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Classes




Enrollment has begun for Spring 2016 classes.

We are also accepting private students in acting, voice, public speaking, dance, guitar or audition prep. Please contact our Education Director, Debra Leopard at villagesquaretheatre@windstream.net if you have any questions or would like to schedule private lessons.


Why take Acting/Theatre classes?

People often ask me why they should take an acting class when they could just do a play instead. What’s the point of a class when they are already learning just by being in a production? Yes, a lot of learning goes on each time an actor plays a role. But classes provide so much more! It would be like saying just because someone can drive a car it means they can build one. Acting is like any other performing art (Playing an instrument, vocal performance or dance.) The artist learns by taking lessons and practicing, and then applies what they have learned to performance. Classes provide the building blocks for growth as a performer- the fundamental skills that help the actor learn the “how” and the “why” of acting. Acting students learn: different techniques for creating believable characters, how to stand out at an audition, how to be comfortable and confident onstage, how to have a strong clear speaking voice, how to move onstage or in front of the camera, how to interpret the script, how to take direction and so much more. Anyone who is serious about acting needs to take classes and continue his/her Theatre education.

For those who aren’t aiming for a career onstage, why take an acting class? Acting classes help with creativity, communication skills, flexibility, teamwork, being comfortable in front of a group, self-esteem and self-expression, and poise. People who have had acting classes are able to conquer their fear of public speaking and presentations. They are generally better communicators and are more self-confident. Acting classes are also just a whole lot of fun! Sign up for one today.

We strive to make classes at Village Square Theatre fun and professional. Our instructors are professionals with years of experience, and students have the benefit of being able to use real theatre facilities. Classes must reach a minimum enrollment (usually 5 students minimum) in order to go forward. If the minimum is not reached, you will be notified five business days start date via email. Please make sure we have a current email address that you check regularly. You will not be notified if class is a go, only if the class doesn't make it. All tuition is due the week prior to the start of the class. Please contact our director at leopardcub61@yahoo.com if you ever have any questions or concerns. Thank you for choosing Village Square for your Theatre Arts education.

-Debra Leopard


Let 2016 be a Dramatic year!


ACT III Adult Master Class
Ages 16 and up Cost: $125 6 Weeks Wednesdays 5:30-7:00- Starting September 21. This is a workshop-style class designed for adults with various levels of theatre experience, who want to focus on growing as actors. Challenging material will emphasize character development and stepping outside of comfort zone. Stanislavsky and Meisner techniques, using improv to develop character, sense memory, emotional recall and other techniques will be covered. Guaranteed to improve self-confidence onstage.Taught by seasoned director and actress, Debra Leopard


Acting (ACT UP)
Ages 8 and up Cost: $230 11 Weeks Fridays 5:30-6:30 Starting September 9. This is a class appropriate for the beginning to intermediate level student with the desire to learn more about acting, either new or continuing from last semester. Students will learn all the basics of acting while having fun and stretching their creativity. Class is hands-on and will include creative dramatics, improvisation, basic character development, script analysis, audition techniques, acting for the camera, memorization, and theatre terminology. They will gain self-confidence and learn how to grow as performers. Students will develop at least a commercial and a monologue in addition to acting exercises. Showcase given at the end of the semester. Taught by Debi Young.


Acting (KIDS ACT)
Ages 4-9 Cost: $205 11 Weeks Mondays 5:00-5:50 Starting September 12. This is a class designed for the very young theatre student, either continuing from last semester or new. It emphasizes creativity, imagination and having fun while learning the basics of acting. Students will explore the world of theatre through improvisation and creative dramatics. They will learn how to perform for the camera and on the stage, and will get the chance to create different types of characters. Each student will develop at least one commercial and one monologue. 100% laughter and fun guarantee! Showcase at the end of the semester. Taught by Becky Croft.


ACT UP- AUTISM STARS
Ages 6 and up Cost $20 Starts October 1. 12:00-1:00 Saturdays (6 weeks) This is an introduction to creative dramatics and acting for students with Autism/Autism Spectrum. Kids will get to be up onstage and exercise their imaginations while learning the basics of acting including: confidence/self-esteem building, communication, focus, following directions, role playing, using fun props, theatre games, and creative play. A mini performance will be given at the end of the class, complete with curtain call. Taught by Debra Leopard who has years of experience working with special needs actors. Each child will be paired with a young acting student from Village Square. Line/Lead Therapists are welcome to attend if desired.


All the World's a Stage-Homeschool Grades 3-5
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00 starting September 6for 8 weeks. Grades 3-5. Theatre classes for the home school student. Curriculum for classes is based on SC and National Education Standards for Theatre. Classes are held in a working theatre to enhance and reinforce learning experience. Topics will include: Story Making/Script Writing, Acting, Designing, Directing, Researching, Connecting, Valuing and Responding, Relating to History and Culture. Taught by Debi Young, SC certified teacher with 24 years of classroom experience. $200 for first student in family and $100 for each additional student in family


All the World's a Stage- Homeschool Grades 6-8
Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 starting February 2 for 8 weeks. Grades 6-8. Theatre classes for the home school student. Curriculum for classes is based on SC and National Education Standards for Theatre. Classes are held in a working theatre to enhance and reinforce learning experience. Topics will include: Story Making/Script Writing, Acting, Designing, Directing, Researching, Connecting, Valuing and Responding, Relating to History and Culture. Taught by Debi Young, SC certified teacher with 24 years of classroom experience. $200 for first student in family and $100 for each additional student in family.


