ARTS & EDUCATION CENTER

We love creating theatre magic with our performers and bringing that magic to the community. Now, we are excited to broaden our offerings by adding classes and other opportunities for area children, teens and adults. Currently, we are registering students for group and private classes and lessons. Please browse through our offerings to see what might interest you. For Fall Session A 2021, we are continuing to keep classes small with limits on registrants. Classes for Fall Session A 2021 begin the week of Sept. 13; the session lasts seven weeks.

Currently, masks are worn at the discretion of parents. Frequent hand washing is encouraged. Cleaning stations, as well as hand sanitizers, are located in each classroom, as are table dividers. Surfaces are cleaned in between classes. Parents are discouraged from waiting inside the facility at this current time but are welcome to tour the facility and meet our instructors. If you have any specific questions about classes/lessons or how Act Out Theatre Group LLC is working to minimize exposure to COVID-19, please email Dan Pittman, artistic director, at actouttheatre1@gmail.com.

cURRENT Class offerings

LEVEL ONE ACTING CLASSES

Our Level One Acting Classes mark the first in a series of acting classes that are built around the ages of the children, allowing students of various skill levels to work together and learn from each other.

Children will learn about basic character development, as well as how to become a character without

using costumes or props. In addition, the children will work on reading skills as they use simple monologues and scripts to work on voice projection, enunciation and pronunciation. These classes are unique every session and are designed to be repeated. Final monologue and/or scene performances will be recorded and shared.

 

Ages 7 to 10/11 years old

Offered from  6 to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays

Instructor: Kalen Churcher

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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ACT OUT LOUD CLASSES

Our Act Out LOUD Classes are designed specifically for our youngest participants and are a great way to let children explore music and sound in a safe space.

 

Children are encouraged to ‘make noise’ and create movement as they learn through play in an open environment. Participants will be introduced to – and allowed to play – various instruments as they express their creativity. These activities will help teach and/or reaffirm listening skills, turn-taking, basic directions and opposites.

Ages 3* to 5 years old (*Parents must wait in the lobby if a participating child is not yet potty-trained)

Offered from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays

Instructor: Kalen Churcher

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

Ever look at what your director is doing and think to yourself, "I could do that!"? Well, now is your chance!

Act Out's Director's Chair workshop will teach you what goes into directing a show and you'll get to direct your own scene! Participants ages 14 to 18 will learn the fundamentals of directing, including casting, set design and basic costuming. At the conclusion of the workshop, scenes will be performed. NOTE: The Director's Chair classes are not eligible for one-time, drop-in classes.

Ages 14 to 18 years old 

Offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays OR 7 to p.m. on Thursdays

Instructor: Dan Pittman

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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ONCE UPON A TIME CLASSES

Our Once Upon a Time Classes offer stories, songs and crafts to boys and girls. Each week introduces a different story or musical and includes activities and a song themed to that selection. Boys and girls will leave with a craft, song lyrics and other fun materials to continue the fun at home. Themes include: Out of this World; Paint your Heart Out; Food, Glorious Food; Bugs and Blossoms; Fall Frenzy; Treasure Time; and Stuck on You. These classes are unique every session and are designed to be repeated.

 

Ages 5 to 10 years old

Offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Instructor: Kalen Churcher

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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LEVEL TWO ACTING CLASSES

Our Level Two Acting Classes mark the second in a series of acting classes that are built around the ages of the children, allowing students of various skill levels to work together and learn from each other.

Children will learn dive deeper into more complex character development, as well as how to work with a partner on stage. In addition, participants will explore longer monologues and small scenes as they work on voice projection, enunciation and pronunciation. These classes are unique every session and are designed to be repeated. Final performances will be recorded and shared.

 

Ages 10-13 years old 

Offered from  7:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays

Instructor: Kalen Churcher

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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ADVANCED MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Our Advanced Musical Theatre Classes challenge participants to explore musical theatre and performance more deeply. Teens will be asked choose a specific song and break it down, as well as learn about the original musical from where it comes.

 

At the end of the session, students will perform their song(s). These classes are designed to be repeated. Final performances will be recorded and shared.

 

Ages 14-18 years old 

Offered from  8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays

Instructor: Dan Pittman

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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BEGINNING MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Our Beginning Musical Theatre Classes provide our younger performers with an opportunity to begin to learn -- and enhance their -- musical theatre performance skills. Children will work on both solo and group numbers as they work on performing stories through song. Participants will learn basics of reading music and also focus on how to handle nervousness when performing.

At the end of the session, students will perform their song(s). These classes are designed to be repeated. Final performances will be recorded and shared.

 

Ages 8-11 years old 

Offered from 6 to 6:45 on Thursdays

Instructor: Kalen Churcher

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

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INTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Our Intermediate Musical Theatre Classes offer participants a deeper look into musical performance techniques. Participants will discuss songs and character and ultimately choose a song(s) to work on and perform. Basic music reading will also be taught/reviewed.

 

At the end of the session, students will perform their song(s). These classes are designed to be repeated. Final performances will be recorded and shared.

 

Ages 11-14 years old 

Offered from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays

Instructor: Dan Pittman

$100 per 7-week session. (Sessions are only $75 per 7-week session if participant is also registering for a 2021 Act Out theatre workshop).

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information or to register

PRIVATE LESSONS

In addition to group classes, we currently offer private lessons in:

  • Dance

  • Theatre

  • Audition Prep

  • Music

  • Vocal Performance

  • ...and more!

Contact the theatre at actouttheatre1@gmail.com for more information.​

WHO WE ARE

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DAN PITTMAN is the owner and artistic director of Act Out Theatre Group LLC. He has a bachelor's degree in musical theatre from DeSales University, and is a NEPTA nominated choreographer and accomplished director, and performer. He has worked at a number of community theatres throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna counties and has also served as a substitute teacher in Luzerne, Franklin and New Cumberland counties.

Although Dan spends most of his time directing and choreographing, he was most recently on stage as Larry in Boys in the Band at Act Out Theatre Group. In Summer 2019, he was an ensemble/dance ensemble member of Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's production of Beauty and the Beast. He also ran the 2017 and 2019 children and teen summer workshops at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse in Swoyersville. His 2019 workshops at the Music Box were both nominated for NEPTA awards.

At Act Out, he most recently choreographed A Christmas Carol. Currently, he is directing Pippin, a (11-18 years old) musical. Last winter, he was named one of the NEPA Business Journal's 20 Under 40 and was also a nominee for Cultural Ambassador of the Year in 2020. 

KALEN CHURCHER has been active in community theatre since 2014 as an actor and production staff. She is the primary costumer for Act Out Theatre Group LLC. and can most often be found directing the theatre's youngest actors and actresses. She most recently performed in Act Out Theatre's production of The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, as Mrs. Boyle, and directed A Christmas Carol. at Act Out.

When she is not part of the production staff, Kalen enjoys performing and most recently performed as Madam de la Grande Bouche (aka the operatic Wardrobe) in Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's 2019 production of Beauty and the Beast. She also ran Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre's summer theatre workshop in 2017 and 2019, as well as its online workshop in 2020. Both 2017 and 2019 workshops were nominated for NEPTAs.  She is currently music directing Pippin and preparing for a new winter musical workshop at Act Out Theatre Group.

Kalen received her PhD in mass communications from Penn State University. She is a professor at Wilkes University and teaches courses in public speaking, multimedia journalism, public relations, media law and cultural studies.

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