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.

Winter 2023 Class Registration Opens Wednesday, November 23.

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., January 14
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., January 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Alexander Hill

Alexander holds a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and is the theater teacher at Wheeling Country Day School. He has appeared in television shows, commercials, music videos, and films. He toured nationally with “ZooZoo,” a movement and mask theater show and has performed in numerous stage shows. He was a member of the New York City-based improv company “Faceoff Unlimited” and helped create “Batsu!”—the live Japanese improv game show, currently in its tenth year.

$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, Feb. 18, 1-4pm
Begins: Sat., Feb. 18
Duration: 3 hours
Instructors(s): Francene Kirk of the W.Va. Storytelling Guild

$25 per person

Let’s Sing! Vocal Performance and Technique 
Take your performing to the next level!! We will focus on building our ‘singer’s toolbox’ through the exploration of vocal tools and techniques. We will then learn how to apply those tools with individual solo song work. Please come prepared with two songs you know very well and are excited to work on in a supportive environment! Students will leave this class a stronger singer and more confident performer! Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 9-12
Meets: Saturdays, 12-1pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Chelsey Keding

Chelsey Keding holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.She spent ten years performing in NYC and touring internationally in Israel, Russia, and Mexico with the show “Voca People.” As a member of the Grammy-nominated group “Broadway Inspirational Voices,” she sang at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. She taught acting at Marietta College and has been operating her own voice studio in the Ohio Valley for the last seven years.

$90/$80 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, 3-3:45pm, 4-4:45pm, 5-5:45pm
Begins: Wed., Jan. 11
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150 for 8 – 45-minute sessions

Instant Theatre 
Students will learn the basic skills of improvisation and how to make up a scene on the spot with no planning. They will learn a warm-up exercise and 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, 1-2pm
Begins: Sat., Jan. 14
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Tim Thompson

$90/$80 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 K-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Jan. 14
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.