This Beginning/Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills in a small group setting with individualized attention. (maximum 14 students, minimum 8) The weekly class is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre. Experienced actors gain confidence and expertise as they become leaders in the class. Beginning actors learn from their peers and have an opportunity to develop the craft in a group with support from their peers. The class involves singing, musical theatre dancing, and acting. The focus of the class is to develop general acting skills. It is expected that students have a passion for the performing arts even if they have no actual experience
Acting is taught thru weekly instruction in musical theater and scene work where all students are engaged in learning choreography/lyrics from Broadway songs appropriate for youth ages 8 – 14, and working as a group on a short original play that involves all the students. Students naturally learn about the actor’s tools of face, body, and voice as they learn material that involves the whole group in ensemble production numbers, and solo songs that students perform together that can later be used as solo audition pieces, and learn blocking and character development thru the short play that holds the musical pieces together. The play itself is developed from familiar stories and poems that encourage correct use of the voice and body to express character. At the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends. Content of the material for the play will be based in Asian themes, stories and folklore. Not all the music will be Asian based.
Objectives: At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate how body language and facial expression affect communication.
- Demonstrate basic vocal techniques, including projection, diction, and expression
- Define basic terms used in theatre including the actors basic tools.
- Demonstrate basic musical theatre dance steps in a showcase performance.
- Develop a character(s) and perform in a final class showcase combining all the skills learned in the class. Some students may also perform at the annual Chinese New Year
- Use their learned skills to audition for a future local play or musical if desired and available.