(No class on October 25.) The fall is a season with many holidays providing opportunities for the young actor to use their imagination and create holiday characters. Based on the various holidays, students learn the basics of acting as they participate in storytelling, role playing, improvisation, and scene readings. Using their greatest tool, their natural abilities, they will create stage characters, master performing on stage and developing a performance. Class will include a brief introduction to the importance of the technical requirements in theatre – sets, lights, props, and costumes. They will have a unique opportunity to observe theatre tech staff building and preparing for one of the upcoming LTA productions. We will have a Halloween party which will include an introduction to stage makeup and students must act out their Halloween characters for the class. Pending class participation we will wrap up the fall session with final holiday scenes to present to their family and friends. INSTRUCTOR BIO: KATHERINE DILLABER graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts (concentration Theatre Arts) and Certification for Secondary Education. After graduation, she worked in the performing arts at Tecumseh in Chillicothe, Ohio; Land of Oz in North Carolina, and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has performed and participated in productions at LTA and other local theatre companies. As an instructor in the Education department at LTA, she has taught every age group and directed numerous children’s productions. Her professional education and theatre positions, combined with years of ballet training (Cecchetti method), are constant resources for classes.