considered for acceptance. High school students who are rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are welcome to register. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.
The deadline for registration is May 31, 2015. Interested students are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Notification of Acceptance
Once students have registered and paid in full, their registration materials will be reviewed by the faculty leading the academy. As soon as a student has been approved, Lisa Schneider will send out an email notifying the student that he or she has been accepted to attend.
A week or so before the Hiram Institute of Theatre, students will receive via email a link to materials for the academy including:
- Hiram Institute of Theatre Schedule
- Family Invitation to the performance on Saturday, July 18
- Emergency Medical Form (must be signed by your parent or guardian in order to participate)
- Directions to Hiram College
- Campus Map
- List of Items to Bring with You
Full payment must accompany registration to be considered for acceptance. A full refund will be issued for those students not accepted into the academy. Students who choose to withdraw at least three weeks prior to the first day of the academy will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made after that date.