Schedule: 2016 Spring Acting Academy

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All spring classes take place at OCT Studios: 1939 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, 97232.
Classes end with a final presentation for friends and family to attend!

ACTING WITH CHARACTER

Mondays, Mar. 28-May 16 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 11-14 | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

Learn what it takes to truly bring a character to life. Use movement and voice techniques to experiment, adapt, and commit to bold character choices. A perfect class to prepare for audition season! (Teacher: Signe Larsen. Limit: 12)

ACTOR'S STUDIO

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 10:00-11:30am | Ages 12+ | All | $120

Explore a variety of skills for stage performance including theater exercises, presenting monologues, and scene study. Apply techniques to help you stand out in performance as well as auditions. Perfect for beginners as well as returning students. (Teacher: Noah Dunham. Limit: 12)

BEGINNING ACTING: Focus

Thursdays, Mar. 31- May 19 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning | $120

Perfect for the aspiring actor. Use theater exercises, scene work, and monologues to develop characters, improve focus, and gain performance and audition skills. This dynamic class will bring out the actor in you! (Teacher: Noelle Eaton. Limit: 12)

BEGINNING ACTING: Foundations

A: Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 11:00am-12:30pm | Ages 7-9 | Beginning | $120
B: Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 2:30-4:00pm | Ages 7-9 | Beginning | $120

Ideal for new actors looking for a fun intro to theater! Use theater games and exercises to explore character, improv, concentration, voice, and movement. A great first acting class for building skills and confidence. (Teachers: Chelsie Thomas, B: Samantha Reiter. Limit: 12)

BEGINNING MUSICAL THEATER: James and the Giant Peach

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 1:00-2:30pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

Gain vocal performance skills with great songs and character work from the quirky book and musical. Learn "peachy" musical numbers, plus meet and sing with a member of OCT's James and the Giant Peach cast! (Teacher: Stephen Thompson. Limit: 12)

BEGINNING MUSICAL THEATER: You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Tuesdays, Mar. 29-May 17 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 7-10 | Beginning | $120

Discover what "happiness" is with Charlie, his friends, and his spirited dog Snoopy! Develop musical performance skills while acting out comical characters and singing energetic songs from Broadway's blockbuster! (Teacher: Mark Steering. Limit: 12)

CREATIVE DRAMATICS: Circus Stars

Thursdays, Mar. 31- May 19 | 3:15-4:30pm | Ages 4-5 | Beginning | $100

Join the circus! Cute clowns, astonishing acrobatics, and amazing animals await you. A great first acting class with focus on teamwork, creativity, and big top adventure. (Teacher: Jennifer Darling. Limit: 8)

CREATIVE DRAMATICS: Rhythm and Rhyme

A: Mondays, Mar. 28-May 16 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 5-6 | Beginning | $120
B: Tuesdays, Mar. 29-May 17 | 3:15-4:30pm | Ages 4-5 | Beginning | $100

From Dr. Seuss to Mother Goose! Explore favorite stories and musical beats—act out loveable characters using mind, voice, and feet. Performance skills, focus, and fun come to pass—as you join the action in this lively class. (Teachesr: A: Kristin Hailstone, B: Amy LaRosa. Limit: 8)

FAIRY TALE THEATER

Mondays, Mar. 28-May 16 | 3:15-4:30pm | Ages 4-5 | Beginning | $100

Create and perform your own fairy tale from classics such as Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Aladdin, and many more! Learn theater games and play a variety of characters as you recreate wonderful stories that focus on the value of friendship and fun. (Teacher: Kristin Hailstone. Limit: 8)

HARRY POTTER

Wednesdays, Mar. 30-May 18 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 9-12 | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

Enter the mystical world of Harry Potter! Build acting skills as you bring Harry and his charmed friends to life. Learn to create, write, and perform your original scenes using characters from J.K. Rowling’s landmark adventure series. (Teacher: Sara Kennedy Adams. Limit: 16)

HOMESCHOOL: Beginning Acting

Tuesdays, Mar. 29-May 17 | 1:00-4:00pm | Ages 7-12 | Beginning/Intermediate | $200

Just for homeschool students: an exciting introduction to theater! Use theater games and exercises to explore character, improvisation, concentration, movement, and voice. A great class for building presentation and performance skills, as well as confidence. (Teacher: Mark Steering. Limit: 14)

IMPROV TROUPE

A: Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 10:00-11:30am | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

B: Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 1:00-2:30pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

Spontaneous acting! Team up to create scenes and characters from audience suggestions. Practice forms and techniques to let go and act in the moment. A laughter-filled class that focuses on skills essential to every performer. (Teacher: Savira Kambhu. Limit: 12)

MUSIC AND MAKE BELIEVE

Tuesdays, Mar. 29-May 17 | 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3 1/2-5 | Beginning | $80

Unleash your imagination as you journey through magical stories and musical moments. Singing, dancing, and games are featured in this class on early musical development and performance. (Teacher: Amy LaRosa. Limit: 8)

ON CAMERA I

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 11:30am-1:00pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $150

Portland's film industry is booming! Get the skills you need to act in film and television. Develop confidence in auditions, interviews, and commercials while working with real television and film scripts. Prerequisite: Any OCT acting class. (Teacher: Eric Reid. Limit: 10)

ON CAMERA II

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 1:00-2:30pm | Ages 12+ | Intermediate/Advanced/YP | $150 (Call for registration) 

A solid skills class for continuing On Camera students. Gain confidence and become a pro at delivering film, television, and commercial copy. Practice interview skills, and get a competitive edge on presenting and promoting your image. Prerequisite: Any film acting class. (Teacher: Eric Reid. Limit: 10)

