What Our Stage Right SR (teen) Acting Class Can Do For You!


Develop self confidence

Teenagers can struggle with self-image issues and through success in theatre games and in acting out a scene or play, they will develop a sense of accomplishment. When students are allowed to discover the special talent they possess, when these talents are nurtured by learning fundamental acting skills for the beginner and more sophisticated skills for the more experienced, when the student is allowed to constantly test their skills in front of a group of supportive peers and staff, where failure is not an impediment to success, but a stepping stone, then the future becomes limitless.

Vocal and movement fundamentals are developed and perfected through the tools of improv, rehearsal and performance. Evidence of the need for drama as an added value to the school system is in the improved school performance of teens who take our classes. Many kids who are not successful in the regular school system can flourish in theatre because it requires different skills than the ordinary educational system. A huge benefit for a teen taking acting classes is the improvement in their reading and communication skills which positively impacts their self-esteem by helping them to succeed better with schoolwork.

We have years of experience working with teenagers in theatre. We have volunteered our time and money towards the Sears High School Drama Festival as well as providing several award-winning scripts. We have also provided support for several highschool productions by providing venues, production assistance, directing and marketing. Teens can work toward their high skills majors at their high school by working with us. We have provided jobs and placements for our theatre teens. Teens in this class are encouraged to support each other and share their talent with their peers and with audiences. Our Stage Right Teen Class is a great way to acquire the skills needed to be a succesful actor and to learn about the professional theatre business.


Make New Friends

Teens are naturally drawn to team building and we recognize that by supporting the creation of their own teams in theatre. The class and the end-of-class show provide many opportunities for team-building. We provide the framework and the tools for them to build successful teams. Young people need to feel that they belong and they need to feel that what they do matters. Supportive teams help to nurture that process.

Have Fun

Young people are constantly looking for their place in the world. Some find that place in sport, some in music, dance, or theatre. We believe that people in general, and teens specifically enjoy working as a team toward a common goal, and that in this pursuit, tight friendships are formed. We promote a welcoming environment, where teens can express themselves and be appreciated for the gifts that they bring to the mix. Lifelong friendships are formed in theatre!

Scripts

Depending on the class, there are various options for scripts. Scenes from great plays from writers such as Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde are often used. Sometimes a particularly gifted writer in the class might be encouraged to write a class play. Charles Robertson can also write a play for the class. What script options we use depends on the dynamics of the class. Whichever route we choose, we make sure that the writing level is of high enough quality to challenge teens to improve their acting skills.

Developing better reading skills

Words on paper can seem lifeless when read aloud in a typical school setting. In a theatrical environment, these words come to life in the actor's mouth. When a teen is committed to communicating the words, thoughts, actions and emotions of a character, then the reading is transformed. Teens who act will become better readers.

A Chance to be in our Productions.

One often overlooked benefit to taking theatre classes from our company is the increased chance of being cast in productions. We already work with high schools in the area so our commitment to helping teens acquire the skills to be better actors is unmatched in this city.

When we are casting musicals or plays we look at young people and adults that have taken our classes as a resource for our productions. This is natural, because we know what our students are like. After all, we have already worked with them. If the student gets on with others, works hard and displays ability, then the chances of that student getting into a production with Bottle Tree is that much higher.

Newsletter

Students and their families will also receive Bottle Tree's newsletter which has important theatre info, such as upcoming auditions and opportunities in film and theatre. Bottle Tree Productions is not an agency but we will offer free information about opportunities that are out there for teens. Students can get information about legitimate agencies from us.

Right to refuse students

We reserve the right to refuse students who have behaviour issues or who bully other students.




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