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Adult Education Program

Steps to the Stage

Raleigh Little Theatre is pleased to present adult acting classes designed to take students through the process of preparing for the stage. The adult theatre classes offer the same commitment to excellence found in the Youth Education Program where the goal is to provide high quality theatre arts training in a safe nurturing environment.

We believe that theatre arts training extends well beyond the stage as well by promoting self- esteem, building confidence, stimulating creativity, sharpening communication skills and fostering an appreciation of teamwork. It’s also a lot of fun! You might also be interested in reading this article in Midtown Raleigh News about RLT's adult classes.

The following classes and workshops have been announced:

Classes for adults at RLT: Register online!

Classes for adults at Apex: Register online!

Classes for adults at Wake Forest: Register online!

Enrollments:

* RLT recommends you use the online registration process, however, a PDF registration form is also available.

Note: Refunds (minus a $20 drop fee) will be made if the student officially withdraws 10 or fewer days before the start of a class. To officially withdraw, contact Kathleen Rudolph at 919-821-4579 x225 or email kathleen@raleighlittletheatre.org .

There is a $10 returned check fee for insufficient funds.

 


Public Speaking – On the Light Side!

This class is designed for adults who would like to polish their job skills or just conquer the ever-present “stage fright.” Students will learn about basic communication theory and how to present short impromptu speeches. A volunteer at RLT since 1974, Jack Hall has over 50 years’ experience teaching public speaking!

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Wednesdays, September 16 – October 21
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Jack Hall

Register online for this class.


Beginning Actor's Studio (RLT)

This class is designed for adults who want to give acting a try, or who would like to revisit the basics in order to improve their technique! Students will participate in lively theatre games and exercises designed to free up the voice and body, stimulate creativity, promote self-confidence and teach the building blocks of acting.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Session 1:
Sundays, September 13 – October 18
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

Session 2:
Sundays, November 8 – December 20 (no class November 29)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Session 3:
Sundays, January 10 – February 21 (no class January 31)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Register online for this class.


Introduction to Improvisation

Learning to think fast is a great life skill. In this class, adults with work with professional improvisation teacher, J Chachula, to learn the basic skills required to perform in unscripted scenes. Students will participate in games and exercises designed to promote group problem solving, build self -confidence and encourage spontaneity. You will also have a ton of fun!

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, September 13 – October 18
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: J Chachula

Register online for this class.


Shakespeare Scene Study

This class will help participants better understand Shakespeare’s language and mechanics through performance. Participants will work, rehearse and perform duet scenes as a way to develop skills in analyzing, speaking and performing Shakespeare’s plays. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to better learn how to understand and perform the works of Shakespeare, regardless of experience.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, September 20 – October 25
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Akiva Fox

Register online for this class.


Scene Study (RLT)

This class is for both beginning and intermediate actors, who wish to further develop basic acting skills, explore character development and sharpen memorization techniques – all through the process of working with partners to perform scenes.

Ages: 18 and up
 
Cost: $125

Session 1:
Sundays, November 8 – December 20 (no class November 29)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Session 2:
Sundays, March 13 – April 24 (no class March 27)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Register online for this class. Please also send us your Scene Study Student Profile.


Dancing Into Auditions

This class is designed for all performers who want to gain confidence in nailing the choreography portion of musical theatre auditions. Participants will learn the foundation of ballet, tap and jazz while gaining confidence in learning and executing the kind of dance steps often encountered during auditions. Do not miss this opportunity to walk into your next audition as a confident dancer!

Ages: 16 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, November 8 – December 20 (no class November 29)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Register online for this class.


Beginning Playwriting

Participants will practice the fundamental principles of dramatic writing: creating characters, dramatizing conflict and how to use language to affect an audience. This class is perfect for anyone who is interested in creative writing, the art of theatre or who loves to tell stories. Please join us for this exciting new class!

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, January 10 – February 21 (no class Jan 31)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Register online for this class.


