Fall 2013 Classes

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FALL 2013

Webster-web.jpgAmerican Singer Seminar: Musical Theatre & Opera
Training and showcase for pre- and professional singer/actors.
Instructor: Douglas Webster    $495 class size limited
Broadway and opera veteran, Douglas Webster leads two sessions in classical vocal technique, pedagogy and interpretation applied to musical theater and opera repertoire. He has performed and studied vocal technique and pedagogy Internationally. Former director of Opera for the University of Oregon, he has served on the faculty at the University of Memphis. Since 1999, he has been the director of the American Singer Seminar (www.americansinger.com). Participants of his program have starred on Broadway and are currently working in film, television and theater across the country. Based upon his work at American Singer, this class is designed to serve the following participants:

  • High school performers preparing for a college music or theater program
  • Adult performers (and recent graduates) who seek to enhance their audition and technical skills
  • Performing arts teachers who desire an opportunity to refresh their own skills while adding to their teaching tools


The goal for the class is for each participant to walk away with a clear understanding of their talents, skills and abilities and a concise plan for building strength, technical skills and repertoire.

Session 1: One Week Intensive

Monday – Saturday Aug. 12 – 17     11 AM - 4:30 PM
Showcase performance, Aug. 18     7 PM

Session 2: Ten Week Session
Saturdays Sept. 21 – Nov. 23    1 - 4 PM
Showcase performance, Nov. 24    7 PM

NEW!  Behind the Scenes: A Theatre Appreciation Experience
Thursdays, September 26 – Oct 30    All Ages
7  – 9 PM    6 weeks
Instructor: Steve Knox & Guests    $125
This program will enhance your appreciation and understanding of the theatrical experience. You will become familiar with the whole process of live theatre with a behind the scenes experience witnessing the many components of real productions and discussions with theatre professionals that include:

  • The process of choosing a play or musical and the creative team
  • From page to stage: directing, auditions, casting, rehearsals,
  • What’s involved with a production: direction, design, set, 
   lighting, props, costume, hair and make-up
  • The business of theatre and the community
  • You will gain a greater enjoyment of theatre by developing a broader understanding of the many facets of the art form

Woodworth.Andrew.jpgNEW! Rising Artist Workshop
Saturdays, Sept. 21 – Nov. 9     Ages 12 - 17 (by audition)
1  – 4 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Andrew Paul Woodworth    $320
The instructor requests students audition for this class. The audition date is Saturday, Sept. 14 - call 503-635-3901 to set up a time. A select and elite group of children will work with Sony recording artist, Andrew Paul Woodworth, on vocal skills and performance techniques. The workshop will culminate in a well-produced show where students will sing and perform with a live band. Andrew Paul Woodworth just moved back to Portland after spending 22 years in Los Angeles. In addition to appearing in several motion pictures and television shows as an actor, Woodworth has traveled the world as a musician, sharing the stage with Maroon Five, Sheryl Crow, Sara Bareilles and Deep Purple. His first album, with the band Elephant Ride, was produced by legendary bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. The idea of this workshop is to focus on the music children are influenced by today. Shows like The Voice, American Idol and Glee have replaced standard, musical theater fare as the inspiration for many young singers and performers. Woodworth will focus on teaching the kids to become great singers and great artists, delving deeper into the music and into the excitement of what it means to be a performer. Students will learn proper breathing techniques, they will increase their vocal range and their vocal power, and they will connect emotionally to the music they perform. Instruction will include individual and group coaching with an emphasis on harmonies, solo performance and performance skills. Most importantly, they will have FUN.

Magic for Everyone
Mondays Sept. 23 – Oct. 28     All ages
4:30 - 5:30 PM    6 weeks
Instructor: George Herkert    $95 (includes Magic Kit)
Learn from master magician George Herkert who has over 25 years experience as a professional magician and teacher of magic. Learn the art of magic with a variety of tricks and presentational skills, as well as dramatic presentation, comedy, manual dexterity, and positive ideals. And to top it all off, you learn how to do some cool tricks to amaze your friends and family! Classes are designed to be age and skill-appropriate. Each student will be provided with their own Magic Kit including a deck of bridge size cards, a paddle effect, a set of cups and balls. The student will need to bring 5 coins, quarter or 50 cent piece size.

Grimm Tales TV
Tuesdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12     Ages 8 - 12
4:30 - 6 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Sandra Peabody    $165
Have fun while practicing on-camera acting skills. Become a television star and create episodes for kids based on the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales. Lots of villains, heroines, and monsters. Throw in some comedy and have a blast while learning television production! Parents are invited to observe the last class in action! Class limited to 8 students.

