Blaine Community Theater (BCT) will be offering an eight-week improv class starting later this month.
The class will take place on Monday evenings, starting February 24, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will continue until April 13. The class, named Acting for Fun, will guide participants through the basics of acting and improv comedy in a fun, interactive and supportive environment for all levels of experience.
The class is for individuals age 16 and up and costs $110 or just $90 for students, seniors, veterans and public servants. Space is limited to about 15 to 20 spots, so people are encouraged to register early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting blainecommunitytheater.com.
The class will be taught by Jennie Olson Six and her husband Kevin. Both are actors, writers, directors and improv artists. Both have been involved with arts organizations including Finest City Improv in San Diego, where they previously lived before relocating to Whatcom County. Jennie grew up in Custer.
After moving to Whatcom County about two years ago, Kevin worked with BCT’s Nick McDonald at Totally Chocolate in Blaine. “We heard about the things BCT had done, and in December, I assistant-directed their holiday extravaganza show,” said Jennie. “So this is my way of becoming more involved with BCT and the Blaine community.”
Jennie said that the eight-week class can help experienced actors hone their skills and “keep things fresh and alive,” while still being accessible for people who have never acted before. The class will focus on a different topic each week. The first week will be about getting to know each other, setting boundaries and breaking the ice.
Subsequent weeks will focus on using the physical body for stagecraft, learning and memorizing monologues and applying auditioning techniques. The class could be beneficial to those who wish to improve their public speaking or their listening and communication skills.
“I know what it’s like to have fairly limited creative outlets,” said Jennie. “My passion is community-based theater and my hope is that this is the beginning of something that grows for the Blaine community.”
She added: “BCT has such a potential to be a place that people thrive in, and also a place for people to go to be entertained or feel part of a community theater.”