Sharing a good story is one of the oldest of human traditions. From tear-inducing dramas, to the release and levity of a gut-busting comedy, nothing seems to bring people together like a story performed. If your child seems destined for the spotlight, let ACACNJ help them build the skills, discipline and confidence necessary to succeed.
Our Performing Arts Program is all about student empowerment; our students collaborate with instructors each step of the process, so that every cycle's showcase reflects the individual styles and stories of the students who produced it.
Sing and dance along to your favorite Broadway tunes while gaining stage confidence. A fun and joyful experience for all kids!
Perfect for those who are new to the stage. Kids engage in light scene work and play writing, and performance in a fun and supportive environment.
This program introduces children to exploring themselves as creators. They will learn the basics of creative play, self-observation, character creation, and improvisation. Students will be encouraged to express themselves through characters and scenarios of their creation and choosing. They will learn to use their life experiences as fuel in developing their artistic vision. The class also learn the importance of supporting one another in a positive space.
Children will learn about the fundamentals of various acting methods in a fun and supportive environment. Meisner, Stanislavski, Strasberg, Alexander, and others will be explored. Students will learn the philosophy behind realism and develop a series of practices to use throughout their creative life. Students will also be introduced to concepts of scene study, character creation, reacting, and supporting.
Building upon the principles in Acting 1, the Acting 2 experience focuses on developing the basic acting techniques of characterization, role analysis, stage movement, voice, and body control. The discovery and use of power from the center (in breathing, speaking, and moving) will also be implemented. Students will have a chance to work on scenes in partners and in groups. They will experience being seen and heard in a judgement-free environment.
For the serious performer. The advanced acting class will dive into scene study and character development on a deeper level. The students will choose material that speaks to them and experiment with various method options to reach a comfortable level of performance. Students will engage in guided discussions of performances, rehearsals, workshops, small group and large group activities, written and creative assignments, and final performances.
Laughter and spontaneity are encouraged as students learn the basics of effective comedy. Children of various age groups interact and challenge one another to think “outside the box”. Each class explores a different modality to open minds and hearts. Saying “yes”, risk-taking, sharing responsibility and taking control are all parts of the learning process. A fun and exciting class for all levels!
Teachers are available for one-on-one acting sessions. Whether rehearsing a part for a play or simply exploring the art of performing, students will be afforded all the benefits of group class work in an individual lesson. Contact us for scheduling information.
This class provides students with the opportunity to write, rehearse, and recite original poetry and verse. Established poets’ works will also be dissected and performed. This is a great chance for children to expand their vocabulary and experience literary expression. Students will workshop their chosen pieces and perform them in a safe and supportive environment.
This class gives students the chance to perform some of today’s popular Broadway showtunes! A fun and exciting class for kids who want to perform like the stars they see in their favorite shows. The class is simple enough for younger students to follow, while older students can use a more advanced performance approach.
They kids in our summer camp put on this short play, in less than a week! Think of what wonderful play your child can do in month!
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