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.

Fall 2022 Class Registration Opens Wednesday, August 3.

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-Noon
Begins: Sat., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$90/$80 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. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): P.D. Gregg

$90/$80 OI members

Get Up and Tell a Story
The art of storytelling allows us to share our cultures and experiences through folktales, fairy tales, personal stories, and historic narratives. Francene Kirk will give you the basic storytelling tools that will get you started to step out in this exciting journey. Held at Towngate Theatre. (Limit 25)

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Ages: grades 5-9
Meets: Saturday, October 1, 1-4pm
Begins: Sat.,October 1
Duration: 3 hours
Instructors(s): Francene Kirk of the W.Va. Storytelling Guild

$25 per person

Musical Theatre 
Turn your performance into flair and pizzazz! Learn to “act to melody” and make it seem natural with singing and dancing taking center stage. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 4-9
Meets: Saturdays, 1-3pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Erin Gallagher Bond

$135/$120 OI members

Private Acting Classes 
This class is for middle and high school thespians who are passionate and serious about acting. Students will work on monologues as they get one-on-one instruction about how an actor prepares, rehearses, and performs for the stage. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-12
Meets: Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm, 4:45-5:30pm, 5:30-6:15pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150 for 8 – 45-minute sessions

Puppet Theatre 
Students will construct several types of puppet characters, learn how to manipulate them, give them appropriate voices, and finally make up stories in this exciting form of theatre. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 3-6
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Dave Henderson

$95/$85 OI members (includes $5 material fee)

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 K-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Sept. 17
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$90/$80 OI members

Private Piano Lessons

Beginning to Moderate Piano

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Ages: All
Meets: By arrangement
Begins: By arrangement
Duration: 4 Sessions (1/2 hour each)
Instructor(s): Kelley Russell

$80 Monthly Call 304-242-8807 to request a session.