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 
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. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Walt Warren

$75/$63.75 OI members

Becoming the Character
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, Noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Evan Oslund, B.A. in Theater, Bethany College

$75/$63.75 OI members

Instant Theater (CANCELLED)
Learn to make up a scene on the spot with no planning. Play improvisation games and gain skills in speaking, spontaneity and trust. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, 1-2pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Evan Oslund, B.A. in Theatre, Bethany College

$75/$63.75 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. 10
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.

Theatrical Mask Making (CANCELLED)
Students will learn how to make theatrical masks using various materials and building techniques as well as utilizing basic painting skills. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 5-8
Meets: Saturdays, noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Zachary Michael

$75/$63.75 OI members

Theatrical Play 
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 1-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-11am
Begins: Sat., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$75/$63.75 OI members

Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre 
Learn the proper technique to enhance your singing for musical theater performance. Learn Broadway repertoire and get ready to sing! Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 7-12
Meets: Tuesdays, 5-6:30pm
Begins: Tues., Sept. 11
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Bill Stephens

$95/$80.75 OI members