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Education

Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

2021 Winter Classes

Welcome to the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, the educational wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse. Teaching life skills through stage skills, the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy offers something for everyone, enhancing quality of life by cultivating creativity and personal growth.

All classes will meet in person and follow Covid-19 guidelines (required masks, social distancing, sanitizing spaces). All classes will be capped at 10 students.

Classes for Youth

Petite Players

Ages 4-6 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

Students will gain a basic understanding of aspects of theatre through storytelling and drama activities. Students will use their imagination while developing self expression and building confidence.

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Junior Players

Ages 7–10 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 9-10 a.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

This course is for the beginning actor. Students will work on foundational acting skills, teamwork, improvisation basics and communication skills.

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Youth Players

Ages 11–14 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 10-11 a.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

This class helps students create strong characters, develop improvisation skills and understand scene work.

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Teen Players

Ages 13-18 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-noon
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

This class is for students who are continuing their training or discovering their love for theatre for the first time. The students will explore movement, vocalization, character development, and ensemble building.

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Youth Improv

Ages 9-14 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, Noon-1 p.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

This class is an introductory improv class where students will learn how to create improv characters and scenes through engaging and fun games/ activities.

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Musical Theatre

Ages 7-14 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 1-2 p.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

For the triple threat in training, this class combines acting, singing, and dancing.

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Youth Tap

Ages 8-14 | Cost: $60
Saturdays, 2-3 p.m.
Jan. 15-Feb. 19

This course will explore the basics of tap techniques and coordination of rhythm. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from classic to Broadway to R&B!

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Classes for Adults

Acting I

Cost: $60
Thursdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Jan. 12-Feb. 17

This beginning acting course is a fun way to launch into the world of acting. Challenge creativity, overcome inhibitions, develop a character, and learn to move onstage with purpose.

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Acting II

Cost: $60
Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m.
Jan. 13-Feb. 17

In this intermediate course, students will have the chance to further their skills from Acting I to build characters, explore script analysis, and delve into improvisation.

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Acting III

Cost: $60
Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.
Jan. 11-Feb. 15

While continuing to build on the skills from Acting I & II, learn everything from classics to contemporaries in the form of monologues and scenes in this advanced Acting class.

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Improv Comedy

Cost: $60
Tuesdays, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11-Feb. 15

Improv comedy builds improvisation skills by offering performance-based games, character development, and group collaboration.

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Improv Comedy II

Cost: $60
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Jan. 11-Feb. 15

Prerequisite-must have taken Improv Comedy at OCP in the last year. This class will build upon the skills explored in Improv Comedy.

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Workshops

Having trouble fitting a class into your schedule? Check out our website and follow OCP on Facebook and Instagram for workshop announcements!

Is there something you were hoping to learn more about but didn’t find among our courses? Submit your workshop suggestion to the Director of Education at hfta@omahaplayhouse.com.

Scholarship Application

The Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals have access to arts education. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out our online application.

FAQ

What time should I arrive?

Students should arrive approximately 10 minutes early, especially the first day of class so students and parents can meet the teacher. Parents check in students with the instructor. If you arrive after the class has begun, report directly to the assigned classroom.

What if a student needs to miss a class?

Please let us know in advance if a student will miss any classes so the teacher can adjust their lesson plan accordingly. Refunds cannot be made for missed classes.

May parents sit in and watch the class?

In order to help students let go of their inhibitions and develop a strong stage presence, we ask parents not to stay and watch their child in class, as it is often disruptive to the students. You may either wait in the education lounge outside of the classroom or leave and pick up your student at the end of class. If you have other questions about observing a class, ask to speak to the director of education or the class instructor.

What time should I pick up my child?

Parents should arrive shortly before class ends to pick up their student. The pick up/drop off point is downstairs in the education commons. Our first priority is your child’s safety. Students will not be permitted to wait outside. Please be prompt. If you are late and the teacher needs to wait with your child, a strict penalty of $25 per each extra 15 minutes will be imposed.

Will there be a performance at the end of classes?

Some classes have a sharing day on the last day of class for family and friends that may wish to observe. This may be an informal performance, a reading of a script or they might simply share something the class has worked on. Not every class will present a play or other performance on sharing day. Each instructor will design a sharing day based on the needs and skills of the class. If a performance is planned for sharing day, it is intended to be very informal and almost always done without lights, sets, props or costumes.

Will students need to memorize lines?

Memorization is encouraged for most presentations. Assisting your child in memorization is a wonderful shared experience, especially for children with limited reading skills. If a performance of a short play is planned, you can expect some prompting, directions or suggestions from the teacher. Remember this is an informal presentation, and the class has had limited time to prepare for sharing day!

Policies

Refunds

Any requests for changes or refunds must be made in writing at least one week prior to your first class or camp. A full refund will be issued minus a $5 processing fee. No refunds after this point, only credit toward tuition of a future class, camp or workshop within a year of the cancellation. No exceptions for injury or illness.

Cancellation of Class

If your class or workshop is canceled, you will have the choice of a full refund (no processing fee charge) or a credit toward a future class or workshop.

Behavior: In order to ensure students derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from the classroom experience, students who become disruptive or disrespectful will be removed from class with no refund of tuition.

Photo & Video Release

Omaha Community Playhouse often takes photographs and video during events for use in brochures and the web. By registering you agree that OCP may use any image of you or your child that might appear in photographs or video taken at OCP.

COVID-19 Policies

  • All students must arrive in, and wear, facemasks to protect themselves and other guests.
  • Students with a fever MUST NOT enter the theatre.
  • Students must answer standard entry questions regarding potential virus exposure.

For the safety of our staff and visitors, please make sure YOU are healthy before visiting. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should not attend class:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever of 100.4 or greater in the last 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Before entering the theatre, please consider these questions:

  • Have I had contact with any persons with known Covid-19 or close contact with anyone under observation for Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Am I under any type of recommended or mandatory quarantine by my physician or public health?

We have upped our sanitizing procedures to maintain clean spaces and the health of our community. We look forward to seeing you in class in a safe and fun environment.

Thank you for joining us at the Academy!