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Adult Education


Adult Dance Class 

Get moving and challenge yourself at Weathervane Playhouse! This fun and interactive dance class will focus on varies styles including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Modern dance found in your favorite Broadway shows. Build your technique, learn choreography, and get some exercise. Bring your friends and have a great time!

You can pay for the full 8-weeks or $30.00 a class.

About the Instructor:  Lauren Sprowls is a graduate of The University of Akron where she received her B.A. in Dance with a Business Cognate and will receive her MA in Arts Administration in May 2018. She has performed in a number of student choreographed projects, with The University of Akron Dance Company, and as a representative of Ballet in Cleveland, doing promotional performances and video shoots. Lauren has also participated in Akron Children's Hospital Dancing for the Kids fundraiser for the past four years. She shares her love for dance through dance education and has been teaching dance and other arts classes for almost 10 years. She has attended teacher conventions such as the Pulse convention in New York City and has taken many classes at BDC. She is always striving to be become a better teacher by continuing to educate yourself. She is currently the Education Director at Weathervane Playhouse and has supervised educational outreach programs, created curricula, established an arts ambassador program, and has coordinated performances with experience in the studio setting, in school programs, and with community organizations.

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Beginning Acting for Adults 

This class will explore the theory and practice of the basic tools of acting: body movement, vocal production, and imagination. This class will also include an introduction to character analysis, audition basics, monologue work, scene study, and improvisation. The class will culminate with a final performance in our intimate Dietz Theater. 

Wednesdays  7-9 p.m. Beginning February 7 (10 weeks) 

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Advanced Acting/Scene Study

This class will be the continuation of the Beginning Acting Class.  The focus will be on continued scene and monologue work in an effort to strengthen acting skills, audition techniques, and the business of acting. The class will culminate with a final performance in our intimate Dietz Theater. 

Mondays 7-9 p.m. Beginning February 5 (8 weeks). 

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Improvisation for Adults 

Explore and practice the skills and techniques required to perform short-form improvisation. The course utilizes the communal/ensemble exercises provided in Spolin's 'Improvisation for the Theatre' and other texts, to explore spontaneity and the creation of narrative improvisations. The course also explores concepts of character, behavior in the environment, creating the who? what? and where? of dramatic scenes, created from given circumstances. The course is primarily active and participatory in nature and culminates with a public performance based on this exploration and discovery. 

Tuesdays 7-9 pm starting February 6 (8 weeks)

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FRED GLOOR is currently the Associate Artistic Director and Marketing Director at Weathervane Playhouse. He has directed three shows at Weathervane: You Can’t Take It With You, The Lyons and 4000 Miles. A graduate of Kent State University, Fred’s other directing credits include Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama, TitleWave, Charenton, The Second City Cleveland, CVLT, and Tri-C West.  As an actor, he has performed at The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama, The Beck Center, Cain Park, The Second City Cleveland, The Ensemble Theatre, and as a cast member of Something Dada. A member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, he has appeared in numerous commercials and such films as The Dream Catcher and Pirates with Leslie Nielsen, Eric Idle, and Rodney Dangerfield.




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