In Acting 101, students will explore different elements of performance in themed units. Each unit uses improvisational exercises to introduce how to walk as a character, portray basic emotions, perform “stage business” (pantomiming activities) and to work as a team to create scenes. Actors will also learn basic stage directions and blocking (where to stand during scenes). Every unit ends with actors performing a demonstration for their families.
Students are encouraged to use their imagination and take creative initiative in the class. Once students begin to confidently express their thoughts and ideas, they begin to work together as a team to tell stories. While working together creatively students develop listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly. The foundation of 101 is improvisational acting, which helps young actors value each other's ideas, and build on them, in order to create something exciting and dynamic.