Do you have a little drama king or queen in your crew? Don’t despair! Save your energy and them them take their act to the stage. Portland has a slew of after-school acting classes that will help your little thespian redirect their talent and hone their skills in a way that will bring on the applause! From improve to miming and clowning and more, we have everything you need to know to give your little ones a good shot at making it big!

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Oregon Children’s Theater Acting Academy

It’s not too late to sign up for classes at this classic theater. Whether your little thespian is ready to go big-time or just wants to try out the stage for fun, the Acting Academy has a class that’s just right. With programs running after school and on the weekends, there’s something to fit almost any family’s busy schedule.

Classes run through fall and winter and there are class choices for children ages 3 to 18. When you sign your child up for instruction at the Oregon Children’s Theater you can expect goal oriented classes that challenge and celebrate student’s accomplishment,  welcoming environment, and a chance to get to see your little actor in action.

Their list of classes is extensive and includes a variety of courses that cover all aspects of the art of drama. Some of the courses you and your little actor can choose from are Beginning Acting, Beginning Musical Theater, On Camera Action, Improve Troupe, Advanced Acting and more.

1939 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland
Classes start at around $120/session

Portland Metro Arts

Just because the school term has begun, doesn’t mean it’s to late to sign up for some acting fun. Portland Metro Arts is taking new enrollments so if it has taken your little one a while to work up to being brave enough for the spotlight, it’s ok! Portland Metro Arts offers a supervised arts-based childcare program as well as an after-school program with van transportation from area schools. After- school programs serve kindergarten through eighth-grade students and there are a variety of classes designed to give students the chance to participate in dramatic performance and develop characters, persona and public speaking.

Your little actors and actresses will love showcasing their talent throughout the year at regular performances that family and friends are welcome to attend. Some of the classes include Kids Play, Actor’s Workshop and Technical Theatre.

Insider Tip: The theater is holding auditions for their upcoming play Babes in Toyland on Sat., Oct. 11 at 1p.m. Children ages 6 and up are welcome to audition.

9003 SE Stark St.
Prices vary. Please enroll online for more information.

Northwest Children’s Theater

Classes are offered year-round, but during the fall, winter and spring months, busy families can enjoy after school and weekend options. Classes are divided by age and experience level and cover a range of topics. Some of the class options are designed to allow students to work on specific performance techniques while others allow them to rehearse and perform a play.

Classes include options that end in “Playlab” performances. Some of the Playlab class options include A Toy’s Adventure, Rescue Matt Damon and the Tricky Witch Tournament. Skill-based classes include Acting Intensives, Harmony and Improv. There are also mime, clowning and musical theater classes for a well-rounded education.

All classes are tuition-based, so your budding performer won’t have to audition. And if you aren’t sure which one is right for your kiddo, simply call and a staff member well walk you through the class options that are right for your family.

1819NW Everett St.
Classes start at around $170/session

What’s your family’s favorite theater? Share it with us in the comments below!

— Annette Benedetti