TCHA offers several drama classes each semester: Acting Adventures (K – 3rd), Acting Adventures (3rd – 6th), Acting Techniques (7th – 12th), and the More Drama Ministry (8th – 12th). These classes are focused on stage acting, understanding a character, and learning to express oneself in front of others. Registration for the fall 2020 semester will open at the end of spring. Classes are held at South Suburban Evangelic Free Church in Apple Valley.

CLASSES

Acting Adventures

  • Grades: PreK-3
  • Time: 9:50am - 10:50am
  • Cost: $165

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. We will also rehearse and perform a short play so students can gain some performance experience. This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. 

Homework: 1 hour per week. Homework for this class would include memorizing lines and writing about your character. You also might need to find or make a simple costume or prop for the performance.

Please note: classes are divided K-3rd grade and 3rd-6th grade, however, if your children are split by grades into different classes and you would prefer to have them in the same class, or if they have another class conflict at the time their grade would meet, please contact us and we can make arrangements for that.

Acting Adventures

  • Grades: 3-6
  • Time: 2:45pm - 3:45pm
  • Cost: $165

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. We will also rehearse and perform a short play so students can gain some performance experience. This is all done in a fun, positive, and encouraging Christian environment. 

Homework: 1 hour per week. Homework for this class would include memorizing lines and writing about your character. You also might need to find or make a simple costume or prop for the performance.

Please note: classes are divided K-3rd grade and 3rd-6th grade, however, if your children are split by grades into different classes and you would prefer to have them in the same class, or if they have another class conflict at the time their grade would meet, please contact us and we can make arrangements for that.

Theatre 1

  • Grades: 7-12
  • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Cost: $206

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 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!  “Theater” is a prerequisite for any level 2 class, and to audition for the spring play.  

Acting Shakespeare!

  • Grades: 8-12
  • Time: 1:10pm - 2:40pm
  • Cost: $189

Description:
“To be, or not to be?”  And the answer is “Yes!  You ARE to be in this Theater class!”  Join us in exploring the intriguing plots, fascinating characters, and relevant themes of Shakespeare’s plays. In Acting Shakespeare, we will study one of his plays, along with working on selected scenes and monologues from that play to be performed at the end of the semester.  You will learn how to understand and appreciate the beauty and genius of his language, along with working on script analysis to help you make clear, active and emotionally connected choices to bring Shakespeare’s work to life!  This class may be repeated as a different Shakespeare play will be used each time this class is offered.

INSTRUCTORS

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.

COVID-19 REGISTRATION NOTICE

We at TCHA (Twin Cities Homeschoolers for the Arts) care about each of our students and their families, and are committed to helping you stay healthy and safe. We also continue to believe in the importance of the performing arts and their role in enriching and blessing our lives. As we look ahead to the Fall semester of 2020, we know that our classes and choirs will need to look a bit differently than they have in former years. Time to get creative!

Areas of change:

1. Safety practices. Best practices will be in place for the ongoing pandemic of COVID19, while still providing opportunities for our students to gather in person to sing, dance, act and play together. Hand washing between classes, hand sanitizer available in all classrooms, sanitized surfaces, small group sizes, and social distancing when possible will all be practiced.

2. No sick students. No students with of cold or flu symptoms will be permitted to attend TCHA classes. If a student does come to class with these symptoms, parents will be contacted and students will be sent home.

3. No large choirs. This semester we will create a variety of smaller ensembles (6-10 voices per ensemble), as well as small group singing classes for younger and more novice voices.

4. Earlier semester dates. We will begin August 26 and end November 18, with no break in October for the Fall musical. This will allow us to complete the semester prior to flu season’s arrival.

5. Drop off & Pick up only. The church will not be open for parents or siblings to hang out during classes.

6. Recitals, not concerts. There will be no large group concerts at the end of the semester. Instead we will hold video recitals, in which group performances will be recorded during the last week of classes and posted online for family and friends to share and enjoy.

7. Live classes. (with the exception of certain drama classes also offered online). If we are unable to meet in person due to church building policies or a sudden increase in COVID19 cases before August 26, we will cancel the Fall semester. Our prayer is that our early start/end dates will decrease the likelihood of any classes being canceled due to COVID19.

8. No down payment. We will ask families to please register so that our instructors and directors can make preparations, however no funds will be withdrawn until August 15, at which time we will know for certain if we may proceed with our Fall semester plans.