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., Sept.18
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. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): P.D. Gregg

$90/$80 OI members

Comedic Movement (NEW!)
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., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Sarah Hamilton

$90/$80 OI members

Geppetto’s Workshop (CANCELED)
Puppets are an engaging and useful way to help students work emotionally and communicatively through storytelling. In this class, students will practice and gain experience in the basics of creating, manipulating and interacting with different kinds of puppets. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 2-5
Meets: Saturdays, Noon-1pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Morgan Hamilton

$95/$85 OI members (Includes materials fee)

Beginning Improvisation (CANCELED)
Improvisation increases a child’s observation, imagination and concentration skills. In this fun, fast-paced class students will explore storytelling, creating characters, listening, spontaneity and collaboration – putting all of these skills to use playing performance games. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 5-8
Meets: Saturdays, 1-2pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Morgan Hamilton

$90/$80 OI members

Advanced Improvisation (CANCELED)
Students will learn new techniques, as well as implement elements learned from prior classes to become more comfortable on the stage in any performance and to perform improv comedy at a high level. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-9
Meets: Saturdays, 2-3pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Evan Oslund

$90/$80 OI members

Private Acting Classes (NEW!)
This class is for the middle school thespian who is 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 6-8
Meets: Wednesdays, 4-4:30pm, 4:30-5pm, 5-5:30pm and 5:30-6pm
Begins: Wed., Sept. 15
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Tim Thompson

$150 for 8 half-hour sessions

Stage Combat (NEW!)
Bam! Pow! Zonk! Students will learn basic stage combat elements in a safe and controlled setting, including stage slaps, punches and falls. Course will culminate with choreographed stage fight against another classmate (all in good fun, of course). Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 6-11
Meets: Saturdays, 1pm-2pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Evan Oslund

$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 1-2
Meets: Saturdays, 10-10:50am
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
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., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructors(s): Sarah Hamilton

$90/$80 OI members

Why Are They Wearing That? (CANCELED)
In this hands-on class, students will learn the important role that costumes play in the theater by exploring costumes from different time periods and by designing and creating a variety of costume styles from start to finish. Held at Towngate Theatre.

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Ages: grades 5-8
Meets: Saturdays, 2-3pm
Begins: Sat., Sept. 18
Duration: 8 weeks
Instructor(s): Dave Henderson

$90/$80 OI members