Session: Fall 2019
Chapter:  West End
Location:  Gayton Baptist Church
Time:  6:45pm - 8:45pm
Day:  Tuesday
Starts:  09/10
Ages:  15-19
Tuition:  $225.00
Extra Fee:  $50.00 (ACADEMY fee)
Open Spots:  0

** Registration ended September 14, 2019 at 11:00pm

This class is full!

Class Description

AUDITION ONLY (June 21, 2019 deadline) - Students in Advanced Acting Academy will focus on learning different acting techniques, and then apply those to develop interesting and honest characters in a production of the Pulitzer-Prize winning American drama, "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder. During the fall session students will be introduced to theory and exercises developed by great acting teachers like Constantin Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and Standford Meisner. The students will also audition for their roles in "Our Town" during the fall session. During the winter session students will continue to learn exercises along side their scripts. Each scene will be worked using different techniques the class is working on to help understand how to put into practice the acting theories they are learning. Trying different kinds of exercises will help each actor understand which techniques bring out the best work for each individual actor. The spring session of Advanced Acting Academy will be dedicated to finishing blocking, and continued character development. The class will present Thorton Wilder's "Our Town" at the spring Academy Festival the weekend of June 5 & 6, 2020.

Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" tells the story of a small town, Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, in order to tell us the story of every town, the whole world over. Narrated by the “Stage Manager”, we follow the Gibbs and Webb families, residents of Grover’s Corners, through twelve years of life changes -- from the mundane in Act I, “Daily Life,” to the romantic in Act II, “Love and Marriage,” to the devastating in Act III, “Death and Eternity.” Through the young Emily and George, their strong and loving parents, and the many other Grover’s Corners’ locals, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human. “Oh, earth,” Emily Webb exclaims towards the play’s end, “you’re too wonderful for anyone to realize you.” With humor, wit, and exceptionally powerful storytelling, "Our Town" offers a unique opportunity for audience members to make precisely that realization.


Rebecca McNamee

Becky started dancing at 3 years old after she saw Singin' In The Rain and never looked back. She graduated with a BA in Musical Theater from James Madison University in 2009. Becky was fortunate enough to direct as well as perform at school and found that she loved teaching and directing as much as she loved performing. Becky performed professionally at various regional theaters and in DC before moving to Richmond. Some of her favorite past roles include Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hunyak in Chicago, Rusty in Footloose, and Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. She enjoys sharing her love of Jesus and performing with her students both in our Academy class program and as a show director. Becky and her husband, Shane, have 2 daughters, Emma and Clara.

Class Location:

13501 N.Gayton Road, Henrico, VA 23233