Acting: Building a Character
8 Week/1-Hour per Week Course
Instructor: Melissa Ordaz
Creating a dynamic character onstage can be intimidating! Where do you start? This class is for you! In this acting class, students will walk through the process of building a character. Through games and exercises, they will be given the tools to investigate a script and bring characters to life in an engaging, truthful, and multi-dimensional way! Using the play, You Are Special, adapted from the book “You Are Special” by Max Lucado, students will get hands-on experience in play reading and research as well as practice in exploring the who, when, and where of their assigned character from the play. To build a dynamic character you must be one part detective and one part alchemist; gain the confidence to tackle both in this class!
Taught from a Christian Perspective:
Who are you? At your very core? This central question along with several others that surround it will be our jumping off points as we look at identity. As we seek to discover the identity of characters in plays, we will take time to notice how the questions that we ask about our characters are the same ones that people ask about themselves. So let’s examine our own hearts, open the Bible, and ask “Who am I?”
Limited Time Offer!
4:00pm - 5:00pm
The 2021 Fall Session of this Course will take place Oct.-Nov. 2021, with dates/times below:
Tuesday, October 5
Tuesday, October 12
Tuesday, October 26
Tuesday, November 2
Tuesday, November 9
Tuesday, November 16
Classes will be held at a private home studio in La Mirada, CA.
Address to be provided upon registration.
Week 1: Character Play & Exploration
Week 2: Reading a Play
Week 3: Research
Week 4: Who, Pt. 1
Week 5: Who, Pt. 2
Week 6: When
Week 7: Where
Week 8: Character Showcase
Will there be a performance at the end of the 8-week course?
No. While the students will be going through the process of creating a character, this class focuses on letting them explore the process rather than working to present a fully produced piece.