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This summer, all communicable diseases, including COVID, will be handled in accordance CDC, NJ Department of Health, and MCCC guidelines.

 

 

 

Tomato Patch 2024

New this year!

  • Age, rather than grade level will determine eligibility for sessions.

  • A new major is available this year--Video Production.

 

 

 

The ages listed below are for the age the student will be on the date the session starts.  Please note that the students are now grouped by age instead of grade level.  Age is based on the day the session begins.

  • Session I – Ages 13 to 17: June 24 to-July 18  (No classes on July 4 and 5)

  • Session II – Ages 10 to 12:  July 22 to August 8

  • Master Class Session I:  Ages 13 to 17:  June 24 to July 19 (No classes on July 4 and 5)

  • Master Class Session 2 – Ages 13 to 17: July 24-August 9

Each session cost:  $1,100 for Session I.
                                    $1,050 for Session II.

A $50 discount is available for second child when both are registered at the same time.  (Registrations can be for different sessions.)

Tomato Patch classes run Monday through Friday, 8:45am - 4:15pm.

Master Class classes run Monday through Friday, 8:45 am - 4:15pm.

Session I:  All sessions are $1,100.00.  A $100 deposit is required to register.  The remainder can be paid in one lump sum or in one, two, or three installments, depending on the date registered.  Payment dates are April 1, May 1, and June 1, 2024.  NOTE:  Starting on June 1, 2024, the payment plan will no longer be available and payment must be made in full when registering.

Session II:  All sessions are $1,050.00.  A $100 deposit is required to register.  The remainder can be paid in one lump sum or in one, two, or three installments, depending on the date registered.  Payment dates are May 1, June 1, and July 1, 2024.  NOTE:  Starting on June 1, 2024, the payment plan will no longer be available and payment must be made in full when registering.

Before and after care is available at an additional cost:

Before Care:  Starts at 7:15 am.  $50 per week
After Care:  Ends at 6:00 pm.  $75 per week

Before and After Care is available on a per day basis.  Please email the office to arrange for per-diem before and after care at projects@mccc.edu.

Tomato Patch Session Structure

Students will have the opportunity to choose from one of five majors:  Acting, Vocal, Dance, Visual Arts, or Video Production.  Each morning will be spent in a major class.

Students will also choose from a list of classes for the four afternoon elective classes in Acting, Vocal, Dance, Visual Arts, and Video Production.

An Evening of the Arts Performance will be held on the last night of the session in which the students will perform what they have learned in their classes for their parents.

  • Session I:  Thursday, July 18

  • Session II:  Thursday, August 8

 

Master Class Session Structure

Acting Master Class students will have the opportunity to deepen their study of acting as a craft, both for the stage and screen. Students will also explore acting as a profession, and learn about the "biz" of the business. 

An Evening of the Arts Performance will be held on the last night of the session in which the students will perform scenes they have worked on during the course of the session.

  • Master Class I:  Friday, July 19

  • Master Class II:  Friday, August 9

 
 
Tomato Patch Schedule

 

Morning Majors

Period 1 (9:00-10:00) and Period 2 (10:10-11:25)

 

Student will select one major.

ACTING:  Techniques of creating a role and working on stage as well as exercises to develop focused concentration and relaxation.

VOCAL:  Emphasis is placed on projection, articulation, breath control and pitch.

DANCE:  Encompasses modern forms and styles of expression in contemporary and classical dance.
VISUAL ARTS:  Three- and two-dimensional design and painting and 3D sculptures will be created by combining shapes and forms using a variety of material such as wood, paper-mache, plaster, wire, Paris craft and fabric.  The emphasis is on construction and the fundamentals of color and composition.  

VIDEO PRODUCTION:  For students who are interested and want to dive deeper into a comprehensive crash course in film and video creation!  The class will focus on advanced techniques and production roles that will encourage students to work together and show the ropes of what television and film sets look like.  Videos created by the students will be shown in The Evening of the Arts.  (15)

Afternoon Electives

PLEASE NOTE:  The numbers in parentheses, such as (15), at the end of some class descriptions is the class member limit for that class.

Period 3 (12:00-1:00)

2D ART:  Students will create painting, designs, and use printmaking techniques.  Color, composition, balance, and creativity are the emphasis of this course.  Projects will be inspired from nature, drawing, life, photographs, and imagination.  Demonstrations and critiques will supplement classroom work.  (20)

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA:  Students will explore their performance skills for stage and learn the differences between stage acting and film acting.  This class will be working with the Intro to Video Production. (20)

CHILDREN'S THEATER:  Students will learn basic acting principles and participate in selected scenes from plays written for children.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in the The Evening of the Arts.  

