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Monday, April 26, 2010

Workshops Planned for Liverpool International Theatre Festival


The upcoming Liverpool International Theatre Festival will feature six outstanding theatre workshops at its tenth biennial event, being held in Liverpool, Nova Scotia from May 19 – 23, 2010.  Hosted at the Best Western Liverpool hotel, these workshops will give attendees a chance to learn first-hand about various aspects of theatre craft. 

Although the workshops primarily cater to people involved in theatre, the public at large are invited to attend the workshops for a rare peek at what goes on behind the scenes.  All workshops are free admission for all.  The following workshops are offered at this year’s festival:

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Monday, September 28, 2009


The Confederation Centre of the Arts’ Young@Arts program is offering an acting intensive workshop this fall for aspiring actors (young people, high school and up).  Charlottetown Festival alumna Marlane O’Brien will be teaching the workshop in the Centre’s new Studio 2.
  “The idea is to offer an opportunity for young people interested in acting a chance to hone their skills,” says Peggy Reddin, Director of Dance Development at the Centre. “Participants will learn improvisation, how to break bad habits and open a direct line to their emotions, and how to glean every last bit of information a script has to offer and become a director’s dream.”
  Over the course of three six-hour sessions, using a Shakespearean monologue and a two-person scene from the classic modern repertoire, students will focus on three major areas: Freeing the Inner Actor, The Voice – Your Instrument, and Scene Study – the Devil is in the Details.
  The workshop is for students high school age and older and there is no experience required. The intensive will run for three Sundays, October 18, November 1, and November 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $125. Enrolment is limited. Contact Peggy Reddin at (902) 629-1196 to register.
  Marlane O’Brien has been a professional actress for more than 25 years and has played in theatres all over Canada. On Prince Edward Island she is well known for her role as Patsy Cline in The Charlottetown Festival’s A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and appearances in Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™, Songs of the Island, If You Could Read My Mind: the Music of Gordon Lightfoot, and Dads in Bondage. She has appeared in productions in theatres in Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton, among other cities. O’Brien played the recurring role of Mrs. Stuart on Emily of New Moon. She is also a director and choreographer.
  The Confederation Centre of the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of the Michael S. Schurman Family Foundation for Young@Arts programming.

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Friday, September 25, 2009



Fall Semester begins September 26.
Call 370-2493 for more information.
Beginner Class - Adults 19+
Class fee $15.00 per week
12noon - 1pm
8 week class with last two weeks(On-Camera Introductory Training).
Introductory classes on acting - theatre, television and films.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Schools Drama Project in the Solomon Islands with support from ACT

This is a good-news story.  Over the past three months, an excellent thing has happened in Honiara in the Solomon Islands.  It came to fruition on Thursday evening, 7 June.  It was the HAMS Inter-School Drama Competition.


HAMS is our Honiara community-theatre group.  Its main activity has been to put on two or three comedies a year, chiefly for the adult expatriate audience.  We decided to do something different—to reach out into the community, to promote drama in the local elementary schools while bannering the Environment as a critical issue for the people of this South-Pacific archipelago.

The project was led by a chap in the British High Commission here.  He was prompted by his teenage son who had seen the success of a similar competition (in a different field) in the UK.  About ten others of us pitched in to help with planning and arrangements, and to serve as ‘mentors’, assisting the schools who took part.  Sponsors included a bank, a computer company, conservation agencies and others—plus Prince Edward Island’s own ACT (a community theatre), which covered transportation costs for the school drama groups.


The competition worked like this ...

- The challenge was to create a 10-minute play—to develop the ideas, write the script, make the costumes, props and set (with a grant of about 14 Canadian dollars!), and present the drama using 6 or 8 pupils plus a 2-person stage-crew.  The play was to have a strong societal-improvement purpose, deriving from the general theme of protecting the environment.

- Everything had to be done by the students themselves—at the grade 4, 5, 6 level—under the guidance of their teachers and with advisory help from the HAMS mentors.  We arranged with WWF (World-Wide Fund for Nature) education specialists to visit each participating school to get the ideas flowing.

- All elementary schools in Honiara were invited to take part; 6 took up the challenge, and that turned out to be a perfect number.


