Kids can sign up for middle school acting classes soon

Theatre in the Grove’s Jeanna VanDyke will teach free improvisational acting classes for middle school students in April.

The classes will be held twice a week for an hour and a half in the afternoon at TITG in Forest Grove. Specific days and times will be determined based on schedules of interested parties.

TITG has offered improv classes before, VanDyke said, but they haven’t been open to children and teens this young.

“There’s a real, true need for kids to have involvement, especially when there isn’t as much stuff like this in the schools,” VanDyke said. “It’s important for kids to have creative involvement and it could push them to other arts. It gives them something to do.”

VanDyke is hoping get a group of about a dozen kids together, and keep some together after the classes are over to perform at local community events and TITG shows.

“They’ll learn about it, they’ll study it and they’ll do it, do it, do it,” VanDyke said. “It’s all about teamwork and working together.”

TITG received $4,800 to help fund the classes from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Classes are open to actors ages 12 to 16. To sign up for a class or for more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-359-5349. VanDyke suggests those who are interested contact her soon as class sizes are limited and students will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No audition is necessary.

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