Acting workshops offer unique way for youth to beat the winter blues

2014-01-10T00:00:00Z Acting workshops offer unique way for youth to beat the winter bluesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

MUNSTER | Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road,  will host educational production training and acting workshops for young theater enthusiasts.

The production workshops will not only provide instruction on acting and theater, but will help students build their public speaking skills and confidence by using more nontraditional, artistic teaching methods. Sessions continue through April.

Instructors include:

  • Patty Bird, an accomplished actress, instructor and director with more than 20 years of experience and a bachelor's degree in theater/television arts, concentrating in elementary education and English.
  • Charlie Scanlon, who graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in theater and is an elementary teacher who was active in the IUN children’s theater department.
  • Peyton Wilson, a faculty member of Second City since 2003 who has performed on stage, in film and as a voice-over artist. She recently wrote and directed her second, one-act play and performs in an improv duo.

Courses include:

Production Class - Join the cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and take part in a main stage play that will include set, costumes, props, sound, lights, professional playbill and public performances. The goal is to build a strong diverse ensemble of student performers 7 to 18. The ideal student for this company is one who has had some performance experience.

Students whose schedules do not permit regular attendance should not register. All members are guaranteed participation.

Directed by Bird, rehearsals are 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Jan. 11.

Acting Out - This acting class will teach youngsters 5 to 7 basic theatre terminology, what goes into a production and how to build scenes and characters through theatre games, script work, voice and movement. Explore the audition process and how to do your best.

Instructed by Bird, class runs 4 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday beginning Jan. 14. Students 8 to 13 will be instructed by Scanlon from 5 to 6 p.m. every Thursday beginning Jan. 16.

Acting Out Advanced - Students will expand their skills and explore character development and script analysis, with emphasis on creating acting objectives. Must have completed Acting Out class.

Students 5 to 7 will be instructed by Bird from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Jan. 14. Students 8 to 13 will be instructed by Scanlon from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 16.

Improv 101 - So you think you’re funny? Improvisation helps build listening and collaboration skills and teaches performers to take care of everyone else and build an ensemble. Learn the basics of this creative process through games and fun activities.

Taught by Wilson, students 8 to 12 will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. and those 13 to 18 will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 16.

Tuition for the production is $275 per student. Tuition for workshops is $130 per student per class. To register, visit TheatreAtTheCenter.com (Education through Theatre).

New this season, acting scholarships are available. Downloadable application forms and information is available at www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

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