School Day Classes

All of our school day classes are housed at YEAH’s (Youth Educated at Home, an organization serving home school families since 1988) located in Roseville, MN. We offer a progressive actor’s training program, directing, playwriting (and more) classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Classes begin September 6, 2016 and continuing throughout the 2016-17 school year. To learn more about how to register to for daytime classes visit The Academy’s Website.

 

Here is a run-down of the classes we are offering this year:

Acting/Level I 

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00  

Actors must complete Level I Acting with CB Productions before auditioning for our main stage shows.

 

The first in a series of our Actor’s Training Program-This is an extremely fun, high energy, and informative acting class that sets the groundwork for all other acting courses and stage work. Students will gain hands-on experience improving their acting skills while learning these important stage tools or techniques: how to enter, exit, cross, turn, gesture onstage, how to use your entire body to effectively communicate your character’s intentions, how to create effective and smooth transitions and believable stage business, and how to react spontaneously by listening, observing, focusing and reacting truthfully to what is happening.

 

Play Writing

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 (Fall session only)

Prerequisite Acting Levels  I & II 

Playwriting Lab: Through in-class writing exercises, at-home writing assignments, class discussions, and in-class readings of participants’ work, writers will learn the essentials of good playwriting, including character motivation, plot structure, dialogue, dramatic conflict, as well as proper formatting. Writers will have the opportunity to share their work in a supportive and challenging environment. Some pieces will be chosen to perform at The Night of the Arts.

 

Directing Lab

Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 (Winter session only)

Prerequisite Acting Levels I & II

Directing Lab: Students interested in directing plays will learn the basic elements of directing (composition, picturization, pantomimic dramatization, movement, rhythm, tempo) by following and actively participating in a step-by-step process with the class.  Each concept is learned progressively and the approach is completely experiential allowing his/her own personal directing style to emerge. Directing students will get hands-on directing experience working with students from the Level I class (meeting at the same time).

 

Shakespeare

Wednesdays  10:00-11:30

Prerequisite Acting Levels I & II 

This in-depth classical scene-study class will magically unlock Shakespeare’s code so that the actor can easily portray the rich characters and understand the beautiful words written on the page. Once students learn the key to reading this exquisite language, they will easily understand character intentions, double meaning and be able to apply these skills to any acting project.  This important class for unlocking Shakespeare and his complex stories, culminates in a spring performance project performed at the “Night of the Arts.”

 

Acting Level III

Wednesdays  12:00-1:30

Prerequisite Acting Leves I & II 

This advanced-level acting course will emphasize the importance of making strong, bold character choices and continue to explore and enrich acquired skills, including physical and vocal work, characterization, emotional truth and availability, active pursuit of an objective and ensemble storytelling. This important class for honing skills and taking greater risks culminates in a spring performance project performed at the “Night of the Arts.”

 

Acting Level II 

Wednesdays 1:30-3:00

Prerequisite Acting Level I  

Second-year students deepen their skills and delve more thoroughly into character development and scene analysis, with emphasis on creating acting objectives and discovering scenes through character relationships. Students will investigate the physical and inner-workings of a character by participating in a more advanced set of improvisational exercises and age appropriate scenes and/or monologues selected from literature. Each session will culminate in a showcase performed for parents and friends on the last day of class.

 

Improv! 

Wednesdays 1:30-3:00

Open to new students in Spring 2017!

Improv! will push students to think faster, make stronger choices, and trust their instincts without the fear and anxiety of planning. Students will learn the basic improvisation concept of “Yes, and..” plus discover how a scene can be created through agreement. As the session progresses students will begin to learn elements of structure for performance and create fully improvised scenes with more than two performers. (Work will be done in short and long form.) This is a fun and absolutely necessary class for the beginning or seasoned actor.