The Actors Gymnasium
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Actors Gym Offers New Opportunities for Song & Dance

EVANSTON, ILThis winter, The Actors Gymnasium School for Circus & Performing Arts will expand its class listings to include new offerings in Music, Drama and Dance. Veteran Actors Gymnasium teacher Kara Karstedt and Artistic Director of Programming Larry DiStasi developed these three new offerings together and are excited to expand the courses available to children ages 3 to 18.  Descriptions for the three classes are as follows: 

Acting the Song Offers kids a chance to really delve into the "acting" of a song. Students will look at the rise and fall of the pieces and use character work to express the emotions of the music. The result of the class is to build their acting skills and to walk away with a repertoire of songs usable for auditions.

Act Up and Dance Students go on "jungle safaris", dance with ribbons, dress up and act out different children's stories, create animal orchestras, and explore moving through the space in different ways. Imaginations and bodies are both exercised in this class.  

Musical Theatre Mash-Up In the style of Glee, students will take music from two different musicals and "mash' them together, creating a whole new story, complete with singing and dancing. This process is completely collaborative and will result in a performance for parents on the last day of class.
A new session of classes in Circus and Performing Arts begins January 28 and runs through April 7, 2013. No classes on January 21 or March 25-31. Course offerings for kids and adults of all ages and skill levels include Aerial Arts, Circus Arts, Contortion, Gymnastics, Drama, and much more.  

Open registration for all Winter II classes starts January 16 at noon at Classes fill quickly and limited space is available.   


The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. For additional information on The Actors Gymnasium's innovative classes and performances, please visit or call 847-328-2795.

About The Actors Gymnasium

The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience.  At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively.

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