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2014-2015 Adult Education Program

Steps to the Stage

Raleigh Little Theatre is pleased to present adult acting classes designed to take students through the process of preparing for the stage. The adult theatre classes offer the same commitment to excellence found in the Youth Education Program where the goal is to provide high quality theatre arts training in a safe nurturing environment. We believe that theatre arts training extends well beyond the stage as well by promoting self- esteem, building confidence, stimulating creativity, sharpening communication skills and fostering an appreciation of teamwork. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you have any questions, please call or email me.

You might also be interested in reading this article in Midtown Raleigh News about RLT's adult classes.

Linda O’Day Young
Youth Theatre and Education Director
linda@raleighlittletheatre.org , (919) 821-4579 ext 235

Enrollments: Send in the registration form

Note: Refunds (minus a $20 drop fee) will be made if the student officially withdraws 10 days before the start of a class. To officially withdraw, call Kathleen Rudolph at 919-821-4579 extension 225 or email kathleen@raleighlittletheatre.org .

There is a $10 returned check fee for insufficient funds.

The following classes and workshops have been announced.

 


Readers Theatre (APEX)

Ages: 55 and up

Have you ever seen a play and thought, “I could do that!”? Well then this class is for you! Readers Theatre is a style of theatre in which actors do not memorize their lines and use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than sets, costumes, intricate blocking or movement. Learn what it is like to be onstage by participating in a variety of theatre activities used to build confidence and boost creativity. The session will culminate in a Readers Theatre presentation for friends and family. No previous experience necessary. Limited to 10 participants.

Dates: Fridays, September 5 – November 14 (no class October 10)
Times: 9:30am-10:30am
Performance will be held at 10am on November 14.

Instructor: Kathleen Rudolph

Registration: Please call the Halle Cultural Arts Center directly at 919-249-1120.


Beginning Actors Studio SESSION 1 FULL

This class is designed for adults who thought they might want to give acting a try or for those actors who wish to revisit the basics and explore acting concepts and techniques. Students will participate in lively theatre games and exercises designed to free up the voice and body, stimulate creativity, promote confidence and teach the basics of acting.. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing allowing for freedom of movement, and closed toe shoes. Limit: 12 students.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $100 each session

Session 1 (Fall Class): FULL

Dates: Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Lucius Robinson

Session 2 (Winter Class):

Dates: Sundays, January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Instructor: Sue Scarborough

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.


Much Ado About Shakespeare

Our new Artistic Director, Patrick Torres wants to spread his love of Shakespeare.
Whether you have been a long-time fan of Shakespeare or you truly don't understand what all the fuss over Shakespeare is about, this class will demonstrate just how approachable the Bard’s work is and give you insight into why his work is timeless.Through performance and text analysis, participants in this class will learn how Shakespeare uses language to reveal character, intention, and action for actors. Limit: 16 students.

Ages: 18 and up

Cost: $120

Dates: Sundays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.


Improv Performance Ensemble!

Ages 16 – Adult

Older teens and adults come together to explore creative possibilities in this unique course co-taught by area actors/improvisors J Chachula and Dan Sipp. J will lead students through the first four weeks teaching improv fundamentals while exploring personal point-of-view and life experience. Students will then use those skills to craft simple, grounded scenes. Dan will then take over for the next four weeks introducing group work and teaching how to weave themes and stories into a long-form performance. Dan and J then join forces for the final two weeks preparing this improv performance ensemble for their live public show! Limit 14 students.

Cost: $225

Classes: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm
September 18 – December 4 (no class November 27)
Performance: Thursday, December 4 at 8:00pm

Instructors: J Chachula and Dan Sipp

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.


Technical Workshops NEW!

Saturdays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Limit 10 students

Ages: 13 – adult

Cost: $35 per workshop or $30 each for more than one!
Instructor:  Thomas Mauney

LIGHTING WORKSHOP 101

Where was the actor when the lights went out? In the dark! Lighting is a critical part of making a play, but what do all those lights even do? And why are there so many? In this workshop students will be given a thorough introduction to lighting equipment for the theatre. By the end you’ll know your fresnels from your pars, be able to spot an ellipsoidal and understand why you should never touch a bulb! Limit 10 students.

Saturday October 11, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

LIGHTING WORKSHOP 102

Ever wonder just what a lighting designer does? Hanging a light is one thing, but what about designing a lighting plan or programming light cues into a computer? This workshop will expose students to the basics of lighting design, cover the creation of light cues and explain how to run a board. You’ll look at a play in a whole new way once you understand how it’s lit! Limit 10 students.

Saturday February 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

SOUND WORKSHOP 101

A good play is made great by adding just the right music and sound effects. But how does a sound designer choose what to play during a show? And how does sound equipment even work? Find out in this introduction to sound design for the theatre. Students will learn the ins and outs of running a sound board and how to gather sound effects. Limit 10 students.

Saturday October 18, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

SOUND WORKSHOP 102

A good sound designer doesn’t just have an ear for music. They know how to blend sounds together using a mixing board and how best to control the music for a show. In this exciting workshop students will learn how to structure a sound design for the stage and how to master the mixing console. Limit 10 students.

