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Youth & Teen Classes

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Please visit our Creative Arts Camps page for Summer 2013.

Orlando Shakes' Youth Classes focus on skill sets that benefit students in everyday life as well as on stage. Our classes celebrate the process of learning, experimenting, taking risks and challenging expectations.

After each class, students are given a homework sheet detailing what was learned that day and assignments for the following week, allowing you to track your child's progress and reinforce skills taught in class.

All sessions culminate in a presentation for friends and family on the last day. See what your children have learned! Join us for continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m. while the students have a final rehearsal. Presentations begin at 10:00 a.m.

Call the Education Department at 407-447-1700 ext. 254 for more information.


Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Times: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Orlando Shakes is offering a free one- day Shakespeare Workshop for high school actors at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. The workshop will be taught by professional Actor/Educators and will offer tools and suggestions for approaching a Shakespeare audition monologue. It will also include a brief tour of the facilities and information about our summer production camps, The Young Company and Shakespeare With Heart.

Please contact Anne Hering, Director of Education, at 407-447-1700 ext. 208 for more info and to reserve a spot!!

Fall 2013

Dates: Saturdays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 12 (6 weeks)
Time: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Make Believe Adventures
Age 4 - Grade 1
Travel far and wide without leaving the classroom! Using our imaginations, we can slay dragons, conquer lands, and build our own enchanted worlds. [register now!]

Magic Tree House Adventures
Grades 2 - 4
Become Jack and Annie and travel through time, meeting famous people and seeing magical lands. A perfect compliment to seeing A Night In New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure! [register now!]

Grades 5 - 7
If you want to be an actor, join us in performing fun skits and stories. You'll be introduced to the basic acting skills of memorization and projection while using your imagination to create cool, dynamic characters. [register now!]

Auditioning With Shakespeare
Grades 8 - 12
Conquer your fear of auditioning using simple auditioning techniques. This class is excellent preparation for Orlando Shakes' The Young Company auditions or participation in The English-Speaking Union's annual Shakespeare Competition, where winners from three counties compete to represent Central Florida in the national competition in New York City. www.english-speakingunion.org [register now!]

Winter 2014

Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 4 – Feb. 8 (6 weeks)
Time: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Story In Song
Age 4 - Grade 1
Give your favorite songs new life on the stage! Focusing on gesture and movement, perform your favorite children's music. Find the stories in the songs and let your new understanding of stage directions take you "dancing through life." [register now!]

Pirate Girl Meets Robin Hood
Grades 2 - 4
Learn how to use foam swords to protect the world from villainy while performing action scenes from cartoons and films in this swashbuckling class. [register now!]

Shakespeare Smackdown
Grades 5 - 7
All's fair in love and war. Learn to slap, fall, and throw punches safely using hand-to-hand stage combat techniques while performing Shakespeare! [register now!]

Scene Study
Grades 8 - 12
Be prepared for school auditions by working of scenes from contemporary plays. This class is an excellent introduction to script analysis and characterization. [register now!]

Spring 2014

Date: Saturdays, March 8 - April 12 (6 weeks)
Times: 9 - 10:45 a.m.
Fee: $160

Prince and Princess Shakespeare
Age 4 - Grade 1
Explore Shakespeare's world and speak, sing, and dance your way through his kingdoms. [register now!]

Beginning Acting
Grades 2 - 4
Rehearse and perform comedic skits. This class will use scripted dialogue as an introduction to acting. Learn how to follow stage directions and perform in front of an audience.[register now!]

Grades 5 - 7
You will make a good impression on the director if you practice confidently introducing yourself and reading aloud. If you want to get cast, first you have to get the part! Come learn how! [register now!]

Shakespeare Acting
Grades 8 - 12
Find out what makes Malvolio and Goneril do what they do by digging deep into character analysis and performing scenes featuring Shakespeare's villains. [register now!]

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a typical class size?
A: Our classes typically range from 5-15 students depending on the time of the year.

Q: How many instructors per class?
A: We provide two professional acting instructors per class.

Q: Tell me more about "theater games."
A: A theater game is an exercise, either physical or mental, designed to teach a skill that can be used on stage (and in real life, too!). There are countless different games that teach such skills as mental focus, ensemble, healthy vocal production, physical awareness, and emotional connection to your text (text is the Shakespeare word for your lines). Students learn advanced concepts and overcome personal hurdles while laughing and creating.

Q: Is there a final show?
A: All classes have a final "open class" or workshop presentation. It is a celebration of the growth each student has made in their acting journey. We do not use costumes. Instead, we focus on the student and what they can communicate with their voices, bodies and emotions. On the second to the last day of class we will send your child home with a letter detailing the time of the presentation.

Q: What type of clothing is recommended?
A: Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing and sturdy athletic shoes.

Q: Can kids really do Shakespeare?
A: YES! Kids already understand Shakespeare on an emotional level because they are less closed off (or in control) of their emotions than adults. Teachers choose the material based upon the skills and interests of their particular class.

Q: May I watch the class?
A: We do not permit parents to watch acting classes. We have discovered that when parents are in the room the younger students who are labeled "shy" always cling to their parent. Most of the time, these same students thrive when there is not a parent in the room. Non "shy" students tend to try and perform for their parent's approval instead of focusing on the instructor. This limits their ability to fully participate.

Q: Can my child be moved up a grade level?
A: Many parents, who know and love the sheer joy and brilliance of their children, would like for their child to be moved into a class with older students. While we respect this view, we simply do not move children up a grade level. We put a great deal of energy and thought in the composition and curriculums of our classes and believe that we provide a quality experience for all children.

Auditing: Students may audit a class for a $10 fee, which will be deducted from the class fee upon joining.


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