NBYT will expand its Stage Performance Class beginning in January 2013. An introductory class, Stage Play, will be offered for children ages 5 through 7. Stage Performance will be offered in two sections: one for ages 8 through 11, and a second section for ages 12 through 16.
Stage Play and Stage Performance classes are designed to combine the instruction of drama classes with the excitement of being in a show. The classes are ideal for younger actors, children who want their first experience onstage—or a little more experience—or even older students who want to practice their stage skills or who aren’t able to audition and rehearse for NBYT’s productions.
In each section, children explore acting techniques, voice, movement and improvisation in order to develop focus and learn to work together as an ensemble. Each term, classes rehearse a selection of pieces from works chosen especially for the children enrolled. Older and more experienced children work on scenes with a greater focus on character development. More time spent on drama games and activities introduces younger children to performing on stage. Small group sizes give each child quality instruction and ensure that everyone has a featured part in a final performance. Small-scale performances, with simple costumes and props, are held at the end of the final class and are open to family and friends at no cost.
Stage Play and both sections of Stage Performance meet at Trinity-on-Main Performance Center on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for ten weeks beginning on January 26. Registration is open to children and teens from any town. The program cost is $100 for the full ten weeks. For a Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here.
In addition to Stage Performance classes, NBYT will also continue to offer a homeschool enrichment program. In Homeschool Enrichment, for ages 5 through 14, children are grouped by age for appropriate instruction and activities, but groups are flexible. Like Stage Performance, drama games and scenes are used to explore acting techniques, voice and movement in order to develop focus and learn to work together as an ensemble. Each term, the group will rehearse a selection of scenes around a theme chosen especially for the children enrolled. Discussions about props, costumes and set pieces will also include making items for their own share performance for family and friends. Older children can also choose a special project in performance, directing, writing or design. The new term meets on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for ten weeks beginning on January 22. For a Homeschool Registration Form to complete and mail, please click here.
For more information about NBYT and other upcoming programs and auditions, visit the company’s website at www.nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.