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BIG REASONS to enroll your child in an arts program:

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

  • Four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Three times more likely to be elected to class office at school
  • Four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair
  • Three times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • Four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

SOURCE: Americans For The Arts



 

 

2015 Fall Semester of
Alban Arts Academy

Now with 2 locations
St. Albans and Teays Valley

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TWELVE-WEEK COURSES ARE $200 EACH
Start Dates:
August 25th & 26th
in St. Albans
September 5th
in Teays Valley
TECH-WEEK: November 9th—13th for St. Albans
November 16th—20th for Teays Valley
Alban Arts Center▐ 65 Olde Main▐ Saint Albans WV 25177
Academy of Arts at January’s▐ 202 Chase Park▐ Teays Valley WV 25560
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St. Albans Classes

CLASS NAME

TEACHER

DAY

START TIME

END TIME

AGES/REQ.

Pre-Acting

Mandy Shirley

TUE

5:30

6:15

3 — 6

This class encourages use of the 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

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 also work on a production that will be presented at the end of semester showcase.   Students must be able to read.

Acting 1.5

Adam Bryan

WED

6:45

7:45

6-11

This class will serve as continuation of Acting 1, for those students that have taken Acting 1 for two or more semesters and are ready to move on, but do not yet meet the age requirements of Acting 2.  Students will further explore character development, the importance of imagination on stage, believable action and much more in an effort to create stronger performers with the ability to make solid choices as an actor.  Includes end of semester play.

Acting 2

Adam Bryan

WED

8:00

9:00

11 and up

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.

Advanced Acting

Leah Turley

TUE

7:30

9:00

Invite Only

Advanced actors will be required to prepare a 1min. monologue for the first day of class. The Fall 2015 semester will focus on Scene Study. Students will spend the semester exploring scene work through script analysis and various acting methods (Suzuki, Sensory Awareness, Chekhov, Meisner and Stanislavski).  Each student will be cast in the Showcase Performance, the performance will include a selection of Greek, Shakespearean and Contemporary American scenes. Each scene will be studied in class to create deeper character relationships and reinforce confidence in character choices.

Stage Makeup

Marlette Carter

WED

8:00

9:00

8 and up

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 $50 supply fee for students’ personal makeup kit, which they will keep.

Classical Acting

Marlette Carter

Wed

6:45

7:45

Ages 6 and up

Classical Acting for all ages!  No-sweat Shakespeare and Sophocles made simple(er).  Time to strut and fret your hour upon the stage to understanding and performing great classical scenes.

Improv 1

Jeff Bukovinsky

TUE

5:30

6:30

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

6:45

7:45

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.

Directing

Marlette Carter

WED

5:30

6:30

Ages 10 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.

Musical Theatre 1

Kenneth Morrison

WED

5:30

6:30

Ages 7 and up

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.

*Students must be able to read*

Musical Theatre 2

Kenneth Morrison

WED

6:45

7:45

Must have taken Musical Theatre 1 or successfully audition in.

This class takes concepts from Musical Theatre I and expands on them.  This course is more performance intensive and will better prepare young actors for auditions and performance.  A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis placed on how to achieve a high quality performance.               *Students Must be able to read*

Touring Company (begins the 2nd week of classes)

Leah Turley

TUE

6:00

7:15

Audition
required

Alban Arts Academy presents our Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) Touring Company. The company will be comprised of Advanced Acting students. On the first day of Advanced Acting class, students will be required to  prepare a 1 min. monologue to audition for the touring company (and Advanced Acting Showcase Performance). The company will cast 8 artists/technicians for Brothers Grimm Triple Feature, a selection of Grimm's fairy tales adapted for the stage.

TYA Touring Company is a year long commitment; the company rehearses Fall and Spring semesters of Arts Academy and tours during the summer. Our goal is to schedule the tour in 1 week "blocks" so that families can schedule vacations and activities. Tour dates will be scheduled in the Spring.

Intro to Theatre Costuming and
Cosplay

Cherie Cowder

TUE

8:00

9:00

Ages 12 and up

In this class we will cover the basics of sewing, fitting and design of costumes for theatre.  Individual cosplay costumes may be created during this class and we will also assist with costuming the end of semester showcase.

Painting

Brian Barth

TUE

5:30

6:30

8 and up

This class is for students who have a basic understanding of the painting process and color theory. Students will work on larger scale artworks focusing on process and control of media.

Sculpture

Brian Barth

TUE

6:45

7:45

8 and up

This class will be an exploration of three dimensional artwork using paper, clay, plaster and found objects inspired by sculptural works of art through history.

Teays Valley Classes

CLASS NAME

TEACHER

DAY

START TIME

END TIME

AGES/REQ.

Pre-Acting

Paige Chapman

SAT

10:00 am

10:45 am

3 — 6

This class encourages use of the 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

SAT

10:00 am

11:00 am

6 — 11

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 also work on a production that will be presented at the end of semester showcase.  Students must be able to read.

