Performing Arts Classes

Children's acting classes - Towngate Theatre

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.

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., Jan.15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$90/$80 OI members

(Canceled) 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., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): P.D. Gregg

$90/$80 OI members

(Canceled) Comedic Movement
Learn techniques for playing comedy and become a performer who entertains. Explore how to use physicality to create a character and tell a story. This class is beneficial for someone who is new to acting or a veteran of the stage. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-11
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-Noon
Begins: Sat., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Sarah Hamilton

$90/$80 OI members

Musical Theatre (NEW!)
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 4-12
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-1pm (grades4-8)
Begins: Sat., Jan.15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Erin Gallagher Bond

$90/$80 OI members

Private Acting Classes (NEW!)
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: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm, 4:45-5:30pm, 5:30-6:15pm
Begins: Tues., Jan.11 OR Wed., Jan.12
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150 for 8 – 45-minute sessions

Puppet Theatre (NEW!)
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, 1pm-2pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Dave Henderson

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

(Canceled) 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, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$90/$80 OI members

Theatrical Play Junior (NEW!)
In this class, our youngest artist will begin to explore the exciting world of the theatre. We will be acting, moving, creating and learning. Through play, we will learn about the stage and perform. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades Pre-K-K
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Sarah Hamilton

$90/$80 OI members