Youth acting classes upcoming at Culpeper State Theatre

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016


The Culpeper State Theatre recently announced spring theater classes and camps for schoolchildren.

New executive director Steven Barker hopes the State Theatre Educational Programs will become a cornerstone of the community arts center, calling the initiative a vital part of its mission.

“Showcasing the arts to everyone not only occurs through presentation, but in teaching and training folks in the arts themselves,” he said. “Taking a class in acting or improvisation is a great way to build self-confidence, collaborative skills and creativity. Taking a class is also a great way to support the theater.”

Local theater professionals Michael Bertone, Andrea Willcockson and Michelle Josephs will teach the classes for students in second grade through high school in focus areas such as mystery theatre, fairytale adventures, superheroes and super villains, intro to improv, fundamentals of acting and unarmed stage combats, the latter available for adults.

The classes will be held weekdays and weekends at various times beginning Feb. 29. The classes being held twice weekly for four weeks are $120 with discounts for multiple siblings. See for all the details.

According to Barker, morning classes are designed for homeschooled families while after-school offerings are more for those with public and private school schedules, but all classes are open to all students. In addition, a spring break camp will be held March 28 to April 1 for second through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades.

Barker said he plans to expand the initiative with feedback from the community.

“We want to see how this pilot round goes. Based on feedback, we will make adjustments and look forward to expanding the program,” he said.

Also in the works is a program for mom and toddlers.


To register, click here go to the Education page.

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