(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is once again offering acting classes for young performers ages 3 to 14, with a schedule of classes that will tap young imaginations in creative and confidence-building ways. Designed to strengthen communication skills and develop a sense of community, the classes will focus on individual and collective skill development in a fun and supportive environment.
Treasure Trunk Adventures is the theme for the youngest students — ages 3 and 4 — featuring a treasure trunk that will provide a dramatic focus to the class. The trunk will inspire a different interactive adventure for each 30-minute session, with students creating a story that they then act out. Treasure Trunk Adventures will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturdays from Sept. 17 through Nov. 12 (no class on Oct. 8); tuition is $95.
Castles & Kingdoms: Knight Adventures! will be offered for two age groups on Saturdays from Sept. 17 through Nov. 12 — at 10:30 a.m. for kindergarten and first grade students and at 11:15 a.m. for second and third graders. The 45-minute classes will concentrate on social and artistic development through creative dramatics, improvisation and theatre games set in a far-off kingdom filled with magical surprises and swashbuckling adventures. This introductory acting class supports students as they develop skills in storytelling, creative problem solving and character development in a detailed dramatic environment. Tuition is $140; there will be no class on Oct. 8.
Argh, Pirates! will set sail for two age groups, with classes on Mondays from Sept. 12 to Nov. 14 (no class on Oct. 10 and Oct. 31). It launches at 4 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders, and at 5 p.m. for students in grades six through eight. Participants will board a pirate ship to explore the perilous life at sea, using their bodies, voices and imagination to expand their acting treasure chest of tools such as stage combat and improvisation. Tuition for the 55-minute classes is $160.
The Art of Musical Theatre: Classic Musicals unleashes the infinite world of musical theatre for fifth through eighth graders, with 55-minute classes at 6 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 12 through Nov. 14 (no class on Oct. 10 and Oct. 31). Students will learn the history of the art form, as well as some of its greatest composers, choreographers and musical numbers using basic dance and vocal techniques.
All classes will take place at the Playhouse, and the final day of each class will include a sharing of student work with families. To register, visit cincyplay.com or call the Box Office at 513-421-3888. Additional details and class schedules for the entire season can be found on the Playhouse website.
The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.
The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.