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BUILDING CHARACTER ONSTAGE!

Town Hall Theatre is a place where children build self-esteem, confidence and character! We offer a place to learn about the performing arts in a positive, student-centric environment.

Children may be introduced to theatre in our beginning  class, Intro to Acting, or grow as an actor in our three-tiered acting series. Others may have fun performing in a group-written play or singing their heart out in a voice class! We also offer private acting and voice lessons for a more concentrated, one-on-one experience.

No matter what age or experience level you are, there’s sure to be a class for you!

Click here for information about classes and registration.

CLASS OFFERINGS AND DESTINATIONS

DISCOVER WITH OUR INTRODUCTORY CLASSES

Story Journey on the Go 

Ages 2-4

A great way to get involved in the imaginative world of theatre, this class invites our younger or shyer students to bring their favorite adult to play too! Using books, rhymes, costumes, our imaginations, and some crafts, students will tell stories with their voices and bodies, learning acting through play. This class will use stories about travel and transportation as a gateway to performance! Bring your imaginations, and LET"S GO!

Story Journey

Ages 4-7

For lovers of Intro to Acting, here is your chance to shine on! Story Journey reinforces public speaking comfort and making friends with the creation of mini-plays that include a theme! We may jump onto a pirate ship or become royalty for each class, basing our mini-plays on stories that follow our theme. Family and friends are invited to be our audience during the last five minutes of each class.

Intro to Acting

Ages 4-7

Make new friends, become comfortable speaking in front of a group, and feel successful about putting on your own mini-play! Each class will begin by reading a story or picking out a costume. Students then use the story and their imaginations to create a mini-play. Family and friends are invited to be our audience the last five minutes of each class!

Make Believe With ...

Ages 4-7

Performers ages 4-7 will discover a current production at Town Hall, using their voices, bodies, and of course costumes. Actors will hear versions of the tale from other countries, and create their own version using the details they like best. Performers will have a chance to meet members of the cast, and included in the price for this class is a ticket for the show, and a cast t-shirt.

 

GROW & DEVELOP WITH OUR CORE ACTING CLASSES

Acting Level One

Grades 2-8

This course is a prerequisite for being cast in an A.C.T. production at Town Hall Theatre. The curriculum concentrates on monologues and short scenes. Each student will understand theatre terminology and the process of going through technical rehearsal to a performance. Completion of this class is dependent on accruing no more than two absences and receiving a passing grade on the theatre terms quiz.

Acting Level Two

Grades 2-8

This course is a prerequisite for being cast in a L.C.T.C. production at Town Hall Theatre. Students will learn how to create characters that can "live" through an entire show, as well as learn how to tackle callbacks. Actors will understand how to research a role and why it is important. Completion of this course is dependent on accruing no more than two absences, a final scene, and a character presentation. Acting Level One is a prerequisite for this course.

Acting Level Three

Grades 2-8

What does a GREAT audition include? In this third installment of our acting basics we can figure that out! How can you gear an audition for a specific role, but not box yourself in for only that role? What if the audition criteria is anything but specific? It's all SO MUCH! We will explore not only choosing material, but preparing and practicing , leaving this class with a package that is flexible, appropriate, and most of all fun, so auditions are looked forward too, not feared. Acting Level Two is a prerequisite for this course.

 

EXPLORE AND HAVE FUN IN OUR SKILLS CLASSES

Put on a Play!

Grades 1-5

Explore the far reaches of your imagination to create your own play! Each session will focus on creating a show, designing not only sets, but also costumes. Students will also memorize lines and blocking. This class will help students understand characters, stories and setting, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the last day of class in our classroom space.

Fantasy Make Up!

Grades 2-8

Using make up to create fantasy characters from stage and screen is the goal of this specialty class. Our instructor will take students through the process of creating characters that are older, characters that are wilder and characters that exist only in imagination using make up and artistic technique.

Costume Magic!

Grades 2-8

Fashion, design, and fun come together as students develop their skills in both costume design and construction. No previous sewing experience required. Students will learn basics of costuming, sewing, and clothing construction with a professionsal costume designer and see how a costume shop works. Who knows what creative piece of clothing your child may come up with after this class!

