Community School theater classes begin Jan. 12

Community School of the ArtsNIU’s Community School of the Arts will launch two theater classes for youth Saturday, Jan. 12.

Back by popular demand is the Theatre Boot Camp, a feast of theater experiences for children ages 7 to 13. The class meets for three Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the NIU Music Building.

Children stretch their imaginations in dramatic play, learning how to create characters and to tell great stories. Each week’s class begins with theater games, warm-up exercises and improvisation. This is a great class for children with lots of energy and creativity. Children bring a packed lunch to class each week and take a half-hour break at noon.

Older youth can learn how to get the part of your dreams at the Audition Workshop, a three-session class for ages 13 to 17. The class meets for three Saturdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Music Building.

Participants gain invaluable experienced in this fast-paced practicum that offers advice on all aspects of the audition process, including how to prepare a monologue for auditions and movement techniques for the actor.

Teacher Amanda Long is a graduate student at NIU where she is working on a master’s of fine arts degree from the School of Theatre and Dance. She has worked as an actress and teaching artist in the Chicago area. Originally from Oregon, she has toured with the Oregon Children’s Theatre and Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre. She was an instructor at the NIU Theatre Arts Camps in 2012.

These and many other arts classes, music lessons and ensembles for all ages are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts this spring. The office is located on campus in Room 132 Music Building. For more information, call (815) 753-1450.

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