Youth Classes - Spring 2014

Youth Classes
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American Stage Education is proud to offer acting classes for youth ages 5-18.  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 the advanced performer.  Each class meets once a week for 12 weeks, allowing students the opportunity to get a truly in-depth experience.  Lessons and final showcase pieces change each semester.  Classes are designed to be taken year after year.  See the difference that theatre can make in your child’s life!

For more information or if you are having problems enrolling online, contact Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email her at mheimstead@americanstage.org.

Classes for Spring 2014:

Creative Storytelling II – Ages 5-7

Explore the wonder of your imagination! Children will enjoy using their bodies and voices in creative ways to re-imagine scenes from their favorite stories. They will learn the three essential tools of the actor’s trade and put them into practice through the invention of their own characters.  Activities will include creative drama games that encourage use of the five senses, interpretive movement and pantomime. The class will end with an informal presentation of the stories explored in class.  This final showcase performance will be on Saturday, April 19th.

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

“My child has a great imagination and this class fosters that in so many ways.”

Schedule:  12 weeks
Spring - Saturdays, February 1 – April 19 -10am-11:30am at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Tuition - $230

Story Theatre – Ages 8-10

In this popular class students will learn how to shape stories based in narrative writing into entertaining Story Theatre plays. Story Theatre is unique in its presentation because performers play multiple roles; a storyteller can transform into a character and back into storyteller as the play unfolds. It's magic, it's fun, and it's a great challenge for the young actor. The Story Theatre plays that students create will be performed for an invited audience at the end of the class. This final showcase performance will be on Saturday, April 19th.

“It was so fun! I love my teachers and American Stage!”

“This class really helped my daughter come out of her shell.”

Schedule:  12 weeks
Spring - Saturdays, February 1 – April 19 -10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Tuition - $250

Page to Stage – Ages 11-13

What is it that inspires an actor to give a brilliant performance? How does an actor use the words on a page to create magic on the stage? Students in this class will find answers to these questions and more by reading select scenes and discovering how the dialogue, plot, and characters can inform and stimulate an actor's creativity on stage. This basic introduction to scene study will help students develop an organized approach to working with a script and learn how to fight towards their character’s goal. At the end of this class, students will perform select scenes for an invited audience.  This final showcase performance will be on Saturday, April 19th.

“This class really helped me gain confidence.”

“I learned so much and it was really fun!”

Schedule:  12 weeks
Spring - Saturdays, February 1 – April 19 -10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
Tuition - $250

Advanced Teen Acting  – Ages 14-18

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 students' work.  Placement in this class is by audition only.  Auditions will be held at the theatre on Saturday, January 11 from 12-2pm.  Students should prepare two contrasting monologues.  To schedule an audition appointment, please call Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, at 727-823-1600 x 201.  Once a student has been accepted into the program, they do not need to audition again for subsequent semesters. 

“I feel like the skills I learned in this class will help me develop my characters in the future.”

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

Schedule:  12 weeks
Spring - Saturdays, February 1 – April 19 -10am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor – American Stage Education Faculty
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 difficulty enrolling on-line, please call Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email her at mheimstead@americanstage.org.

 

 
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