The Performer’s School, Highwood’s first acting school for children, is now accepting applications for its acclaimed Filmmaking for Social Change course. Classes run from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, from April 30 to May 21.
To conclude, the students will take part in two one-day professional film shoots on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. The “Kids Matter: Looking into Labels” series will be taught by Adria Dawn, an award-winning filmmaker who has been in the industry for over 10 years, has produced over 20 films, live theater performances and a comedy web series.
The class is only open to students in grades six through 12; the cost is $725, with discounts available for current Performer’s School students. To register, visit theperformersschool.com/upcomingclasses.
“Students will get hands-on experience in the film industry, where they can start their craft in a long and successful career,” said Stacey Flaster, co-founder of The Performer’s School. “This experience is truly a once in a lifetime experience.”
The program includes writing, directing, brainstorming and acting, all within a team. Students will touch all parts of the filmmaking process, including content creation and filmmaking.
“This is an incredible and unique opportunity for children to learn the art of creating and performing in film with timely content,” said Liz Fauntleroy, co-founder of The Performer’s School.
Content revolves around understanding sexual preferences, communicating them to others, expanding labels and pronouns, and what it means to be queer, pansexual, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc. . This course is for all kids – straight, gay, those who aren’t sure yet, and for those who always knew, etc. make a person feel whole. Collectively, students will examine the pros and cons of labels and how to embrace the unique qualities that make each individual amazing.
“The film industry intrigues students, especially when it revolves around relevant issues,” Adria said. “More and more people are interested in seeing how the cinematic process begins and develops.”
For more information on The Performer’s School offerings, please visit theperformersschool.com.