WHO/WHAT/WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre will be hosting acting classes for youth actors, taught by Eden-Lee Murray, a veteran actor, director and teacher. Murray has taught youth classes at The Hawai‘i Theatre for the last seven years and has now joined forces with Hawai‘i Pacific University to teach high school and college age students, and Kumu Kahua Theatre to teach middle school age students (ages 11-15). Classes will be held at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St.

CLASSES: The Junior Ensemble is a program designed for O‘ahu middle school students, in grades 6-8. This introductory acting program will focus on improvisation, creative dramatics and basic acting techniques, with an emphasis on creative collaboration as well as performance skills. Classes will be held on Wednesday, from 4-5:30 p.m., from mid-September through mid-April. No prior acting experience required. Admission is by interview.

The Intermediate Ensemble is designed for O‘ahu students ages 12-15. This acting program is designed for students who have had some theatre experience and are interested in learning more about performance technique. The class includes theatre games, improvisation, as well as an introduction to techniques for character creation and text analysis, whether for audition monologues or short scenes. Classes will be held on Monday, from 4-6 p.m., from Sept. 13-Apr. 17. No audition is required, but students must first interview with Murray prior to being admitted to the class. Call (808) 384-2157 or email elmjellinek@gmail.com

COST: $250-Junior Ensemble; $350-Intermediate Ensemble per semester. A 50 percent discount is given for subscribers of Kumu Kahua Theatre. For subscription information, visit KumuKahua.org or call (808) 536-4222.


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