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Do you desire to be an actor or actress? The acting classes at Community College of Aurora offer dynamic instruction that you won’t find in other theater programs and fit all experience levels: whether you are a seasoned performer or just getting started; interested in stage or screen acting; wanting to make a career out of it or just give it a try.
Acting 1 and Acting 2 classes incorporate the fundamental techniques of the Stanislavski method - focusing on character goal, obstacle, tactic, and expectation (GOTE), scenic analysis, and journaling - all in an effort to train the CCA theatre student to be an actor that can operate in “director-less” fashion.
In addition, CCA acting courses provide opportunity for our students to explore cutting-edge techniques such as Grotowski Physical Acting, Roy Hart Vocal Technique, Viewpoints, Laban Effort Shapes, and much more.
We train students to discover multiple ways “in” to character within each acting class, focusing on the freedom of the voice and body and its connection to emotion. The CCA theatre department is equally committed to providing a contemporary approach to acting.
Acting 1 students perform contemporary scenes from the most prominent playwrights, allowing for the actors to connect and relate to the characters they play. We provide scripts that are relevant to life in the year 2013 and speak to who we are. Acting 2 students focus on monologue work and audition technique, finding the perfect pieces for their next audition. The semester culminates with a one-act play performed in our theater showcase, giving students an opportunity to take stage, perform for a full house, and develop a connection with a live audience that makes stage performance so invigorating.
Theater students looking for even more exposure to the live theater are encouraged each semester to not only experience acting class but audition for our large scale, main-stage production. This allows for our students to further put into practice the techniques they are learning in each acting course and truly become an actor in the most realistic and exciting setting possible.
CCA’s training is unique among many Denver community colleges. Preparation is varied and goes beyond simply experiencing acting courses and into exceptional training in Musical Theater, Voice and Articulation and more. These acting classes broaden the performer and explore the possibilities of the voice and body in performance. Our musical theater classes work on developing the skills to become a triple threat -- focusing on singing, dancing and through an actor’s approach. Each student will work on a solo, duet and group number from a musical, turning the scripts into a monologue and learning to “act” a song. In addition, Musical Theater class focuses on audition technique, coming up with the perfect 16-bar and 32-bar cut so you can be a force to be reckoned with in your next audition.
Please remember, no experience is necessary. This is opportunity with the guidance, support and encouragement that makes CCA’s Theatre department so welcoming and accessible, whether the goal is to be an actress or actor while starting from scratch, and having never danced or sang or note, or fine-tune skills already acquired on stage.
Our Voice and Articulation class is designed to help a student explore his or her voice on multiple levels. Our motto within the voice training is “if you free the body, you will free the voice.” We explore the voice and body connection and work to increase range and capacity for sound, all while learning the basics of vocal production and the voice as an instrument using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), proper diction, vocal variety, dialects, Roy Hart Vocal Technique and more. Not only will this prove be a useful tool for performance, this class will help you become a more effective communicator.
The Community College of Aurora seeks to provide opportunities for students to become an actor in an intimate setting with close interaction with faculty members inside and outside of each acting course. Class sizes are small and time is put aside for each and every student. Our faculty doors are open. Yet these are only some of the qualities that set apart CCA from other community colleges in Colorado.
It’s a primary motive for students to not only grow as performers, but learn about themselves. CCA theater students find the ability in our acting classes to open up and share and discover comfort and ease speaking in front of a group, which can aid in job interviews and simply grow a sense of confidence.
Additionally, many of our students audition locally and perform leading roles in theaters such as the Aurora Fox, Edge Theater, Inspire Creative, Vintage Theater, Firehouse Theater, Spotlight Theater and other venues.