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FALL 2014



August 26, 2014

Five GREAT BIG REASONS to enroll your child in an arts program:

Did You Know?

Young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential and rigorous arts programs are:

* 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement

* 3 times more likely to be elected to class office at school

* 4 times more likely to participate in a math or science fair

* 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance

* 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

SOURCE: Americans For The Arts



Fall 2014 Schedules, Applications,
and Scholarship Information Coming in late-July 2014


Parents Please Read

Course tuition covers the entire 12-week semester as well as supplies that may be needed for each class. Students may fall behind or lose out on opportunities if they do not keep regular attendance. The final week of the semester (March 26-March 29) will be tech week and performing arts classes and some technical classes will meet everyday for tech rehearsal. Final presentations will be held on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28 to showcase what students have learned and accomplished. On Saturday, March 29, 2014, we will hold our bi-annual OB Awards to reward students for their hard work and dedication. Tuition must be paid in full by the second class of the semester unless a payment plan has been set up with the administrative offices at the Alban. Call 304-721-8896 to set up alternate payment options. Parent volunteers are greatly appreciated for help during tech week and the night of the performances. Please contact Adam Bryan or the Alban Offices if you are interested in helping.










The following schedule includes classes and times for our Spring 2014 Semester.
This is a sampling of the types of classes and descriptions that may or
may not be offered in the Fall, and new classes are being considered. 
Please return to this site in late-July for the new class schedule.

Pre-Acting TiAnna Toney TUE
5:45 6:30 3 — 6 This class encourages use of imagination. We introduce them to storytelling, acting and improvisation. They create stories through creative play. 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.

Acting 1 Adam Bryan WED 5:30 6:30 6 — 11
(must be able to read)
This class gets students comfortable on stage. We explore theater basics: character, voice, memorization and confidence. Students experience acting exercises to find students' strengths.

Acting 2 Adam Bryan WED 6:45 7:45 11 — 16 This class reviews the basics of stage acting: parts of the stage and acting to the fourth wall. Students learn how to develop rich characters with wants, needs and aspirations. Students receive the tools to break down their scripts and find context for character based in the text. Students discover the actor that lives in us all and how to best harness their own natural talent, culminating with a final presentation at the end of the semester.

Acting 3 Jessica Smith
TUE 6:45 7:45 16 and up Designed to further principles and fundamentals of acting focusing on in-depth character analysis with overviews of various theatrical methodology including the Stanislavski System, the Strasburg Method and the Meisner Technique. Emphasis is placed on classical theater interpretation, characterization and presentation.

Jessica Smith TUE 8:00 9:00 Audition only. Prerequisite of at least one semester of acting at the Alban Arts Academy.

This class is designed to get students working like a professional performer. This is an ongoing class that will produce at least one show per year with the intention of touring the production. Students will learn a full show and are trained how to handle themselves in a professional manner as a performer.

Improv 1 Jeff Bukovinsky
TUE 6:45 7:45 6 — 11 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.

Improv 2 Jeff Bukovinsky
TUE 8:00 9:00 12 and up
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 who are looking to have fun on stage.

Improv Troupe
Jeff Bukovinsky WED 6:45 7:45 Invite Only
An invite-only class for more advanced students who have taken at least one or more class in improv. Student will hone their skills to be performance ready, and may be presented with touring possibilities.

Audition Techniques
Adam Bryan
WED 8:00 9:00 8 and up
Students will sharpen their auditioning skills to better prepare themselves for real-life auditions. Students will learn several monologues, practice dry readings, pose for and select the right head-shot and learn how to make a professional theater resume.

Stage Combat Jeff Bukovinsky
WED 8:00 9:00 12 and up
This class will teach students basic hand-to-hand stage combat skills: punches, kicks, falls and more. Learn basic hand-to-hand routines that will amaze your friends and maybe frighten your enemies.
Brian Barth
WED 5:30 6:30 8 and up This class will focus on making small and large props to be used in theatrical productions. Students will make props out of foam, paper mache, wood, and various other mediums. Students will also re-purpose and refurbish older pieces to make them into new stage props and decorations. This class is the perfect introduction to technical theater for the visual artist that enjoys sculpture, color use, and working with several different mediums. Students will make props to be used in the student showcase at the end of the semester.

Brian Barth WED 6:45 7:45 8 and up This class will focus on techniques used in painting theatrical sets, backdrops, and props. Students will learn to paint on a large scale, focusing on skills such as perspective, shading and highlight, symmetry, and color values, etc. A perfect class for the visual artist that likes painting, drawing, or sketching to get involved in technical theater. Students in class art projects will paint backdrops and scenery for the showcase at the end of the semester.

