DRAMA

Acting Adventures

Description: 
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

Description: 
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 Techniques

This Class runs for 15 weeks and ends on May 11.

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, and it is also needed before a student may audition for the spring play.

Masterpiece Theater – Truth

Participants of this class will be learning valuable skills about how to use successful teamwork to accomplish a common goal – writing and performing their own short play!  The theme for this play is “God’s truth vs the enemy’s lies”, so we will dig into the Bible for inspiration for our script!  Students will also learn about the important elements that go into script writing.  Then students will tap into their creativity and use their individual ideas and talents while together they brainstorm, discuss, improvise, and write their own original play on God’s truth!  Students will then design, make, or find props, costumes, and simple set pieces needed for their play.  Finally, acting skills are developed as students rehearse their “Masterpiece” which will be performed at the end of the semester.

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.

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