Monday – Drama

Our drama classes follow the teachings of Forrest Gump’s Momma, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get.”  Every week students will work on developing the skills necessary for performing on stage, stepping in front of a camera and preparing for auditions.  Our goal is to create a confidence that will carry on into everyday life.

Lessons will revolve around the following:  improvisation, character development, voice projection, script writing, blocking, and more.

Wes McNew

Theater has been a part of Wes’ life since preschool.  In fact you could almost say he was forced to love it, almost.  As the son of a children’s pastor, Wes was in numerous plays at his church and over time, being in the spot light grew into a passion. His affinity for different accents landed him his first lead role in middle school. In high school Wes was heavily involved in drama classes and would participate in two more plays including being invited to perform in Evangel University’s, Fiddler on the Roof.  He was also part of the nationally recognized HTV magazine team he won several awards for his broadcast stories, as well as, his short sketch comedy pieces. Wes continued his study in theater at Evangel University taking several drama classes and landing roles in three different plays, The Tempest and The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare, and a student filmed version of Alice in Wonderland.  It was at Evangel that Wes also wrote a short movie and co-produced another in which both won a national student film awards. After college Wes married Heather Harpster and moved to Memphis Tennessee.  There they helped start a none-profit program for inner city youth called Graffiti Playground.  Wes wrote one and directed two original plays while running the drama program.  After three years they moved back to Springfield Missouri to be closer to family.  Since living here, Wes has written over eight original plays and adapting eight others for productions.  He has worked with students that have gone on to do commercials, music videos and perform on Broadway.  These days, when he is not performing in the Spring Vegas Sketch Show in downtown Springfield, he spends most of his time behind the scenes helping kids and teenagers refine their acting skills and directing plays and other productions for Evolution.