Monday, January 4, 2016

First Stage announces classes at the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin!

First Stage is excited to announce that its Theater Academy classes will now be available at the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin. Classes begin during First Stage’s winter session on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The eight-week, evening sessions run through March 10. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring First Stage Theater Academy classes to the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin,” said Academy Director Katie Cummings. “Our teaching artists are looking forward to bringing First Stage’s tradition of imparting life skills through stage skills to the students in Franklin!” 

Classes include: 

Story Drama (grades K-2) Students are guided though creative drama activities that encourage self-expression, concentration, and cooperation. Students will create dialogue and enhance creativity by recreating stories inspired by the First Stage productions of HOLES and JUST A LITTLE CRITTER MUSICAL. 

Acting: Dramatic Scenes (grades 3-4 and 5-8) This class focuses on acting technique as the foundation of performance. Students will work as an ensemble to build skills in character development, script work, and physical and vocal expression. In this session students will bring characters to life focusing on Dramatic Scenes. 

Online registration is open for these classes at www.FirstStage.org/Courses. The Academy Office is available to answer questions by phone at (414) 267-2970. 

About First Stage Theater Academy First Stage’s Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people. Our goal is to impart life skills through stage skills, instill a love of learning and creating, and to build a stronger community through engagement in the arts. Teaching theater classes such as acting, improvisation, musical theater, and much more, our dedicated, professional faculty and staff work together to create a positive learning environment. Class sizes are small to help meet the unique needs of each student. We offer classes each Fall, Winter, and Spring for students ages 3 through 18. Summer sessions are also available. 

About First Stage Since 1987, First Stage touches hearts, engages minds, and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences for young people and families through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten, and entertain; unparalleled Theater Academy training that fosters life skills through stage skills; and dynamic Theater in Education programs that promote active learning in our schools and community. In 2012, First Stage was selected to participate in the Partners in Education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. First Stage is a member of TYA/USA, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the Wisconsin Alliance for Arts Education, Theatre Wisconsin, and Milwaukee Arts Partners, and is a cornerstone member of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF).

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