Characteriziations  | level 1 class, grades 7-12

Description:  What do Wilbur, Mrs. Potts, Daffy Duck, and John Wayne all have in common?  They are all examples of characters you can learn to portray in this level one theater class – Characterization.  This class will focus on four categories of characters: animals, inanimate objects, imaginary creatures, and different people.  We will use observations, internet research, theater activities, and improvisations to study and portray these characters, along with possible use of poetry, children’s stories, monologues, and scenes.  The goal of this class is to do an in-depth exploration on how to transform our vocal, physical, and facial characteristics to portray characters who are much different than the typical teenager. This class will have a fun, positive, and encouraging atmosphere as students are challenged to present these characters.  Complete and active participation is required.



Class: Characterizations
Grades: 7-12
Tutor: Julie Nelson
Spring Semester: January 30-May8, 2019 (no class April 17)
Time: Wednesdays from 12:30-2:00
Prerequisite: None
Homework: Average 2 hours per week
Materials: Students should bring: a folder, writing utensils, and a highlighter.
Cost: $180 (Price increases after January 6)

Nelson200Julie 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.

2019 Spring Semester
January 30, 2019– Class begins
April 17- Easter Break– No TCHA classes
May 8– Last day of class





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