New Theatre Classes at ACP!

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ACP is excited to announce a new series of theatre classes for early 2017! These classes are aimed for both children and adults, and with 8 classes to choose from, there’s something for everyone! CLICK HERE to register today! Want to pay cash or check? Call us at 803-648-1438 or stop by the box office at 126 Newberry Street SW in Downtown Aiken.

Improv (Ages 18+)

Instructor: Ryan Abel

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It’s easy to find the funny! In this class, you’ll learn the principles of improv and play lots of games that’ll stretch your imagination and put fun back in your life. Like all games, improv has rules. Follow them, trust your gut, support others — and the next thing you know, you’ll be doing scenes that everyone will swear came from a script. No memorization, no rehearsals, no mistakes — just bring your desire to have a good time.

Ryan Abel is an accomplished performer based out of Augusta, Georgia, most recently stared as The Beast in ACP’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  With 10 years of acting experience, 15 years of professional singing experience and 3 years of improv experience Ryan has excelled in multiple different Fine Art mediums.  Some credentials of note include but not limited to: – Lead Singer of Ed Turner and Number 9 based out of Augusta, GA.  Number 9 has sold out the Imperial Theatre a record 22 times and just last year sold out the Bell Auditorium in a joint performance with the Augusta Symphony.  Ryan is the Worship Director at Wesley UMC in Evans, GA and the principle performer with Schrodinger’s Cat Improv Troupe based out of Le Chat Noir.  Shrodinger’s Cat has sold out a record 33 performances in a row of their hit show XTG on every First Friday.

Ages 18+
Tuition: $160
Class will meet Sunday evenings from 6 – 7:30
Class held January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12.

Acting I (Grades 9 – 12)

Instructor: Rebekah Robeson

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To give high school students a basic knowledge of the acting process, covering preparation and action for the actor, contributing to characterization. Students will study and practice fundamental acting techniques in the physical, conceptual, and spiritual levels laid forth in Robert Benedetti’s book The Actor at Work over an eight week course, be assigned a scene partner, and perform a scene from a twentieth-century, American playwright (Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Beth Henley). Rehearsal in and outside of class time will be expected and encouraged. Students will perform their scene at Week Five of the class for instructor and peer critique, then again at Week Eight for final review. The first 45 minutes of class will consist of instructor-led lecture and exercises, followed by 45 minutes of assigned scene work.

Rebekah Robeson has been involved in community and educational theatre for over 12 years and is most recently starred as Belle in ACP’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’. She has played multiple roles in productions, both as a cast and crew member. She began teaching theatre skills to elementary and middle school students while she was in high school, as part of Greenbrier High School’s summer drama camp program. After solely teaching for three years, she took on the role of Assistant Director of the Greenbrier summer camp program, which she did for four more camps at GHS. During and after college, she served as assistant camp director for the Augusta Players summer drama camp for two consecutive camps, and just finished serving as director for the Edgefield County Theatre Company’s summer drama camp in 2016. She has been a member of several drama guild programs, and improv troupes during college and since. She has directed and stage managed for several musical and non-musical productions in both community and educational settings. Some favorite roles she has played over the years include Amneris in Elton John’s Aida, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Elmire in Tartuffe, Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take it With You, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, and her current role with ACP, Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Augusta University and serves as a board member for Edgefield County Theatre Company where she is heading up their children’s theatre program.

Grades 9 – 12
Tuition: $160
Class will meet Mondays from 4 – 5:30.
Class held January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13.

Drama Fun (Grades K – 2)

Instructor: Juli Davis

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Designed for kids who are Kindergarten – 2nd grade, this class will meet for 8 weeks at the Aiken Community Playhouse.  Students will focus on social and artistic development through theatre games, creative dramatics, and improvisation.  They will learn how to appropriately flex their voice, body, and imagination muscles in order to relay a story to an audience.  On the final day of class, the stories that the students have worked on will be shared with their families.

Juli Davis most recently directed ACP’s 2016-2017 season opening musical “Beauty and the Beast” and the ACP Youth Wing production of “The Great Cross Country Race”. She also directed the award winning Youth Wing production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in 2014 and “The Drowsy Chaperone” in 2013. She also may been seen as Sister Robert Anne in “Nunsense” in 2014 and Velma Kelly in ‘Chicago’ in 2011. She has also performed in the Aiken Women’s Heart Board Show for the past 11 years.
Tuition: $105
Classes will meet Monday evenings from 5pm – 6pm.
Classes held January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13.

Drama Kids (Grades 3 – 5)

Instructor: Juli Davis

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Designed for kids who are 3rd – 5th grade, this class will meet for 8 weeks at the Aiken Community Playhouse.  Students will focus on social and artistic development through theatre games, creative dramatics, and improvisation.  They will learn how to appropriately flex their voice, body, and imagination muscles in order to relay a story to an audience.  On the final day of class, the stories that the students have worked on will be shared with their families.

