Theatre and Performing Arts
ACTING FOR BEGINNERS (LFA 0212): Get a basic understanding of the concept of acting. You will do simple exercises to encourage the development of voice, body, and mind in the creation of character. You learn the basic “terms and lingo” of the theater and have an opportunity to work on monologues and scenes. This class will also serve as a constructive refresher for those with some experience and will help you improve your basic communication skills in everyday life.
IMPROV FOR EVERYONE (LFA 0046): Sharpening your improv skills will not only enhance your performances but will also increase your confidence with interacting in the business world. You will practice basic improv techniques as well as more advanced aspects that are utilized in complicated games. Skills including agreement, listening, and being in the moment are useful in both the improv and business worlds. Through exercises and games, you will tap into your creativity while thinking on your feet. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced improv player, join us for a fun, supportive environment where creativity can flourish.
INTRODUCTION TO VOICE OVERS: GETTING PAID TO TALK (LFA 0003): If you have been told you have a great voice, you rely on your voice in your occupations, or you are simply curious about the voice over field, then this class is for you. Learn what the pros look for and how to prepare for interviews. You will learn what a voice over is, how they are created and who is involved. You will discuss how to find your specific voice niche, where to look for work opportunities and how to avoid common mistakes. You will hear audio examples from working voice over artists, and then you will record a short commercial script for playback at the end of class. This introduction to voice overs is taught by voice coaches, a collaborative of voice acting and production professionals.
OLD TIME RADIO SHOW (LEI 0601): Do you have the face for radio? Join our Old Time Radio troupe. We will meet seven times. In six weeks you will learn to perform the shows that were heard on the radio from the 1930s to the early 60s like Jack Benny and The Shadow. You will use the original scripts and the special sound effects to bring the shows back to life. In our final sessions, we will do a show for a live audience! Everyone from first timers to experienced hams are welcomed. Classes held at PRHS.
STANDUP COMEDY FROM THE BEGINNING (LFA 0077): Nationally touring comedian Dobie Maxwell shares his hard-earned experiences with you in this fun and informative look at the nuts and bolts of being a standup comedian. You will experience the process of writing and performing your original comedy material. Learn the secrets firsthand from a pro, and use them either to begin a new chapter in your life or elevate what you already do with the dynamic power of humor. Enhance your public speaking and unleash the creative comedy-writing process. You will get individual attention plus group exercises designed to make you funnier!
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.