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.

Spring 2022 Class Registration Opens Monday, February 21.

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.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 12)

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Ages: grades 3-5
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-Noon
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
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.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 12)

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): P.D. Gregg

$90/$80 OI members

Beginning Improvisation
In this fun, fast-paced class, students will learn how to create a scene “on the spot”. They will explore storytelling, creating characters, listening, spontaneity and collaboration – and use these skills to use play improvisation games. Held at Towngate Theatre.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 12)

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Ages: grades 5-9
Meets: Saturdays, 11am-Noon
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
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.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 14)

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Ages: grades 4-9
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-2pm (two hours)
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Erin Gallagher Bond

$125/$110 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: Wednesdays, 4-4:45pm, 4:45-5:30pm, 5:30-6:15pm
Begins: Wed., Mar. 23
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., Mar. 26
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.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 10)

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Ages: grades 1-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
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.

Please note: This class will participate in our NEW “Spring Session Showcase” on Sunday, May 15 at 2pm. Please make plans to have your child available. The Showcase will be open to the public and have a $5 admission charge. (Limit 10)

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Ages: grades Pre-K-K
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Mar. 26
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Sarah Hamilton

$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.