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 (K - 3rd) & (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. 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 TECHNIQUES (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 tuition fee, and you will receive your book on the first or second day of class.

Consistent attendance and full participation is important for success in this class. You can expect 2-3 hours of homework per week. Please bring a notebook or paper, a folder, writing utensils, class book, and a highlighter.

ACTING SHAKESPEARE (8th - 12th)

“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.