Take a 'Chance'
For ages 12-18 years old
Do you like to write? Do you like to act?
Do you want to be more creative?
This summer, we are opening up this program to all students!
Through story circles, improv games, and writing exercises, you’ll learn the fundamentals of storytelling and have a ton of fun. Over five weeks, you will work collaboratively with your peers to write, design, and perform a new play under the mentorship of Chance staff, professional designers and professional actors! Find your voice through theater and Speak Up.
|June 24 - July 19||Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1-4pm|
|July 22 - 26||Monday through Friday, 1-4pm|
|July 29||Rehearsal from 10am-5pm|
|July 29 & 30||Performances at 7pm|
|June 24 - July 24 @ Twila Reid Park Recreation Room|
|July 25, 29 and 30 @ Chance Theater|
About the Program
For almost a decade, the Chance has worked with Anaheim Union High School District students to present original productions as part of the Speak Up - Take a 'Chance' program, completely free-of-charge to AUHSD students. This year, for the first time, we are offering non-AUHSD students the opportunity to apply for scholarships, to help ensure we have as many voices as possible involved in Speak Up.
Over the 5-week course, students are guided through a collaborative process as they explore their own creativity while writing an original production. By participating in all elements of constructing and producing a new play (playwriting, acting, marketing, etc.), under the guidance of artistic staff and our program director, the students take ownership of every aspect of an original theatrical work, and learn that theater can be a powerful means for self-expression. Additionally, during the process, they also gain confidence, grow a sense of community, as well as learn leadership, teambuilding, communication and public speaking skills.
Studies show that developing “21st Century Skills,” which include problem solving, critical and creative thinking, dealing with ambiguity and complexity, integration of multiple skill sets, and the ability to perform cross-disciplinary tasks, is in decline due to the loss of many arts programs in schools. By teaching these skills to our students, they will personally benefit and, ultimately, our community will benefit ten-fold as they mature and join the workforce with these skills.
Meet the Instructor
Tanae Beyer has been a Chance Theater resident artist since 2005 where she served as education director for 5 years before going back to school to get her MA in Theater from California State University, San Bernardino and secondary teaching credential from California Baptist University. Currently she teaches drama at Santiago High School in Corona and recently directed their production of A Christmas Carol. Aside from directing five "Speak Up" productions and two Chance summer youth musicals, Tanae's production credits with Chance Theater includes Little Women - The Broadway Musical (Associate Director), The Who’s Tommy (Stage Manager, also performed at Segerstrom Center for the Arts), A Christmas Story (Stage Manager), Biloxi Blues (Stage Manager), the world premiere of The Giant and The Pixie (Stage Manager), and is currently the Stage Manager for this summer's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. She is a graduate of Concordia University, Irvine with degrees in Theater and Communications and she also studied Theater of the Oppressed at CUNY and Creative Arts Team of New York.