About MoonSchool

Mission Statement

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42nd Street Moon has a 22-year history of producing classic musical theatre for the entertainment of the greater San Francisco Bay Area, preserving a distinctive American art form that has long added to the richness of our culture.

This art form can only survive by educating both youth and adults in its technique and history. 42nd Street Moon believes that training for musical theatre should be taught in an integrated way, with an emphasis on combining three disparate practices: acting, singing, and dance.

This approach is highly specialized and unlike any other training program one might receive at other San Francisco institutions. MoonSchool provides this high-level, professional musical theatre training for a diverse student body of all ages and levels in a safe and trusting environment.

Courses are taught by leading experts and educators in the field. MoonSchool combines a curriculum of contemporary musical theatre, as well as classical musical theatre from early to mid-20th Century Broadway — a hallmark of 42nd Street Moon’s identity.

MoonSchool nine-week classes

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42nd Street Moon is proudly entering its fourth year of formalized musical theatre training. Under the banner of MoonSchool, 42nd Street Moon brings professional training to students from age seven through adulthood.

Unlike other theatre training, MoonSchool focuses primarily on the study of musical theatre and its components. Curriculum is taken from the rich canon of musicals presented in the 20th and 21st century. Courses share similar components and will be tailored to the class as talent permits.

All classes work on sight-reading, music theory, ear-training, vocal technique, acting, dance (primarily musical theatre jazz, tap, and ballet), stage composition, scene work/choreography and culminate in performance. The performances are a collection of songs, scenes, and group numbers thematically linked.

MOONSCHOOL SUMMER CAMP

The summer session features a specialized conservatory for school-aged students, ages seven to seventeen. Over the past three years MoonSchool’s summer camp has produced the musicals Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians, and A Year with Frog and Toad.  Summer 2014 will feature the pop musical Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE!

All students are welcome to participate in the fun, however, the camp demands work, collaboration, and dedication. This course is not for the casual student. The goal is to introduce students to the rigor required to become a musical theatre actor, thereby increasing their appreciation and interest in the art form.

Camp is held Mondays through Fridays, from 9 am - 4 pm, over a two-week period. The morning session is spent rehearsing the play, and the afternoon is spent learning sewing, painting, and fine art techniques, helping to create the costumes, props, and sets for the production.  Camp participants are introduced to all aspects of putting on a musical.

Courses are taught by leading actors, theatre teachers, and music directors from the Bay Area. All instructors are working professionals; most are members of AEA and hold degrees in theatre. All instructors prepare their courses in consultation with the Education Director. The result is a camp that is organized, diverse, upbeat, and inspiring.

MOONSCHOOL INTENSIVES

MoonSchool will also hold periodic musical theatre workshops and master classes taught by artistic directors, Broadway actors, casting directors, and theater professionals. Past workshops have been taught by Glee’s Darren Criss (a Moon alum), Moon favorite Klea Blackhurst, and Bay Area theater stalwart, Cindy Goldfield.

Education Director

Dyan McBride is an actor, director, singer, and teacher. As an actress and director, she has worked with such companies as 42nd Street Moon, Diablo Theatre Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Center Repertory, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Solano College Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Pacific Alliance Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Sonoma, Broadway By the Bay, Willows, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, Utah Musical Theatre, and Performance Riverside to name a few. As a live performer, she has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe.

She currently serves on the acting/musical theater faculty at The Academy of Art, Solano College, and 42nd Street Moon, where she has been a company member for 18 years. She has taught at schools all over California.

She has done TV, film, and voiceover work for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo!, Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo, Intuit, and many more. She also does short films and web-based projects. Check her out in the award-winning web series Lien on Me and in the Bruce Springsteen documentary, Springsteen and I

Dyan received her BA in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton and her MFA in Acting from UC Davis.

Awards/nominations for directing and acting include the BATCC, Arty, Shellie, Elly, Broadway World, LA Webfest, Dean Goodman, Irene Ryan, and Garland awards.

She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is represented by Boom Models and Talent in San Francisco.

More Information

For more information on classes for 7 - 17 years of age click here.

For more information on classes for 18 - 88 years of age click here.