DRAMA

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.

Acting Improvisation

Grades: 

7th

12th

Take the stage with improvisation!  We will study the art of acting improvisation by learning and implementing the “rules of improv” in a wide variety of improv games and activities.  Be creative, think on your feet, react quickly, and have lots of fun!  Acting Improvisation helps actors in many ways: it builds confidence, courage, creativity, and teaches them to trust their instincts.  Students will perform a short live improv show at the end of the semester, and will also have the opportunity to perform in a larger improv show at a larger venue! (possibly Lakeville Area Arts Center in either December or early January)

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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