​Press Release - Acting Classes for Kids and Teens

South Coast Repertory: Acting Classes for Kids and Teens Start Sept. 12

EDUCATION PROGRAMS—SCR YOUTH THEATRE CONSERVATORY

COSTA MESA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2017)—Back to school at South Coast Repertory means acting classes for kids and teens in Grades 3-12. It’s a chance for young people to let their inner creative self out and explore the world of storytelling, character development, improvisation and more in progressive classes throughout the year, under the guidance of top-notch theatre professionals. Fall classes run Sept. 12-Nov. 18. Registration is available online at www.scr.org/classes or by phone, (714) 708-5577.

KIDS ACTING CLASSES (GRADES 3-6)
Sept. 12-Nov. 18
The multi-year, progressive Kids Acting Program introduces students to the world of theatre through creative dramatics and acting experiences, with an emphasis on development of self-esteem, self-confidence and personal expression.

Year I--Exploration
Grades 3-4, 5-6: Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays, 9-11 a.m
First-year students begin to explore the world of storytelling, movement, vocalization and character development, with an emphasis on ensemble work.

Year II--Development
Grades 4-6: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays, 9-11 a.m
Second-year students refine individual skills and move on to improvisation, enhanced character work and beginning dramatic play development. Prerequisite: Year I

Year III—Advanced Training
Grades 5-7: Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. or Saturdays, 9-11 a.m
Third-year students use the actor’s tools—body and voice and imagination—to further develop their technique through movement, mask work, improvisation and more advanced text exploration.

End of Year Performances:
After nine exciting weeks exploring the creative process, students go onstage, performing their class projects in one of SCR's state-of-the-art theatres.

Tuition: $300 per 10-week session; $280 discounted price for siblings. To receive the sibling discount you must enroll by mail or phone.

TEEN ACTING CLASSES (GRADES 7-12)
Fall Session: Sept. 12-Nov. 18
Teens gain acting skills and professional insight while developing their own artistic voices.

Year I—Tools of Acting
Grades 7-8: Saturdays, 9-11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.;
Grades 7-9: Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.;
Grades 9-12, Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
First-year students explore movement, vocalization, character development and ensemble-building. Through workshop exercises, students begin to develop the acting skills needed to create truthful characters.

Year II—Truth in Acting
Grades 7-9: Thursdays, 4-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Grades 10-12: Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Second-year students will deepen their skills and delve more thoroughly into character development and script analysis, with an emphasis on exploring acting objectives and discovering scenes through character relationships. Prerequisite: Year I

Year III—Advanced Training
Teens who have previously completed two years or more in the Teen Theatre Program may select from a range of classes focusing on different areas of performance. All the classes below have a prerequisite of Year II course work.

  • Grade 6-8: Grade Teen Ensemble
    Sept. 16-Nov. 18, Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
    Using the body, voice and imagination to further develop their technique through movement, mask work, improvisation and more advanced text exploration. The class culminates in a spring performance piece.
  • Grade 9-12: Grade Teen Ensemble
    Sept. 16-Nov. 18, Saturdays, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
    As serious students advance, they continue to explore and enrich their acquired skills, including physical and vocal work, characterization, emotional truth and availability, active pursuit of an objective and ensemble storytelling. This is an important class for honing skills and taking greater artistic risks and it culminates in a spring performance piece.
  • Teen Improvisation
    Sept. 16-Nov. 18, Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
    Theatre games and character work for those who participate in competitive improvisation. Work will be done in short and long form. Study will continue to emphasize truth in acting. Note: This class is for 8-12 Grade, however 8th grade students must have completed at least 3 years of acting classes.
  • Grade 8-12 Musical Theatre
    Sept. 16-Nov. 18, Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Explores preparing the actor for musical theatre auditions and performances. Primary focus is on what it means to "act" a song and "sing" a scene, with an emphasis on music and text interpretation, healthy use of voice, selection of material and audition techniques. Each student participates in ensemble, as well as solo, material. Note: Registration for this class is by phone only.

Grade 9-12 Advanced Musical Theatre
Sept. 16-Nov. 18, Saturdays, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
In this fast paced class, Advanced Musical Theatre students deepen their skills and delve more thoroughly into the character development and script analysis of a song, with emphasis on using the music and text to create strong objectives. Each student participates in solo and ensemble material. For the serious musical theatre performer. Prerequisite: One year of musical theatre class and instructor approval. Note: Registration for this class is by phone only.

TEEN PLAYERS AND JUNIOR PLAYERS

After two years in the program, students are eligible to audition for the Players, which are advanced ensemble groups that perform fully produced plays in the Nicholas Studio during the spring session.

Junior Players
Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
For serious and committed acting students in grades 5-8, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. Classes meet twice weekly. This is a year-long commitment.

Teen Players
Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
For serious and committed acting students in grades 9-12, enrollment in this class is by audition only. Additional rehearsal time may be required. Classes meet twice weekly. This is a year-long commitment.

Tuition: $310 per 10-week session; $280 discounted price for siblings. To receive the sibling discount you must enroll by mail or phone.


Additional Ticket and Class Information

Education Offices: Enroll for classes by phone at (714) 708-5577 or by email at education@scr.org

Resource Links:

SCR Conservatory: http://www.scr.org/classes

ADDITIONAL CLASS INFORMATION

Education Offices: Enroll for classes by phone at (714) 708-5577 or by email at education@scr.org

Resource Links:

SCR Conservatory: http://www.scr.org/classes

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org