Performing Arts Classes

Performing Arts Classes

Oglebay Institute’s Performing Arts Department offers a series of youth theater classes each semester. Classes explore character development, stage presence & movement and voice control in a grade level based progressive format. The youth theater program is the perfect supplement to classroom teaching, allowing young thespians to hone their skills outside of school in a real theater environment.

Adult acting classes, improv and music lessons are offered periodically throughout the year.

Acting Is Believing (SOLD OUT)
Explore the basics of acting. Exercises in improvisation, character development, voice & movement help students find truthfulness in acting. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 3-5
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$75/$63.75 OI members

Becoming the Character (NEW!)
An Introductory look at methods of acting in order to properly develop characters for the stage. The ideal class for beginning actors who want to take their craft to the next level and truly become one with the role they are portraying. Held at Towngate Theatre..

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-12pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Evan Oslund, B.A. in Theater, Bethany College

$75/$63.75 OI members

Instant Theater
Learn to make up a scene on the spot, play improvisation games and gain skills in listening, speaking, spontaneity and trust. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$75/$63.75 OI members

Method Acting (CANCELLED)
An in-depth look at the Stanislavsky method of acting, coupled with terminology and practice of several other acting techniques. Designed for the more seasoned actors, this class will help prepare students for character development and theatrical performance. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 10-12
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Evan Oslund, B.A. in Theater, Bethany College

$75/$63.75 OI members

Mommy/Daddy and Me Music with Chelsey Keding (CANCELLED)
“Mommy/Daddy and Me” is music and movement and art and stories to some of our favorite nursery rhymes accompanied by live music and vocals!  Held at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

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Ages: 2-4 with accompanying adult
Meets: Saturdays, 9:15-10am
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Chelsey Keding

$60/$51 OI members

Piano Lessons with William and Barbara Hines
Mr. and Mrs. Hines, piano instructors at the former Mt. de Chantal Visitation Academy have been independent piano teachers for over 35 years. Both are active members of The National Guild of Piano Teachers and maintain studios in Caldwell and Barnesville, Ohio.

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Ages: All
Meets: Mondays: times as arranged
Begins: Mon., Sept. 11
Duration: Varies
Instructors(s): William and Barbara Hines

$720 full year, $360 half year or $80 monthly installments Sept. through May
Call 304-242-7700 to request a time.

Private Voice and Song Coaching with Chelsey Keding (NEW!)
Private vocal teaching and coaching for any age. All music genres included. Will move at a pace that is right for the student. Lessons will take place at the Stifel Fine Arts Center.

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Ages: all
Meets: Wednesdays, 3-9pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 13
Duration: 8-1/2 hour lessons
Instructor(s): Chelsey Keding $135

$135
Call 304-242-7700 to request a session.

Stage Craft
An introduction to materials and methods of creating sets, lighting, sound and props for the stage. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, 1-2pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Dave Henderson & P.D. Gregg

$75/$63.75 OI members

Theatrical Play (CANCELLED)
Begin to explore the natural creativity, unique talents and potential children possess in an exciting and challenging form of play. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades K-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Sept. 16
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Karissa Martin

$75/$63.75 OI members