Education Overview

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Private Lessons

The Private Lessons program offers private instruction for beginner to advanced students (ages youth to adult) in Voice, Acting, and Dance. Come develop or perfect your talents with us in a private studio setting.

Voice Studio

Weathervane is happy to announce that we are now home to West Side Vocal Academy!

West Side Vocal Academy was formed in 1997 with Sue Wallin, Jamie Cordes and Ron Hazelett. Sue and Ron, our current instructors, have taught together since 1996 in the Northeast Ohio area.

To learn more about West Side Vocal Academy visit their website at www.westsidevocalacademy.com

To inquiry about voice lessons call 330-864-0660 or email westsidevocalacademy@gmail.com

 

Acting Studio

Tuition: $30 per 45 minutes

The art of acting is a combination of wit, charm, self-confidence, life experiences, understanding and technique. An actor's technique is their method of getting the most out of their own talents and abilities and using them to interpret a character. This begins with the basics: projection, diction, breath support, listening & reacting, body language and analysis. As the student progresses, the focus is on developing technique and building skills to support and an actor's own strengths, and counter their weaknesses. Goals are established by the student and instructor at the beginning of each session.

  • Weekly lessons with a professional acting instructor.
  • Goals and evaluations set jointly by the student and instructor.
  • Study of Stanislavski Technique Develop and identify Goals, Obstacles, Tactics and Expectations (GOTE).
  • Learn script analysis and how to develop an inner monologue.
  • Study acting movement techniques including Alexander Technique and Laban Movement Analysis.
  • Study vocal techniques for the actor including the study of Cecily Berry and Kristin Linklater.
  • Audition preparation through the study of process, monologue coaching and cold reading technique.

About your Instructor:

Natalie Blalock, Theater Instructor

Natalie graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Soon after she received her Actors Equity Card working at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio. Some of her favorite shows during her career have included Paper Moon (Miss Trixie Delight) at Ford’s Theater, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Helen/Chanteuse) at The Minskoff Theater, NYC , Houdini (Madame Tolka/Wilma) at Goodspeed Opera House, The Little Mermaid (Ursula) at Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Annie (Miss Hannigan) at Bucks County Playhouse and Ladies and Gentlemen Natalie Blalock (Herself) at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theatre, NYC. Other wonderful experiences include the T.V. shows Strangers with Candy (Edie Harley) “The Bully” epidsode, THE O.C. (Gail VanDeepen) and Eve (Mrs. Garris). 

 

Dance Studio

Tuition: $30 per 45 minutes

With rehearsals and busy schedules it can be hard trying to find time to make a commitment to a yearlong dance class. Private Dance lessons are available in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. These lessons are geared toward learning proper technique, picking up on choreography, audition prep, healthy living, and self-expression. The instructor will work alongside the student to develop a personally plan that fits within their needs.

  • Weekly lessons with a professional dance instructor.
  • Goals and evaluations set jointly by the student and instructor.
  • Focus and study on Ballet technique, proper alignment, and healthy movement.
  • Develop self-expression through improvisation and movement exercises.
  • Creation of a personal warm-up routine
  • Audition preparation, creating a solo, picking up on choreography.

About your Instructor:

Lauren Sprowls, Dance Instructor and Education Director

Lauren is a graduate from The University of Akron where she received her B.A. in Dance with a Business Cognate and will receive her MA in Arts Administration in 2018.  She has been teaching for almost 10 years and is currently the Education Director at Weathervane Playhouse. Ms. Sprowls has choreographed a number of pieces that have been performed in the Akron community. This past spring she set an original work in partnership with Elyse Morckel for the Akron School for the Arts dance program at Firestone CLC entitled W.W.T.D. in honor of a former classmate who passed away. Most recently she presented a duet, It’s a Man’s World at the Ballet in the City’s 5 year gala.  Lauren has also participated in Akron Children's Hospital Dancing for the Kids fundraiser for the past four years collaborating with partners to create original choreography.

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Interested in taking part in Weathervane’s Studio Series? Contact Education Director, Lauren Sprowls at 330-836-2626 x35 or lsprowls@weathervaneplayhouse.com to set up lessons!

Get More Info

For more information about Studio Series or to book a show, call Lauren Sprowls, our Education Coordinator, at (330) 836-2626 Ext. 35

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