Join the drama with OSU Outreach's ´Acting Basics' series at Stillwater Public Library

shane(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Dec. 17, 2015) – OSU Arts and Sciences Outreach is offering a new series of “Acting Basics” at the Stillwater Public Library. The six-session course, taught by theater veteran Shane O’Mealey, will meet at the Stillwater Public Library on Tuesdays from Feb. 2-March 8.

“We are excited to offer Acting Basics again for the community,” said O’Mealey. “Our students enjoyed developing their characters and acting techniques, so we’ve enhanced the course to give them even more time to participate.”

The non-credit classes include a mixture of discussion, activities, games, lectures, script analysis and practice to help both beginning and experienced actors perform more confidently on stage.

“It’s fun working with such a varied group of people, from those who want to enrich their acting to those who have never stepped foot on stage before,” said O’Mealey. “The class is very supportive, and there is no pressure or stage experience necessary. The only requirement is a desire to learn and gain confidence.”

The classes, held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., address cover an array of fundamental topics such as learning lines, analyzing characters and eliminating stage fright.  Specific classes include:

  • Feb 2, “Nuts and Bolts.” What is acting? Learn basic stage and acting terms, suspending the audience’s belief and using imagination when reading a script.
  • Feb 9, “Prepare to Act.” Learn warm-up techniques, projecting on stage, listening and relating to fellow performers, memorizing lines, bad habits to avoid and staying in character.
  • Feb 16, “What’s My Motivation?” Learn to define a character’s traits and emotions.
  • Feb 23, “Deep Thought.” Learn modern acting techniques and how to analyze what is behind the lines.
  • March 1, “Stage Fright.” Learn relaxation and breathing techniques and how to deal with mistakes.
  • March 8, “At Rise.” Students will perform a short scene using the techniques they have learned and begin to develop their own acting technique.

O’Mealey has appeared onstage in 19 theater productions. Some of his portrayals include Chris Keller in “All My Sons,” Scarecrow/Hunk in “The Wizard of Oz” and Sherlock Holmes in “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” He has written three plays and directed three productions.

O’Mealey is a past president of Town & Gown Theatre (2007-2009) and a former member of the Town & Gown board of directors (2006-2009). He has been a member of OSU Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers and is currently a member of the Stillwater Chamber Singers.

“Acting Basics” is a non-credit course open to the community. The course is recommended for adults and teens 14 and up.  The fee is $89 for students who enroll prior by Jan 26, and $109 thereafter. To register, go online to the OSU Marketplace at http://bit.ly/1gUmDBO or call (405) 744-8459.

For more information, please email Christine Nichols at christine.nichols@okstate.edu.

Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Visit the library online at http://library.stillwater.org.