Next Level

Creative sessions to engage older kids!

Next Level offers some great options for older learners.  We can appreciate Zoom fatigue and hope that our offering will allow for maximum creativity while learning new practical skills in acting and performing in a theater production or recording, mixing and producing music.  In addition to the weekly class, we offer traditional rotating daily classes such as art, crafting and music that will be scaled up to accommodate older tastes. 


Cost:  $200 per weekly session
Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Duration:  2 Hours

Time:  10:00 - 12:00

Rehearsal Location:  Online via Zoom
Sessions: July 6 - 10, July 13 - 17, July 20 - 24, July 27 - 31

For the weekly class, we are proud to offer some very cool options:

Sound Mixing 101

If your child has ever been interested in recording or mixing their own song, this is the class for them!  No experience is required and all sound files will be provided. 

By using their creativity and some practical instruction, students will learn how to layer sound files and make them into a song.   After the song is created, they will learn how to apply digital effects to enhance the sound and produce a professional sounding song.  At the end of the week, students will have a unique, original song that they composed, mixed and produced! 

Remote Recording Session

For kids interested in recording as a group or working with others to create something from scratch we are offering an option to record sound files from home and learn to mix them into a song with others.


Students will use remote recording software to create individual parts, layer them into a track and then each member will be able to create their own custom mix of the song.  One song will have unlimited possibilities!

Next Level Theater

Anyone bitten by the acting bug will be sure to love this class!  Kids will work together on a play limited only by their imagination in a Zoom environment.   Next Level Theater class will be taught by  Marie Libbin, an amazing actor, writer, director and veteran of countless musical, dramatic and comedic performances!

Students will be introduced to the world of theater with a variety of fun classes. They will learn theater games, improvisation, warmups, movement, vocal exercises, voice and diction, terminology, acting, and costumes, all while developing a character and rehearsing for a full Zoom production for family and friends at the end of the session.

Sample Schedule




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The Big Show


9:45 - 10:00:  The Low Down.  A chance to discuss the plan for theater and a preview the special for today which is Art.

10:00 – 10:45:   Next Level Theater.  The first day we will talk about the play, the characters and how we will do this all over Zoom.  We will also ask about who would like to play what parts.  Not everyone wants to be a star and we do not want kids to be uncomfortable.  After that we will demonstrate the audition lines, give advice on how to deliver them, and have the kids read for potential parts.

11:00 – 12:00:  Art.  We will have a self contained art/craft project that will be easily done from the comfort of home with materials that can be found around the house. 



9:45 - 10:00:  The Low Down. A chance to discuss the plan for theater and a preview the special for today which is Music.

10:00 – 10:45:  Next Level Theater.  The second day we will hand out parts and start talking about how to construct scenes and build drama over Zoom

11:00 – 12:00:  Music.  We will learn about how violins, guitars, drums and pianos work.  The basics of music notation and the fun trivia and history behind the instruments and the great composers who created some of the most timeless compositions from Bach to the Beatles.  Kids are encouraged to share their instruments from home!



9:45 - 10:00:  The Low Down. A chance to discuss the plan for theater and a preview the special for today which is Improv.

10:00 – 10:45:  Next Level Theater.  The third day will be starting our rehearsals for real and tips trying to memorize our parts so we are not reading off of scripts on Friday. 

11:00 – 12:00:  Improv.  In this class we will learn the tricks and skills involved in doing improv.  We will demonstrate improv techniques and play numerous games and exercises with the kids to hone their skills.  This is a fun and popular class!



9:45 - 10:00:  The Low Down. A chance to discuss the plan for theater and a preview the special for today which is Cartooning.

10:00 – 10:45:  Next Level Theater.  Thursday will be scripts down for the cast and we will be honing all of the parts to ensure everyone is ready.  We will also discuss costumes, props and potential scenery options for our big Zoom performance on Friday!

11:00 – 12:00:  Cartooning.  In this class, kids will learn the basics of cartooning, including how to create characters, heads, faces, bodies, facial expressions, profile views and playing with multiple angles. 



9:45 - 10:00:  The Low Down.  A chance to discuss the plan for theater and a preview the special for today which is The Big Show!

10:00 – 10:45:  Next Level Theater.  Friday we will have a dress rehearsal and work out all the kinks for the show at 10:30!

11:00 – 12:00:  The Big Show.  After a break and a snack we will spend time getting the cast ready for the show and perform it for friends and family at 11:30!

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Monday-Friday 3:00pm-8:00pm*

Saturday 9am-4-pm*

Sunday 9am-4-pm*


Rehearsal Space:
Monday-Friday 5:00pm-11:00pm*

​Saturday-Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm*


237 Riverview Avenue
Newton, MA 02466


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*Please note that our lessons and rehearsal space are available by appointment only.  While walk-in business is greatly appreciated, we cannot guarantee that someone will be here if there are no lessons schedued or rehearsal space booked at that time.

We enforce a 24 hour cancellation policy for lessons and room rentals.  Any lesson or room can be canceled or rescheduled provided it is not within the 24 hour hour period of its scheduled appointment.  This is to protect the livelihood of our teachers and staff and to allow them to properly schedule their week. 

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