During those sunny, summer days, the theatre is left at an amicable peace, as it undergoes preparation for its next busy season. However, if you listen a little more closely, you may hear the faint echo of singing, clapping, scissors tearing through paper, feet stomping in harmony and children’s laughing abound. What you hear is the Denver Center Theatre Academy (DCTA) keeping summer at the theatre all but quiet.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the Arts Complex, the DCTA is happy to provide so many children with skills to use in acting and in life. The DCTA is part of the education department of The Denver Center Theatre Company. Let’s take a look at what the Academy has been up to this summer…
As you stroll down the hallway of classrooms, the activities commence. The week “On Camera” is a sight to see. In one room, you will see seven and eight-year-old children dancing ‘Nsync and out of sync, while just opposite, you pass a room where ages 11 and 12 create their very own stage props. If you continue further, you will come across the future masterminds of marketing, at age 9 and 10, as they create original TV commercials. Next, you encounter “American Idol” challenges with contestants ranging from age five through twelve, along with on-film interviews where the students really shine.
This summer, these young actors are taking the theatre by storm and developing the necessary skills for life on and off the stage. Dance lessons give the students exercise and teach them coordination, incorporating, manageable stretches and dance moves. They learn the patience it takes to put together routines with modern-pop hits, much like in a music video. In rehearsal acting, the students are given tasks to portray emotions in different ways, learning to harness the visual aspect of their acting.
Creativity is abundant in commercial classes, as the students are given a limited time to create television advertisements and products out of props they are given. They learn script memorization and are given tips on projection and set placement in order to achieve better public speaking skills. These skills greatly correspond with the training they receive in handling camera pressure, and gaining the ability to think on their feet.
Every class has each student smiling, as students are always given stimulating and enjoyable tasks to focus on. Weekly themes give new and returning students a choice to enhance skills they may already have or venture to a new experience. After previewing the “On Camera” theme week, it sure makes one curious about what The Denver Center for the Performing Arts has in store at the Academy for the weeks to follow…
Enrollment is underway for the Academy’s Fall Acting Classes. Call 303.446.4892 or go to http://www.denvercenter.org/education.