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Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Classes

                                                                                                                                                         

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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FALL 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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Beginner 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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Beginner 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/or expressing ideas through acting, singing and movement (dance). Students in these classes, formerly know as "GLEE", will learn and develop healthy singing technique and habits, basic to intermediate movement skills, and the skills of acting through song. Students don't have to be able to read music, but should enjoy the idea of singing and moving. These classes are designed to compliment the work students are doing in their respective acting classes and may be taken alongside those acting classes. Students are encouraged to take 2-8 sessions of Musical Theatre based on their interest level as new material is used each session and students are challenged based on their individual level of development.
 
*Students will perform their "mini-musical" on the last day of class each session.

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

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Performance Troupe (Grades 4-8)
 
Performance Troupe is the premier student performance group at Charleston Stage. It is geared towards our most advanced, dedicated and experienced students in grades 4-8 and meets year round. Admission is by audition only, and auditions are held in April each year for the following year. Students meet weekly with Charleston Stage's Associate Artistic Director, Resident Music Director, and professional Resident Actors to further develop their acting, movement and singing skills. Students in Troupe are given the opportunity to audition for Charleston Stage's MainStage and Family Series productions at the Dock Street Theatre and perform throughout the community at various venues and events.
 
Tuition (for those accepted): $600.00
A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 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), Wings Master Class is for the serious young actor looking to take their training to the next level and is taught exclusively by the Charleston Stage production staff, directors and Resident Actors. In Wings Master Class, we will build a well-rounded sense of purpose in theatre work, work on audition techniques and character development, and explore several different acting methods. Students will also receive training in voice and work to develop a solid audition/repertoire book that they can take with them as they continue in theatre beyond high school. Admission is by audition only, and is only open to those students who are members of the TheatreWings program.

This class is tuition free and auditions are held in early May for the following year.

 

 

 

 

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