So you decide your child is ready for prime time. You think your child is ready for Acting Classes. Where to find them? Acting Classses are an important way to learn the basics of acting. They are a valuable way for your child to meet like-minded people. Acting Classes gets your child involved in the theatrical community in your town. Acting classes at the very least can teach your child the fundmentals of acting, the importaance of blocking, clear vocal delivery, movement exercises and theatre games.
Acting Classes can prepare your child for getting into theatre or musical theatre productions. Your teacher can help your child with auditions for upcoming productions, and if you're lucky your child's teacher might have connections to theatre companies or film companies in larger cities. For instance, your child's drama teacher might have once taught drama lessons to a film producer currently working in New York City. A lot of acting is about the connections you can make and the drama teacher or some of the kids in that class might ultimately serve to provide those badly-needed connections.
First, try the yellow pages. Look for theatre classes, drama classes or acting classes. Acting classes will usually be listed in the yellow pages of your phone book. The yellow pages will categorize acting classes under classes or theatre or acting or drama. These listings in the yellow pages do not however rank the quality of the acting class. In the white pages you would need to know the name of the company to find them in the alphabetical order they would appear in the white pages. However, not all acting classes are listed in the phone book.
Searching for Acting Classes on the Internet. In today's world more and more companies are foregoing paying to be included in the yellow pages of the local phone book. But these companies will be listed on the internet. Google acting classes for your locality, for your community. Type out acting classes in the search bar and then list your town and state or province. If there are acting classes under the umbrella of your sommunity, they will be listed, not under order of importance or quality, but by how well they market their website or page on the internet. The higher up the page on the google an acting class website is, the better the website guy or girl is at using the internet, not how good the teaching experience is.
Google Adwords.On the right hand side during your googling of acting, drama or theatre classes, google will put links to acting classes, which will be advertisements for these classes called; adwords. These are like advertisements that would appear in the newspaper, in magazines or on television or radio. The fact that these ads appear here are no guarantee of quality. They are only a guarantee that this company has paid Google to advertsie there on the right hand side.
Community theatre. So what if nothing appears on google or in the yellow pages for you area? Don't worry. There are other ways of finding acting classes. You can go to the source. Does your community have a local theatre group? Go to some shows. Stick around after the show and talk to the actors. Ask them if they know of anyone teaching acting classes in the community. Because theatre is such a small-knit community and everybody likely knows everybody, they would likely give you good advice. Often times, the local community theatre company will have someone that teaches acting classes. In a situation where a theatre company teaches classes, there would be a degree of reliability.
An acting class taught by an experienced actor, or writer or director at a local community theatre would be a fairly certain way of getting quality classes, specifically because these people would have experience with actual productions so there would be a better chancce that they would know what they are talking about. As well, there would be a connection to the local theatre group which means that the classes would act as an extended audition for upcoming community productions. If your child stands out in classes given by a community theatre group then chances are they will be offered parts in upcoming productions if appropriate parts come up. An unattached acting class cannot guarantee your child any work.
However, just because an acting teacher has experience and knows what they are talking about does not guarantee that your child will enjoy the class. Some children might enjoy a class with no level of expectation. They might just like a place to let off steam or play.
Word of mouth is another way of finding out about acting classes. Ask around. Listen to what your friends or neighbours say. If a child of a neighbours stands out in a school production, or if they are unusually self-assured then there is a chance that they have taken classes that enhance their confidence in public situations such as acting classes. Parents will often recommend classes to their friends or neighbours if they know that there is an interest.
Organizing your own acting group. If there are no acting classes being offered in your community, but there is a community theatre, perhaps they can be convinced to offer acting classes. If there is no community theatre, and no classes, then there is nothing wrong with organizing a group of kids that are interested in theatre into a dramatic group.
Acting classes are a great way of increasing your child's confidence. The chance to perform in public is a great way of developing your child's ability to succeed in all walks of life. So open up that phone book, start up that computer, go see a play or talk to friends and family. There is something for your child out there. A healthy, happy and motivated child sure makes things easier as a parent. Acting classes aren't for every child, but they are definitely the only thing for some children.
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