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Acting and Theater Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults


Acting and Theater Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults

Acting For Young People (AFYP), the theater division of Potomac Arts Academy, brings the absolute best in acting and theater classes to our community!

Potomac & AFYP - Better Together!Our energizing collaboration allows us to give you a greater opportunity to experience professional level theater and acting training. Look for expanded programs, exciting new offerings, and new class and performance spaces!

The goal at AFYP is to provide actors of all ages (5 years to adults) with professional-level training in a supportive and fun environment. Through this training, we hope to help our actors develop skills that will serve them in all walks of life, on stage and off. Our faculty is made up of working professionals in the industry – actors, directors and teaching artists who are constantly honing their skills through their creative endeavors and bringing those skills back to share with our students.

Semester: FALL 2015 (September thru December)
Group Class Schedule At-A-Glance

Seussical, Jr.FALL MUSICAL SHOWCASE Ages: 9 to 16 yrs
Seussical, Jr.: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, we see the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold - not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

SATURDAYS, 9:00AM-1:00PM
Dates Sept 19 - Dec 5, 2015
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Horton's WhosFALL MINI ACTORS SHOWCASE Ages: 5 to 6 yrs
Horton's Whos: In a 60-minute class, our youngest actors are introduced to the building blocks of acting and theater. Great for new and returning actors, this class encourages students to use their imaginations in a fun and safe environment, and gain confidence as they learn the process of putting on a play. In addition to growing through acting training, the cast will have the experience of performing for a live audience in Mason’s TheaterSpace at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, before our Young Actors’ Showcase. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and both performances.

SATURDAYS, 9:00AM-10:00AM
Dates Sept 19 - Dec 5, 2015
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Seuss AdventuresFALL YOUNG ACTORS SHOWCASE Ages: 7 to 8 yrs
Seuss Adventures: This 90-minute class provides a more advanced option for our growing young actors. With a final presentation featuring characters and settings from classic Dr. Seuss stories, The Young Actors will perform at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13, before our matinee performances of Seussical, Jr. This class builds on the basics introduced in our Mini Actors’ showcase, concentrating on story-structure, characterization, the creative process, and acting techniques. Our Young Actors will experience a more realized performance, complete with technical elements such as sound and costumes. Students are expected to attend all rehearsals and both performances.

SATURDAYS, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Dates Sept 19 - Dec 5, 2015
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A Midwinter Eve's DreamADVANCED ACTORS SHOWCASE Ages: 12 to 18 yrs
A Midwinter Eve's Dream: The Athens Mall is a hectic place to be during the holiday season—especially for Hermia, Helena, Demetrius, and Lysander, four young Macy’s employees who just want to make an extra buck. When these friends are accidentally locked in overnight, they find themselves caught up in the antics of the Mall Fairies, a manipulative and merry band of spirits who roam the mall after hours wreaking havoc and causing mischief. Songs, cheer, and Shakespeare abound! A fresh, modern reimagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this familiar tale is sure to delight actors and audiences.

SATURDAYS, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Dates Sept 19 - Dec 5, 2015
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Adult Acting ClassADULT ACTING WORKSHOP Ages: 18+ yrs
For actors at any level, an in-depth look at the fundamentals of acting for new students and a refresher for those with previous experience. Students will build and apply these skills to monologues, scenes, and ensemble exercises, culminating in a sharing of work at the final class meeting. Ideal for those who have always wanted to give acting a try, those who’d like to learn more about performing opportunities in the area, and professionals who’d like to brush up on presentation skills.

TUESDAYS
, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Dates TBA
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NOTE: To register for theater classes, please visit www.AFYP.org

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