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Youth Classes - FALL 2014

Youth Classes

American Stage Education now offers year-round acting classes for youth ages 5-17.  With a focus on developing the student’s performance skills, creativity, and self-confidence we have classes for the beginning actor as well as for advanced performers.  While class titles remain the same year after year, lessons and final showcase pieces change each semester.  Classes are designed to be taken more than once. 

Each class meets once a week for 12 weeks, allowing students the opportunity to get a truly in-depth experience.  All classes are taught by working, professional theatre artists who have a passion for teaching.  Instructors are trained by American Stage and have passed a Level 2 background screening.

See the difference that theatre can make in your child’s life!

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department, at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email them at education@americanstage.org.

Classes for Fall 2014:

Creative Storytelling I – Ages 5-7

A simple story can become an exciting experience when children imagine themselves as  "blackbirds baked in a pie", "trolls under the bridge" or  "cats in a hat." Through activities based in creative drama, children in this class will be introduced to story dramatization. Each class will focus on a new story, with creative storytelling activities that use the visual arts (paper sculpture, drawing and collage) and music (programmatic music and tone poems) to stimulate creativity and artistic expression. The class will end with an informal presentation of the stories explored in class.

"I have noticed her writing and storytelling at school has really improved. Her teacher notices too."

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, September 6 – November 22 -10am-11:30am at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, November 22
Tuition
- $230

Playmaking for the Young Actor – Ages 8-10

Children in this class will enjoy learning how to create short plays that are inspired by their favorite stories. Activities and exercises that focus on the basic skills of acting will help students create vibrant characters that are fun and challenging to perform. The class will end with an informal performance of the plays created in class.

"This class helped my child with acting, speaking, and confidence."

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, September 6 – November 22 - 10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, November 22
Tuition - $250

Improvisation for Young Actors – Ages 11-13

Improvisation is an essential tool for an actor. It is a process that is based in the life of the imagination and can logically lead to a more truthful performance. In this class, students will learn how to use improvisation to explore character, define acting objectives, and create a sense of place. The activities and exercises used in class are designed to help the student develop confidence, creative expression, and authenticity in performance. Exercises and the scenes that students develop will be performed for an invited audience at the end of the class.

"This class was so much fun!"

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, September 6 – November 22 - 10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, November 22
Tuition - $250

Youth Classes

Advanced Teen Acting  – Ages 14-17

This advanced level acting class will challenge students with previous acting experience, helping them to take their skills to the next level.  Structured as a Master Class, topics of study will change each semester.  The class will culminate in a public showcase of the student’s work. 

Placement in this class is by audition only.  Auditions will be held at the theatre on Saturday, August 16 from 10am-12pm.  Students should prepare two contrasting monologues.  To schedule an audition appointment, please call the Education Department at 727-823-1600 x 204.  Students already accepted into the class for a previous semester do not have to audition again.

"This class has given me tools to carry with me throughout my entire theatre career."

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, September 6 – November 22 - 10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – Giles Davies
Final Showcase - Saturday, November 22
Tuition - $260

Students must call 727-823-1600 x 201 to enroll over the phone.

*Classes subject to change and/or cancellation if fewer than 6 students enroll.  Should this occur, your tuition will be fully refunded.

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact the Education Department, at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email them at education@americanstage.org.

 

 
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