Alban Arts Academy

Educating the Artists of tomorrow with the artists of today!

 

Spring Semester will start
January 20th

 

All classes are $225 for the full 12 Week Semester.

Register before January 18th and

get the $25 Early Bird Discount!

Receive a 10% Discount for registering for 2 or more classes within the same household.

Scholarships will be available.  The Spring 2020 Scholarship application can be downloaded  HERE.  Scholarship forms must be returned to the Alban by 5:00pm on January 17th.

Online Registration costs only $25, and reserves your students’ spot in class.  The remaining balance will be due in person on the first day of class, or a payment agreement may be arranged as well. 

All Performance Classes will have a final presentation and must be present for Tech Week Rehearsals.  Students in these classes will meet daily the week of April 5th-11th to rehearse their showcase presentations.   Showcase performances will be held on April 9th, 10th & 11th.

Class Title                           Teacher Day Start Time End Time
Grade Level/Prerequisite                          
 
1. Acting     
Joe Wallace Mon. 5:30 6:30 9th-Adult                Register 
(9th grade – Adult) Designed with both new and experienced actors in mind, this class will focus on discussing many of the aspects of acting. From script analysis to character work. Students will explore varying methods actors use to create their art, with a major focus on the “infamous” Method approach.
2. Stage Makeup
Marlette Carter Mon. 6:45 7:45 5th-Adult    Register 
 Students will learn how to safely and effectively apply makeup to themselves and others. The class will begin with the basics of application, shadow, highlight, color etc. and then will progress into more advanced techniques like old age, fantasy, cuts and bruises, beard creation and more. **There is a $65 supply fee for students’ personal makeup kit, which they will keep.**
3. Period Hair & Wig Styling          
Tasha Harris     Mon. 8:00 9:00 6th-Adult           Register 
This class covers essential skills in styling techniques on yourself and others, as well as wigs and wig care and other assorted hair pieces.  The focus is to develop an eye for period detail and to create a collection of commonly used period looks.  You will learn methods of styling to create styles for different eras, how to apply wigs, wave hair, set hair, twist styles, pin-curls, and how to use a variety of styling tools and products to achieve each desired look. 
4. Improv
Jeff Bukovinsky Mon. 5:30 6:30 1st-5th    Register 
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also, a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
5. Improv                     
Jeff Bukovinsky          Mon. 6:45 7:45 6th-8th          Register 
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also, a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
6. Classical Acting
Marlette Carter Mon. 8:00 9:00 5th-Adult    Register 
 “To be, or not to be“ – This class will focus on the performance and understanding of Classical Theatre (Pre-1800). The works of Shakespeare, Sophocles, Molière, and Marlowe; we will be bringing to life great monologues and comedic scenes. A great class for High School students in learning to understand Shakespeare. “All the world’s a stage,” isn’t just a saying in this class.
7. Pre-Acting       
Jan Johnson Mon. 4:15 5:00 PreK-K                 Register 
This class encourages use of the imagination. We introduce students to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They will create stories through creative play. Students learn to memorize simple lines and use their Big Voice on stage as well. Early participation in drama develops confidence, speaking skills, social skills and serves as a great introduction to acting that begins a life-long enjoyment of creative arts.
8. Collegiate Acting                    
Leah Turley Mon. 5:30 6:30 Invite Only. 15 yrs and up     Register
Students who have auditioned or intend to audition for Governor’s School for the Arts, professional or collegiate auditions will research, rehearse and prepare 3 audition monologues, and create a professional resume.
9. Advanced Acting                     
Leah Turley       Mon. 6:45 7:45 Invite Only Register 
 Students will explore different acting methods and techniques per semester. The monologues, scenes and performance pieces that are included in the Showcase Performance will be directed from the perspective of one method/technique per semester.
10. Stage Craft Marlette Carter Mon. 5:30 6:30 6th-Adult    Register 
An introduction to the behind-the-scenes world of technical theatre. Students will learn to use hand and power tools in; set construction, set painting, lighting and sound design, and prop making. They will then use their new-found skills in the practical application of creating the sets for the performance showcase. Students should be prepared for physical activity such as climbing ladders. Please wear closed toe shoes, and a have three-ring binder for class.
11. Directing Joe Wallace Mon. 6:45 7:45 7th-adult           Register 
Workshop focusing on the varying styles and tools stage directors use to create their “vision.” Attendees will learn about play selection, casting, developing their look, etc as we explore a couple of differing techniques that help enhance a director’s show. A rudimentary understanding of theater terminology and stagecraft is helpful but not required.
12. Long Form Improv
Joe Wallace Mon. 8:00 9:00 9th-Adult    Register 
Improv workshop designed to achieve a basic understanding of the differences between long form and short form (game focused) improvisation. A specific focus will consist of learning The Herald as taught and performed by Chicago’s Second City academy. Prior improv experience is helpful but not required.
13. Musical Theatre   
Brody Potter Tues. 5:30 6:30 2nd-6th               Register 
Musical Theater is an introduction to beginner-level musical repertoire and fundamental vocal and staging techniques. Classes will consist of brief vocal warm-ups and rehearsals/vocal coaching for the end of semester production. Musical theater is an excellent opportunity for those interested in the performing arts and singing on stage!
14. Musical Theatre   
Brody Potter Tues. 6:45 7:45 7th-12th        Register 
Musical Theater is an introduction to beginner-level musical repertoire and fundamental vocal and staging techniques. Classes will consist of brief vocal warm-ups and rehearsals/vocal coaching for the end of semester production. Musical theater is an excellent opportunity for those interested in the performing arts and singing on stage!
15. Advanced Period Hair & Wig Styling          
