Acting ignites the imagination and empowers our Young Actors to express themselves truthfully through imaginary circumstances. Students are introduced to Acting through creative drama exercises, improvisation, and scene work. Students learn the beginning of Lee Strasberg’s Method Acting techniques including relaxation and basic sense memory exercises. 2 hour class.
This course will introduce the students to the discipline and techniques of stage combat. Physical training will take place to strengthen the abilities of the actor with respect to performing aggressive actions in a safe and believable manner with a partner. Both beginners and experienced students will have the opportunity to advance their technique in an increasingly challenging and convincing way. Additionally, students will be introduced to techniques for both the stage and for film and the detailed differences to effectively perform in different mediums.1 hour per day.
The focus of this class shifts from semester to semester. In Singing, students receive technical training in breathing, diction, harmony, and rhythm while building confidence and vocal strength. Musical terminology including applicable Italian musical terms is taught. Musical Theatre I combines beginning choreography with group singing, while Musical Theatre II advances the choreography the students learn. 1 hour class.
Students learn the technical skills and gain the experience required to perform on screen. Students’ work is recorded, played back, and discussed, allowing them the opportunity to improve and grow their understanding of how to translate their Acting, Voice, and Movement skills to the demands of the camera. From semester to semester, the class’ subject matter shifts from Beginning Camera Technique in the Fall, to Commercials in the Winter, and to Audition in the Spring. 1 hour class.
This class always begins with a warm up starting with Hip-Hop grooves and Top Rock. This will lead into isolations, stretching and strengthening exercises. The class will then focus on choreography that uses Hip-Hop techniques. Not only will the sequence be stressed but more so the quality of movement and the performance aspect that should be conveyed. We work on the whole package of what the choreography entails. At the end of class a cypher will commence where we share our individual art with each other. J9 hopes to instill integrity of movement in a supportive and open atmosphere.
Thoughts, ideas and experiences will all be incorporated from pen to paper, as we dive into a world of creative possibilities. We will garner great focus in learning the basics of storylines, beats, character development and what drives a successful scene. As work progresses, we can share our ideas aloud, garnering feedback with strong critical response for positive outcomes.