Directing Marlette Carter
WED 8:00 9:00 12 and up This class introduces students to basic skills involved in directing for live theatre. Various approaches to directing will be studied: terminology, blocking, and rehearsal techniques. Students gain understanding of scene analysis and develop effective skills for communicating with actors and designers that contribute to effective, creative and fun directing.

Marlette Carter WED 5:30 6:30 10 and up An introductory to behind-the-scenes aspects of theatrical production. Students are introduced to basic set construction, theatrical lighting and sound, and stage management principals. They will then be able to use their new found skills in the practical application of staging the performance showcase. Students should be prepared for physical activities such as driving screws and climbing ladders. Students must have work gloves, closed-toe shoes, and a 3-ringed notebook for class.

Leah Felton TUE 6:45 7:45 12 and up An intensive class where students work on writing in various genres with a final project tailored to their interests. Students have the opportunity to share their work with each other, submit to contests and publications, and participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.)

Theatre Dance, Reader's Theatre, Acting 1 & 2  Spring 2010 Fall 2010 Cast Photo                                                                                                              Fall 2010

Holka Polka Cast Photo

SPRING 2010                                                            FALL 2009                                                                 FALL 2010

Meet Our Teachers

Brian Barth is a certified pre-kindergarten to adult art educator working in Kanawha County. He received a bachelors degree in art education from Marshall University and recently completed a Masters in Educational Communications from WVU. Mr. Barth is a practicing artist who focuses on painting and sculpting. Mr. Barth has been teaching workshops and private lessons to students of all ages for seven years in addition to being a full-time classroom art teacher.

Adam Bryan is the Director/Manager of the Alban Arts and Conference Center. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a bachelors of arts in theatre. He has since then been working in the professional theatre world at a variety of places such as Tecumseh! and Theatre West Virginia. Adam has taught theatre classes in a variety of subjects, and is building the Alban Arts Academy to instill his love of the arts in as many children as possible.

Jeff Bukovinsky was trained at Marshall University and Capital High School.  He is a veteran of more than 40 productions and a founding member of the No Pants Players ( WV’s premier improvisational comedy troupe) with whom he has performed for more than eleven years. Jeff and several members of the troupe will be teaching the improv classes.

Marlette Carter is the business manager for the Alban Arts Center.  She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from WVSU, and has worked over forty productions in the local area either as an actor, prop master, stage manager or director. Her most recent credit is director of Richard the Third for the Alban Arts Center.

Leah Connelly Felton got her bachelor of arts in English and music from Concord University in 2003 and master of arts in piano performance at Marshall University in 2008. While music is her first love, she also loves the English language and has been a writer since she was a child. Her works include creative nonfiction, poetry, short stories, a short play, and a screenplay in progress. She has also participated in two NaNoWriMo events in the past year.

Jessica Smith is a St. Albans native who began acting and directing the moment her younger brother was born and became the perfect involuntary acting troupe. After working in theatre with willing participants throughout her school years, Jessica went on the receive her bachelor of arts in theatre at Evangel University, Springfield, MO where she was the Outstanding Theatre Graduate in her class. Among her favorite roles in the past six years are Susan Pevensie in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank; and Anne Deaver in All My Sons. She has also judged drama/speech competitions in Springfield, stage managed several shows, directed a touring version of The Wizard of Oz, written the scripts for and ran a children's day camp, and taught theatre to college-age students in El Salvador. Jessica is a firm believer in introducing children to the theatre as early as possible and looks forward to working with promising young actors.

TiAnna Toney-Billups is a native of Boone County, but currently resides in Lincoln County with her husband Steve. She graduated from Marshall University in 2004 with her bachelors in fine arts in theatre, and has spent several years touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, and American Family Theatre. Now back home to the beautiful West Virginia hills and settled into domestication, she is ecstatic to be working with the Alban Arts Academy.














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The Legend of Sleeping Beauty Coloring Contest


1. Download the coloring page.

2. Print the coloring page.

3. Color the coloring page.

4. Return the coloring page to the Alban Arts Center by August 10th.

5. Receive a chance to Win Tickets to the show for 4, a Signed Poster, a Cast Photo, and a Gift Certificate to 4 Brothers Coffee and Tea shop.

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About Us

The Alban was built in 1938 as a Movie House.  It has since been renovated and is now called the Alban Arts and Conference Center.  The Alban now seats 206 in its fixed theater seats and can hold up to 250 people.

The Alban has two conference rooms and a full kitchen in addition to the main theater space.  The Alban houses community theatre productions, arts instruction, an art gallery, a full size movie screen and a stocked concession stand.

The Alban can be rented for a variety of events including but not limited to parties, conferences, concerts, weddings, pageants and much more.

The Alban Arts and Conference Center relies upon community partners and volunteers to make its stage come alive with enjoyment for audiences. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, any donation made payable to the Alban Arts and Conference Center is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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