OSW offers kids' improv classes

Oregon Stage Works Ashland Children's Theatre winter session classes will begin the week of Jan. 28 and run for six weeks culminating in a showcase performance on March 10.

In addition to improv classes for all ages taught by Eve Smyth, Ashland Children's Theatre is offering some new classes this session.

Kyndra Laughery will teach a puppet class for the six to eight year old set where the students will get a chance to create and work with several new puppets. "Move Groove" taught by Autumn Aloaiu, will focus on movement on stage using physical characterizations and incorporating different dance styles including hula. Oregon Stage Works Artistic Directo, Peter Alzado will be teaching a Shakespeare monologue and scene study class, bringing his years of experience and expertise.

For information call 482-2334 ext. 2 or see the Web site to register for classes online. Click on "Ashland Children's Theatre."

Classes include:


162; Ages 4-5, Friday from 2:30-3:15 p.m. &

Dinosaurs, princesses, puppies and talking light bulbs. Students will learn theatre games to enhance listening, body awareness and cooperation while channeling their active imaginations and bringing their stories to the stage.


162; Creative Improv, ages 6-8, Wednesday from 2-3 p.m."" This class will use theater games to stretch children's imaginations, develop cooperation skills and self-confidence while creating stories and having fun. Voice and movement exercises, character discovery, and narrative development will be a part of this class.


162; Puppets! For ages 6-8, Monday from 3:30-5 p.m. &

Children will learn about different styles of puppets and construct some of their very own. Over the course of the workshop, students will make four different types of puppets and learn how to bring them to life on stage creating characters and stories.


162; Improv Fun, ages 9-11, Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. &

Students will learn improv theater games and develop skills to create stories on stage instantly. Basic improv techniques such as spontaneity, character development, cooperation, and narrative tools will be taught in this class, as well as, ensemble building and focus games.


162; Move Groove, ages 9-11, Tuesday 4-5 p.m. &

This class will work on characterization through movement. Students will learn games and take part in activities that will help them tune into their bodies and let them become more confident on stage. In addition to physical character work, students will learn a variety of dance basics in the genres of hula, musical theater dance, and hip-hop. "Move and Groove" will teach skills that any performer can use while having fun and getting a work out.


162; TeenProv, ages 12 and older, Saturday 1-3 p.m. &

Through theater games and exercises, students will develop skills to create and perform their own scenes. Students will learn to tap into their spontaneity, discover characters, and expand their narrative skills. Improv promotes teamwork, self-expression and creativity. The class will also incorporate theater basics in voice, movement and staging.


162; Shakespeare: Monologues Scenes, ages 12 and older, Thursday 4-6 p.m. &

Student will work on selected scenes and monologues from Shakespeare's plays. Script analysis, staging, character development and vocal work will be a part of this class. Scenes and monologues will be presented at the end of session showcase. Some previous theater experience required.

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