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Youth Classes – FALL 2015

Youth Classes

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

American Stage Education is proud to offer year-round 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 advanced performers. While class titles may remain the same year after year, lessons, areas of emphasis 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.

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 2015:

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 and exercises explored in class for an audience of family and friends.

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

"This class has helped my child tremendously with memory and confidence!"

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 21 from 10:00am - 11:30am at American Stage
Instructor - American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, Nov. 21
Tuition
- $240


Playmaking for the Young Actor – Ages 8-10

This ensemble acting and playwriting class uses theater games and exercises to lead students through the collaborative process of developing an original short play inspired by a narrative story. 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 play created in class for an audience of family and friends.

"This was a great class and a wonderful overall experience for my child!"

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

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 21 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at American Stage Instructor - American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, Nov. 21
Tuition - $260


Improvisation for Young Actors – Ages 11-13

Take your skills to the next level through improvisation!  Improvisation is an essential tool for an actor. 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 while collaborating as an ensemble. The class will end with an informal showcase of exercises and scene work for an audience of family and friends.

"This class was so much fun!"

"Another great educational program! American Stage Education is a St. Petersburg treasure!"

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 21 from 10:00am-12:00pm at American Stage Instructor - American Stage Education Faculty
Final Showcase - Saturday, April 18
Tuition - $260


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. Previous topics of study have included Theatre Styles, Audition Technique, Creative Movement, Physical Comedy, Shakespeare, and The Actor’s Voice. The class will culminate in an informal showcase of the student’s work for an audience of family and friends. 

Placement in this class is by audition only. Auditions will be held at the theatre on Saturday, August 22 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. 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.

"It’s the theatre training I normally wouldn’t get! Everyone needs theatre like we get here. I love American Stage!"

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

Schedule: 12 weeks
Fall - Saturdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 21 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at American Stage Instructor - American Stage Teaching Faculty
Tuition - $270


*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 enroll over the phone, please contact the Education Associate, at 727-823-1600 x 204 or email education@americanstage.org.

 

 
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