Tasha Harris     Tues. 8:00 9:00 6th-Adult           Register 
This class focuses on selecting characters from various scripts to use as our subjects for practical work. The students will read character descriptions and discuss what each character should look like from hair to costume and make-up. Once the characters overall look is determined they will complete a unique hair style for each character that we choose throughout the semester.
16. Acting                                         
Adam Bryan            Tues. 4:15 5:15 1st—5th                                Register 
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students will take part in a variety of acting exercises to find students’ strengths and weaknesses. Then work on honing those skills by working on a short play that will be presented at the end of semester showcase. **Students must be able to read.
17. Acting                                         
Adam Bryan            Tues. 5:30 6:30 1st—5th                                Register 
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students will take part in a variety of acting exercises to find students’ strengths and weaknesses. Then work on honing those skills by working on a short play that will be presented at the end of semester showcase. **Students must be able to read.
18. Acting 1.5                   
Adam Bryan        Tues. 6:45 7:45 1st—5th        Register
*Students must have taken 2 or more semesters of Acting 1st-5th*  This class is designed to advance the lessons already learned in acting 1st-5th, and is designed for students that have already taken acting 1st-5th for 2 or more semesters and are ready to move on but don’t meet the age requirements for Acting 6th-8th. We will give more focus to character development, partner work, voice, and controlled play on stage.
19. Intro to Music Improv
Brody Potter Tues. 8:00 9:00 7th-adult      Register 
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of major scales on respective instrument.  A course designed to explore the fundamentals of melodic improvisation over basic harmonies and/or progressions. Topics include thematic development on melody, rhythmic variation, harmonic generalization, and chord substitution. Intended for those that like to jam with/without sheet music.
20. Acting                
John Barton         Tues. 5:30 6:30 6th-8th  Register 
Designed with both new and experienced young actors in mind, this class will focus on building essential acting skills while becoming more comfortable on stage. Observation, movement, character development and improvisation skills will be taught through theatre games. Relaxation and visualization exercises will be taught to help reduce anxiety. Students will gain confidence and learn to become more comfortable performing. Students will perform a short play at the end of the semester.
21. Stage Combat John Barton Tues. 6:45 7:45 6th-Adult   Register
 “Stage Combat is the well-choreographed illusion of violence.” Students will learn the basics of stage combat and how to safely choreograph a stage combat scene. Topics addressed will include safety, stances and movement, armed and unarmed combat, safety, fighting styles, acting techniques, choreography, and safety. Students will choreograph and perform both unarmed and armed fight scenes as a final performance.
22. Play Writing John Barton Tues. 8:00 9:00 6th-Adult    Register 
 This course will focus on teaching skills necessary to write a play: creating a character, writing believable dialogue, creating conflict, and building a scene. Students will do some script study and complete several writing exercises before writing their own original 10-minute play.
23. Pre-Acting           
Jan Johnson      Tues. 4:15 5:00 PreK-K             Register 
This class encourages use of the imagination. We introduce students to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They will create stories through creative play. Students learn to memorize simple lines and use their Big Voice on stage as well. Early participation in drama develops confidence, speaking skills, social skills and serves as a great introduction to acting that begins a life-long enjoyment of creative arts.
24. Improv                                
Jeff Bukovinsky Tues 5:30 6:30 9th-12th              Register 
Students play a variety of games that improve their ability to interact within improvised scenes and think quickly on their feet. Also, a great class for students looking to have fun on stage.
25. Advanced Improv                                
Jeff Bukovinsky Tues 6:45 7:45 9th-12th              Register 
Advanced improv is an invitation only course for individuals with two or more semesters of improv who’ve shown a particular skill in several aspects of improvisation classes are more demanding and explore the craft more deeply.
26. Reader’s Theatre                        
Adam Bryan Tues. 8:00 9:00 7th-Adult        Register 
In this class students will spend a lot of time working with the written word. They will discover that plays are not the only pieces of literature that can be performed. We will work with poetry, song lyrics, prose, plays and pretty much anything else written. Students will learn how to break these pieces of literature up and then combine them into new works of performance art. Students will create their own original production out of pieces of poems, songs, stories, scripts etc. Their final creation will then be performed at showcase. Great class for those performers looking for something different and unique, as well as anyone who enjoys some good wordsmithing.
27. Prop Building and Management
   Tasha Harris Tues. 6:45 7:45 4th grade and up     Register 
An introduction to the behind the scenes world of props.  Students will learn to make a props list from scripts, gather, build and modify props as well as how to efficiently make a props table for a show.  Students will also be in charge of props for the acting classes presentations for showcase.
27. Improv in the Afternoon
   Jim-Bob Williams Mon. 1:00 2:00 Adults     Register 
An introduction to improvisational comedy.  For people who want to try improv but have commitments in the evenings.  If you’ve ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? and said, “I can do that!”, here’s your chance to prove it.  Jim-Bob Williams, who is one of the Mighty Schmucks (that’s the improv troupe he’s in), and aspiring Certified Humor Professional, will lead the class. Musings on improv history, theory, and application included. We’re not making this up – but we will show you how to do so!  
(This Class will only be a 10 week semester starting on January 27th.  Cost for this class only is $150.  Multiple class discounts still apply)