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65 Olde Main Plaza
St. Albans, WV 25177

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Alban Arts Center

65 Olde Main Plaza

St. Albans, WV 25177


12 Week Semester Starts August 29th!

All classes cost just $225 per semester.
**Some classes have additional supply fees**

Register before August 28th and get the $25 Early Bird Discount!

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

Scholarships are available.  Forms can be downloaded HERE.  Scholarship forms must be returned to the Alban by 5:00pm on August 25th.

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 November 12th - 18th to rehearse their showcase presentations. 

Showcase Dates and Times:

Showcase A:  November 16th @ 7:00 pm & November 18th @ 11:00 am
Showcase B: November 17th @7:00 pm & November 18th @ 5:00 pm

Saint Albans Classes

Class NameTeacherDayStart TimeEnd TimeAges/Req.Register
22. Intro to Music ImprovRichard SimpsonWed.8:00 pm9:00 pm11 yrs old to adultRegister
(11 years old and older, or with recommendation from music teacher. Recommended for students with one or more years previous instruction on their instrument.) Students will learn basic skills in group and solo improvisational styles. Through a combination of music theory instruction, listening exercises, and improv games, we will establish confidence across a variety of genres and musical situations and help students build a strong foundation for exploring their interests.
11. Mask MakingJohn BartonWed.5:306:303rd grade - AdultRegister
Masks have been used by actors throughout history and across cultures. This course will focus on studying the various types and uses of masks in theatre as well as constructing several types of masks. A lab fee for materials will apply.
12. Intro to PlaywritingJohn BartonWed.6:457:456th grade - AdultRegister
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.
13. Intro to Set DesignJohn BartonWed.8:009:004th Grade to AdultRegister
This course will focus on teaching practical and symbolic set design. Students will learn how to examine a script for technical requirements and how to design a set that incorporates symbols and themes from the script. Artistic ability is helpful but not required. The final project will include building a model of an original set design.
08. Songwriting 7th-12thAlasha Al-QudwahTues.8:009:007th-12thRegister
Have you ever wanted to create your own original song? During songwriting, students will focus on the main building blocks of melody, harmony, lyricism, and song structure to bring their music to life. We will study famous songwriters and analyze different styles of writing and producing music to create our own original song.
07. Songwriting 1st-6thAlasha Al-QudwahTues.6:457:451st-6thRegister
Have you ever wanted to create your own original song? During songwriting, students will focus on the main building blocks of melody, harmony, lyricism, and song structure to bring their music to life. We will study famous songwriters and analyze different styles of writing and producing music to create our own original song.
17. DirectingMarlette CarterWed.5:306:305th - AdultRegister
This class will introduce students to the leadership role of directing live theatre. Directors will learn scene analysis, blocking, and rehearsal techniques; as well as gain effective skills for communicating with actors and designers that contribute to creative and fun directing. All students will be assigned to a performance class to be an Assistant Director for the Production Showcase.
09. Pre-ActingJan JohnsonTues.5:306:30PreK - KRegister
This class encourages use of the imagination. We introduce them to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They 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.
19. Collegiate ActingLeah TurleyWed.8:009:00Invite Only 15+Register
Fall semester 2016 & Spring semester 2017: Students learn audition & application processes for college/university & arts school auditions. Each student will memorize 4 monologues , create a resume and receive a mini headshot session with Emily Basile (photographer/graphic designer for Appalachian Artists Collective). More information and additional requirements can be found online or by contacting the Alban.
18. Advanced ActingLeah TurleyWed.6:457:45Invite OnlyRegister
Students learn advanced acting concepts (Meisner, Chekhov, Stanislavski, sensory awareness, Tsuzuki), script analysis, character development & professional standards & practices. Advanced actors are held to a higher standard of behavior and work ethic. The Spring 2017 semester of Adv. Acting students will work through a series of scenes and monologues by applying the above mentioned advanced acting concepts. First day of class students are required to present a 1 minute prepared monologue.
05. Acting 9th—AdultAdam BryanTues.6:457:459th—AdultRegister
This course reinforces basic acting skills and moves towards a broader understanding of the subject. As individuals, students will work on creating believable characters and making strong choices, while group work will strengthen the ability to work as a member of an ensemble.
01. Improv 9th—AdultJeff BukovinskyTues.5:306:309th—AdultRegister
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.
14. Singing for Musical Theater 7th—12thKenneth MorrisonWed.5:306:307th—12thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theatre and basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique.
03. Stage CombatJohn BartonTues.5:306:306th—AdultRegister
“Stage Combat is the well-choreographed illusion of violence”. Students learn the basics of stage combat & how to safely choreograph a stage combat scene. Topics covered: safety, stances & movement, armed & unarmed combat, safety, fighting styles, acting techniques, choreography, & safety. Students will choreograph & perform both unarmed & armed fight scenes as a final performance.
21. Improv 6th—8thJeff BukovinskyWed.6:457:456th—8thRegister
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.
23. Stage CraftMarlette CarterWed.6:457:456th—AdultRegister
An introduction to the behind-the-scenes world of technical theatre. Students will learn to use hand/ power tools in set construction, set painting, lighting/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 have closed toe shoes, and a three-ring binder for class.
04. Acting 6th—8thJohn BartonTues.6:457:456th—8thRegister
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.
16. Classical ActingMarlette CarterWed.8:009:005th—12thRegister
“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.
02. Stage MakeupJohn BartonTues.8:009:003rd—AdultRegister
Students will learn the basics of safely and correctly applying stage makeup, from crème foundations to latex. Techniques covered will include Basic Corrective, Old Age, Fantasy, Glamour, and Special Effects. As SFX covers such a wide variety of techniques, much of the course will be focused here: building and applying latex prosthetics, cuts, burns, bruises, broken bones, embedded objects, and torn flesh (necessary for zombies). Students will create a digital portfolio of their work as a final project. **There is a $65 supply fee for students’ personal makeup kit, which they will keep.
15. Singing for Musical Theater 1st—6thKenneth MorrisonWed.6:457:451st—6thRegister
This class serves as an introduction to musical theatre and basic production elements. A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis on singing technique
06. Acting 1st—5thAdam BryanTues.5:306:301st—5thRegister
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students experience acting exercises to find students’ strengths. Students will work on a short play that will be presented at the showcase. **Students must be able to read.
20. Improv 1st—5thJeff BukovinskyWed.5:306:301st—5thRegister
This class explores different improv techniques to introduce and/or improve stage skills. Students play a variety of games to improve ability to interact within an improvised scene.
10. Pre-Acting PreK—KJan JohnsonTues.6:457:45PreK—KRegister
This class encourages use of the imagination. We introduce them to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They 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.

Kanawha City Classes

Class NameTeacherDayStart TimeEnd TimeAges/Req.Register