“I believe this is the ninth year that we’ve offered some type of acting class,” said Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre. “The main reason for it is that when young people get involved in a play they have a lot of lines to learn, a lot of blocking to learn.
“They don’t often have the time to spend on just the basic skills of acting, like how to project your voice, how to stand, how to move, how to develop a character. This class will help them focus on how to become a better actor when they’re not in the middle of all those other things.”
Starting Jan. 7, The Grand Theatre in Cartersville will offer two six-week courses on Tuesdays, separating students by age — grades two through five and grades six through 12. While the younger students will focus on the fundamentals of theater, the older session will provide advice on auditioning for roles and developing characters.
“For the younger age, they’re going to be learning those very basic things about how to face the front, how to react to other actors, how to move on the stage,” Cox said. “And they’ll do it in a fun, active way through games and skits.
“... The older group — Alan Sanders is going to be directing that group and he is a working actor and he knows how to ace an audition. So they’re going to be working on how to come up there and present yourself in a way that’s going to help you get that role. He’s going to help them find monologues to do for auditions and things like that. Also, some of the tricks of the trade — if you forget your lines, how do you cover it [or] how do you make your characters pop so that you’re noticed when you’re in a show.”
For Kristy Montgomery, who will direct the grades two through five class, working with this age group is rewarding in that she is able to watch them develop in various areas.
“The goal with this age group is mostly just to get them comfortable with being on stage,” Montgomery said. “So I’m going to focus a lot on getting them to talk and do a little bit of acting with some monologues and some cold readings, just getting them familiar with the stage and feeling more comfortable with being on the stage.
“I like working with the children in this age group in particular because they’re growing so much. So you get to see so much transition from point A to point B. I just love to see them develop in their confidence and their comfortability with being on stage and their skill level. It’s so rewarding to see them grow.”
According to the flier on www.thegrandtheatre.org, tuition for the grades two through five class, which will be held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., will be $60 for each student. The class for grades six through 12 will convene from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and cost $90.
To register for either class, call 770-386-7343 or visit The Grand Theatre Ticket Office at 7 N. Wall St.