Youth Acting Classes, Spring 2019

All classes begin the week of March 4th and conclude with a showcase for friends and family on Friday, May 3rd at 5:30 pm
All classes $150 for general public. Ask in person at AOA about the Blue Star scholarship for active-duty and retired military families. 

The Art of Play (grades K-3)   Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm

Instructor: Jennifer Merrick
Students stretch their imaginations and discover the power of focused play as they explore the fundamentals of acting—movement, voice, and story—through theatre based games and activities.


The Actor’s Toolkit (grades 4-6)   Mondays, 4:00-5:15pm

Instructor: Richard Merrick
Students develop and hone their acting craft through character and scene study. Using movement and vocal based exercises, students advance their understand­ing of an actor’s main tools—body, voice, and mind. They will delve into poetry, improvisation, and scene work as they build their own “actor toolkit.”


Acting I, Monologues (grades 7-12)   Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45pm

Instructor: Jo Ellen Aspinwall
Students explore age-appropriate monologues and develop the skills to bring the playwrights’ characters to life while telling a compelling story. They will learn to read carefully, look for clues that determine the character’s objective, explore the challenges connecting to an audience while alone on stage, etc. Through this exploration, students will gain understanding of building and performing solo pieces.


Acting II, Scene Study (grades 7-12)   Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm

Instructor: Jo Ellen Aspinwall
Students learn how to work with a scene partner, how to analyze text, and how to apply the essential skills of listening and reacting.  Work in this class focuses on developing a comprehensive set of tools and techniques to help young actors make specific and authentic choices in performance.