Arts

Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, and theatre. The arts help children think creatively, learn observation, collaboration, and problem-solving techniques, all while building confidence and self-esteem. REGISTER ONLINE.


WINTER SESSION I: JANUARY 7 - MARCH 2
WINTER SESSION II: MARCH 4 - APRIL 27
30 MINUTE CLASS $55M/$83NM
45 MINUTE CLASS $65M/$97NM
60 MINUTE CLASS $75M/$110NM


THEATRE TYKES
Ages 5-6  | Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm
Curtain up on your child’s introduction to theatre! In this class, we will start the youngest stars out with simple games and learning how to be on stage. We will spend time getting comfortable sharing the stage and interacting with other performers. We will also learn theatre basics and etiquette. All skill levels welcome! Register here.


THEATRE I
Ages 7-11  | Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm
Want to learn about theatre? Want to try acting? Ever heard of improv? Think you have the chops to experience life on the stage? Join us for this class that will let you explore all the aspects of theater from drama to comedy to musicals to classics with some improv mixed in! This class will be a combination games and scene and monologue work- as well as a look into the audition process. See how theatre can help you live your best life! All skill levels welcome! Register here.


THEATRE II
Ages 12-15  | Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm
Ever feel like you belong on stage? Maybe you want to be a leading lady or a Prince Charming? Maybe think you would be the perfect villain? Now is your chance to find out what it is like to try theatre! In this class, we will use games and scene study to find characters and bring them to life. We will experiment with monologues and audition pieces that can be used in any audition setting! All skill levels welcome! Register here.

Welcome Annette Smith to our Arts Department

Annette Smith is excited to start sharing her love and knowledge of theatre and all things dramatic with the Fox Valley Family YMCA community. She started acting at age 5 and found her passion on stage, spending every summer performing at theatre camps. When she reached high school she focused on theatre - beginning to teach at the same summer camp she attended growing up. When she started her time at Illinois State University she focused on acting and theatre education, wanting to help future generations find a home either on stage or backstage like she did. She also began her study of Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Annette moved to the Fox Valley Area from Chicago with her husband and son to be closer to their family.  She brings her passion for theatre in all its forms, especially Shakespeare and musicals, with her to the YMCA and looks forward to helping build a strong arts department for everyone!

View featured THEATRE WORKSHOPS, including Intro to Theatre and Improv, here.