There was a burst of creative energy over a three-month period.  Besides the weekly work in a classroom or under the canopy of a giant rain-tree, each school had a day at the HAMS theatre for rehearsals and the chance to do some fund-raising, while showing off their play to classmates and parents.  At a dress-rehearsal run-through, all the kids had a grand time watching each other’s plays.

Then came the gala performance evening.  The theatre was full: the Lord Mayor of Honiara, diplomatic officials, the Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister, teachers, school-mates, parents and ‘wantok’ (kinfolk) plus a surprising number of people from the general public.  Scores of student actors and assistants clustered outside, waiting for their turn on the stage.

What a show they put on.  We were all astonished at the level of acting skill, the creative genius of the costumes and set, the provocative impact of the environmental messages about beating the degradation of clear-cut logging, thoughtless rubbish and dynamite fishing.

The prizes went home with a good spread over all six schools—certificates, trophies, computers ...  for costuming, set, stage-crew, actor, actress, group acting, script, overall production/performance, and ‘spirit of the competition’.

The other outcomes were probably more important than the awards.

- A lot of publicity gave profile for the schools, for HAMS, for the idea of grass-roots theatre, and of course for protecting the environment.

- Participation: about 60 pupils were performers and stage-hands; dozens more got in on the action of developing the scripts, costumes, props, set and whatnot.  About 15 teachers volunteered for the experience of learning and leading; most started in a rather shy or modest way, to be honest ... but then grew and grew in enthusiasm, imagination, responsibility and pride.

- We found that there is a great pool of dramatic talent and imagination among Solomon Island youngsters, and this developed enormously during these few months.

- What else developed was confidence and self-esteem.  White River School is the outstanding example.  A disadvantaged school in several ways, it found this project a big challenge ... and then factors like missing set and costumes contributed to a disheartening dress rehearsal.  The kids bounced back two days later with a final show that had the audience rocking; that put mile-wide smiles on the students’ faces ... which lit up even more as they took home the computer for ‘Best Spirit of the Competition.’

Environment is crucially important in the Solomons. The effects of shifting from age-old customs to ‘western ways’ and of pillaging the forests and reefs have been killing the capacity of land-and-sea resources to sustain the people’s traditional subsistence living.  The plays made the problems concrete and visually demonstrated that solutions are within reach.

There is no shortage, though, of other serious problems—urban drift, political instability, land tenure, inter-ethnic tensions, haphazard education and such.  So there is ample potential for using ‘popular theatre’ as an instrument for guiding people to recognize and analyze an issue and feel their way toward remedial action ... and there is no reason to omit children from that process.

We can be almost certain that the HAMS Inter-School Drama Competition will become an annual activity.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

The Body Speaks - A Workshop with Christian Murray

Christian Murray brings his over twenty years of theatrical skill to a workshop that will not only teach the essentials of physical theatre and mime but kindle the creativity alive in each one of us both young and old.

Christian, a protg of renowned American mime Tony Montanaro, co-founder of Jest in Time Theatre and a Gemini award winning comedy writer offers a lively creative workout for both the body and mind.

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Friday, January 21, 2005

Clown Master Philippe Gaulier to Teach in Halifax

Zuppa Circus Theatre, in association with Theatre Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is pleased to announce a workshop in Character Work led by internationally acclaimed clown master, Philippe Gaulier.  The workshop will be held from August 2-23, 2005, Monday-Friday from 10 am - 3pm.  The workshop will take place in Halifax. During M.Gaulier’s last visit to Halifax in 2002, he taught a three-week long workshop in Clown to students from across Canada and the USA.

The 2005 Halifax workshop will be Character Work.  Each student will be assigned a costume before the class. Through these costumes, scene work, improvisation and writing exercises the class will spend three weeks discovering which characters they are drawn toward.  “In this class we will discover that playing a character means giving what the audience needs in order to continue dreaming about the character, and not an ounce more than this. An ounce more would break the charm and everything would fall back onto the ground again in reality, in a thousand pieces. Students often play too much, so much that they lose their aura, their charm, their soul” (from www.ecolephilippegaulier.com)

