Blackbox Players - Class Descriptions
The Blackbox Players
Why taking an acting class will help your child be the best they can be:
At Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Academy we love working with kids of all abilities and work hard at creating an environment where each child can feel safe to create and explore. Dramatic play is not only fun, it’s good for you too! Acting classes grow a person artistically and often aids in the development of life skills that can transfer to other areas of their lives as well.
National studies have indicated that students who actively participate in the performing arts have higher levels of self-confidence and greater comfort speaking, making presentations, and reading aloud.
Young Performer Track
Acting 1 (Pre-K - 2nd) Carefully selected children’s books serve as launching pads for our dramatic adventures. In Story Drama we go beyond reenactment to create new characters and dramatic situations in which we work together to overcome all sorts of challenges. Along the way, we transform into characters while props engage all of our physical senses. We concentrate on developing a wide range of physical, vocal and imaginative skills.
Intermediate Performer Track
Acting 2 (3rd-5th) Throughout the year, we engage and stretch the voice, body and mind through a fast-paced process of theatre games and exercises. We teach the fundamentals of stage acting: how to embody a character who is struggling to overcome obstacles and how to achieve an objective by using a variety of tactics, all within the framework of an imagined environment. The concepts we teach in Drama 1 & 2 are fundamentals that all actors work on to continue their growth as artists. We apply acting skills to scripted scene work, Improv, monologue selections and performance shows. We select material appropriate to the actors in the classes; perform shows that allow us to bring a playwright’s vision to life while continuing to challenge and develop our abilities. Learn to discover the clues that help determine the objectives of the characters as well as the tactics they use and the obstacles they overcome. We also teach rehearsal and memorization techniques and the vocabulary of stage actors.
Advanced Performer Track
Acting 3 (Grades 6th-12th) In Acting 3 we use Improv as one format to build stories without scripts creating them in the same moment that we act them out using a wide variety of Improv games and formats. We learn how to say “yes” to the offers we get from fellow performers and build scenes that contain distinct characters with specific relationships who are motivated by strong objectives within a well-defined environment. We use Uta Hagen’s A Challenge for the Actor and Respect for Acting as a guide for more intensive study.
Our performers get 3 to 4 opportunities for performance a year: Fall Show/Musical, Winter Show/Musical, Christmas Show, and Spring Main stage Show. Within our class format we study Acting, Movement for the Actor, Voice for the Actor, Improv, Singing for the Theatre, Dance for the Theatre and Scene Study and Auditioning.