ComedySportz Improv Theater's best known for its resident troupe of comedians, called The Playerz. They comprise two teams?the Richmond Legends and the Virginia Hams?who duke it out onstage in improv battles for audience laughs and official points. Their duels, though colorful, remain all-ages friendly, and the wide range of appeal has consistently landed them on Style Weekly's Best of Richmond lists.
Aside from performances, however, they also hold camps and workshops to help new improvisers discover a love for made-up scenes and silly songs. They generally start kids off with one-week camps that meet Tuesday - Friday and culminate in a performance for family and friends. Students who are interested can then pursue a more in-depth education in the Intro to Improv Training Series, which teaches techniques for finding a story, developing characters, and disabling your ability to memorize things. Ultimately, improvisers enter the ComedySportz leagues, where they engage in casual, supportive ComedySportz shows with friends and bring smiles to faces.
The Metropolitan School of the Arts - formerly the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center - was founded more than 14 years ago. This multidisciplinary performing-arts organization takes a holistic approach to teaching and encouraging performance-arts skills, creating performance opportunities in dance, music, and theater for a diverse population of students of all ages and abilities. Its students have gone to perform on Broadway, at The Juilliard School, and in highly esteemed companies, such as the Mark Morris Dance Company, The Washington Ballet, and Ford's Theater and Signature Theater. Youth programs include year-round programs in dance, theater, music, music-theater, and acting, as well as a performing-arts program in the summer, all for children as young as 2. Adult classes range from basic to advanced, including ballet, jazz, and tap lessons, plus yoga and ballet-barre fitness workouts.
The team at International Beauty Salon prepares aspiring models to grace the fashion catwalk and pageant stage with comprehensive courses in modeling, pageantry, acting, and etiquette. Beyond hands-on lessons in posing and smelling like a fashion magazine, the courses cover professional necessities such as portfolio building and self-marketing. Once models have graduated, the instructors often provide work opportunities and agency interviews to those who qualify. Their two-hour workshops focus on specific areas of modeling, whereas their five-day summer camps for teens cover a different aspect of modeling each day.
Most parents feel convinced their child has a flair for the dramatic! Christine Denning, Owner and Director of Kidz Act is making a career out of cultivating and nurturing a child's natural love of performing.
Kidz Act offer public acting classes for children, beginning at age four to teens.
CT International Modeling School prepares kids for careers as models, actresses, and pageant queens. Its industry-specific trainings—available as summer camps and workshops—teach students how to walk down a runway, style their own hair, and strike creative poses, rather than always posing triumphantly on top of the same mountain.
To showcase the work of its young scribes, once a year Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts its New Play Festival, providing an opportunity for budding playwrights to see the fruits of their creative labor flourish on stage. Watching their work as it's performed for an appreciative audience may be a student's first taste of artistic accomplishment, substantiating in them a desire to expand their horizons academically and creatively. The students collaborate with professional actors, dramaturges, and directors to produce 15 student-written plays during three nights. In addition to its benefits to the writers as individuals, the festival—which audiences attend free of charge—enhances public regard for young artists and fosters a dialogue regarding matters of vital importance to the community.