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      Fresh classes and faces this fall at QCT

      The Quincy Community offers fall acting classes from kindergarten through adulthood.

      The fall season brings fresh faces to the Quincy Community Theatre and the team is hoping to see you get into the act.

      "You get a new batch of kids," Brandon Thomsen said. "It's great when we get returning kids but I love to see when a new person comes in."

      Thomsen is QCT's Head of Education and he's already looking forward to the end of fall classes but in a good way.

      "It's so rewarding to see how they will grow," he said.

      QCT classes are designed to help actors reach new heights on and off stage.

      "We think of acting as telling a story using your voice and body," Thomsen said. "At an early age we want to get the kids comfortable with themselves and comfortable with each other."

      But these classes aren't just for kids. The theatre offers courses from kindergarten through adulthood. (You can see some of the exercises taught in these classes by clicking, here.)

      "You can take a class regardless of previous background, previous experience," he said. "You may want to take a class because you're interested in being in a play yourself maybe at your school or maybe here at the Quincy Community Theatre or maybe it's just something you want to do. Maybe you just want to get out and meet people or just work with other people. We welcome all sorts of people."

      "That's the great thing about taking classes, is that you get to try it out," QCT instructor Mindy Holthaus said. "It's not as maybe as scary as an audition would be. That's what's so great about taking a class before hand or event a classes specifically talking about auditions so that you can really test it out."

      Taking QCT's fall classes can make getting up on this stage easier but it can also boost yourself esteem in other ways.

      "Theatre can teach so many skills such as eye contact and confidence and using your imagination and your willingness to try different things," Thomsen said.

      Thomsen says if you even have the slightest interest in acting don't hold back. Try a class because you never know where you'll end up at the end of the season.

      "Something clicks inside of them and suddenly they realize, 'I can be anyone I want to be,'" he said. "That confidence level just soars."