| Academy of the Performing
Arts Theatre Program is an improv based acting program emphasizing character
development and actor confidence in a theatre setting. Students are challenged
in the areas of stage presence, creativity, physical performance, and
dedication, making the Academy experience unlike any community or school
Facts About Theatre Classes
1. What are the qualifications
of the instructor?
Most public schools off some sort of theatrical
event, be it in the form of a school play, school musical presentation,
actual theatre classes or they may invite a professional touring company
to do workshops with the students. Some of these classes are taught
by trained theatre instructors, but most are taught by teachers whose
expertise is in another area, most commonly English or Literature. At
Academy of the Performing Arts, our teachers are professionally and
university trained in theatre. They know how to teach and when to teach
the intricate nuances of theatre technique and theory. Our teachers
maintain their education by attending shows and workshops all over the
nation, thus incorporating new materials and methods. Theatre is what
they love and all they have to concentrate on.
2. What is the structure of the
The most common misconception about theatre is that the only real effort
is learning the lines. Anyone who has ever seen a great performance
in a movie or play can see that this is not true. Acting is a discipline;
relying on heightened creativity, complete physical awareness of oneself
and the surrounding environment, and a willingness to play. Because
of this, we structure our theatre program with much detail and care.
Our theatre classes meet once a week for 45 minutes to 1½ hours,
depending on the age and level of the student. For the first month,
each class focuses on theatre terminology, creativity, voice, stage
presence, movement, improvisation, and other key theatre elements. After
the first month, parts are assigned that best reflect the students’
progress in the class and display of willingness to work. Students are
then responsible for learning their lines by the assigned date as well
as attending the weekly classes. The shows performed each year are specifically
chosen to compliment and display the techniques learned in class. We
do not just teach our students to do a show. We teach them theatre.
3. What’s the difference
between doing a large school or community show and doing a private show?
The main concern in most theatre productions is either having enough
actors to fill the written parts or having more actors arrive at auditions
than are written into the script. In the first instance, students can
be placed in parts that are too advanced for their level of growth,
thus causing frustration and a lack of confidence. In larger cast productions,
young actors often find themselves put into groups that split a single
part, giving them no individuality within the show. Our class sizes
are limited and the shows are tailored to the number of students involved,
ensuring personal attention and student growth. Our small ensemble environment
enables each actor to experience an individual role and the techniques
involved in developing his or her own character.
Most importantly, theatre is about creativity
and fun. At Academy of the Performing Arts, we strive to provide each
student with the skills they need to enjoy theatre for a lifetime.