Musical Theatre Acting

Grades 2-8

Students will learn basic singing and movement techniques through group song and dance numbers. Students will not only work on classic songs, but also some new musical theatre pieces to strengthen their coordination and ability to act a song. A performance will be held in the classroom space for family and friends on the last day of class.

Comedy Improv 4 Kids! 

Grades 2-8

Fans of the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon will love this class that uses acting games to introduce and hone improv skills. Both Disney and Nickelodeon rely on actors who can react to almost any situation, and that is what improv is all about! We will be thinking on our feet and creating silly situations that can only be resolved by being sillier. Bodies and voices will get a workout in this high energy class, perfect for all class clowns out there! Acting Level One is a prerequisite for this course.

Backstage Bonanza

Grades 2-8

Props, paints, and puppets! Ever wonder how they make all those things they use on stage? Here's your chance to explore how they make everything that appears on stage. Explore how they make the puppets, paint the sets, and build the props you see on stage. Who knows maybe you make something used in our very next production!

Fractured Fairytale

Grades 2-8

What happens when you combine a classic fairytale with the creativity of a dozen kids? You get one awesome show! Join us as we take "Once upon a time"  and make it our own. Students will brainstorm it, write it, rehearse it ... and family and friends are going to love it when we perform it the last day of class.

Audition Prep and Scene Study

Grades 2-9

Students will take their knowlegde of stage craft to the next level with the emphasis this class places on preparation. Actors will have 3 mock auditions they will prepare for and then be critiqued on, and will prepare 2 scenes for a showing in the classroom the final day of class. This class will prepare students to find appropriate audition material and to begin building a "book" of monologues they can depend on when auditioning.

Beginning Script Writing

Grades 3-8

Young actors and writers will have the chance to begin creating characters and situations that audiences can enjoy from their seats, instead of a book. Students will explore the difference between writing for the page and writing for the stage and what it takes to make a scene stick with an audience. Students will end class with a short scene that will be shared with family and friends on the last day of class. This class requires reading and writing and will have assignments that must be started or completed at home.

Singing Level One

Grades 2-8

This class is designed to introduce performers to successful musical vocal production onstage. Basic vocal production, including proper breathing, pitch, tone and intonation will be covered. This course is an opportunity for beginning and trained vocalists to learn how to “act the song” onstage solo and in a group. There will be a recital on the last day in our classroom space for family members and friends.

 


STRENGTHEN AND POLISH IN OUR SKILLS CLASSES

Private Acting Lessons

Grades 2-12

Focus on timing, rhythm and control, analyze scenes for tactics and objectives, prepare for auditions and callbacks and expand your acting range with character and dialect work. Private lessons are a great way for beginning and seasoned actors who want to explore the craft at a more advanced level and are available by appointment only. Contact the theatre to register. Single lessons to prepare for an upcoming audition or performance are also available. Email or call 433-8957 x2830 to schedule your next lesson!

Individual Lesson

30 Minutes
Email to Schedule Fee: $30/Lesson
8-Week Lesson Pass 30 Minutes Email to Schedule Fee: $233/Pass
10-Week Lesson Pass 30 Minutes
Email to Schedule Fee: $290/Pass

A.C.T. Student Showcase Series

Grades 2-6

This program pairs some of our season's best directors with students interested in being in a play that rehearses earlier in the evening than our regular programming. Cast members will focus on learning the rehearsal process as they co-create a performance of a fairy tale. There will be three performances at the end of the class. This class is by audition only; please see our audition page for dates.

American Girl Summer Performance

Grades 2-12

During the summer, actors will travel back in time to rehearse and perform a story from the American Girl Series. Each summer we focus on a different American Girl. Performances will be held around the Centerville/Washington Township area.

 

Theatre for Special Needs

This private class is an opportunity for kids with some of the biggest imaginations around to strut their stuff! Coursework is designed for the special needs student and will focus on basic acting skills such as projection, characterization, voice and diction. Of course, there will be lots of theatre games, too! Contact the Education Director for scheduling availability prior to each session’s registration.

Group Workshops

For information on how we can provide your group or organization with a specialty acting or voice workshop tailored to meet your needs, please contact the Education Director.

We Offer Dance and Arts Classes, Too!

For a complete listing of classes offered by the Washington Township Recreation Center, visit our Rec Center page or call 433-0130.

 

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