Acting Workshop - The Art of Improvisation: "Life is improv," we now know. Introducing students to a focused and integrated approach to the art of acting in the realistic style (the dominant mode of most acting viewed by students on stage, film, or television), the course has students relate scripted material to their own life experiences, to sharpen their observational skills. Heeding the words of Stella Adler that the task of the actor in a realistic style is to "appear human," we stretch those human facets in each student to examine the unfamiliar and unique voice of each artist. Curiosity, invention, and the willingness to fail all contribute to successful improvisation, culminating in a final production of one act plays, some scripted and directed by students.
Play Production - Musical Theater: Open to all participants in the spring musical, the course is divided between scene work from the musical itself, and focus on a variety of theatre skills. Techniques include voice work -- breathing, articulation, projection, and musicality; stage movement -- relaxation, pantomime, blocking, stage picture, and physicality of character; characterization -- an introduction to Stanislavski's system/method acting, focus, concentration, improvisation, open scene work, and subtext. Past shows include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.