Philippe Gaulier is a world-renowned teacher/writer and director with a distinctive approach to the world of performance. Currently based in Paris, France he runs his own international theatre school, �cole Philippe Gaulier, where, each year, he welcomes students from up to 36 different countries. Founded twenty-four years ago, it continues to produce enriched theatre artists that take their craft back to their many corners of the world. Theatre artists that have trained with M. Gaulier include Oscar-winning actors Geoffrey Rush (Shine), and Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful), Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility), Helena Bonham-Carter (Fight Club / Big Fish) and the very popular satirist Ali-G.  London’s internationally acclaimed, cutting-edge theatre company Complicit�, under the direction of Simon McBurney and Marcello Magni, was founded on and guided by the principles at the heart of Philippe Gaulier’s teachings.  Philippe Gaulier does not teach a style of theatre, but an approach to theatre that allows an actor to find his or her own style. Gaulier’s approach, puts a great emphasis on character development; however, play creation, writing and directing are also fundamental aspects of Gaulier’s belief in giving birth to unique creative artists.

For more information on the workshop or to request a registration form, please contact Zuppa Circus Theatre at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 902-489-9872. Also, look at photos from the 2002 workshop at www.zuppacircus.com

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

“Volunteering Matters” Community School Courses

“Volunteering Matters” will be offered at selected Community Schools across PEI from January - March. Topics include recruiting volunteers, meetings, working with the media, event organization, money matters and more! Courses run for 10 weeks.  Great opportunity for your members to practice skills and get new ideas!

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Theatre Stage Management Workshop - Class Re-offered

A skilled Stage Manager is the one person in the production team who keeps it all together.  As a conduit for information, the stage manager is responsible for ensuring that all members of the theatre company are provided with the information that they need to get the show ready for the stage.  As an administrator, the stage manager assists the director, organizes rehearsals, sets schedules and takes notes.  As an artist, the stage manager calls the cues that keep the show running smoothly and as intended by the director.  Overall, the Stage Manager is a communicator, decision maker and key member of any stage production.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

TheatrePEIs Voice Workshop: Bringing Songs to Life - Storytelling in Musical Theatre

At the centre of every song is a beating heart: a character, a mood, a desire, a story. As singers, we must move beyond the sound of our voices, our tensions, our anxieties, our egos to illuminate the truth in the lyrics and have fun!

This is a course for singers - beginner to advanced who wish to gain confidence, improve vocal technique and explore musical text in a deeper and more meaningful way.

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Sunday, November 14, 2004

IMAC presents an Acting for Camera Workshop

Angela Vermeir will be teaching Acting for Camera on Friday November 19 from 9 - 4 PM in the Arts Guild Board Room.  ACTRA is hoping to attract more members in PEI as well as to educate.  The cost is $25 for the day and two breaks (coffee/tea/muffins) will be provided.

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Monday, November 08, 2004

Sponsorship Sales, Service & Success

Festivals & Events PEI presents Sponsorship Sales, Service & Success with Bruce Erley

Does your organization coordinate community or fundraising events? Would you like to gain a better knowledge of sponsorship issues and learn how to work with sponsors?

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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Occupational Voice Workshop

The PEICA recently received information about an Occupational Voice Workshop being held on October 9, 2004 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel from 8:30-12:30. The workshop fee is $35.00.

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Drama classes offered in Charlottetown

PEI Conservatory is offering sessions for children and teen-agers

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Friday, August 20, 2004

TheatrePEI’s “Producing: The Business of Theatre” Seminar

Saturday, October 2nd
10 AM - 2 PM

Need a producer for your next production or event?  Ever wanted to produce a play but wasn’t sure how to proceed?  What does a producer do, anyway?

TheatrePEI is offering a short practical seminar that discusses the various responsibilities and duties of the Theatre Producer.  Created for anyone thinking about starting a theatre company or producing a show, the main focus of the seminar will be on the basics of planning, preparation, budgeting and scheduling.

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

TheatrePEI’s “God, I Hope I Get It” Audition Workshop

This two-day intensive workshop will focus on the worst part of the actor’s experience - auditioning for the job.

This fun, on-your-feet, interactive performance course will examine the practical aspects of auditioning for theatre and camera acting jobs including:

Who are these people? - the audition panel
What do I wear? - dressing for the experience
Who’s in my headshot? - resume and photo considerations
Does Hamlet lisp? - choosing appropriate monologues
How do you pronounce that? - cold read survival
Can I sing Happy Birthday? - Musical auditions for singers and non-singers
How do you do? - Audition conduct and etiquette
Where do I stand? Where do I look? - technique for camera auditions
Can you repeat that? - reacting to advice and direction

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