Youth & Teen Classes
Please visit our Creative Arts Camps page for Summer 2013.
Orlando Shakes' Youth Classes focus on skill sets that benefit students in everyday life as well as on stage. Our classes celebrate the process of learning, experimenting, taking risks and challenging expectations.
After each class, students are given a homework sheet detailing what was learned that day and assignments for the following week, allowing you to track your child's progress and reinforce skills taught in class.
All sessions culminate in a presentation for friends and family on the last day. See what your children have learned! Join us for continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. while the students have a final rehearsal. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m.Call the Education Department at 407-447-1700 ext. 254 for more information.
FREE SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP!!!!
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013
Times: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Orlando Shakes is offering a free one- day Shakespeare Workshop for high school actors at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The workshop will be taught by professional Actor/Educators and will offer tools and suggestions for approaching a Shakespeare audition monologue. It will also include a brief tour of the facilities and information about our summer production camps, The Young Company and Shakespeare With Heart.
Please contact Anne Hering, Director of Education, at 407-447-1700 ext. 208 for more info and to reserve a spot!!
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 5 – Feb. 9 (6 weeks)
Time: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Prince & Princess Shakespeare
Age 4 - Grade 1
Explore Shakespeare's world and speak, sing and dance your way through his kingdoms. [register now]
Grades 2 - 4
Kids are introduced to basic acting skills of memorization, projection and using your imagination to create a character. [register now]
Grades 5 - 7
Learn to slap, fall and throw punches safely using hand-to-hand stage combat techniques. [register now]
Grades 8 - 12
Have your parents ever asked you where you've been? Couldn't think of an excuse? Did you think of just the right thing to say twenty minutes later? Learn to think on your feet with Improvisation! [register now]
Date: Saturdays, March 9 - April 13 (6 weeks)
Times: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fractured Fairy Tales
Age 4 - Grade 1
Make fractured fairy tales leap off the page and come into the stage! Dive into the classics and let your favorite princesses, kings and goblins lead you to fairy tale lands you've only read about – until now. Take what you've learned from other fairy tales to create your own story and bring it to life. [register now]
Grades 2 - 4
Unleash your creativity! Make your friends giggle! Learn the basics of physical comedy and create characters through mime and movement. [register now]
Grades 5 - 7
Meet the Bard of Avon! Learn how to "speak the speech trippingly on the tongue" while practicing projection. Students will work on scenes from Shakespeare's Comedies. [register now]
Broken Hearts & Flesh Wounds
Grades 8 - 12
Performing famous fight scenes from Shakespeare, actors will learn that all is fair in love and war! [register now]
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Our classes typically range from 5-15 students depending on the time of the year.
Q: How many instructors per class?
A: We provide two professional acting instructors per class.
Q: Tell me more about "theater games."
A: A theater game is an exercise, either physical or mental, designed to teach a skill that can be used on stage (and in real life, too!). There are countless different games that teach such skills as mental focus, ensemble, healthy vocal production, physical awareness, and emotional connection to your text (text is the Shakespeare word for your lines). Students learn advanced concepts and overcome personal hurdles while laughing and creating.
Q: Is there a final show?
A: All classes have a final "open class" or workshop presentation. It is a celebration of the growth each student has made in their acting journey. We do not use costumes. Instead, we focus on the student and what they can communicate with their voices, bodies and emotions. On the second to the last day of class we will send your child home with a letter detailing the time of the presentation.
Q: What type of clothing is recommended?
A: Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sturdy athletic shoes.
Q: Can kids really do Shakespeare?
A: YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.
Q: May I watch the class?
A: We do not permit parents to watch acting classes. We have discovered that when parents are in the room the younger students who are labeled "shy" always cling to their parent. Most of the time, these same students thrive when there is not a parent in the room. Non "shy" students tend to try and perform for their parent's approval instead of focusing on the instructor. This limits their ability to fully participate.
Q: Can my child be moved up a grade level?
A: Many parents, who know and love the sheer joy and brilliance of their children, would like for their child to be moved into a class with older students. While we respect this view, we simply do not move children up a grade level. We put a great deal of energy and thought in the composition and curriculums of our classes and believe that we provide a quality experience for all children.
Auditing: Students may audit a class for a $10 fee, which will be deducted from the class fee upon joining.