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Lakewood Theatre Company to offer many classes this winter


Stage, film combat classes will be taught by Kendall Wells

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Actor and fight director Kendall Wells will teach stage stunt fighting skills in two four-week classes at Lakewood Center for the Arts.Kendall Wells, an actor and film and stage fight director, will conduct two different series of classes on stage stunt fighting skills starting Jan. 19 at the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

Wells is one of two people certified to teach De Longis Performance and Combat Arts, created by fight master Anthony De Longis, with whom Wells has studied for nine years.

Wells has worked on the television shows “Grimm,” “Leverage” and “Deadliest Warrior” and on DirecTV, LA Opera and more shows. He was awarded a Drammy Award for fight choreography for NW Classical Theatre Company’s “Macbeth.”

Classes to be offered at Lakewood Center include:

Sword Fighting for Stage and Film — Designed for ages 13 through 17. This class will cover the basics of how sword fights work with hands-on training.

Fight Performance for Film, TV and Stage — Designed for adults. The course will cover fight skills, what is used most often in modern film and television, look at choreography through a camera and watch playback, and dissect the anatomy of a fight.

Classes will be held Saturdays from Jan. 19 through Feb. 9. Fee is $85 for each series of classes. Sword Fighting will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Fight Performance from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Other classes offered this winter by LTW include:

For youth:

Grimm to Glee TV for ages 8 to 12. Taught by Sandra Peabody on Tuesdays from Jan. 22 through March 12 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. These classes feature improvisation, presentation and audition skills using commercial, film and TV scripts. Instant video feedback helps students critique themselves while they develop confidence and poise.

TV/Film Acting for ages 13 through 18. Taught by Peabody on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Act in front of a camera and practice improvisation and audition skills using commercial, film and TV scripts.Cost for either of these classes is $165.

Adult classes:

Speaking With Charisma: On and Off Camera, a class for those wanting to improve their image, speaking and presentation skills. Led by Peabody, participants will practice impromptu and prepared dialogue to perfect interviews, public speaking and business speeches. Class runs Jan. 29 through March 5 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $145.

In Acting for Non-Actors instructor Nancy McDonald teaches theater skills and techniques that will enhance the ability to think on your feet and feel comfortable and relaxed in front of others. Cost is $150; class meets Mondays, Jan. 21 through March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.

How to Tell Your Story will be taught by McDonald on Thursdays, Jan. 24 through March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. You are the story of your life, but how you tell that story requires your own unique recipe. Cost is $150.

Class sizes are limited. Pre-registration is required for most classes. Call 503-635-3901 to pre-register. All classes are held at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego.