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Youth Theatre Classes ~ September 3 – November 12, 2014

MF Fall 2014Dinah Smith will present an  Acting & Musical Theatre Combo class for students ages 10-14 (with experience or audition only) on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  The series of ten classes will begin on September 3 and run through November 12, 2014.   The last class will include a fun and entertaining Show Case performance for family and friends.  Cost for the series is $200.00.  For more information or to register, please contact Dinah Smith at (858) 354-3241 or at dinahsmith@mac.com .

In class, students will:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn & Perform Songs & Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies

 

 

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

 

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and Theatre Arts Education as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer since the 1970’s.

Locally, she was worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, and Sandra Rockman.  Dinah teaches at Bitney Prep, Colfax Elementary, and Yuba River Charter School.

Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Youth Theatre Classes with Dinah Smith ~ Wednesdays ~ April 10 – May 22, 2013

Dinah Smith and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will present Youth Theatre Classes (ages 9-13) on Wednesdays from April 10 through May 22, 2013.  Two classes will be offered in a series of seven sessions.  Acting for Young Actors will be offered from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Musical Theatre: Acting, Singing, Dancingwill be offered from 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $85.00 for one class or $150.00 for both.  For more information and to register, please call (858) 354-3241 or email Dinah at dinahsmith@mac.com .

In both classes, students will explore the Principles of Good Acting and Character Development, play theatre games, and learn audition tips and techniques.  In Acting, students will also work scenes and monologues, create and perform improve scenes from fairy tales, cartoons and stories, and develop mini plays from classic tales and poetry.  In Musical Theatre, students will also learn and perform songs and choreography from Broadway Musicals and movies.  The last class will include a fun and entertaining Showcase for family and friends.

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Elementary Education, Dinah has been involved in the entertainment industry since early 1970 as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer.  Locally, she was choreographer and stage manager for the highly-acclaimed production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum in summer of 2011 and for Paul Emery’s production of Our Town in the fall of 2012.  She has appeared in Legacy’s productions of A Christmas Story as Miss Shields in 2011 and most recently as Miss Adams in Miracle on 34th Street.  She teachers at Center Stage Dance and directed Tom Sawyer and 12th Night at Yuba River Charter School.

 

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization.

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Acting & Musical Theatre Combo Class

Learn About Acting Through Musical Theatre (ages 8-13*)

Overview

This Beginning / Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills in a small group setting with individualized attention (maximum 12 students).

Class Dates

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 12

Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Demonstrate how body language and facial expression affect communication
– Demonstrate basic vocal techniques, including projection, diction, and expression
– Define basic terms used in theatre including the actors’ basic tools
– Develop a character(s) and perform in a final class showcase combining all the skills learned in class
– Use their learned skills to audition for a future local play or musical if desired

Class Description

This weekly class is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre.  Experienced actors gain confidence and expertise as they become leaders in the class.  Beginning actors learn from their peers and have an opportunity to develop the craft in a group with support from their peers.  The class involves singing, musical theatre dancing, and acting.

Acting is taught through weekly instruction in musical theatre where all students are engaged in learning choreography and lyrics from Broadway songs appropriate for youth ages 8-13.  Students naturally learn about the actor’s tools of face, body, and voice as they learn material that involves the whole group in ensemble production numbers, and solo songs that students perform together that can later be used as solo audition pieces.  Students will also participate in “mini plays” developed from familiar stories and poems that encourage correct use of the voice and body to express character.  AT the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends.

Teacher Requests

Please adhere to the following rules:
– Attendance to all classes (especially the last class) is very important as choreography and blocking build each week towards the final showcase performance.  A missing actor is challenging to the group.  In the case of minor illness (no fever), I encourage the student to come and watch as opposed to staying home.  This supports the integrity of the ensemble and continuity of performing arts.
– Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move and dance in.  Girls wear shorts or tights  under skirts.
– Wear tennis shoes or dance shoes (jazz or ballet only).  Please no sandals, platforms, slip-ons, or boots.  Shoes should tie onto the feet or have an elastic band to hold them securely.
– Bring water.
– Arrive 5 minutes early.

*If space allows, younger children will be admitted to the class with previous experience.

Instructor

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certified Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Ats Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV.  She has worked professionally with children’s and community theatres throughout the Western United States.  Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, Quest Theatre Works, Nugget Fringe Festival, CATS, and Placer Community Theatre.  Dinah as taught Youth Theatre Classes and camps at the Miners Foundry, the Center for the Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, and Grass Valley Charter School.  She directed the highly acclaimed holiday family drama, Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10-16 with a supporting adult cast.