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, Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, and Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by eight 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.
Spring Semester Begins January 2017. Spring Class Registration Is Now Open Online. Explore Our TheatreSchool Classes Below!
Spring Class Schedule
Audition Workshop (Grades 5-8)
Perfect for SOA audition prep.
Limited number of students accepted.
Must be available for both days.
Students should have a monologue selected and MEMORIZED prior to class.
Information to help select a monologue will be sent after registration.
Taught by Associate Artistic Director, Marybeth Clark, this class will include how to prepare and rehearse your monologue, what to expect the day of your audition, what to wear, what parents should and shouldn’t do. Parents should be plan on attending a short meeting after the first class and a short presentation after the second class.
January 21 & 28, 2017
Saturdays 10am - 12pm
Mount Pleasant Studio
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, problem solving, and 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.
Thursdays 4pm - 5pm
Acting for 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 Acting Up classes for Grades K5-1, but accommodations will be made for 2nd and 3rd Graders new to Charleston Stage. 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.
Tuesdays 4pm - 5:15pm
Wednesdays 4pm - 5:15pm
Acting for Grades 4-5
With a more advanced and focused curriculum, this class is geared towards students who have previously taken the Beginning Acting classes and accommodations will be made for those 4th and 5th Graders who are new to Charleston Stage. TheatreSchool 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.
Mondays 4pm - 5:15pm
Tuesdays 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Acting for 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 TheatreSchool 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 TheatreWings program.
Mondays 5:30pm - 6:45pm
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 known as "GLEE", will learn and develop healthy singing technique and habits, basic to intermediate movement skills and the ability to act through song. Students are not required to have the ability 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.
Grades 2-4 Tuesdays 5:30pm - 6:45pm
Grades 5-8 Tuesdays 4pm - 5:15pm
Performance Troupe (Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8)
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 Assistant Director of Education 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.
2016-17 Performance Troupe Auditions:
Performance Troupe auditions for our 2016-17 season occured on April 25, 2016. All spots have been filled. Information about Performance Troupe Auditions for our 2017-18 season will be posted in March 2017.
Tuition (for those accepted): $650.00
A non-refundable deposit of $325 is due upon acceptance into Performance Troupe and the full balance is due August 1, 2016. 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 Charleston Stage's Assistant Director of Education and Resident Music Director. 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.
SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp July 2016 (Grades 2-12)
Each Summer, over 80 students spend three weeks learning the magic and discipline of performing in a musical. At the end of the camp, students present their own full-scale musical complete with sets, lights and costumes on stage at the Historic Dock Street Theatre. This past July, Charleston Stage's SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp presented two productions! SummerStage students Grades 6-12 performed Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR. and students Grades 2-5 performed The Aristocats KIDS!
Our SummerStage 2016 camp has now closed. For an inside look at SummerStage's productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR and Disney's The Aristocats KIDS, click here. Camp information for SummerStage 2017 will be posted in March 2017.