EDUCATION OVERVIEW

At First Act Theatre Arts we put the utmost importance on our educational programming. Our classes and educational opportunities develop students’ skills in the performing arts and give them tools that will serve them both on and off the stage.

Starting Fall of 2023, First Act Theatre Arts will be offering 3 different styles of classes, Trimester (Fall/Winter/Spring), Studio, and Daytime Academy

 

To learn about our class policies, please visit Class Policies.

Acting

Acting classes create well-rounded young actors. By working on scene study skills, building relationships with their fellow actors, and channeling their imagination, actors build confidence and gain the tools they need to make a script their own. Taught by highly trained actors and directors, our acting classes challenge students in a fun and supportive atmosphere!

When students study acting, they will:

  • Develop Teamwork
  • Inspire Self-Confidence
  • Increase Physical Activity
  • Foster Memorization Skills
  • Improve Public Speaking

Private Acting Studio

Students who choose to enroll in private acting will receive one on one training from a First Act acting coach. Students and coaches will either work every week for 30 minutes or every other week for 60 minutes during the 14-week session. In these private lessons students will work on a variety of materials to help them advance in their acting skills. They will also participate in 4 90-minute Studio Hour classes a semester for group instruction. Private lessons are a great way for students to progress at their own speed and address their individual acting needs. The semester will culminate in a studio showcase.

This class is recommended for ages 12-18. If your child is younger than 12 by the start of the session and interested in the class they will need to be evaluated by the Studio Director in order to see if they are ready for private instruction.

Dance

Our focus is on technical training for theatrical performances and professional dance training. A dedicated faculty exemplifying strong faith values mentors each student to assist in achieving his or her goals. Through self-discipline and dedication each student will gain knowledge and skills in many disciplines of dance and styles as well as a heightened self-esteem and passion for dance.

Dance Studio Placement

First Act Dance Studio wants every dance student to excel in dance. Students should be challenged without feeling overwhelmed. Students taking a level they are not ready for can hinder growth in dance, cause injury and diminish motivation and confidence. All Students will need to be placed in the proper class. If your child missed the 2023-24 dance placement in May the first two weeks of class are also an opportunity for placement. Changes and movement between classes may be made in the best interest of the individual student. 

 

Vocal

Basic musical knowledge and proper vocal technique are essential parts of musical theatre performance. Through both introduction to voice classes and private vocal coaching, our vocal studio focuses on ensuring that students perform with confidence and maintain their vocal health. Our different levels of instruction from phenomenal voice teachers accommodate students from all training backgrounds, helping them hone their vocal instrument.

Private Vocal Studio

Students who choose to enroll in private vocal lessons will receive one on one training from a First Act vocal coach. Students and coaches will either work every week for 30 minutes or every other week for 60 minutes during the 14-week session. In these private lessons students will work on a variety of materials to help them advance in their vocal skills. They will also participate in 4 90-minute Studio Hour classes a semester for group instruction. Private vocal lessons will allow students to not only grow in their vocal abilities but in their confidence. The semester will culminate in a studio recital.

This class is recommended for ages 12-18. If your child is younger than 12 by the start of the session and interested in the class they will need to be evaluated by the Studio Director in order to see if they are ready for private instruction.

 

Pre-Professional Training Track

At First Act Theatre Arts we acknowledge that some students are seeking performing arts training with the mindset that this will be a career path for them. Gearing up for the competitive college audition process and the world of professional performing arts takes a lot of preparation and training during the high school years. In an effort to better serve those students we have created a few training guides to help you select your courses each session. If you have any question about the training guides or wish to speak further with a professional please email Education Director Michelle Evans.