28 January 2011

Acting Workshop at Pit and Balcony

Pit & Balcony Hosts Acting Workshop

Pit and Balcony Community Theatre, 805 N. Hamilton, Saginaw, will host a two-session acting workshop on Saturdays, February 12 and 19, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  The workshop, facilitated by director/playwright Marc Beaudin, is open to those of any experience level (including none), ages 16 and up.  Cost is $25 per session.  Registration is required and can be made by calling 754-6587.

The February 12 session focuses on the audition; offering tips and techniques to give more successful readings and taking the mystery and fear out of the process.  It will also cover the basics of the stage from directions, terminology and personnel to blocking, vocal projection and pacing.  Finally, it will explore the beginnings of building a character, creating relationship and finding motivation.  This session lays the foundation for what's covered in the next one.

The February 19 session focuses on fleshing out a character and living the scene.  It details how to analyze a script to discover a character's personality, motivations, subtext and path, as well as identifying beats, arcs and dramatic units.  It then examines the concept of The Moment: what it is, why it's absolutely vital, and (most importantly) how to find it, create it and stay in it.

Marc Beaudin is a director, designer and educator who has directed numerous productions at six different venues and has taught artistic workshops to hundreds of students for many years.  Four of his shows have been named to the Top 10 Arts Events of the Year by The Saginaw News.  Originally from Michigan, he now lives in southwest Montana, and is temporarily back in the area, directing The Woman in Black at Pit and Balcony.  More information can be found at CrowVoice.com/theatre.htm.

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