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Acting Basics for Kids

Acting Basics for Kids

A six-part workshop series

Registration for Acting Basics is now closed.

Six Monday evenings, starting August 24th, skipping September 7th,
and ending October 5th

What does this workshop series cover?
The Acting Basics for Kids workshop series teaches kids the basics of acting through a combination of pantomime, improvisation, scene study, and public speaking. Whether your child is a beginner actor, curious about acting, the creative type who needs an outlet, or the shy child who could benefit from a social atmosphere, this workshop will engage and challenge your child. All will leave this class having the tools and confidence to delve deeper into acting and the courage to stand in front of an audience for the first time.

Where is this taking place? 
All classes in this series will take place at the Old Gym in Danielsville (next to the Courthouse). There are a few meeting rooms located behind the stage where sessions will occur.

When are classes? 
The Acting Basics for Kids Workshop Series will take place from 5:30p - 6:30p on Mondays on the following days; August 24th, August 31st, September 14th, September 21st, September 28, and October 5th.

What precautions will you be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The recreation department is going to do everything we can to help reduce the risk of catching COVID, but please know that we can only work to reduce the risk and can’t guarantee a total elimination of the risk. With that being said, the following risk reduction measures will be put in place for our Performing Arts Classes;

1) Class sizes will be limited to 12 participants/class.

2) Participants will be required to provide and wear masks while inside and in situations where it is not possible to maintain a 6ft distance from each other. 

3) Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves will be provided for scenarios that involve shared equipment (use of props, writing utensils, etc.).

4) Adequate room size will be provided to maintain 6 feet from one another to host the maximum number of participants, although some class exercises will reduce the distance between one another. (The meeting space for the P.A. Classes will consist of 2 rooms, each approximately 15ft x 30ft.)

5) Weather permitting, classes may take place outside to allow participants a break from wearing a mask, but participants would still be required to wear a mask for exercises that bring one another within 6ft of each other.

6) Temperature checks, exposure questionnaire, and signs/symptoms questionnaire will be conducted by MCRD staff before admitting participants to each class.

Do I need to bring anything?
Participants don't need to bring anything specific, except a positive attitude and a willingness to learn!

What about any age restrictions? 
This workshop is for those between the ages of 8 and 14. Participants should be between the ages of 8 and 14 on August 24th. If your child's birth date is close to this date, please contact the recreation department.

What does it cost? 
This opportunity is a six-part series and is $80 per participant.

Does this cost less if my child only attends 5 sessions? 
We hope to see your child for all 6 sessions, but unfortunately we can't offer prorated registration fees. If you know your child will be absent, feel free to let the recreation department know and we'll get word to the instructor.

How many people will be in each class? 
We have a minimum of 8 participants for this series to take place and a maximum of 12, so make sure to get a friend to sign up!

Are you offering any additional performing arts programs? 
We sure are! Take a look at the Auditioning and Scene Study 101 for Kids workshop series, which meets directly following this program! (Separate registration is required.)

Meet Your Instructor

Toi Mekhi Watson has over 10 years of professional acting experience, ranging from starring in the longest running play in Atlanta, “Peachtree Battle” to being a featured extra in the Disney film, “Remember the Titans”. Toi continued her professional career as a commercial actor, booking commercials for LongHorn Steakhouse, Ford, AT&T, and Home Depot (among others). Toi began teaching the subject of performing arts when, in 2011, she started the STAR Academy in East Cobb. Toi has remained active teaching performing arts through her various roles with Habersham and Madison County Libraries and Madison County School District. Toi lives in Madison County with her husband and children.