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All Acting Classes Are Held At Our Mount Pleasant Studio: 629 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, and by Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by seven full-time professional actors who make up Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. These professional actor/educators introduce young people to the exciting world of the theatre. Students explore the craft of acting and learn the discipline of performing, as they develop their own unique creative voices. The goal of Charleston Stage’s acting classes is to provide young people with performance and creative thinking skills that will serve them in whatever profession they one day choose. Students develop poise, movement, speaking, and acting skills as they explore improvisation, theatre games, character development and the many skills of professional actors.

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SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE

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Acting Up (Grades K5-1)

Geared towards our youngest students, Acting Up is a wonderful introduction to the magic of theater and storytelling. This class allows students to explore themes, characters and environments using popular children's books and stories. Students will work with professional actors and educators to develop basic performance skills, problem solving skills, collaboration and social skills, as well as basic rehearsal etiquette and behavior skills. In addition students will have opportunities to further develop their speech, reading and memorization skills through theatre. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
*It is recommended that students take 2-4 Acting Up sessions before moving on to our Beginning Acting classes.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Beginning Acting: Level 1 (Grades 2-3)

This class introduces students to the basics of the acting craft and is geared towards students who have previously taken the Acting Up classes as well as those 2nd and 3rd graders new to Charleston Stage TheatreSchool. Students discover how to create a character, the elements of plot and the use of movement, speech and imagination to share a story with an audience. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles, and students will work to further develop speech, reading, social interaction, behavior/etiquette, problem solving and collaboration skills. Students will have minimal homework assignments. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
*It is recommended that students take two sessions of Beginner Acting: Level 1 before advancing on to Level 2.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 

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Beginning Acting: Level 2 (Grades 2-3)

This class further develops the knowledge and skills associated with the basics of the acting craft and is geared towards students who have previously taken the Beginner Acting: Level 1 classes as well as those 2nd and 3rd graders new to Charleston Stage Theatre School who may have previous acting class experience. Students work to further understand how to create a character, the elements of plot and the use of movement, speech and imagination to share a story with an audience. Every class will include a variety of dramatic activities and training styles, and students will work to further develop speech, reading, social interaction, behavior/etiquette, problem solving and collaboration skills. Students will have minimal homework assignments. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
*It is recommended that students take two sessions of Beginner Acting: Level 2 before advancing on to our Intermediate Acting classes or auditioning for our Performance Troupe.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Intermediate Acting: Level 1 (Grades 4-5)

With a more advanced and focused curriculum, this class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Beginner Acting classes as well as those 4th and 5th graders who are new to Charleston Stage Theatre School who may have previous acting class experience. Students will hone their acting skills through high-energy games, improvisation and exercises. Students will work to deepen their understanding of character development as they prepare for a performance. Intermediate Acting students will have homework assignments and are expected to prepare for their classes, including memorizing lines outside of class. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
*It is recommended that students take two sessions of Intermediate Acting: Level 1 before advancing on to Level 2.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Intermediate Acting: Level 2 (Grades 4-5)

This class builds on the skills introduced in Intermediate Acting: Level 1 and is geared towards students who have successfully taken 1-2 sessions of that class. Students will further develop their acting skills through high-energy games, improvisation and exercises and continue to deepen their understanding of character development as they prepare for a performance. Intermediate Acting students will have homework assignments and are expected to prepare for their classes, including memorizing lines outside of class. Students will share their work in a brief performance on the last day of class.
 
*It is recommended that students take two sessions of Intermediate Acting: Level 2 before progressing to our Advanced Acting classes or auditioning for our Performance Troupe.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Advanced Acting (Grades 6-8)

In our most advanced acting class, students will work with professional actors and educators to further develop their acting skills at a pace that is appropriate to their level of development. Various acting methods will be explored as students use scene work and/or monologues and other activities to explore character development, plot, emotional connection, performance skills, and audition techniques. This class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Intermediate Acting classes as well as those 6th-8th graders new to Charleston Stage Theatre School who have previous acting class experience. Advanced Acting students will have homework assignments and be expected to work outside of class weekly. Students will have the opportunity to share their work in a brief presentation on the last day of class.
 
*Students are encouraged to take 2-6 sessions of Advanced Acting based on their level of commitment and interest in acting and performing and before auditioning for our Performance Troupe or for the Wings program.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Musical Theatre (Grades 2-4 and 5-8)

Musical theatre is the art of telling stories and ideas through acting, singing and movement (dance). Students in these classes, formerly known as "GLEE," will learn and develop healthy singing techniques and habits, basic to intermediate movement skills and the skills of acting through song. These classes are designed to compliment the work students are doing in their respective acting classes. Students are encouraged to take 2-8 sessions of Musical theatre and will perform on the last day of class.

Tuition: $200.00 
Full tuition due at registration. NO REFUNDS. 
 
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Performance Troupe (For Advanced Students Grades 4-8 School Year 2014-2015)

Performance Troupe is for the most dedicated and experienced students and meets year round. (Students are accepted only by auditions which are held every April). Students meet weekly to further develop their acting, movement and singing skills. Students in Performance Troupe are given the opportunity to audition for Charleston Stage's MainStage and Family Series productions at the Dock Street Theatre.

2014-2015 Performance Troupe Auditions:

Performance Troupe auditions for our 2014-2015 season were held on April 28, 2014. All spots have been filled. More information about our 2015-2016 Performance Troupe auditions will be posted in April 2015.

Tuition (for those accepted): $600.00 
A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon acceptance into Performance Troupe and the full balance is due August 1, 2015. Please login to pay your balance or contact our Education staff for assistance at 843.856.3822.

 

 

WINGS Master Class (Grades 9-12)

An extension of our TheatreWings program (high school technical theatre training program), this class is for the serious young actor looking to take their training to the next level. In WINGS Master Class, we'll build a well-rounded sense of purpose in theatre work, study audition techniques and character development and explore various acting methods. Students will also receive training in voice and develop a solid audition/repertoire book that they can take with them beyond high school. Admission is FREE, by audition only, and only open to WINGS students.

Tuition: Free

For more information about the TheatreWings program and the WINGS Master Class, please contact Jesse Siak, TheatreWings Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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