THEATER DANCE:  Students are exposed to several styles of dance that are encountered in the production of a musical.  These include correct period dances and interpretive dance styles.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.  

INTRO TO VIDEO PRODUCTION:   Students will learn all aspects of content creation, including short-form film content, commercials, video essays, or other forms of content that are accessible to a wide audience while also working with students' personal interests!  This class will work with the Acting for the Camera class.  Students will create a video for display at The Evening of the Arts. (20)

VOCAL SOLOS:  Students will work with the instructor to develop a polished vocal solo appropriate for their range that can be used as an audition piece. (15)

 
Period 4 (1:05-2:05)

COMEDY:  Students will explore and hone their skills in three areas of comedy:  dramatic, physical, and stand-up.  (15)

DRAWING:  PEN, INK, AND PASTELS:  Students will explore perspective, shape, line, form, and value.  Pencil and charcoal will be used to create drawings and still lifes.  Landscapes will be created using pastels.  Pen and ink techniques will be introduced.  Demonstrations and critiques will supplement classroom work.  (20)

JAZZ DANCE:  Students will explore the fundamentals of jazz dance techniques with emphasis on syncopated rhythms and body movement isolations.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.​

AUDITION WORKSHOP:  Students will learn about the process of auditioning for a play and musical.  They will learn how to create a resume, the basics of headshots for theater and film, and how the audition process works.  They will learn how to choose an appropriate monologue and song , and will participate in an "audition," where they will act, dance, and sing.

VIDEO SKIT COMEDY:  A workshop dedicated to writing and filming short-form sketches that will focus on important aspects of writing sketches. Students will not only have an opportunity to flex a funny bone, but also to get an experience of what it's like to work in a writer's room. (15)

A CAPPELLA SINGING:  Students will be given the opportunity to sing without an instrument net.  The class will include exposing the students to different styles of a cappella singing, teaching the students how to emulate instrumental sounds with their voices and creating their own a capella arrangements to their favorite songs,  Singing a cappella is perfect for improving not only vocal skills, but also ear training, tuning, and blending with other voices  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.

Period 5 (2:10-3:10)

3D DESIGN:  Students will create three-dimensional sculptures by combining shapes and forms using a variety of materials such as wood, paper mache, plaster, wire, Paris craft, and fabric.  The emphasis is on construction, discovery, and experimentation in order to create original pieces of 3D art works.  The projects will be different from the morning class. (20)

ADVANCED ACTING:  Students will refine their performance skills, discuss text analysis, and develop scene interpretation skills. (15)

MUSICAL THEATER:  Students will explore and rehearse small scenes and numbers from musicals.  Recommended for students with an interest in theater and/or voice.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.  (65)

TAP DANCE:  Students will learn the basics of this musical theater staple dance form.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts. ***Students must have their own tap shoes.*** (20)

MAKING MUSIC VIDEOS:   Students will express their creativity and bring a song to life.  The class will choose a song, create a concept, shoot, and edit a music video. Course will include EFP (Electronic Field Production) green screen techniques and basic post production. The final edit will be played in the lobby at The Evening of the Arts. (15)

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYHOW?:  Students will enhance their improvisation skills and deal with a large variety of improvised situations using their imaginations as a springboard. 

 
Period 6 (3:15-4:15)
VOCAL ENSEMBLE:  Students will learn, polish, and perform vocal selections arranged in three- and four-part harmony.  This is a performance class. Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.  (65)

CHILDREN'S THEATER:  Students can learn basic acting principles and participate in selected scenes from plays written for children.  This is a performance class.  Students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts. 

CREATIVE THEATER:  Students will reimagine scenes from their favorite stories and create an original play focusing on the invention and development of their own character and the magic of ensemble storytelling.

HIP HOP:  Students will learn this high-energy urban street movement.  One of the most popular dance disciplines, hip hop and hip hop influences can be seen throughout popular culture, including music videos.  This is a performance class.  The students will appear on stage in The Evening of the Arts.  (30) 

WRITING/DIRECTING FOR VIDEO WORKSHOP:  An in-depth workshop explicitly tailored to writing and directing scenes and content creation, either written by students or from their favorite movies. Divided into groups, the class will work together to create projects, going in depth with how to write and direct in a film/video environment. (15)

COMIC BOOK CREATIONS:  Create your very own comic book with detailed illustrations. Learn how to pencil, ink and color your own comic book panel, draw original comic book characters, and learn the basics of drawing comic book people and animals.

 

 

GENERAL NOTE:  All videos and artwork created during a session will be included on the video link for The Evening of the Arts each student receives after the session is over.

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