Acquire a general knowledge of the musical theatre and its workings from an actor's perspective while developing basic musical theatre stage performance techniques. These techniques are designed to better prepare the actor for auditions, rehearsals, and performance as well as improve their confidence, self awareness, and interpersonal communication skills. Areas Covered: vocal & physical warm-up technique, singing, musical staging, and scene work. Students will be working on small group and ensemble scenes and songs from classic musical theatre repertoire such as GUYS & DOLLS, ANYTHING GOES, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and more.

Participants in this course will be evaluated by area high school theatre directors as well as professionals from local theatre companies such as Derby Dinner Playhouse, Walden Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare, StageOne, Bunbury and Actors Theatre.

Acceptance into the Acting Academy is by audition.
Limited space available – apply for audition today!

  • No monologue or song required. Materials will be provided.
  • Wear comfortable clothing (including shoes) easy to stretch and move in. No open toed shoes allowed.
Audition Information
Application Deadline Feb. 8, 2019 by midnight
Application Form Online Audition Application
Audition Date Feb. 9, 2019
Time 4 - 6 p.m.
Ogle Center
Room 069
Instructor Bio Jim Hesselman
Jennifer Johanningsmeier
Course Information
Grade: 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th
Instructor Jim Hesselman
Tuition $300 plus registration fee*
Day Saturdays
(Feb 23 - May 18, 2019)
Time 4 - 6 p.m.
Ogle Center
Room 069
February 22, 2019

Course Dates

All course times are 4 - 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • February - 9th (Meet the Instructor/Audition Day)
  • February  - 23rd
  • March  - 2nd, 9th
  • April - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • May - 4th, 11th, 18th

The Arts Institute retains the right to cancel a class if there is insufficient enrollment, in which case all fees will be refunded.

*Registration fee ($22 individual / $30 family) will be added to the final tuition total.