PAGE-TO-STAGE: James and the Giant Peach

A: Tuesdays, Mar. 29-May 17 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 5-6 | Beginning | $135
B: Wednesdays, Mar. 30-May 18 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 6-7 | Beginning | $135

Explore the antics of James and the crazy critters aboard the flying peach. Bring colorful characters to life in a showcase for family and friends. (Includes 2 tickets to OCT's James and the Giant Peach dress rehearsal on 5/6/16.) (Teacher: Chelsie Thomas. Limit: 8)

PAGE-TO-STAGE: Shel in the Spring

Thursdays, Mar. 31- May 19 | 4:30-6:00pm | Ages 6-7 | Beginning | $120

"If you're a dreamer, come in!" Develop and perform your own show based on Shel Silverstein's hilarious poetry and classic tale of The Giving Tree. Acting games and engaging imagination combine for fun, focused learning. (Teacher: Jennifer Darling. Limit: 8)

SCENE STUDY: Kid Characters

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 2:30-4:00pm | Ages 8-11 | Intermediate | $120

Explore scenes from plays where kids have the leads: Tom Sawyer, Ramona Quimby, and more! Learn skills that help you connect to scripts and fellow actors, develop complex characters, and improve performance techniques for professional theaters. Plus, play parts that are designed for your age! (Teacher: Ginnie Sutfin. Limit: 12)

TEEN SCENE: Stage Combat

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 2:30-4:00pm | Ages 13+ | All | $120

From sword play to street brawls—award-winning fight choreographer, John Armour, shows you the pain-free way to create a variety of realistic fight scenes. An energetic class in creating stage illusions like the pros. (For mature teens.) (Teacher: John Armour. Limit: 10)

TO THE ZOO

Mondays, Mar. 28-May 16 | 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3 1/2-5 | Beginning | $80

Monkeys, wild cats, and elephants too—frolic together in tales from the zoo. Gain performance skills such as focus and movement, while using your imagination, and having fun. Act out exciting zoo adventures in every class! (Teacher: Kristin Hailstone. Limit: 8)

TRIPLE THREAT COMEDY

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 11:30am-1:00pm | Ages 12+ | Beginning/Intermediate | $120

Flex your comedic muscles as you perform improvisation, stand-up, and sketch comedy. Find your comedic voice while learning scene structure, character development, and the styles of comedy. (Teacher: Jay Flewelling. Limit: 12)

WILD WEDNESDAYS

Wednesdays, Mar. 30-May 18 | 10:15-11:15am | Ages 3 1/2-5 | Beginning | $80

Come play, laugh, and learn! Join the theatrical escapade as you discover the stage. Have a blast acting out stories and characters, learning silly songs, and playing theater games. Fill your Wednesdays with fun! (Teacher: Amy LaRosa. Limit: 8)

YOUNG ACTOR'S WORKSHOP

Saturdays, Apr. 2-May 21 | 9:30-11:00am | Ages 6-7 | Beginning | $120

A weekly workout in acting! Develop focus, memorization, and character creation skills. Explore imagination while creating an original showcase of individual work, collaboration, and storytelling. (Teacher: Chelsie Thomas. Limit: 8)

YP MONOLOGUE INTENSIVE

Sunday, May 1 | 11:00am-5:00pm | Ages 14+ | YP | $65 (Call for registration)

Get help perfecting two contrasting monologues for professional auditions. Plus, focus on polishing all audition techniques: slates, transitions, etc. An essential class for actors eager to venture into the professional sphere! Prep work required. (Teacher: Laura Faye Smith. Limit: 10)

 

SPRING BREAK CLASSES

Spend the day with us! Lunch is supervised for all day students.

ACTING FOUNDATIONS

Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 7-9 | Beginning | $140

Ideal for new actors! Use exercises and scene work to explore character, improvisation, theater vocabulary, voice, and movement. A great class for building performance skills and confidence. (Teacher: Chelsie Thomas. Limit: 12)

IMPROV: Say Yes!

A: Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 9:00am-12:00pm| Ages 12+ | Beginning/Intermediate | $140
B: Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $140

Spontaneous acting! Team up to create scenes and characters on your feet. Practice forms and play games to let go and act in the moment. A laughter-filled class that focuses on skills essential to every performer. (Teachers: A: Claire Aldridge, B: Savira Kambhu. Limit: 12)

MUSICAL THEATER: Foundation

Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 9:00am-12:00pm | Ages 8-11 | Beginning/Intermediate | $140

Love to sing? Then this is the class for you! Discover how exciting musical theater can be as you learn how to make the most of your voice. Rehearse and perform an ensemble musical review, featuring songs from Broadway's biggest hits. (Teacher: Jeffrey Childs. Limit: 12)

SPRING BREAK WITH SHEL

Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 9:00am-12:00pm |Ages 6-7 | Beginning | $140

"If you're a dreamer, come in!" Develop and perform your own show based on Shel Silverstein's hilarious poetry and classic tale of The Giving Tree. Acting games and engaging imagination combine for fun, focused learning. (Teacher: Chelsie Thomas. Limit: 8)

THE BROADWAY VOICE

Monday-Friday, Mar. 21-25 | 12:30-3:30pm | Ages 12+ | Beginning/Intermediate | $140

Perform power-house numbers from the definitive Broadway songbook. Learn songs for every vocal part and level of performer. Use ensemble and solo skills to increase confidence and build vocal technique. (Teacher: Jeffrey Childs. Limit: 12)

Schedule subject to change.
Beginning
= New to this class or skill set. Intermediate = Had prior experience in this skill set. Advanced = Had a lot of experience in this skill set. YP = Young Professional students.