Theatre Arts

 
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The Monologue

Group and Solo Acting Classes

Ages 10+

These classes will be focused on the art of the monologue. Young actors will be assigned a monologue to work on over the course of four weeks, with exercises throughout to deepen character, perspective, physicality, and dramaturgical research. By the end of the class, each student will have a personalized, polished monologue that they can use in a professional audition setting. 

Interested in a longer acting class for one student? Laurabeth also offers an individualized acting course. Click Here to register.

 
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Playing Shakespeare: A Young Actor's Guide 

Ages 10+

In this six-week course designed for absolute beginners, we will explore Shakespeare's usage of iambic pentameter, colorful imagery, and punctuation to convey meaning throughout his work. We will use Shakespeare's sonnets as well as excerpts from his plays for analysis. Handouts and reading materials will be provided. By the end of this course, students will be able to read, analyze, and perform Shakespeare with confidence!

 
 
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Shakespeare II: Greatest Works

Ages 10+

This course is for students who have taken "Shakespeare: A Young Actor's Guide" or for students who have previous experience reading, analyzing, and performing Shakespeare. 

In this sweeping course students will study some of Shakespeare's most famous plays-from an actor’s perspective! This is how The Bard intended it- his plays are meant to be heard, not read quietly in a small vacuum! We will read the material out loud in class each week.

Students will be assigned a scene or a monologue from the play unit they are studying and will perform their scenes/monologues in class at the end of each unit.

Plays vary according to term: 

 Spring Term: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest

 Fall Term: Julius Caesar, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dreame, Antony and Cleopatra 

By the end of this class students will not only have a working knowledge of Shakespeare’s greatest works, but will have experience performing in each of them!