Acting Discipline

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‘I just don’t want him to be so shy.’ After enrolling in Acting class? It’s a different story. Acting builds confidence in children.

Musical Theatre Act & Dance for ages 4-6: During the first half of class, students experience a boost in confidence and improve their focus and discipline. Through storytelling, relaxation, and play, students learn to listen, trust their imaginations, and feel empathy—all while having fun and building positive relationships with peers. The second half of class focuses on musical theatre style dance movements. Both halves of class come together in performance.

Acting for ages 7-9: Actors work through basic script analysis, character development, and creating truthful performances through improvisation and the use of sensory work. Students prepare to show up to a performance relaxed, confident, secure, and excited to take direction.

Acting for ages 10-12: Actors at this age gear themselves toward focus, truthful performances and improvisation, cold readings, and breaking down a script. Students explore objectives, observation, relaxation, and trust. Students prepare to show up to a performance relaxed, confident, secure, and excited for the work.

Acting for ages 13-18: Students discover finding the writer’s voice through script analysis and making specific choices that are playable yet open to adjustments and direction. Improvisations may be dramatic or comedic but are always based on truth. Teens are encouraged to “get out of their heads and into their hearts,” focusing on the Stanislavsky method of acting.

Acting for Adults: Whether a beginner or seasoned professional, this class covers the fundamentals of acting, breaking down a scene, working moment to moment, cold reading skills, on-camera work, and much more. Actors will learn or perfect how to deliver raw, truthful performances in a fun, supportive environment. No matter what age you are or how experienced you are, if you want to play some make believe or brush up with public speaking skills, this class is for you.

Acting for Camera for ages 10-12 and 13-18: Level II+ actors learn the skills and techniques for performing work on-camera. Students write and film scenes from various genres, film and evaluate their work, then put together short films posted to YouTube and for viewing at Stagelight Performing Arts showcases.

Improvisational Acting for ages 7-9, 10-12, 13-18, and adults: Students experience the thrill of working organically from heart and head–with no script! Actors in this class engage in various improvisational exercises that improve skills in quick thinking, character choices and development, emotions, flexibility within a scene or script, and preparation for more successful cold readings.

Sketch Comedy for ages 10-12: Students will discover the thrill of learning how to write and perform a sketch from start to finish, with a specific focus on premise development, narrative, and character study. Working well with others is key, as revising scripts and performing in multiple ensemble sketches will help them focus on producing the best sketches possible. This class is focused on the process of concept-to-performance, and we recommend pairing it with an Acting class for more thorough technique.

WHAT DO I NEED FOR CLASS?

If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.

Musical Theatre
Acting
Acting for Camera
Improv
Sketch Comedy