Take the Stage announces spring session of youth acting classes

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Take 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, theater games, action verb acting and theater vocabulary along with additional overview on improvisation, scene study, monologue work, character analysis, and (in some classes) 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.”

Price 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 has extensive experience casting, coaching and directing school-age kids in stage productions, many of which have included her three children – ages 6, 14 and 22.

Price is currently directing a new musical adaptation of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which will perform on Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14 at the CSULB University Theatre.

Spring 2010 Take the Stage Acting Courses will be offered at the Martial Arts Studio at 3593 Los Coyotes Diagonal in Long Beach.

Take the Stage – Youth Acting Class
February 27 –May 1 Saturdays 3-5pm (No Classes April 3 or 10 due to Spring Vacations)
Full overview of theatrical performance craft designed for ages 8 and up; includes stage terminology, lots of improvisation training, breath control and vocal work, short scene study, beginning stage combat, public speaking and audition technique.
$160 for eight weeks – class size limit: 12

Take the Stage – Kids Acting Class
February 27 –May 1 Saturdays 5-6pm (No Classes April 3 or 10 due to Spring Vacations)
Designed for pre and early readers (ages 4-7), this acting class focuses on improvisation games, creative dramatics, voice and breath control, rhythm and listening skills, public speaking, basic stage terminology.
$90 for eight weeks – class size limit: 8

A 25% discount is offered for any addition child in a family who enrolls in classes. For more information, call (562) 225-8177 or visit www.takethestagelb.com.


One Response to “Take the Stage announces spring session of youth acting classes”
  1. Tim Ackerman says:

    Great and informative post!

    I agree, acting will let them enjoy and thus, they will learn how to speak well in public.

    Teachers must be creative for their students to learn and feel that public speaking is an enjoyable activity rather than a nerve breaking one.