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Taking the Stage: Turn-of-the-Century

Ages 13-18. Acting class with rotating topics for teens of all levels.

  • Started Sep 12
  • 205 US dollars
  • Purcellville Baptist Church: 601 Yaxley Dr, Purcellville, VA 20132

Course Description

NOTE TIME CHANGE: Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Open to all experience levels. Students are encouraged to take this course more than once, as the curriculum will rotate. Taking the Stage is JTC’s in-depth course for ages 13*-18. The course is designed to incorporate new students** through review of core concepts at the beginning of each class, but will devote the majority of each class to in-depth, challenging work around each semester’s Topic Focus. The Topic Focus will rotate semester by semester to continually challenge returning students with new material. Students will learn through exercises and demonstrations; they will also study scenes from turn-of-the-century playwrights and prepare monologues for performance, with an emphasis on understanding and communicating the text effectively through individual delivery and physicality choices, as well as teamwork with scene partners. Students should expect take-home work and will participate in an end-of-semester showcase during the last class (November 14), open to friends and family. Core concepts for review will include physicality, voice, tablework, characterization, stakes, status, staging, and theatrical imagination. The Fall 2023 Topic Focus (Turn-of-the-Century) will include studying and staging excerpts from notable Western playwrights from the 1880s through 1920, including Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, and others. Students will explore the language and times of the era through performance of works such as The Importance of Being Earnest, Pygmalion, A Doll’s House, Cyrano de Bergerac, etc. * 13-year-olds are welcome in either our Youth Acting courses or our more advanced Taking the Stage course for teens, depending on the maturity and experience of the individual student. We encourage 13-year-olds brand new to theater to take our Youth Acting courses, and students with more exposure to classic texts and on-stage experience to level up into our Taking the Stage course, but we are flexible based on the needs of the student. If you are not sure which class is best for your student, please contact us to determine the best student placement. ** Students completely new to theater are very much welcome! We will send brand new students resources to do some study on their own ahead of class. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM Sept 12 - Nov 14

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Tuition is due in full upon the first day of class. We are unable to refund missed class time. Registrations may be cancelled with a full refund up until the start of the first class meeting. Registrations cancelled after the first class, but prior to the third class may receive a 50% refund. After the third class meeting, tuition is non-refundable. If a student is dismissed due to violating JTC’s behavior policy, tuition will not be refunded.

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