Acting Classes for Children from Take the Stage

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take-the-stage-kids-actingTake the Stage Long Beach offers performance technique classes for children in elementary, middle or high school. Emphasis is on developing a child’s understanding and mastery of the art and craft of acting.

Each series of kids acting classes includes vocal development, theatre games, action verb acting and theatre vocabulary along with a course-specific focus on additional overview, improvisation, scene study, monologue work, character analysis, or stage combat.

Classes are led by Bethany Price. In explaining her class, Bethany said,“Stage training offers children and teens a chance to explore who they are, and to experience life – even for just a few moments – in someone else’s shoes. It’s a celebration of imagination, action, expression and listening. Our focus on developing solid listening and communication skills provide young actors with vital tools for success – on stage and off.”

Bethany received her theatrical training at California State University, Long Beach, where she was a founding member of California Repertory Company. She has stage managed, directed and/or produced more than 50 productions, and performed for more than 15 years in stage musicals and plays. She is the mother of three children, ages 6, 14 and 22, and has extensive experience casting, coaching and directing school-age kids in stage productions.

Fall 2009 Take the Stage Course Offerings – presented by GO-FAME. All children’s acting classes take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, located at 5450 Atherton Street in Long Beach.

Take the Stage – Youth Acting Class
September 19-October 24 – Saturdays 3-5pm
Full overview of theatrical performance craft designed for ages 8 and up; includes stage terminology, improvisation, breath control and vocal work, scene study, beginning stage combat, public speaking and audition technique. Perfect for students who love to perform but have never taken an acting class!
$110 for six weeks – class size limit: 10

Take the Stage – Kids Acting Class
September 19-October 24 – Saturdays 5-6pm
Designed for pre and early readers (ages 5-7), this acting class focuses on improvisation games, creative dramatics, voice and breath control, rhythm and listening skills, public speaking, basic stage terminology.
$60 for six weeks – class size limit: 8

Take the Stage – Improvisation Class
September 20-October 25 – Sundays 4:30-6:00pm
Fun-filled improvisation class designed for ages 8 and up; stressing games, exercises, team work, creativity, presentational choices, and performance improv. Previous participation in a Take the Stage class or instructor approval required for admission. $90 for six weeks – class size limit: 12 –Instructor Approval Required

Take the Stage – Scene Study Class
September 21-November 9 – Mondays 5-6:15pm
Text-based scene study and cold-reading class designed for ages 8-15; emphasis on script breakdown, character analysis and performance preparation. Previous participation in a Take the Stage class or instructor approval required for admission. $100 for eight weeks – class size limit: 8 – Instructor Approval Required

Special combo discount! Register for both Scene Study and Improvisation for just $175

For more information, call (562) 225-8177 or visit

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