The Plaza Playhouse Theater has green-lighted an addition to its Drama Academy course list. A Saturday morning acting workshop kicks off on Sept. 7 at the historic venue in downtown Carpinteria. Taught by Asa Olsson, artistic director of the Plaza Playhouse Theater, Theater 101 will be held from 10 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 7 and running for eight consecutive Saturdays.
Theater 101 will focus on the basics of how to analyze and create a character and touch on different acting methods as created by the masters Stanislavsky, Brecht and Grotowsky. Monologue, dialogue, and improv will be part of the course work, as well as breathing techniques, how to incorporate the physical changes of a specific character, the importance of sub-text, how to seek the light, how to move on stage, and basic theater terms.
"Theater to me is where we create an illusion to trigger the magic of fantasy we might have lost, a vehicle to encourage debate and discussion that brings us thoughts about our own possibilities and abilities, where we recognize feelings that we can embrace and carry with us into your own lives," said Ms. Olsson. "I look forward to helping make all that possible for the class participants."
Now in its fifth session and held on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 beginning Sept. 3, the eight-week Improv Workshop strengthens the foundation for good improvisation through games and exercises, and challenges improv veterans with character development, scene work, and storytelling. Not just for those wanting to perform on stage, the Improv Workshop is an excellent way to build confidence and to learn to trust one's instincts. The tools and skills learned are relevant for virtually every walk of life.
"While this class offers valuable performance and presentation coaching, one does not need any experience whatsoever," said John Pagano, Improv Workshop facilitator, who has worked with ComedySportz Philly. "All you need is a fun-loving attitude, a desire to meet new and interesting people, and an eagerness to cut loose and play!"
Both programs are suitable for ages 15 and up; class size is limited to 20 participants. The cost is $96 for returning students and $121 for new students. Registration may be done online or by sending a check to Plaza Playhouse Theater, ATTN: Improv Class or Theater 101, 4916 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, CA 93013. Sorry, no drop-ins allowed. For more information call Amy Orozco at (805) 284-2622.
Improv Workshop: Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22.
Theater 101: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26.
Plaza Playhouse Theater (View)
4916 Carpinteria Avenue
Carpinteria, CA 93013
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