The Art of the Audition

Taught by RLT’s Artistic Director, this class will help you build confidence in auditioning. With a focus on cold reading techniques and how to deliver a memorable monologue, participants will walk away with a better understanding of what directors and casting directors look for in performers and the confidence to know they can give their best audition every time.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, March 13 – April 24 (no class March 27)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

Register online for this class.

 


Devised Theatre

In this exciting new class, participants will create original, theatrical works as a collective. Utilizing improvisation to explore characters and scenarios, each member of the class will contribute to the creation of new works that tackle relevant social issues. Pre-requisites for this class: critical and creative thinking and a sense of adventure!

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $125

Dates: Sundays, March 13 – April 24 (no class March 27)
Times: 7:00-9:00pm

Register online for this class.


Readers Theatre (Apex) FULL

Ages: 55 and up

Have you ever seen a play and thought, “I could do that!”? Well then this class is for you! Readers Theatre is a style of theatre in which actors do not memorize their lines and use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than sets, costumes, intricate blocking or movement. Learn what it is like to be onstage by participating in a variety of theatre activities used to build confidence and boost creativity. The session will culminate in a Readers Theatre presentation for friends and family. No previous experience necessary. Raleigh Little Theatre instructs. Limited to 10 participants.

Location: Halle Cultural Arts Center at 237 N. Salem Street, Apex

FRIDAYS, 9:30-10:30am
September 4 – November 20 (no class October 2 or October 9)
Performance will be held at 10:00am on November 20

Instructor: Kathleen Rudolph

Registration: Please call the Halle Cultural Arts Center directly at 919-249-1120.


Beginning Actors Studio (Wake Forest)

This class is designed to get the beginning actor started by learning basic acting skills and participating in confidence building improvisation. In a non-threatening and supportive environment, students will use group theatre exercises to explore the actor’s tools: the body, the voice, concentration, imagination and observation. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing allowing for freedom of movement and closed toe shoes. Limit: 12 students.

Location: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $120 each session

TUESDAYS
September 15-October 20
7:00 - 9:00pm

Instructor: Jennifer MacPherson

Registration: Please call the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre directly at 919-435-9458 or use their online registration facility.


Scene Study (Wake Forest)

This class is for both beginning and intermediate students who wish to learn and sharpen basic acting skills and explore character development through scene study. To enable our instructor to elect scenes for class work, please download Scene Study Student Profile (see below) and submit with registration form. Limit: 12 students.

Location: Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Ages 18 and up
Cost: $120 each session

TUESDAYS
October 27- December 8 (no class November 24)
7:00 - 9:30pm

Instructor: Lauren Satterwhite

Registration: Please call the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre directly at 919-435-9458 or use their online registration facility.


Workshop: The ABCs of Sewing

Ages: 13 – adult

Have you ever wondered how Costume Designers complete all those costumes on time? Have you seen some costumes you wish you could make? In this beginner class students will learn sewing basics, pattern terminology, getting measurements, basic stitching and simple hand stitching such as hems. Limit 6 students.

Cost: $55
4 instructional hours

SATURDAYS
March 12 & 19, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Vicki Olson

Register online for this class.


Workshop: Stage Combat

Ages: 14 - adult

During rehearsals for many shows a Stage Combat Choreographer is called in to stage a physical action, making it look real yet at the same time keeping the actors safe. This Stage Combat three day workshop will focus on the basics and fundamentals of stage violence from the actor’s perspective. Subjects covered will include safety, body awareness and partner relationships. The first day will be devoted to hand-to-hand combat including slaps, punches, pushes, pulls, kicks, trips, falls, hand stomps and eye gouges. In the remaining classes students will explore combat with weaponry. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing (sweat pants and sweatshirt, for example) and tennis shoes. Limit 10 students.

Cost: $80
7.5 instructional hours

SUNDAYS
November 1 - 15, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: David McClutchey

Register online for this class.


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