Juli Davis most recently directed ACP’s 2016-2017 season opening musical “Beauty and the Beast” and the ACP Youth Wing production of “The Great Cross Country Race”. She also directed the award winning Youth Wing production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in 2014 and “The Drowsy Chaperone” in 2013. She also may been seen as Sister Robert Anne in “Nunsense” in 2014 and Velma Kelly in ‘Chicago’ in 2011. She has also performed in the Aiken Women’s Heart Board Show for the past 11 years.

Tuition: $160
Class will meet Tuesday evenings from 4:30pm – 6pm.
Classes held January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14.

Acting Techniques (Grades 8 – 12)

Instructor: Nancy Hansen

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Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagan, Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov – learn essential skills from these Master Teachers as we discuss and practice their similarities and differences through discussion,  exercises and movement. How might learning some of their basic techniques deepen and enrich our acting?  Open to 8th grade students and up. Previous acting experience suggested.

Tuition: $120
Classes will meet Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:30
Classes held January 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 8.

Singing for the Stage/Reading Music (Grades 6+ and Adults)

Instructor: Steven McKinney w/Tyler McKinney

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This course is designed for singers from sixth grade through adulthood at any level from beginners to those with some experience. It is also designed to teach singers how to read music.  It is appropriate for both new and returning students. Students will be taught the basics of vocal technique for proper singing including voice placement and production, breathing, phrasing.  Also, students will be taught how to read music through music theory.  Students will receive guidance in finding their voice type, choosing appropriate audition material, and preparing for an audition. Each student will learn at least one solo song, and will receive ongoing coaching not only in proper singing technique, but in interpreting and performing the song. We will discuss the meaning of the lyrics and where the song comes from (the plot of the musical, the character who sings the song), and how to make the song come alive by not just singing it, but interpreting and performing it. Students will perform for each other in class. By the end of the course, each student will have a solo song ready to present for performance and to use as an audition piece. Students will perform their songs for an audience of family and friends at the last class of the semester.

Steven McKinney is the choral, drama, and teacher cadet instructor at Strom Thurmond High School. He has been the director, musical director and accompanist for more than 100 musicals in his 33 year career. Most of them he has filled all three roles at the same time. Steven holds a BA in Music Education from Lander College and a MME from the University of South Carolina. He has received a number of awards for his work including Edgefield County School District’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1995 and in 2010. He has worked on many productions during his reign as musical director at the Aiken Community Playhouse such as Drowsey Chaperone, Nunsense Les Miserables, Broadway and Beyond, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Beauty and the Beast, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Steven resides in Aiken with his wife Brenda and two children, Tyler and Melanie. “My greatest joy is the support my family gives to allow me to participate in my strongest passion, teaching the arts! (They Rock)”
Tuition – $160
Class will meet Thursday evenings from 4:30pm – 6pm.
Classes held January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16.

Musical Comedies (Ages 18+)

Instructor: Jim Anderson

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Local Director and Theatre Arts Coach, Jim Anderson will conduct a 6-week Musical Theatre Intensive for Adults aged 18+ consisting of a total of 12 instructional hours focusing on aspects of the entire process from Auditions to Performance. Students will learn techniques in Acting, Singing and Dancing with material from a variety of comedic Broadway productions.  Each student will be assigned songs from a specific show as well as participate in a group production number that will simulate the “Audition to Performance” process. Also included in the workshops will be instruction in character development, dialects, non-verbal communication and movement for the comedic actor as well as audition preparation.
 
 Jim Anderson has been involved in the arts his entire life. An accomplished musician, Actor, Vocal Coach, Director and Choreographer, he is a 1987 graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, and has a Business Degree from Alaska Pacific University. He has performed in various productions in Alaska, Los Angeles and NYC as well as locally in both ACP (Aiken Community Playhouse) and AKB (Aiken Kidney Benefit) productions. Jim appeared in the Docu-Drama “Edgefield, Stage of Southern History” as Governor Francis Pickens, that was filmed for SCETV; and has appeared in both local and regional commercials in the Phoenix, AZ and Augusta, GA markets.  Jim has directed Youth Theater Arts programs in Alaska, Arizona and most recently with ACP in Aiken where he served as the Executive Director of the Youth Wing program and was responsible for the creation of the Immersion program which provides advanced opportunities for students wanting to increase their exposure to professional Theater Arts training, while broadening their overall skill-set.

Tuition: $160
Classes will meet Saturday mornings for from 9:00 – 11:00.
Classes held January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, and March 11.