Summer 2020

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Limited spots available!

What to expect at The Spark Summer 2020?

"In a word, Spark is AMAZING. If musical theater is what your child loves, don't miss this rare opportunity!"

Introducing The Spark Connects

This summer classes are moving to a virtual training space. Our online programming offers a flexible schedule and diverse classes for every age group. Spark classes inspire creativity and connection while developing students’ skills.

Our virtual performance programs and technique workshops are not your traditional online courses. We offer live classes, at home materials, and individual feedback, taking virtual training to a new level.

Performance Opportunities

There are two opportunities to perform with us this summer. We’re All In This Together is an online production intensive that offers a virtual performance opportunity. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee will run with a modified rehearsal process incorporating online and in-person small group work designed to maintain a safe space for our students and faculty.

Socially Distant Conscience Space

The Spark will be adhering to CDC and State of Colorado recommendations for re-opening and will continue to update our policies and operating procedures to ensure that our space remains safe.

Our space allows us to operate as an open-air venue for rehearsals and performances. We are bringing in a professional cleaning crew and continuing with stringent protocols for daily cleaning, wearing masks, and requiring physical distancing.

If we are able to host a live audience, this summer it will not be without alteration. We will be limiting audience capacity and welcoming patrons with a no-touch entry process.

The Spark always offers.

Top-Notch Training

Our incredible faculty, made up of working artists, academics, and established teachers, provide comprehensive training to students in a variety of classes.

Customized Classes

Students customize their summer by signing up for the classes that excite them. Check out details about our summer classes.

Broadway Connections

The Spark Connects is bringing together Broadway and professional artists from across the country to teach in our virtual space.

Personal Attention

At The Spark we believe that one-on-one attention is the biggest catalyst for student's growth. We promise that each student will receive personal attention throughout the training process.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Ages: 14 - 18

Rehearsals: July 13 - August 6

Performances: August 7 - 9 @ 8pm (4 total)

Video Audition Deadline: Saturday, June 20 @ 10 am

CURRENTLY ACCEPTING WAIT LIST STUDENTS.

Tuition: $890

(tuition includes costume and script)

Our only potentially live performance opportunity this summer. This process will be conducted online and in-person with small groups practicing safe social distancing.

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.

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Technique Workshops: These classes are tailored to this musical and are included in full day tuition.

A World of Infamous Characters | July 13- 31 @ 10 am - 11:15 am

Breaking Down Musical Theater Choreography | Jul7 13 - 31 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm

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We're All In This Together - A Virtual Performance

Ages: 8 - 14

Rehearsals: July 6 - 17

Performance: July 17 @ 6pm

Schedule: 9 am - 10:30 am

This program is fully virtual!

Tuition: $275

(tuition includes performing arts workshops, costume tee, and script)

Dive into the sensational world of High School Musical Jr. You’ll explore hip pop, cheer, and jazz dance styles. Focus on vocal skills like refining pitch and cleaning up diction. Plus you’ll bring it all together through your characterization. Your script and costume tee will help us connect to you at home. Take to the virtual stage with confidence, as you wrap up with a private online performance to this collaborative digital production!

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Tales on the Trails (x 2)

Ages: 12 - 18 | Schedule: 11 am - 2 pm

Week 1/Online, Week 2/Small Group In-Person

Alice in Wonderland

Rehearsals: June 15 - 26

Performances: June 27 & 28

Video Audition Deadline: Saturday, June 13 @ 10 am

Peter Rabbit

Rehearsals: June 29 - July 10

Performances: July 11 & 12

Video Audition Deadline: Saturday, June 27 @ 10 am

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE. SMALL CAST SIZES!

Tuition: $450

(tuition includes costume accessories and script)

If all the world's a stage then let’s take to the stage! We’re taking theater out into the open air. Small, socially distanced audience groups will be led by cast members through our theater trails for a fun interactive performance experience this summer. A new concept for a new world. We are tremendously excited about this performance opportunity. Performances will be held offsite, locations and times coming soon. *Non-musical performance opportunity.

What They're Saying

"Spark is a truly fabulous chance for kids to perform at a high level, and gain valuable experience in stage and teamwork. Spark's unique approach--combining university students and adults with youth in a musical theater environment--provides for an experience of rapid growth in theater skills for kids, while creating meaningful relationships with cast members of varying ages. If musical theater is what your child loves, don't miss this rare opportunity!"

"I love The Spark because it gives my child so many options to develop as a performer. She has utilized the dance classes to learn technique and private lessons to prepare for auditions.  The Spark has become an important part of our family."

"His skills and abilities have grown tremendously, as has his sense of responsibility  and his self-worth. As a non-profit, I appreciate that The Spark welcomes all regardless of financial means, with opportunities for scholarships and work exchange. They are dedicated to the arts in Boulder, and I am so happy that our family is part of something special."

"As an eight grader my granddaughter, joined Spark in the fall and has found it a great challenge and support for growing her natural talents. Performance nights she leapt to a new height.  Half the front row was friends, cousins, aunts and uncles.  She was flawless and we were....proud and grateful!"

"We had an amazing experience at The Spark! My teenaged daughter did a show there and we were so impressed with the professional, yet supportive, training and opportunities she had. She was challenged in a part she loved, gained so much confidence, and grew so much as a performer! I would highly recommend The Spark!"

A Typical Summer Day

10:00 - 11:15 | Online Technique Workshop*
11:15-11:30 | Break
11:30 - 12:45 | Online Technique Workshop*
12:45 - 2:00 | Lunch
2:00 - 6:30 | Rehearsal

Schedule varies for Jr. Musicals.

* Technique workshop content is targeted at enchancing the performers knowledge and skills required for each production. Technique workshops are  included with our Full Day Registration option.

Full Day Vs. Half Day Registration

The pros and cons of each registration option.
*No half day option for Jr. Musicals*

Benefits of Full Day Registration:
  • Access to rigorously selected and tailored classes
  • More time with our professional guest artists
  • Apply skills learned in class in rehearsals
  • Provides a discount on classes (16% OFF)
Benefits of Half Day Registration:
  • Less time commitment 2:00-6:30 M-F
  • Drop into select classes as desired*
  • Less expensive (tuition: $890)

Taught by our summer teaching artists and professional actors, technique workshops and classes are designed to refine and build skills for musical theater actors.

What is a Technique Workshop?

Technique workshops are classes specifically tailored to help students succeed on stage. Classes and curriculum are customized for each respective show, to build on techniques and ideas that will be used in rehearsals and performances.

*Certain classes are open to the community at a drop-in rate of $15. Visit our classes page for more info.

Why The Spark?

Aside from our incredible team of teachers, designers, directors, and staff (and our guest Broadway actors of course); The Spark is a place where students can find the confidence to lead and take initiative in their own lives. We believe in empowering students and the community through performance. The skills students gain in our programming translates to heightened leadership abilities, stronger sense of self, and a passion for creating and pursuing value in their communities. We set students up for success beyond our stage. The Spark is where creatively inclined students come to find a home; and the stepping stone to their next great adventure.

Student Expectations

The Spark follows select Actors Equity Procedures in order to expose students to the expectations and regulations adhered to in the industry. Students are also required to abide by Actors Equity Etiquette. Visit our student expectations page for more detailed information! ​

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