Group Acting Class for Middle School Students Begins at the Central Presbyterian Church

[SUMMIT, NJ] (October 26, 2017)— At the Summit Area YMCA, we make each day an opportunity for teens to learn, grow, and thrive. We encourage creativity and exploration in all academic areas including the arts. Our pre-teen and teen programs focus on learning, fun and a seamless transition from the school day into the Y’s After School Programs. Starting at the end of October, the Summit Area YMCA will be partnering with the Central Arts Academy and the Central Presbyterian Church to offer an affordable group acting class series for middle school students.

This 8-week class will be taught by respected veteran actress Susie Wall who performed in regional theater, film, radio and television. Her performance venues include The Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival, Stages, Insight Theatre, Hot city, Stray Dog and The New Jewish Theatre. In addition, her film credits include Saving Shiloh, Ghost Image, Doubting Tom, Sophie and the soon to released, Grandmother’s Murder Club. Susie has done voice-overs and is the founder of Play It Forward, an acting studio for kids and adults.

"I love Ms. Susie's acting class! We got to do all kinds of fun stuff like scenes, monologues and commercials! It was always the highlight of my week!" - Alex Skotarczak (12 years old)
In class, students will learn fundamental acting techniques through physical theater games and vocal work. They will learn how to conquer stage fright, build confidence, create ensemble, express themselves creatively and most of all, have fun! Students will work individually on monologues for future auditions, delve into scene work, focus on telling the story and developing believable characters with objectives, actions, stakes and obstacles. They will also work in larger groups bringing “The Page to the Stage” with famous children’s stories. The session will culminate in a final Performance Showcase for family and friends at Central Presbyterian Church’s auditorium space on December 19th.

For questions or more information, please contact Allison Zeimann at 908 273-3333 ext.1196 or Registration is done online through the YMCA. To register:

For more info about Central Arts Academy can be found here.

The Summit Area YMCA offers a wide array of programs, trips, workshops and special events designed specifically for teens. To learn more, go to

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