ACT I BASIC SKILLS (In-Person)
JUST ADDED! WEDNESDAYS 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Jan. 25 - Mar. 15, 2023
Instructor: Richard Soto
Learn the fundamentals of acting through exercises in basic improvisation skills, scene study and monologues. Explore and develop all the actor's artistic tools: body, voice and imagination. Students will learn to be both quicker on their feet and freer with their minds. Character monologues will be chosen and analyzed to stretch and develop the student's natural gifts of expression. Students will learn techniques that professionals re-visit and refresh throughout their careers. Students also will explore monologues with an eye toward using them as audition pieces. This class is an excellent place to honor and examine the acting “bug.” This class is designed for full group participation as well as carefully tailored one-on-one work. The atmosphere is friendly, highly supportive, stimulating and fun.
MUSICAL THEATRE (Online or In-Person)
ONLINE: MONDAYS 6-9 p.m., Jan 23 - Mar. 13, 2023
IN-PERSON: WEDNESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 25 - Mar. 25, 2023
(No class on Tuesday, June 28 or Wednesday, June 29)
Instructor: Tom Shelton
Musical Theatre offers an approach to the repertoire of Broadway song from the standpoint of the actor—how to ACT a song, not just sing it. It starts with the idea that if you can SPEAK you can SING, and approaches songs as musical monologues, seeking new techniques of expression, relaxation and freedom. Students from all levels of musical experience are welcome.
For the Online Class: Teaching Artist Tom Shelton will be playing piano, and students will be singing their pieces (primarily solos) via Zoom in this online class. Recommendations include a computer with a built in camera, or an iPhone that can be put on a tripod, and fairly good internet connection. Students must have access to PDF of their sheet music. Not required but recommended are an external mic and headphones for better sound quality. (Fairly essential for a singing class!) Again, as in the regular, in-person classes, students will be encouraged to stick around for the full 3-hour session. Full class feedback is encouraged at all times!
IMPROVISATION I (In-Person)
TUESDAYS 6:30-9:30 p.m., Jan. 24 - Mar. 14, 2023
Instructor: Greg Atkins
If the mere thought of having to "make it up on the spot" chills your blood, makes your palms go sweaty and raises your voice an octave, this is the class for you. This fast-paced, fun workshop focuses on acting, characterization, creativity and spontaneity through improvised scenes and theatre games. The emphasis is on thinking faster, making stronger choices and increasing confidence.