why choose theatre?

let the play begin…your tree house youth theatre experience!

and I quote – “I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” – oscar wilde

to start:

We exist to create extraordinary theatre experiences that EDUCATE, CHALLENGE, and INSPIRE young people. Our programs can change your child’s life by nurturing the ability and desire to think critically, work collaboratively, build self-confidence, and become assertive, active members of society. Classes are well-rounded with two primary areas of focus:

1. Building professional skills in acting, music, and dance, while using theatre to empower students to become active, well informed, confident citizens of the world.

2. To allow students the opportunity to express themselves, collaborate with others, explore the creative process, and investigate elements of story, character, themes, and genres.

and I quote –“You need three things in the theatre – the play, the actors and the audience – and each must give something. – kenneth haigh (British actor)

to be or not to be – let`s start with a couple questions!

1. What is acting? That`s a good question. What is acting? Well, we think acting is –

  • being talented – being sensitive to the world around you
  • being open and courageous enough to show your real self
  • seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling – intensely
  • being imaginative
  • knowing the world you live in
  • wanting to tell stories and have people understand them
  • being educated – know about art, history, painting, dance, music, literature
  • knowing yourself – who are you?
  • being physically fit – know your body
  • being vocally fit – trained in spoken and sung voice
  • keeping it real – believing from the heart and soul
  • being committed – showing up to all the rehearsals
  • being a team player
  • being supportive of your fellow actors and director
  • being focused
  • being present – being totally in the now

2. Okay, so know I know a bit about what being an actor is, how do I get there? Where do I start? 

We at Tree House Youth Theatre are very excited about helping you reach your goals to be a performer on a stage. Some of our classes are geared towards putting on a show at the end of them which is an exciting thing, but we also make sure that you are building skills – voice, movement, acting – as you go through by using games and exercises that professional actors and acting schools use, that will help you be more confident and focused when you are on-stage.

Taking the time to build skills, just like in a sport or when learning to play an instrument, is important. If you want to improve your shot you do drills, if you want to improve your piano playing, you do scales and if you want to improve your acting you dive right into the games and exercises with a “Yes let`s!” attitude.

Theatre, like sports, is really fun – you make new friends, you learn new skills and you gain self-confidence!

Performing is a skill that takes hard work and dedication. But, boy, is it fun!

and I quote – “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.“- bette davis (american actress)

3. What will I be learning at Tree House Youth Theatre?

Many of our programs are performance oriented which means first and foremost you will be putting on some kind of a production at the end of the program – maybe some one-acts, or monologues, or readers theatre or even large scale plays and musicals like “Beauty and the Beast” or “Sweeney Todd.”

You will also be concentrating on developing your skills both as a performer and as a person.

Ages 9 – 17 Learn to maintain freedom of expression and exercise the imagination while developing a sense of personal identity. Includes thinking outside the box, responding with creative problem solving and articulating feelings, thoughts and ideas. Students will refine awareness of and employ good vocal and physical habits, expand awareness of rhythm, tempo and pacing while responding to symbolism and imagery in scripted work (teamwork, self-confidence, active listening).

and I quote – “…Do or not do. There is no try.”  – yoda

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