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Theatre Classes Offered at Chapman Cultural Center Creativity And Imagination Come To Life At Spartanburg Youth Theatre This Spring

January 07, 2015 | Press Releases

Spartanburg Youth Theatre will offer a wide variety of theatre-related classes for children and youths starting the week of February 16.
Learn stage makeup, reinvent Shakespeare, and go on a treasure hunt around the world with new, one-of-a-kind classes for all ages and all levels. Did your son or daughter leave Into the Woods singing all the songs? Do they always act out the scenes from their favorite movies, or love dressing up as characters? If your child has caught the theatre bug, there’s a class for him or her this spring at Spartanburg Youth Theatre (SYT). Whether they’re trying out their skills for the first time or planning their future careers on Broadway, at SYT they will have the chance to invent, play, and imagine under the instruction of Upstate theatre professionals.
Designed for youth of all skill levels in grades K4-12, the spring class schedule includes 10-week classes in acting, stage makeup and production. The classes meet once a week for 10 weeks beginning the week of February 16. An early sign-up discount on classes applies to registrations received before January 16. To register, call Spartanburg Youth Theatre at (864) 585-8278 or visit
Spartanburg Youth Theatre is the second oldest youth theatre in South Carolina and is one of the only “by youth, for youth” children’s theatres in the nation.  With four main stage shows a season, school time performances for more than 10,000 Upstate school children and educators, and a thriving theatre education program for kids in grades K4-12, Spartanburg Youth Theatre proves that “imagination never gets old!”
K4-K5 | 3:30-4:15 p.m. | $90
Level: Beginning
Each week students will use their imaginations to explore new and exciting parts of the world. The treasures they find along the way will inspire the development of the story and carry us all to the universe and beyond.
Acting 1
Grades 1-2 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. | $120
Level:  Beginning
Always wanted to act?  Now's your chance! Explore the three tools that every actor must master:  body, voice, and imagination. Through fast-paced theatre games, improvisation, and acting exercises, learn the vocabulary and techniques every actor must know, and gain the confidence and tools you need to be on stage.
Face Off!
Grades 6-12 |4-5:30 p.m. |$200
Level:  All skill levels
Transform yourself and others into character of fright and fancy, all through the use of stage makeup. Learn the proper way to apply makeup while turn yourself into a zombie, a vampire, or creating fake gashes, cuts, and wounds. Let your imagination take you for a ride in this fun and hands-on class. Student makeup kits are included in the price. This class is limited to 10 students.
The Junior Players
Grades 5-12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | $200
Level:  All skill levels
The Junior Players gives young performers the opportunity to prepare a production of the play, Once Upon A Crime: The Trial of Goldilocks, that will tour locally to childcare centers, hospitals, schools, and other venues in the Spartanburg community. This class is limited to 15 students and a two-school-day commitment is required.
Twisted Shakespeare
Grades 5-8 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | $120
Level:  Intermediate to Advanced
What if Romeo drove his Tardis into Hogwarts to save his love Juliet from the dalex who had stolen Percy Jackson’s lightning bolt from the forest outside District 12? In Twisted Shakespeare, nothing is impossible. Each week we will jump into a Shakespeare play twisting it and turning the classic on it’s head. In this class you will be both writer and actor. Love Shakespeare? Hate Shakespeare? Either way this is the class for you!
Acting 1
Grades 3-5 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. | $120
Level:  Beginning
This is a great introduction to the art of acting. Our younger thespians will learn the three tools that every actor must use while learning how to create a character and prepare to be on stage. The concepts we teach in Acting 1 are fundamentals that all actors need to know.
Acting 2
Grades 4-6 | 4:15-5:30 p.m. | $120
Level:  Beginning to Intermediate
In Acting 2, we apply acting skills to scripted scene work. Students will discover the clues that help determine the objectives of the characters as well as the tactics they use and the obstacles they overcome. This class is a must need for those wanting to move past the basics and learn the techniques that continue their growth as artists.
Junior Players-Home School Edition
Grades 3-8 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.| $140
Everyone gets a part, lines to learn, and a character to explore, as we bring a play to life. Students will learn the basics of acting while experiencing the joy of producing the play, The Fairy Tale Network. The Fairy Tale Network is a television network that needs to improve its viewership ratings with exciting new programming. The three mice working as creative consultants for the studio each must come up with a story idea to pitch to their new chief, the Cat. And they need to pitch their ideas fast before they become a fancy feast! They retell the well-known tales of Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but now with new, unexpected twists.
Fantastic Mr. Fox Audition Workshop
Grades: 3-12
Saturday, Feb. 14 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Get rid of those pre-audition jitters, meet the director, perfect your monologue, and get an advanced look at the script.

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