DRAMA

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 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 Stanislavski 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. 90 minute class that runs for 15 weeks. Acting Techniques (level 2) is a prerequisite for any level 3 class.

Audition Methods

Grades: 

8th

12th

Improve your auditioning skills by taking the AUDITION METHODS class! This class will teach you everything you need to know about auditions: what to expect, cold readings, prepared auditions, audition sides, musical auditions, callbacks, managing those nerves, and how to successfully prepare to impress the director! You will also prepare an acting resume, choose and prepare a few monologues from different genres, and have head shots taken so you will be ready when the audition comes! We will also have several “mock auditions” of different styles in class to give you plenty of practice for the real thing! Prerequisite: Level 1 theater class with Julie Nelson or tutor approval

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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