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American Folklore

Fall Classes

Storytelling is at the core of acting. Whether it is comedy, tragedy, song or dance, what actors do on stage is tell a story. This year we will be questioning what it means to be a storyteller, and exploring the variety of styles and methods utilized since the dawn of time. 

We begin this fall with American folklore, looking at the stories and storytellers that have significantly shaped our culture. We will also study the variety of cultures and creation myths that have contributed to the American tapestry.

Play in a Week

Perfect for families wanting a limited time commitment, or for students wanting a fun introduction to theatre, PIAW covers the basic who/what/where/when/ why’s of performing in a fun and engaging atmosphere designed to build confidence.

6 Week Production

Culminates in a final fully-staged production including the elements of costuming, sound, and lights. Class builds on performance skill with a focus on collaboration and creative problem-solving.

4 Week Scene Study

A new and insightful course structure for students ready and to delve deeper into the analytical side of performance.  These classes will examine the structural elements of the script, allow for scene and character study with seasoned and established actors, and research and reflect on a variety of performance styles.

Class Title Day Times Fee
The Lizard and the Sun (6 week) Tue. 9/21 - 10/26 4:00 - 5:15 pm $125 Register

A long time ago in ancient Mexico, the sun disappeared. All of the animals searched for the sun and without luck, they all gave up except one. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this class celebrates what can be accomplished with creativity and determination.

Class Title Day Times Fee
Tom Sawyer (6 week) Mon. 9/20 - 10/25 4:00 - 6:00 pm $150 Register

Students will bring Twain’s vivid world of St. Petersburg alive in this dynamic study of the classic adventure. Rich in character study and creative movement, this class ponders the query: is Tom the most mischievous boy in town, or most clever? Or both?

Sleepy Hollow (6 week) FULL Tue. 9/21 - 10/26 5:30 - 7:30 pm $150 Register

Just in time for Halloween, this legendary story by American author Washington Irving, follows newly-arrived schoolmaster.  Ichabod Crane and his experiences in “the spell-bound region” of Sleepy Hollow. This tale questions which is scarier: what we see with the eye, or what we see with the imagination.

Centennial Trail Tales (Play in a Week) FULL Mon. - Fri. 11/8 - 11/12 4:00 - 6:00 pm $150 Register

Learn about the history-making expedition of Lewis and Clark, Sacajawea & York, and discuss the impact of these adventurers on our local community. A fun and engaging class focused on the acting principles of collaboration, storytelling, and character study.

Huck Finn (Play in a Week) Mon. - Fri. 11/29 - 12/3 4:00 - 6:00 pm $150 Register

Join Huck as he traverses the mighty Mississippi and a slew of other predicaments, including befriending the grieving Wilks sisters. How will Huck’s encounters with them impact his working with King and Duke, his friendship with Jim, and his growing social conscience?

Campbell House Holiday Mon. - Fri. 12/6 - 12/17 4:00 - 6:00 pm $250 Register

A fun and festive exploration of Spokane’s ‘First Family’, the Campbells as they prepare for the holidays.  What was life like in Spokane a century ago?  What traditions have continued on in our community?  Class includes an exclusive tour of the Campbell house; join us as we bring history to life!

Class Title Day Times Fee
SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY (6 week) Thurs. 9/23 - 10/29 4:00 - 6:30 pm $175 Register

Adapted from a book by American author Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology is a collection of short free verse poems collectively narrating the epitaphs of the fictional town of Spoon River. A captivating look at storytelling narratives of times past. 

Rehearsals: Thursdays 9/23 – 10/29, 4:00 – 6:30 pm               Tech Rehearsal: 10/29, 4:00 – 6:00 pm               Performances: 10/30 – 10/31  2:00 pm 

Nevermore Forever More (Play in a Week) Mon. - Fri. 11/1 - 11/5 4:00 - 6:00 pm $150 Register

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of the 19th Century. Join us as we explore his stories of mystery and macabre.

Campbell House Holiday Mon. - Fri. 12/6 - 12/17 4:00 - 6:00 pm $250 Register

A fun and festive exploration of Spokane’s ‘First Family’, the Campbells as they prepare for the holidays.  What was life like in Spokane a century ago?  What traditions have continued on in our community?  Class includes an exclusive tour of the Campbell house; join us as we bring history to life!

Registration closes one week prior to start date.

Refunds may be issued if a class is cancelled or a student withdraws two weeks prior to the start of class. No refunds once class begins.