Acting Up (in Acadiana) has now begun registering for its training based, ensemble driven 2020-2021 acting classes. Classes are for students ages 7-adult and begin the week of September 14, 2020. We look forward to returning to the Acadiana Center for the Arts when the time is right and safe (teaching acting in a mask proves difficult!). Instead we will begin the year with a combination of virtual and outdoor classes. As we navigate this pandemic, I will share a monthly schedule with you and send weekly texts with updates.
Some may question whether teaching acting can work virtually.I am pleased to say that I was able to finish my spring classes virtually. I even had a handful stay on through July. This small group of students and I discovered that we CAN learn a lot about acting AND have fun virtually.
Acting Up (in Acadiana) is often asked why we are training and not production based. As working professionals, we understand the importance of rigorous training to create muscle memory, as well as mental, emotional and physical flexibility and confidence. To use a sports analogy, we may watch our New Orleans Saints play for 4—and if we are lucky—5 months out of the year, but their training and conditioning is year-round—well, maybe not this year. 2020!?!!!
We also know from well over a decade of experience teaching in this manner, that all students, regardless of future work, can gain confidence in public speaking, practice focus and concentration, engage in collaborative teamwork, nurture the imagination and creativity, and just have fun! The classes also provide a strong foundation for the blossoming, serious actor.
We are also now offering online audition preparation, Shakespeare coaching, and presentation coaching. Fees will be discussed individually and will depend on the content and number of sessions required.
The registration fee is $85 and classes are $70 a month. Sibling discounts are available.
This year classes will start with the following options:
Student Showcase usually takes place in March, but this year we will give ourselves some flexibility. Students are encouraged to participate, but are not required to do so. Presenting in front of an audience is part of training. Showcase is treated like a recital more than a full production and only requires three extra rehearsals and two performances. We may have an outdoor or virtual performance is indoor in person is not possible. The registration fee is $85 and classes are $70 a month. Sibling discounts are available.
Company Class is held on Mondays from 6:15-7:45 PM virtually. Participation in continued company training is by audition and interview or invitation.
As Artistic Director, Amy Waguespack facilitates the classes and members of the professional company teach. Waguespack, company members and former students have worked in theatre, film, television, and commercials in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and more.
For information on registration contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (337) 739-4273.