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Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage

***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS WORKSHOP***

 

“Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage”

Instructor: Christine Crawfis

Dates: 10 Monday sessions from June 24 – August 26, 2019 (7PM – 10PM)

Students must register for all ten sessions in the series.

Cost: $100 for ten week session (includes texts) – workshop is open to Adults 18 and up only.

REGISTER HERE

By  check; Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted

Fundamentals of Acting (Meisner Technique) & Directing for the Stage is a series of ten (10) sequential skill-based workshop sessions to teach the fundamentals of acting & directing for the stage. Participating actors & directors will learn techniques on how to evoke natural, spontaneous performances. Participants will focus on detailed scene work as well as the practical and technical aspects of directing. The series will culminate in a presentation of monologues and ten-minute plays directed and acted by workshop students; this presentation will be open to the public at no charge. Previous training is not required.

The Meisner approach is for any artist, whether this is your very first acting class, or even if you’ve been in the industry for years. Utilizing a series of progressive exercises, participants will learn to trust their own instincts and live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Meisner discovered that listening and responding in the present moment is the most important thing an actor can learn. However, the actor’s self-consciousness works against him/her and causes the actor’s focus to remain on the self, rendering the scene dead.

Through a series of exercises, the actor can learn to shift his/her focus to what is happening in the world around them. The actor can then begin to work-off and truthfully react to what is actually happening, creating spontaneous and authentic life. Using the Meisner tools, participants will work to apply the technique to real-world scenarios, utilizing all areas of the acting/directing process.

Led by instructor Christine Crawfis, this workshop series fulfills County Players’ mission “To delight, educate, and challenge the community and to nurture creative expression, through theatre and the performing arts of the highest quality.”

The workshop is offered over ten Monday sessions from June 24 to August 26, 2019, from 7PM – 10PM. Students must register for all ten sessions in the series, and all sessions will be held at The County Players Falls Theatre, 2681 West Main, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

The cost for the ten-week workshop is $100 and includes scripts and texts, and is open to Adults 18 and up only.  Class size is limited; so please register early to secure your place.

Register online by using your MasterCard, VISA or Discover Card.

Or send a check to: County Players, ATTN: Directing Workshop, 2681 West Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Accessibility:

If you require wheelchair accessibility, please contact our Box Office prior to registration at 845-298-1491.

Final weekend for THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – Fri/Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Jeff Wilson

May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019

A parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s, the story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a “Drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) Chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a blowzy Grande Dame of the Stage. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at the musical theatre genre.

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AUDITIONS – “Moonlight and Magnolias” – Tonight 5/5 and Tomorrow 5/6 at 7pm

Moonlight and Magnolias
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
Audition Dates: May 5 & 6 at 7pm

The year is 1939 and David O. Selznick is making the mother of all movies, Gone with the Wind. The cast is in place and cameras are rolling. There’s just one problem— Selznick doesn’t have a script yet. So he locks himself, director Victor Fleming and script doctor Ben Hecht in a room with little more than peanuts, bananas, and a typewriter, and they proceed to reenact the saga of Scarlett and Rhett. Only this is Scarlett and Rhett like you’ve never seen before! This rip-roaring farce is a hilarious homage to the men behind an American movie classic.

 

3 men, 1 woman

DAVID O. SELZNICK – Big time movie producer. Married to the daughter of the famed head of MGM, Louis B. Mayer. Haunted by the failures of his father in the film industry. He buys the rights to the successful book “Gone With The Wind” to make into the greatest epic ever! This film will make him the greatest ever or bury him. “He’s got to have this film!” Neurotic. Real hustler. Does not take “NO” for an answer.

BEN HECHT – Famous screenwriter , Ex journalist from Chicago. very committed to pro Jewish issues. . Hired to rewrite the script of “Gone With The Wind”. However, he has never read the book and believes this film is doomed. A voice of consciousness. Butts heads with the new director, Victor Fleming. Sarcastic

VICTOR FLEMING – Famous director, womanizer, blowhard but really a bit insecure underneath. Directed ‘’Gone With The Wind”, “Wizard Of Oz”. Started out as a mechanic and limo driver and is constantly afraid he will end up back where he started. He actually changed how films were shot with cameras moving during filming.

MRS. POPPENGHUL – David O. Selznick’s long time dutiful assistant. She takes care of the never ending supply of peanuts and banana. How many ways can you say, ‘’Yes Mr. Selznick”? Improv ability. This part will be much larger than appears in the script.

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE opens this Friday 5/3!

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Jeff Wilson

May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019

A parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s, the story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a “Drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) Chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a blowzy Grande Dame of the Stage. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at the musical theatre genre.

Bronze Sponsorship – A&R Security

Auditions This Sunday at 2pm- The Revolutionists

The Revolutionists
by Lauren Gunderson
Audition Date: April 7, 2019 at 2pm

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comedy is about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection…that ends in a song and a scaffold.

Link for audition sides