At A Work in Progress Productions, we are committed to providing quality training at affordable prices. In our third year, we have grown from 15 students to over 100, from 2 classes to over 20. And because we have so many, we know the website can be confusing — too many details!!! So let’s break it down. This post will focus on a new class we are offering this fall… Which has only 5 spots left!
Acting +Shakespeare for ages 8-12
In this class, students will be introduced to the basics of the theater. They will learn how to use relaxation exercises to gain focus to perform, use facial gestures and their entire bodies to convey emotions and messages, and learn pantomime to enhance their gestures. They will also learn vocal skills to speak correctly on stage, how to breathe correctly from their diaphragm, project clearly and enunciate their words properly. All the while, students in this class will also learn about the history of the theater back to the Ancient Greeks and then to Shakespeare. They will learn how to interpret the language of Shakespeare as well as how to speak his lines in iambic pentameter. They will create original skits, often improvised, with props and small costume pieces. They will perform a short monologue, possibly an excerpt from Shakespeare’s plays or sonnets. Taught by Amy Brayley.
Amy began her love of theater in Kindergarten, acting in her first play, Alice in Wonderland. She knew the stage was her special place where she could come alive and pour out all the creativity she held inside. Throughout elementary and high school, Amy acted in many plays in addition to competing at the Globe Theater Festival competitions.
Amy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as a Master Degree in Education from Cambridge College. She has taught abroad twice in England as part of both her degrees. While there, she fell in love with William Shakespeare. Back home, while she was teaching 5th-6th grade in Worcester, she began an after school theater program for 8-12 year olds, directing several Shakespeare plays including Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Worcester State College stage. Over the course of her teaching career, she has directed many, many children’s plays both in and out of the classroom. She has also acted and directed with the Southborough Players theater group.
Now her favorite role is Mom to three beautiful children, whom she homeschools. She is thrilled to join A Work In Progress and begin sharing her love of theater and Shakespeare with children again.
This class will meet at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Attleboro on Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30, from September 13-November 1. There is an open house on September 6 at noon.
This class pairs perfectly with creative dance or classical ballet, which meet right beforehand!
For more information on registering, costs, our discount packages and more, click here!
Jen Roca and the AWIP folks