Aspiring performers now have new opportunities to develop their craft thanks to programming offered through the Medicine Hat College Conservatory. Starting in September, private studio and group classes will be available for speech arts and drama. Students will be able to explore a variety of areas including public speaking, presentation skills, voice production, diction and articulation, as well as storytelling, mime, scene study, and audition preparation.
Speech arts has been a popular activity in Medicine Hat for many years and instructor Rae-Ann Dillman-Ferland is excited to bring her experience to the community.
Her unique style offers a combination of classical and modern teaching techniques. Whether the goal is to pursue exams, compete in festivals or simply learn new skills, Dillman-Ferland is committed to making the experience exciting and enjoyable for each and every student.
“Speech arts is beneficial for so many reasons. It builds confidence in performance and in person-to-person interaction. It also promotes creativity and helps students develop their reading and comprehension skills. Public speaking becomes less intimidating and it's a ton of fun! It's not only great for kids and teens - adults can benefit from this training as well.”
As a former voice student and member of the Medicine Hat College Girls' Choir, Dillman-Ferland has been immersed in the performing arts for much of her life. She developed a passion for acting at a young age and went on to pursue a professional acting career in Vancouver. She appeared in various film and television projects over the years before returning to Medicine Hat to raise her young family and launch her own acting studio.
“I spent practically every day at the conservatory during my teen years and now I get to be part of the amazing group of teachers there. I couldn't be more honoured to share in the journey of other young students and help guide them like my wonderful speech teacher guided me.”
Students will follow the Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum for speech arts which includes poetry, dramatic and comedic scenes, and classical and modern literature, but as an extra, Dillman-Ferland will also touch on film acting and improv.
To learn more about speech arts, other programming, and new instructors at the Medicine Hat College Conservatory, visit mhc.ab.ca/Conservatory. Please note, some programs now offer online registration.
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