Drama Classes

Drama Classes

Click on a drama class for more details.

Class Days: Wednesdays

2015 Fall Semester (13 weeks):
September 9 – December 16, 2015
No classes Thanksgiving week

2016 Spring Semester (13 weeks):
February 3 – May 11, 2016
No classes the week before Easter

Upcoming Events

  • Acting Workshop January 17, 2018 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm South Suburban Evangelical Church, 12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA Acting Techniques Intensive Workshop for students in grades 7-12Instructor: Julie Nelson
  • Call Backs: Spring Play January 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • PP Rehearsal January 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mount Olivet Assembly of God, 14201 Cedar Ave S, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA The Pilgrim's Progress Directed by Julie Nelson
  • Spring Play Parent Meeting January 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Mount Olivet Assembly of God, 14201 Cedar Ave S, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA
  • PP Rehearsal January 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm Mount Olivet Assembly of God, 14201 Cedar Ave S, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA The Pilgrim's Progress Directed by Julie Nelson
Beginning Drama: Grades K-3

Tutor: Mrs. Julie Nelson

Class Time: 1:55 – 3:10

School Year Commitment: SEMESTER

Tuition for the semester: $140

Prerequisite:  None

Audition Required?: No

Class Description:
Come and explore the world of acting through various theater games, acting experiences, improvisation activities, skits, and scene work! These activities will tap your creative side, while developing skills such as focus, listening, teamwork, imagination, vocal projection, creating a believable character, and building self confidence. This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. We will also rehearse a short play which will be performed on the last day of class, December 14.

Homework for this class will include memorizing lines and writing about your character. You also might need to find or make a simple costume or prop for the performance.

Homework Requirements: Memorize lines, write about character, find/make costumes

Students should bring to class: Folder, writing utensil, and a highlighter

Intermediate Drama: Grades 4-6

Tutor: Mrs. Julie Nelson

Class Time: 3:15 – 4:30

School Year Commitment: SEMESTER

Tuition for the semester: $140

Prerequisite:  None

Audition Required?: No

Class Description:
Come and explore the world of acting through various theater games, acting experiences, improvisation activities, skits, and scene work! These activities will tap your creative side, while developing skills such as focus, listening, teamwork, imagination, vocal projection, creating a believable character, and building self confidence. This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. We will also rehearse a short play which will be performed on the last day of class, December 14.

Homework for this class will include memorizing lines and writing about your character. You also might need to find or make a simple costume or prop for the performance.

Homework Requirements: Memorize lines, write about character, find/make costumes

Students should bring to class: Folder, writing utensil, and a highlighter

Theater Class Level 1: Grades 7-12

Tutor: Mrs. Julie Nelson

Class Time: 12:20 – 1:50

School Year Commitment: SEMESTER

Tuition for each semester: $168

Prerequisite: None

Audition Required?: No

Class Description:
Are you interested in exploring the world of acting? Do you need a class to fulfill your fine arts requirement? Or maybe you are simply looking for a fun elective class to take. Well, then Intro to Theater is the class for you! In this class you will learn the basics of theater and acting. You will tap into your creative side by participating in fun theater activities, exciting acting improvisations, and creating original group skits. You will develop skills in voice projection and clarity, the use of vocal and facial expressions, the use of body language and gestures, and proper stage techniques. You will also learn the basics of character analysis and how to develop a believable character. These skills will be applied to scene work and monologues which will be rehearsed and performed in class.

This unique class will increase self-confidence, develop creativity, build teamwork, and teach you the basic techniques of acting – all done in a fun and positive environment.

Students should expect an average of two hours of weekly homework. Full, active class participation is required! “Theater” is a prerequisite for any level 2 class.

Homework Requirements: 2 hours per week

Supplies Needed and other related costs: ​a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, and a  highlighter.

Acting Techniques Theater Class Level 2: Grades 7-12

Tutor: Mrs. Julie Nelson

Class Time: TBD

School Year Commitment: SEMESTER

Tuition for the semester: $182

Prerequisite:  Theater Level 1 with Julie Nelson or tutor approval

Audition Required?: No

Class Description:
Now that you’ve learned the basics of theater and acting, it’s time to take it a step further by studying a variety of acting techniques and methods. In Acting Techniques you will learn about the Stanislavsky Method, Method Acting, and other techniques used to create a believable performance, such as the Who Am I Chart, Objectives, Intentions, Subtext, Substitution, Raising the Stakes, Packing an Emotional Suitcase, the Moment Before, and more. These techniques will be used and developed as we work on a variety of theater activities, monologues, and scene work.

Reading, writing, and discussions will also be a part of this class as we study the book, “Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide.” Cost of the book is included in the supply fee, and you will receive your book the first day of class.

Consistent attendance and full participation is important for success in this class. Acting Techniques (Level 2) is a prerequisite for the Theater Performance level 3 class, and it is also needed before a student may audition for a full length performance. Auditions will be held in early December of 2016 for a 2017 Spring show!

Homework Requirements: 2-3 hours per week

Text: Acting for Young Actors: The Ultimate Teen Guide (cost for book included in your supply fee)

Students should bring to class: a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, class book, and a highlighter

Theatrical Production Level 3 (Spring 2017): Grades 8-12

Tutor: Mrs. Julie Nelson

Class Time: TBD

School Year Commitment: SEMESTER, rehearse 3-4 times per week (rehearsal time depends on length of show)

Tuition for each semester: TBD

Prerequisite: Theater 1 and Acting Techniques

Audition Required?: Yes

Class Description:
Put your acting skills to use in a Theatrical Production! Auditions will be held in early December 2016 for a longer Theatrical Production (60-120 minute show). We will rehearse 3-4 times per week, beginning in early February and have 2-3 performances in mid May.

Students must have completed both Level 1 and Acting Techniques Level 2 with Julie Nelson at either South Heights or TCHA in order to be able to audition for this production.

Homework Requirements: Memorize lines and write about character

Supplies Needed and other related costs: ​a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, and a  highlighter.

Class Location

South Suburban Evangelical Free Church
12600 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, Minnesota

 

TCHA Classes

Julie Nelson

Drama Tutor

Julie Nelson has always had a love for the arts. She has spent many years acting, dancing, and singing, and majored in Theater at Mankato State University. She is currently teaching Theater at South Heights Christian Classes (since 2011), In the Company of Kids Performing Arts Center (since 2010), and in 2013 started her own Homeschool Theater Company, “Acting With Character” which now offers classes and performance opportunities at TCHA and South Heights.

Julie also teaches  classes for children and adults with special needs, along with private acting classes, and has developed and taught an intergenerational Theater program for the elders and preschoolers at Ebenezer Care Center.

Julie has acted, written, and directed many dramas and plays for various churches, Sunday School and homeschool co-ops. She is enthusiastic about sharing her love for theater with all her students and helping them explore their creativity and develop their unique talents. She is married and has four boys whom she homeschooled for eleven years.