Theater 1  |  Grades 7-12

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 or 3 class.


Class: Theater Level 1

Grades: 7-12th

Tutor: Julie Nelson

Fall Semester: August 28-Dec 11 (No classes on Oct 9 & Nov 27)

Time: Wednesdays from 11:30-1:00 (90 minute classes)

Homework: 2 hour per week

Materials: Students should bring: a folder, writing utensils, and a highlighter.

Cost: $174 Learn and develop your acting skills through theater activities, improvisation, character analysis, monologues, and scene work.  

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 Fall Semester Dates

August 28, 2019—Class begins

October 9—Fall Break

November 27—Thanksgiving Break

December 11—Last Class


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