Xclaim! Performance Academy develops professional theatre performance skills with once per week semester classes that exhibit their work for families and guests.
Xclaim! believes in the value of youth artists and their artistic works. Xclaim! engages quality artists as instructors and directors.
Xclaim! offers special discounts, preferred casting and other exclusive opportunities for Performance Academy students!
Meet the director and determine the best class schedule for you!
No appointment necessary.
Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2p-3p
Saturday, Aug. 12 at 4p-5p
Scroll down to discover classes and programs for all ages below!
Be an Xclaimer! - where EVERY child is a STAR!
Xclaim! Performance Academy provides pre-professional experience and training to youth and adults in a variety of performance genres meant to provide skills for stage performers. Classes meet once per week for one hour each (WEE Theatre meets 45 minutes) for the entire semester - August 14 - December 1.
ACTING - Ages 7-Adult.
Course focuses primarily on building skills for stage performance with emphasis on deep understanding of character, physical control, mental focus, and building intensity of emotion onstage.
YOUTH ACTING - Ages 7-10 Mondays 5:30p-6:30p
TWEEN ACTING - Ages 10-13 Tuesdays 5:30p-6:30p
TEEN/ADULT ACTING - Ages 13 - Adults Wednesdays 5:30p-6:30p
Students must obtain instructor approval to register for a class time outside their age group. Some flexibility allowed until after Fall Break when final performances will be assigned.
DANCE - Ages 7-18. Tuesdays 6:30p-7:30p
Group exercises in strength, flexibility, rhythm & musicality prepare students for floor
exercises and drills meant to teach dance steps & combinations used most frequently in musical theatre and Broadway productions. Basic technique and vocabulary will be
taught through short combinations and class choreography. This unique mix of dance
styles prepares musical theatre performers. Students in dance class need proper jazz dance shoes, tap dance shoes and should keep their hair pulled back out of their face and secured.
VOICE - Ages 7-Adult. Wednesdays 4:30p-5:30p
Group exercises and vocal drills teach blending, vocal control, tone purity and breath control. Focus on proper vocal technique to ensure healthy singing! Individual vocal assignments will challenge personal growth and teach solo techniques used by professional vocalists & Broadway musical theatre performers.
WEE Theatre - Ages 4-6. Tuesdays 4:45p-5:30p
Games & activities featuring children’s songs, rhymes & fairy tales will teach motor control, listening, following instructions and teamwork. Stage concepts include facing the audience and speaking loudly and clearly.
PUPPETRY - Ages 7-Adult. Mondays 4:30p-5:30p
Course features an introduction to basic concepts of making puppets appear alive onstage. Students learn performance concepts, physical stamina, manipulation & control, and strong use of various voices and vocal expression. All students need an instructor-approved puppet for class.
Scroll down to view the 2023 Fall Performance Academy Policies and Procedures for details and expectations for camp. Also find the following forms:
Registration Information - Important dates and needs for class
Registration Form - Must be submitted for each student
Student Confirmation - contains details for each student to take home
To register with check, scroll down to download and print forms:
Parental Consent Form
Send these forms and check payable to Xclaim, Inc. to:
502 College St.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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(Online fees apply. Online registrants must submit Parental Consent Form before camp to attend)
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Registration Information contains important dates and supplies needed.
Policies and Procedures contains detailed explanation of logistics and rules.
Registration Form is required to register.
Parental Consent Form is required for all campers.
Christopher H. Cherry is founding Executive Director of Xclaim, Inc., a non-profit performance arts organization providing unique performance opportunities for youth. This Bowling Green, KY native is no stranger to local arts and youth programs. He graduated Western Kentucky University, Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Performing Arts with concentrations in Musical Theatre & Directing. Cherry directed the Sunburst Youth Theatre as Director of Education for Public Theatre of Kentucky for 5 years and then founded the Capitol Arts Youth Theatre, for which he served as Artistic Director for more than 3 years. He served 2-year positions as Theatre-Artist-in-Residence for Kaleidoscope, a positive youth development program, and as an ambassador for the Youth Alliance, both in Bowling Green. Cherry also served on the board of directors for Fountain Square Players, Bowling Green's community theatre, for 3 years.
Christopher has worked on more than 500 productions as director, choreographer, stage manager & actor for professional theatre companies in Philadelphia, Louisville, Nashville and Atlanta. He has taught youth classes, workshops and private lessons in acting, auditioning, movement, musical theatre, technical theatre, and voice & diction for stage for 25 years.
Many of his students are seeking professional degrees or working theatre professionals, commercial actors or models for runway and print. Christopher strongly believes that young people should be valued as artists and given support, training and encouragement for their artistic aspirations.