The Rogue Pack teen theatrical training classes have completed their move into the Sellwood Community House

DAVID F. ASHTON - Setting up a scene, Rogue Packs Acting for the Camera instructor Randy Sean Shulman directed his students. Now that effects of the COVID-19 pandemic seem to be receding somewhat, the nonprofit Sellwood Community House is offering more in-person programs than ever — for both kids and adults.

One class offered this spring, also presented as a "summer camp", is "Acting for the Camera for 12 to 15 year olds".by Rogue Pack.

After the first class if this session, on April 6, instructor Randy Sean Shulman told THE BEE that he's been an actor in film and television since age eight — and now is a writer, as well as an acting teacher.

"I've coached actors individually, and taught acting classes in classroom situations for many years, for all ages," Shulman said. "Ann Singer of Rogue Pack Theater approached me a couple years ago to teach classes. The pandemic put classes on hold; but now we're back been having a great time with these kids. Their enthusiasm is fantastic at every session!"

The biggest differences between teaching adults and kids, he remarked, is their attention span, and the type of material that's covered. "But, there's so much joy and enthusiasm with kids, even though they can only do about 90 minutes at a time."

During the class sessions, the youthful actors get to play, and let out energy. "More than that, the structure of the class also teaches them foundational rudimentary acting skills for film and television."

Shulman added that what's learned in class — how to act, and how present yourself in front of people — builds confidence. "I think this exercise of learning to express emotions is a benefit to them, helping them to grow out of their shell, and learn to communicate their feelings to others."

Comments from class members:

Eli Larrison: "[Shulman] seems really awesome, so far. I'm interested in acting, but I don't think I'm very good at it yet." Kira Fryer: "Acting is really fun, and it would be really cool to be in a production. This is something that I want to do." Taavetti Saalboyer: "This is my first acting class. I'm doing this because I want to be a theatrical or motion picture director when I grow up. I hope to get knowledge that helps me in the future to reach my goals."

Upcoming Rogue Pack classes include:

· July 11-15: 9-12 noon, Acting for the Camera; Improvisational Theatre, 1-4 p.m.

· August 8-12: 9-12 noon, Improvisational Theatre; Acting for the Camera, 1-4 p.m.

To check out all of the classes offered at Sellwood Community House  including those from Rogue Pack -- and to register your kids for Summer Camps, go online

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