Starstruck: TV/Film Acting
Tuesdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12    Ages 12 - 18
6 - 7:30 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Sandra Peabody    $165
Act in front of the camera and practice improvisation, presentation, and audition skills using commercial, film and TV scripts (both comedy and drama). Instant video feedback helps students critique themselves and develop confidence. Parents are invited to attend the last class in action!

Hayden-class-2013.jpgKids Create - The Great Forest Adventure
Saturdays, Sept. 21 – Nov. 9    Ages 4 - 7
2 - 5 PM     8 weeks
Instructor: Liz Hayden    $ 150
Children will step into the world of creating, designing and making their own show from pure imagination. Through games, play, art, music and dance students will create an exciting show. Remember to bring a snack and get ready to have a wonderful time. Performance on the last day of class.

Sword Fighting for Film, TV and Stage
Saturdays, Sept. 7- 28    Ages 14+
3:30 - 4:30 PM    4 weeks
Instructor: Kendall Wells    $85
Ever wonder how they make sword fights on stage and in movies look so real? Want to know how they wield steel in The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and other stage and film blockbusters? Join in and find out! This class will cover the basics of how sword fights work on screen. We’ll go through attacks, parries, footwork and learn fight scenes that would be used on a stage or Hollywood set.

WellsSword.jpgFight Performance for Film, TV and Stage
Saturdays, Sept. 7 - 28    Ages 14+
4:30 - 5:30 PM    4 weeks
Instructor: Kendall Wells    $85
Portland is often in need of actors with on-camera and stage stunt-fighting skills. If you have the skill, it can help get you the part. If you don’t, you’re just another actor auditioning. These classes will provide you with knowledge of fight skills that will give you an edge over the competition. We’ll cover what’s used most often in modern film and television, look at choreography through a camera, watch playback and dissect the anatomy of a fight. It’s loads of fun, extremely educational, and a valuable skill for any actor.


Charisma On Camera: Actors & Speakers
Tuesdays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29     Ages 18+
7:30 - 9 PM     6 weeks
Instructor: Sandra Peabody    $130
Do you want to be more successful as an actor or speaker? Practice impromptu and scripted presentations to become more charismatic. Acting techniques will be used to enhance your confidence, help you stand out, and maintain audience interest. Perform in front of the camera to get instant feedback. Peabody has worked over 25 years coaching students in various professions to become more effective and dynamic. All levels of experience invited to join.

How to Tell Your Story Onstage!
Mondays, Sept. 16 - Nov. 11    Ages 18+
7 – 9 PM     8 weeks
Instructor: Nancy McDonald    $175
A very special class offered to students of the original How To Tell Your Story class. As anyone who’s ever told a good story knows, it only gets better with time and the telling. This class is designed to boost your storytelling skills for the stage and culminates in a one-night performance on the Lakewood Theatre stage for an invited audience. Pre-requisite: How To Tell Your Story class. Limited to 6 students. Please note, no class Oct. 14.

Acting for Non Actors: In Our Town
Thursdays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14    Ages 18+
7 – 9 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Nancy McDonald         $150
The first of a series of Acting for NonActors classes that will explore the world of acting using the work and world of one writer. This time — it’s Thornton Wilder, whose plays include Our Town, The Long Christmas Dinner and many more. By inhabiting the time and place of this great playwright, we discover a little more about our own. A perfect autumn treat to warm the heart and hone your acting skills. Please note: there is no class Oct. 31.

Introduction to Nature Photography
Tuesdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 5    Ages 18+
4:45 - 6:45 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Jesse Hampton    $95
Whether it’s walking on the beach at sunset, seeing a mother deer care for her fawn, or watching a hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower, the beauty of nature captivates and inspires us all. While not everyone can work for National Geographic, you can capture the beauty of nature in your own backyard, from butterflies and flower blossoms to scenic landscapes and wildlife.
Learn the basics of nature photography and find out how to take advantage of your camera’s settings in this introductory class. We will go outside as weather allows and may walk across the street to George Rogers Park for photographic opportunities. You will need a digital camera with manual settings. Contact the instructor to see if your camera is appropriate for this class.

Backyard Birds
Tuesdays, Sept. 17 - Nov. 5    Ages 16+
3 - 4:30 PM    8 weeks
Instructor: Misty Stromme    $80
Have you ever wondered what kind of birds live in your neighborhood? Or how exactly birds can fly? Birds are unique in the animal world in that they are beautiful creatures and they are easy to observe. You don’t have to travel to Africa to see interesting exotic birds. They are all around you! From the earliest times, people have been inspired by birds. In fact, some of our greatest art and inventions have been drawn from them. In this class, you will learn how to attract birds to your backyard and how to observe and identify them, as well as appreciate their natural beauty. You will need a notebook, field guide, and binoculars for this class. Contact the instructor for suggestions.

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