DRAMA

Radio Drama

Grades: 

7th

12th

Description:
Radio Drama is a Theater class which focuses specifically on using the actor’s voice, sound effects, and music to give a theatrical performance that is purely auditory.  In this class students will learn the various aspects of this art form, listen to some classic examples, and will have hands-on experience creating, producing, and recording their own radio drama!  By studying this art form, the actor will achieve specific training and experience in developing their vocal skills of projection, articulation, vocal expression, tone quality, tempo, pauses, emphasis, coloring your words, etc… along with gaining experience in creating sound effects and choosing appropriate music to tell their story.

Theater 1

Grades: 

7th

12th

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 about 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 vocal projection and clarity, the use of vocal and facial expressions, the use of body language and gestures, and proper staging techniques.  You will also learn the basics of character analysis and how to develop a believable character.  These skills will all 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, positive environment.  Students should expect an average of two hours of weekly homework, and full, active class participation is required!

Acting Adventures

Grades: 

PreK

3rd

Come explore the world of acting through various theater games, acting exercises, improvisation activities, skits, and scene work!  These activities will tap into your creative side, while developing skills such as focus, listening, teamwork, imagination, vocal projection and articulation, creating a believable character, and building self confidence and stage presence.  This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. Students will rehearse and perform a short play to gain some performance experience.

Acting Adventures

Grades: 

3rd

6th

Come explore the world of acting through various theater games, acting exercises, improvisation activities, skits, and scene work!  These activities will tap into your creative side, while developing skills such as focus, listening, teamwork, imagination, vocal projection and articulation, creating a believable character, and building self confidence and stage presence.  This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. Students will rehearse and perform a short play to gain some performance experience.

Studio C Sketch Comedy

Grades: 

8th

12th

Studio C sketches have been sweeping the nation on Youtube and BYU TV with their clean family-oriented comedy, and now they come to TCHA!  Studio C is a fresh live comedy sketch series that explores the funny side of everyday life. Returning acting students are invited to join this class to learn about sketch comedy, watch some Studio C episodes, and then pick their favorites to rehearse in class.  These sketches will be performed at the end of the semester.   Students may need to provide some simple props and costumes for their performance.   Work on your comedic acting skills, and laugh!   Now is the “time to laugh!” (Ecc 3:4)  It’s good medicine! (Prov 17:22)


Prerequisite:
  Level 1 theater class with Julie Nelson or tutor approval.
Homework:  1 hour per week
Additional costs: a possible $5-15 expense for individual costumes, props, set pieces or supplies

Acting Techniques

Grades: 

7th

12th

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 to bring your acting skills to the next level.  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 for the book is included in the supply fee, and you will receive your book on 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 any level 3 class.

Instructor

Julie Nelson

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.

Media