Acting 2

Adam Bryan

SAT

11:15am

12:15pm

11 and up

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.

Improv 1

Adam Bryan

SAT

12:30pm

1:30pm

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

Adam Bryan

SAT

1:45pm

2:45pm

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.

Classical Acting

Marlette Carter

SAT

3:00

4:00

Ages 6 and up

Classical Acting for all ages!  No-sweat Shakespeare and Sophocles made simple(er).  Time to strut and fret your hour upon the stage to understanding and performing great classical scenes.

Acting for Adults

Marlette Carter

SAT

1:45

2:45

Ages 16 and up

Whether this is your first class or continuing instruction it’s never too late to hone your skills as an actor! This class will use creative, cooperation building exercises - placing an emphasis on speech, diction and creating stage presence. This course will help students become more comfortable working, while onstage, as an ensemble and individually. We will present a scene or short play from a 20th century American playwright during the Performance Showcase.

Musical Theatre 1

Kenneth Morrison

SAT

11:15

12:15

7—12

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.

*Students must be able to read*

Musical Theatre 1.5

Kenneth Morrison

SAT

1:45

2:45

13 and up.

This class will focus on vocal technique, with a strong emphasis on performance, and a solid introduction to music theory.  A short musical will be rehearsed and performed with emphasis placed on how to achieve a high quality performance.

Foam craft for set design

Loren Allen

SAT

3:00

4:00

Ages 12 and up

In this practical workshop we will be experimenting with the use of Styrofoam as a flexible and lightweight option for set design and construction. Students will learn various techniques for creating textured three dimensional surfaces using flat sheets of Styrofoam for use as upright wall flats and explore gluing and fusing foam to create free-standing set pieces. Students will also experiment with different styles of painting finishing foam for use on stage.

Professional

Audition Prep

Kenneth Morrison & Marlette Carter

SAT

12:30

1:30

Ages 8 and up

Auditions can be a scary part of theatre for most; this workshop will focus on all aspects of the theatrical audition to give performers the confidence they need to land the parts they want.  Students will focus on acting, music, and movement.  Students will learn monologue  and practice dry reading, as well as how to create developed characters on the fly.  Students will be helped to find the perfect audition song, as well as receive intensive vocal coaching.  Students will also learn basic audition choreography quickly, as well as basic terminology. This will be fast-paced physical memorization, students are advised to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Basic Music
Theory

Kenneth Morrison

SAT

3:00

4:00

Ages 10 and up

The intent of this class is to expose and teach basic concepts of music theory including basic music reading skills, dynamic and articulation symbols, concepts of harmony and chord, identification of pitches on a keyboard instrument, sight-singing, and rhythm.  The course is largely geared toward actor/singers but anyone may benefit from this study.  The text used is fun and “user-friendly”.

**A link to the text will be provided to each student to use in the class and keep for further learning in the future.  The text is free and can be printed in full, or partially for each weeks lesson.**

Acting for Dancers

Leah Turley

SAT

11:00

12:00

Must have
taken 2 or more semesters of Dance at any studio

This class will focus on Tedahii Suzuki sensory awareness and movement concepts.  Movement specifically for telling a story with your body rather than responding simply to choreography.  We will focus specifically on embodiment partner work and the importance of a connection to the ground.  Intermediate to advanced level appropriate.

 

Latest News

Arti Gras, Art Around Town is an exciting new event that showcases the thriving art and music scene as well as the unique local businesses in St. Albans.  Arti Gras grew from the suggestions of William Gambill, a St. Albans resident and the various ideas gathered from What’s Next St. Albans, a local chapter of the What’s Next WV movement.  WNWV is a series of discussions meant to answer “What’s Next?” for our State. During the St. Albans discussions residents asked for more events to showcase the city’s Outdoor Fun, Artistic Flair, and Hometown Charm.

 

This free event is brought to you by The City of St. Albans and The St. Albans Area Chamber of Commerce. The first Arti Gras will take place on September 10, 2015 from 5 pm to 8 pm with a Street Party featuring Qiet immediately following at 8pm on Olde Main. Businesses will be opening their doors and letting the art flow in!  Fun for the whole family, there will be activities, music, art and more including Trolley rides around town.

The Alban Arts Center is very pleased to announce our newest theatrical partnership with the Southern Coalition for the Arts. Their production of Godspell received rave reviews in Logan, WV and we are thrilled to be bringing them to St. Albans!

The Alban Arts Awards are Back!

Follow the link below to vote for your favorite, actors, techs, directors and play!

You may vote only once per device. Voting closes August 22. I know it says it's a survey, but its our awards answer form

The Alban Arts Awards will be held September 5th at 6:30 pm at the Alban Arts Center.

 

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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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