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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