SWMI Performing Arts + Acting Classes for Kids- 2021

Acting Classes

Let the World be the Stage for your Child with Acting Classes

From a young age, children naturally start performing. As chubby little fingers walk the itsy bitsy spider up its water spout, a smile forms across the corners of their mouths as you cheer them on. And as they age, a hairbrush becomes a microphone to sing their favorite songs from the tiled floors of your family bathroom.

If you’ve ever sat on the couch as the audience for your child’s in-house performance, you’ve likely wondered where you can find acting classes. We’ve scoured the Kalamazoo area and found several locations to expand your child’s stage outside of your home with performing arts classes and summer camps.

These locations offer courses in improvisation, musical theater, playwriting, and acting.

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Directory: Acting Classes Around Kalamazoo

Consider these locations for dramatic arts instruction with many offering both year-round courses and summer camps. There are fun options for all ages (including adults) and varied interests to let kids take center stage.

Performing Arts + Acting Classes

Crawlspace Comedy Theatre | 315 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Holds courses on improvisation for ages 7-13. Classes meet for weekly for five weeks in the First Baptist Church in Kalamazoo. No experience is necessary to join; adult classes also offered.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre | 30 Division Ave N, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Head north to Grand Rapids for their School of Theatre Arts; you will find a comprehensive program covering acting classes, sketch comedy, musical theatre, improvisation and dance. Students starting at age 4 are mentored by professional theatre artists. Classes meet weekly for six weeks.

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre | 329 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Known for their theatrical productions, The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre offers their own Academy of Theatre Arts to teach students from ages 3 to 103 in the dramatic arts.

Their focus is on education and process, rather than the end-stage performance. Classes meet weekly for five weeks and emphasize inclusiveness; all experiences and backgrounds are encouraged and welcomed.

Opening Act Theatre Company | 61268 Co Rd 657, Lawton, MI 49065

Opening Act Theatre Company in Lawton focuses on telling a good story through performing arts (acting classes, music, and dance). Performances are shown at the Paw Paw Playhouse. They offer private lessons, summer camps, and after-school classes for grades 1-8.

Prism Performing Arts | 101 S Main St, Vicksburg, MI 49097

Vicksburg Community Center is now home to Prism Performing Arts. This center includes playwriting, directing, acting and improvisation. Courses and summer camps are offered and geared for ages 4-14.

How Does Theater Benefit Your Child?

It’s more than memorizing lines.

Whether your child has the “acting bug” or not, dramatic arts’ benefits extend beyond reading a script or learning which side of the stage is left or right.

Emotionally, children are able to express their feelings and gain insights into other’s emotions through observing body language. Self-esteem also grows as students are able to speak publicly with an audience.

What if your child doesn’t want the spotlight? Theatre is about more than playing the lead role. Students learn how to build sets and work as a team in order to create a show. Oftentimes, the entire family can be involved. Parents can assist with constructing props or costumes for the production.

Drama Camp Kids Kalamazoo
Photo: Opening Act Theatre Company

Local Performing Arts Venues

What better way to support your budding actor than to take in a show? Southwest MI offers multiple spots to see live performances:

Kalamazoo Area Venues

Barn Theatre | 13351 West M-96, Augusta, MI 49012

Farmers Alley Theatre | 221 Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Kalamazoo State Theatre | 404 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Miller Auditorium | 1341 Theatre Dr., Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Paw Paw Playhouse | 404 E Michigan Avenue Paw Paw, MI 49079

The Civic | 329 S Park St , Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The New Vic Theatre | 134 E Vine St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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