By Grace Mahony
Where is there a place where learning is enhanced by fun, friends, confidence, social-skills and overall enjoyment? It's acting school! I've been attending classes for almost six years and have learned so much about myself, others and the art of acting.
When you first enter an acting class, you are greeted with a smile and a vibrant energy. Soon, you will begin various interesting, interactive and sometimes downright weird warm-up games to get your body and mind ready for the class ahead. It may take a week or two, but you will quickly become so close with the strangers in your class that you'll forget that you've only known each other for a couple of days.
Then we get down to business, your welcoming and patient teacher will brief you on the weekly goal (each week is a new aspect of acting!) and, often with excited squeals from the class, how we will learn that aspect. For improv classes, aspects are learned through a series of creative and entertaining games. For classes studying a script, you will be challenged to introduce the aspect into your scripted part for a fantastic conclusion game to end the class. One of my personal favorites is a focus game called Zip Zap Zop, where you have to focus on the pattern and the quick moving energy as it is passed around the circle.
I have had the amazing opportunity to attend these classes for six years and have recently begun helping with younger classes. I get to work with kids of all ages and personalities. Each day is a new and exciting adventure that I could be more grateful to be a part of.
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