*Prerequisite: All students enrolled must fall within the specified age range. (8 yr old students will be accepted upon prior approval by the director/instructor only.)
Students enrolled in this production-based class will work as an ensemble to learn, practice, and perform a 30 min play. Play scripts are determined by the number of students enrolled in the production class.
Plays for this class are chosen from a vast library of scripts based on fabulous stories from literature, fairy tales, folk tales, and the like. We want to ensure that each session of this class has a script that challenges the students enrolled and works with all talent levels.
- audition & be cast in a roles(s) for the selected play,
- hone their acting skills through character analysis and development, activities that work on voice projection, nonverbal communication, improvisation, and much more,
- learn techniques for line memorization,
- practice and implement stage directions/blocking,
- learn how to work as an ensemble,
- have fun and bring the show to life!
All students who register for the class are cast in the chosen play through the audition process that happens on the first day of class. Every role in a production is different and requires different line loads and abilities. Students in this production will have lines to memorize. This means they will require practice time at home.
Honey Creek Community Baptist Church Hall
35512 Washington Ave, Honey Creek, WI 53138
Class Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm
Class Dates: March 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 17, & 24
Final Dress Rehearsal and Performance
Saturday, April 27, 2024 from 10am - 2pm.
All students enrolled in this class must be in attendance for the final two class dates as well as the final dress rehearsal and performance day.
Attendance throughout the seven weeks of class is essential for the continuity of the rehearsal and performance process. Please make plans accordingly to ensure your child attends every class.
NOTE: Since we have students enrolled from multiple school districts, we do not include any sort of Spring Break time off from class.
Tuition for this class covers: royalty fees for the play if applicable, the costumes (minus the base layer), set, and props.
Director/Instructor: Patti Punzi
Technical Director/Instructor: Peter Punzi
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Students in the Acting Production class will be wearing costumes for their final performance. Basic base costume items like shirts, pants, socks, and shoes are the responsibility of the parent. We will communicate what will work for the base items based on the type of costume your child will be wearing in the production. We do our very best to keep it simple and items that you already have or can easily find.
All main costume items will be provided by Wisconsin Theater Arts unless a student already has items at home that will work for their costume.
“There are no small parts, only small actors”
Stanislavski was the “father of modern acting”. He revolutionized the craft of acting. Not just for lead performers, but for the actors with small parts and for background actors and ensemble. Prior to Stanislavski, actors who were cast in small roles or in the ensemble often gave “smaller” performances. This means their acting lacked a sense of purpose. Their characters lacked depth and commitment and it was more like they were spectators versus performers.
Stanislavski found this unacceptable. When he arrived on the scene he expected his actors to truly engage in their roles with “equal commitment” regardless of the role size.
When Stanislavski’s company, the Moscow Art Theater, toured around the world, spectators immediately noticed the change he had made. Audiences now saw ALL the actors, even those with smaller roles or those in the ensemble, move with a sense of purpose and perform their characters with depth and truth. There was a full commitment by every actor on the stage to achieve their character’s objective no matter if they had hundreds of lines, a handful of lines, or none at all.
Here are Wisconsin Theater Arts, we follow this same philosophy. No matter the size of the role, we expect our actors, our performers to be true to their characters and create realistic representations on stage. Every single role in a play or musical has purpose otherwise it wouldn’t be there. We expect every cast member to have full commitment to their performance regardless of the size of the role they’ve been cast in.
(Stanislavski info from: https://actingmagazine.com/2018/07/there-are-no-small-parts-only-small-actors-konstantin-stanislavski/)