Shadowland Academy offers classes for youth in many aspects of the theatre arts, including acting, voice, movement, stagecraft and writing.
By studying theatre arts students develop a deeper appreciation of literature and the arts, as well as, improve their understanding of the human condition. Our classes instill the importance of both group and individual responsibility, enhancing our students ability to work well within a group and to strive independently.
Students begin learning how to express themselves vocally and physically with an emphasis on different modes of expression. It is a good introduction for young children who are shy or experience stage fright, as they build confidence through simple exercises and short scenes.
Students are given short scenes and monologues as they develop the voice as a powerful, flexible, expressive instrument. Skills in speaking out, projection, interpersonal communication, and cooperation are achieved through theatre games, improvisation, and play acting.
At this level, we begin to emphasize physical articulation and vocal modulation to tell clear, compelling stories. As students collaborate more closely in pairs and groups for scene work, they refine communication skills that will serve them socially and professionally for the rest of their lives.
Character development begins at this level as students deepen their perception of themselves, others, and the world around them. Students synthesize skills they’ve developed while cultivating intuition and imagination as they prepare for substantial scenes and full-length plays. While students are given roles that vary depending upon their experience and ability to succeed, roles are also chosen to challenge them to “stretch” and embody specific characters that may not be like themselves.