Orlando Shakespeare Theater Will Offer Youth Classes for 2014-15 Season

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Will Offer Youth Classes for 2014-15 Season

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF just revealed its Youth Acting Classes for the 2014-2015 school year. Each Orlando Shakes Youth Class focuses on skill sets that benefit students in everyday life, as well as on stage.

"Our classes celebrate the process of learning, experimenting, taking risks, and challenging expectations," said Director of Education Anne Hering. "Parents love our detailed homework sheets, which give them the ability to track their child's progress and reinforce their new skills at home."

All Youth Class sessions meet on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., and run for six weeks. Every session culminates in a presentation for friends and family on the last day, including a free continental breakfast for all guests. Register online at www.orlandoshakes.org. Call the Education Department at (407) 447-1700 ext. 254 for more information.

FALL SESSION (September 13 - October 18, 2014)

Dress Up! Act Up! - Age 4 - Grade 1

Students will explore the "Actor's Toolbox" of voice, body, and imagination while learning the basics of story structure.

The Puzzle Posse - Grades 2-4

Students will learn narrative structure and non-verbal communication, along with storytelling, active listening, and ensemble skills.

Shakespeare's Clowns - Grades 5-7

Students will learn basic juggling skills with scarves and beanbags, rehearse physical comedy, and dive into comedic scenes from Shakespeare.

Shakespeare In Rehearsal - Grades 8-12

Students will focus on rehearsal etiquette, taking direction, and creating bold character choices. Recommended for alumni of The Young Company and Bards & Players.

WINTER SESSION (January 10 - February 14, 2015)

Fractured Fairy Tales - Age 4 - Grade 1

Students will explore the "Actor's Toolbox" of voice, body, and imagination while working on eye contact, projection, listening, and focusing.

Beginning Acting - Grades 2-4

Students will learn to follow stage directions and are introduced to basic acting skills of memorization, voice projection, and using your imagination to create a character.

Shakespeare Acting - Grades 5-7

Students will be assigned short Shakespearean speeches, and learn how to paraphrase as a tool for memorization and acting.

Teen Improv - Grades 8-12

Students will learn basic improv skills such as "Yes, and," status exploration, building the story, and "raising the stakes."

SPRING SESSION (March 14 - April 18, 2015)

Dance Your Art Out! - Age 4 - Grade 1

Students will create their own simple choreography, emphasizing expression, focus, and teamwork.

Superheroes and Superheroines - Grades 2-4

Students perform action scenes from cartoons and films, while learning to follow stage directions and to use their voice and body to tell the story.

Musical Theater Acting - Grades 5-7

Students will perform scenes from musicals, and focus on the skills of taking direction, pacing, and taking and sharing focus.

The Business of Acting - Grades 8-12

Students will learn how to structure and layout a performance resume, what makes a good audition monologue, when to choose an agent, and how to present yourself at an audition and shine at a cold reading.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida,and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. Orlando Shakespeare Theater is also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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