Acting classes offer so much more than acting technique. Students in acting classes gain experience working with others, they get more comfortable speaking in front of others, they lose some of their self-consciousness, and they have a great deal of fun! They also grow in confidence and self-esteem as they experience success in something challenging, something outside their everyday lives. What students gain from acting classes are skills that will serve them well no matter where their lives take them–skills that will last a lifetime.
Theatre Education begins with Improv, and Improv is an opportunity to PLAY!
Play helps children develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments. For children AND adults, play makes our brains work better- it gives us a break and the opportunity to process things that have happened. Play is a way to relax, to forget about school, work, and responsibilities. Play with a group of other people can also provide a great jumping off point for wonderful self-discovery.
Acting classes at PPAS are an opportunity to explore improvisational play and then learn to use it to inform our choices in all of acting, whether it be improv comedy or a fully staged play or musical. Improv exercises start as an opportunity to explore ourselves, which then grows into a way of exploring other people, other circumstances, other viewpoints. Acting classes are repeatable as learning and skill levels grow as students age and even experienced students should continue working on their craft.