​Classes

Vita Theatre offers acting, improv, scene study and performance creation classes and workshops designed for teens, adults and seniors in the Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Valley and Ladysmith area.  

Whether you’re a teen just learning the ropes, an emerging artist working to create your own show, a ’40 something’ looking to improve your performance on community stages or a senior wanting to have fun, meet people and keep your creative juices flowing, Vita has a class for you.

If you are interested in a class that does not have dates, times or location listed, please send us an email.   

We also do private coaching for individual artists, companies and community groups, festival adjudication, and can help businesses become more innovative with our creativity workshops.

Let the dreams begin!

ADULTS

ACTING FOR THE STAGE I: The Actor’s Process

Have you always wanted to try acting? Are you looking for ways to be more confident on stage? Or maybe you just want to sharpen your skills and improve your craft. Acting for the Stage I checks all of those boxes. 

This level I course will cover the basic performance skills needed for more confident, natural stage acting, and give you the tools and techniques that you need to improve. Topics will include the fundamentals of vocal and physical performance, listening and being in the moment, playing action and using tactics, as well as tools, tips and tricks to create more natural and engaging performance.

The course is perfectly tailored for community theatre actors and directors from 18 – 88 years of age.  Come explore and fun with your fellow actors!

Location(s):  Ladysmith  Little Theatre           

Term:  Fall (tentative)  See below for online class***

Enrollment: max. 18
Duration: 12 weeks*
Cost: $250/ person ($225 for Ladysmith Little Theatre members)
Dates:  CLASS MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 2020
Times:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

ACTING FOR THE STAGE II​: Scene Study

This is an advanced scene study course. For those who have completed Acting for the Stage I, this next level will build on the previous foundations and dive into scene study, character development, breaking down a script, working with directors, rehearsal techniques and more. Emphasis will be placed on scene work, rehearsal, and hands-on, in-class coaching sessions.  

The final class may include a performance (of the scenes developed) for friends and family if students agree.

NOTE: If you have a good deal of experience on stage and believe you understand the fundamentals, please contact Barbra to discuss which course would be right for you.

Location(s):  Ladysmith  Little Theatre

Term: Fall (tentative)     

Enrollment: max. 16
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: $250/ person

Dates:  Fall 2020, TBA
Times:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

ACTING FOR THE STAGE II​I: Creating Character

infCreating Character explores how to develop realistic, captivating characters with strong story arcs and engaging personalities. We will begin by looking for clues in the script, move into effective rehearsal techniques, and take the process through to polishing a fully-fleshed out personality in performance.  Whether comic or dramatic, hero or villain, lead or supporting role, this course will help actors create characters that audiences will fall in love with.

The class is designed for the actor who is looking to hone their skills both in rehearsal and in performance. Those who have taken Acting for the Stage I and/or II, or anyone who has a good deal of experience on community stages would benefit from this advanced course.

Location(s):  Ladysmith  Little Theatre 

Term:  Fall (tentative)

Enrollment: max. 16
Duration: 12 weeks
Cost: $250/ person ($225 for Ladysmith Little Theatre members)

Dates:  CLASS MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 2020
Times:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

***NEW! ONLINE CLASSES ARE COMING              SOON!   

We are currently developing an online version of Acting for the Stage I  and will be creating other online classes over the summer and fall.  Check back for details and email Barbra so she can notify you when the courses are ready. (Clicking the REGISTER button will also reach Barbra.  Simply input the name of the class you’re interested in and put “online” in the message section.  You can choose Fall or Spring (it doesn’t matter which you select).

TEENS

IMPROV FOR TEENS

This class is designed for budding actors and comedians. If you love to make people laugh and enjoy being spontaneous, then this is the class for you!  Improv for Teens will show you how to create entire scenes from scratch right in front of the audience AND help you hone your performance skills.  Improv is one of the best preparations for beginning actors, and this class is highly recommended as a prerequisite for Intro to Acting and all further study.  

Location(s):  Duncan, Ladysmith                           
Enrollment: max. 18
Duration: 12 weeks                                            
Cost: $225/ person
Dates: TBA

INTRO TO ACTING

This foundational class introduces the student to the basics of acting for the stage: voice, body, presence, listening, action, character and theatre etiquette. Students will emerge familiar with and primed for forays onto high school and community stages. 

Location(s):  Duncan, Ladysmith              

Enrollment: max. 18
Duration: 12 weeks                                             
Cost: $225/ person
Dates: TBA 

SENIORS

THRIVE!

NOTE: Any of the Adult classes or workshops may be suitable for most seniors. If in doubt, contact Barbra to discuss the possibilities.  

Thrive! is a program specially designed for seniors living in active living communities and independent or assisted living residences. The program is meant to offer seniors the opportunity to pursue their interests, meet people in a safe and friendly setting, access their creative talents and help improve quality of life. As studies have shown, the performing arts improve cognitive function, memory, mood and motor skillsThrive! is not only fun, it’s good for overall health.  

Participants will use their experiences, talents and interests to tell their stories through performance for family and friends.  No line memorization is required!

The program will run year-round in sets of 12 or 14 week duration.