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!
Classes meet once per week for one hour - 15 weekly sessions.
Each week class will examine a weekly core acting concept with the full group.
Classes will then divide into partner groups for scene work. Scene work will focus on emotion and the development of interpersonal connections with scene partners.
Finally, classes will end with individual work on monologues. Solo work will focus on development of individual skills based on an objective list.
All scenes and monologues are from award-winning plays and/or playwrights and provide depth and challenge for actors-in-training.
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These two and four person scenes feature characters with depth, clear objectives and strong turning points in the context of a variety of modern social issues.
Each monologue explores a theme: hope & longing, spirit & soul, fantasy & fun, or despair & doubt. Students work with one or more monologue at their own pace and choosing!
Mid-Term performance of first scenes and monologue(s) will be filmed during normal class hours the first week of March.
Final performance of last scene and all monologues will be
filmed Friday or Saturday evening, May 7 or 8 TBD
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.