Youth Educational & Performing Arts Programs
OFC Creations provides classes and programs throughout the year for students as young as 4 years old up to age 94. Our group programs and one on one programs focus on the performing arts with select programs in film and video work. Students will work alongside professionals who have performed in New York City, Los Angeles, and beyond.
OFC Creations runs the largest theatre summer camp program in Upstate New York: ROC Summer Theatre Experience.
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About OFC’s Pint Sized Performers
Focusing on skills in acting, singing, and dance, Pint Sized Performers will have their first chance to be on stage with OFC. Classes and programs are centered around public speaking, confidence building, and having fun. OFC’s Pint Sized Performers Program will introduce students to acting, singing, and dance through a variety of skits, songs they already know and love, and basic dance. Oftentimes, the students will assist the instructor with writing the script for their 10-12 minute show – focusing on the beginning, middle, and end of the story, as well as which characters will have each line. Many Pint Sized Performers programs include introductory costumes, props, stage lights, and more to enhance their storytelling. Each student is guaranteed a role in the show with our “no cut” policy, and auditions are worked into their class material, rather than official auditions that could make little ones nervous. Perfect for kids coming out of their shell (no experience needed) as well as for those ready to take centerstage and be in the spotlight!
About OFC’s Elementary School Kid Performers
OFC’s Elementary School Kid Performers are ready to put on a musical! With a focus on introductory skills in acting, singing, and dance, students will put on a full 30-minute production or showcase. Low stress auditions will be held on the first day of the program where students will learn a short song and dance to perform for the directors. By the next rehearsal, all students will know their part (or multiple parts), but with our “no cut” policy, every student will be in the show. All students will receive an easy-to-read script and/or sheet music to practice with at home and bring to rehearsals. In rehearsals, students will stage their scenes, learn the vocal parts to the group songs, and dance the full cast numbers. Some students will also receive solos or individual lines, but all students will be performing in many group numbers throughout the show (even if it isn’t mentioned in the script). In the final weeks, costumes, props, set pieces, and more will be added to bring the story to life. No previous experience required; however students must be able to read.
About OFC’s Middle School Kid Performers
OFC’s Middle School Kid Performers are ready to put on a full show! Middle School Kid shows are typically 60-minutes in length and include full cast musical numbers as well as opportunities to feature soloists, specialty dancers, and supporting characters. Oftentimes these are Junior (Jr.) productions which are a 60-minute version of a full Broadway show, the Jr. versions reduce verses in long songs, cut subplots or unneeded musical numbers, and make the scripts easy to read and memorize for student performers. Auditions are held on the first day, with materials taught by the instructors; all students who register will be in the show with our “no cut” policy. Rehearsals are multiple days per week with additional longer rehearsals added closer to performances. Students are encouraged to memorize and review materials at home as the dances are a bit more challenging and music have added harmonies and featured solos. Performances will be open to family and friends with costumes, props, set pieces, and more. While no previous experience is required, many students have been performing since they were in diapers. Directors are ready to meet all students at their respective experience level and feature their skill sets appropriately, no matter how long they have been performing.
About OFC’s High School Teen Performers
Ages 14-18 (sometimes older)
OFC’s High School Teen Performers feature a range of students who are bound for Broadway, enjoy performing for fun, and are first timers. OFC welcomes all teens to continue or begin their theatre journey in our High School Teen program. Typically, the teen productions tackle a full Broadway or off-Broadway-length show, not a reduced version, with a script and score designed for adults and professionals. Auditions will be held on the first day, but all registered teens for the program will receive a part (or parts) in the show with our “no cut” policy (unless otherwise noted). Audition materials will be emailed out to registered students in advance to prepare, and the director will review the material(s) upon arrival. Rehearsals are multiple days per week with additional longer rehearsals added closer to performances. By dress rehearsals, costumes, set pieces, and props will be added to enhance the production which will be open to the public. While no previous experience is required, many students have been performing since they were in diapers. Directors are ready to meet all students at their respective experience level and feature their skill sets appropriately, no matter how long they have been performing. The experience should be fun and enjoyable for all participants, with a focus on putting on the best show possible.
About OFC’s *NEW* Pre-Professional Teen Performers
Ages 14-18 (sometimes older)
OFC’s Pre-Professional Teen Performers program is geared towards students considering a future career in the performing arts. Pre-Professional programs are typically “intensives” where the show is auditioned, rehearsed, and performed in a short time period (one week for camps, one month for school year). These are full Broadway or off-Broadway length shows with difficult material, and oftentimes are shows with smaller casts with a limited or no ensemble. Some Pre-Professional Teen programs will require students to audition before registering, noting that some students will not be cast in the production, while other Pre-Professional Teen programs will require students to register first, like our traditional programs (see each program’s details for specifics). Regardless, those auditioning and registering for Pre-Professional Teen programs should be prepared to commit themselves to a rigorous rehearsal process with the expectation of work being done at home and outside of the rehearsal room. Directors of the Pre-Professional Teen programs assume those participating want to be performing professionally after high school and will be pushed accordingly, to their fullest potential. Directors hope to bring a glimpse into the professional rehearsal process to prepare students for college, community, and NYC/LA mirrored opportunities. Rehearsals are adjusted based on the needs of the show. By dress rehearsals, costumes, set pieces, and props will be added to enhance the production which will be open and advertised to the public. It is encouraged that all participants not only have previous theatre experience but are also striving towards performing professionally as a career. Pre-Professional Teens are also encouraged to intern on OFC’s Elementary/Middle School programs for the most well-rounded theatre experience learning the behind-the-scenes theatre elements.
Parents rave about OFC! Here are some reviews:
". . . the BEST theater program around. The Summer Camp, for kids of all ages, is truly amazing!! The teachers passion and enthusiasm is passed on to the children." - Wendy
"The creativity and positive energy surrounding OFC Creations is contagious!" - Barbara
"Best experience for my teenager! The quality of the performances and artistic staff working with the kids is A+! HIGHLY recommend you sign your child up right now!!" - Sheri
As of July 2020 OFC's policies and procedures were updated to "no refunds or transfers on all sales," including but not limited to tuition, deposits, tickets. A small processing fee applies to all class and camp registrations as well as tickets.