All the World's a Stage- Homeschool Grades 9-12
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 starting September 7 for 8 weeks. Grades 9-12. Theatre classes for the home school student. Curriculum for classes is based on SC and National Education Standards for Theatre. Classes are held in a working theatre to enhance and reinforce learning experience. Topics will include: Story Making/Script Writing, Acting, Designing, Directing, Researching, Connecting, Valuing and Responding, Relating to History and Culture. Taught by Debi Young, SC certified teacher with 24 years of classroom experience. $200 for first student in family and $100 for each additional student in family


Audition Workshop
November 5. 10:00-12:00. Ages 5 through adult. Cost: $25 This is a two-hour workshop designed to help actors improve audition techniques and boost confidence prior to upcoming auditions at Village Square or other theatres. Vocal techniques, expression, stage fright, how to prepare, improvisation exercises and advice on standing out in a crowd will be covered. Students will go through mock acting and singing auditions using several different scripts and will be directed on ways to make improvements. Advice will be given on choices for selection of audition music. Students will also “get into the mind of a director” to learn about what directors look for at auditions. For those who are new to the audition process, students will learn what to expect. For those who have auditioned before, students will learn how to improve. Taught by Debra Leopard and Debi Young


Beginning Guitar
Starts September 8 5:30-6:30 Thursdays for 11 weeks. $230. Ages 6-11. Beginning level small group guitar. Students will learn parts of guitar, chords and beginning level strumming. This class will include music from many genres that students will sing as they play. Students will be able to follow chord changes and play several simple songs. 11 weeks. Performance given at the end of the semester. Students must have their own guitar. Taught by Becky Croft.


Intermediate Guitar
Ages 8 and up. Cost: $230. Mondays 6:00-7:00 for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 1. This is a continuation of beginning guitar or a class for the guitar student who knows the basics and wants to learn more. Students will learn chords and more complex guitar techniques. Performance given at the end of the semester. Students must have their own guitar. Taught by Becky Croft.


British Dialects for the Stage
Ages 9 and up Saturday November 12. 1:00-3:00. This is a two-hour workshop on mastering dialects for the stage. Focusing on generic upper and lower class British. Expand your knowledge of how dialects work and increase your ability to get cast! Students will learn the Phonetic Alphabet, the basics of how the speaking voice works and all the main changes needed for a convincing stage British accent. Students will get a handbook to take home. Limited to 10. Taught by 30 + year Voice and Diction coach, Debra Leopard $25


Dance for Musical Theatre
Ages 10 and up. Tuesdays 5:15-7:15. Beginning Sept. 13. $200. This is a six week intensive class designed to introduce students to different styles of dance and choreography from musicals. Will learn a warm-up dance and new combination weekly. Please wear form-fitting clothes and have shoes appropriate for dance/movement. Taught by professional dancer and choreographer Candice Pipkin. Limited space available.


Stage Make-up
Saturday, October 22 from 10:00-12:00. $25. Ages 12 and up. Learn the basics of stage make-up applications including standard, old age, and fantasy. Then students will put their new talents to use- on each other. All materials supplied. Taught by Matt Marks.


MUSICAL THEATRE (ACT II)
Ages 9-16 Cost: $200. 6 Weeks Tuesdays 5:15- 7:15 Starting October 25. This is a workshop-style class designed for the serious acting student with an emphasis on Musical Theatre. The class will be challenging but fun, and will include choreography for the stage, and singing for the stage. Exercises will include improvisation techniques, stretching the imagination, character development, line memorization, audition techniques, how to sell a song, dance combinations and singing in a group. Students will gain confidence in auditioning and performing in Musical Theatre. Singing and Dancing experience not necessary. Please dress in clothing and shoes appropriate for dance/movement. Each student will develop several musical theatre numbers and scenes to be performed at the end of the semester. Performance given at the end of the semester. Taught by Candice Pipkin and Becky Croft.


Village Square Idiots Junior
(Ages 11-16) 11 Weeks $230 Thursdays 6:00-7:00 Begins September 15. This is a junior version of the Village Square Idiots Improv Troupe. Students will learn the basics of Improvisational comedy. Many styles of exercises and games will be taught and explored. Students will gain self-confidence and exercise their creativity while having a great time. Improv is a critical skill for any aspiring actor! Improv Showcase with an invited audience will be held at the end of the semester. VST Idiots, Jr. T-Shirts may be purchased for an additional charge.Taught by Debra Leopard


Senior Adult Acting
If learning to act is on your bucket list, along with cliff diving, camel racing and walking the Appalachian Trail... this class is guaranteed to be a lot less dangerous! Class meets Thursdays for 6 weeks starting September 15. 10:00-11:00 am. Introduction to Acting- through improvisation, script analysis and the study of monologues, this class will bring you the fundamentals of acting. Special emphasis will be placed on interpretation and translation of the script as the basis for exploration and motivation of the character. Act II and Act III classes will be available upon completion of the Introduction class. Taught by Debi Young. $125.