Saturday February 21, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Stage Combat Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

During rehearsals for many shows, a Stage Combat Choreographer is called in to stage a physical action, making it look real yet at the same time keeping the actors safe. This Stage Combat two day workshop will focus on the basics and fundamentals of stage violence from the actor’s perspective. Subjects covered will include safety, body awareness and partner relationships. The first day will be devoted to hand-to-hand combat including slaps, punches, pushes, pulls, kicks, trips, falls, hand stomps and eye gouges. The second day students will explore combat with weaponry. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothing (sweat pants and sweatshirt, for example) and tennis shoes. Limit 10 students.

Cost: $60

Saturdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Dates: October 18 and October 25

Instructor: David McClutchey

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Scene Study FALL CLASS FULL

This class is for both beginning and intermediate students who wish to learn and sharpen basic acting skills and explore character development through scene study. To enable our instructor to elect scenes for class work, please download Scene Study Student Profile (see below) and submit with registration form. Limit: 12 students.

Ages 18 and up

Cost: $120 each session

Session 1: (Fall Class): FULL

Dates: Sundays, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Lucius Robinson

Session 2: (Winter Class):

Dates: Sundays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22
Times: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Instructor: Sue Scarborough

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.
Please also include your Scene Study Student Profile.


Musical Theatre Audition Workshop (October)

Ages: 13 - adult

An actor’s audition begins the second he or she walks into the theatre. How you conduct yourself says a lot to the Director. This two day workshop will address audition preparation including how to pick a monologue and how to choose the right song, obtain sheet music in the right key, selecting the best 16 bars and even cutting the sheet music so that an accompanist has no problem playing the part you want. On the first day, students will be given a one minute monologue to prepare for the second day. Students will discuss audition attire and the proper etiquette for introducing themselves and their selections as well as communicating with the accompanist. Limit 12 students.

Cost: $90 per session

Saturdays, 2:30 – 5:30 pm
October 25 & November 1

Instructor: Alison Lawrence

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Playwriting Workshop: Creating Characters For The Stage NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

Over the course of 4 weeks this playwriting workshop will explore ways of creating unforgettable characters. Students will look at what makes an interesting character and tips to help you create your own. From dialogue to detail to situation, this workshop will focus on the early stages of creating a character and how creating a character is often the first and most important aspect of writing an interesting play. Students will be asked to come in with an idea for a character they want to write about and through a series of guided writing exercises, lecture and discussion, they will learn how to build a character from the ground up and make them memorable. Limit 12 students.

Cost: $125

Saturdays, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
October 25- November 15

Instructor: Fonda Muhammad

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Musical Theatre Audition Workshop (December)

Ages: 18 and up

An actor’s audition begins the second he or she walks into the theatre. How you conduct yourself says a lot to the Director. This two day workshop will address audition preparation including how to pick a monologue and how to choose the right song, obtain sheet music in the right key, selecting the best 16 bars and even cutting the sheet music so that an accompanist has no problem playing the part you want. On the first day, students will be given a one minute monologue to prepare for the second day. Students will discuss audition attire and the proper etiquette for introducing themselves and their selections as well as communicating with the accompanist. Limit 12 students.

Cost: $90

Dates: Sundays, 6:30pm-9:30pm, December 7 and 14
Times: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Instructor: Lauren Busteed

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.


Modern Commedia Dell’Arte Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

Modern Commedia dell’Arte is a revitalization of the Italian mask tradition developed by master teacher Jacques Lecoq. It focuses on the close relationship between comedy and tragedy in the immediacy of human existence. It demands a spirit of playfulness, physical endurance and complete integrity. Through history, demonstrations and exercises, students will explore how the techniques of Commedia will lead to more honest, dynamic and present performance. Limit 12 students.

Cost: $90

Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
January 17- 31, 2015

Instructor: Evan Mitchell

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Costume Design Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

Working in close collaboration with a show’s Director, Set Designer and Lighting Designer, the Costume Designer creates the look of each character in a script by designing clothes and accessories worn by the actors in the production. In this two day workshop students will learn the elements of costume design, including proper preparation for design, the importance of texture, shape and color, the use of design sketches and the consideration of style based on the show’s needs, the Director’s vision and the actors’ body type. As with the set and lights, it’s about making a strong visual statement to the audience. Limit 10 students.

Cost: $75

Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
March 7 - 14, 2015

Instructor: Vicki Olson

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


No Fear Shakespeare Workshop NEW!

Ages: 13 - adult

In this three day workshop students will gain the experience and obtain the tools they need to explore Shakespeare with no fear. Students will play with text, image and structure, and search for clues directly from our friend, Will Shakespeare. Have fun as you unlock the mysteries and jump into the text and physicality of the great Bard. Where else can you say things like “Take you me for a sponge?” (Hamlet) or “Away, you mouldy rogue, away!” (Henry IV) or “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” (from you know what). For those who want to begin or those who want to explore Shakespeare in a more exciting way, join the group. Have fun! No fear!

Cost: $90

Saturdays, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
March 7 - 21, 2015

Instructor: Sue Scarborough

To enroll, please send in the registration form (PDF)


Directing for the Stage

Ages: 18 and up

Learn the fundamentals of directing in this exciting new class! From casting to working with actors to staging, participants will learn the art of directing through practice - each director will fully stage a two person scene to be shared with the public during the final class. The only way to truly learn how to be a director is to do it, and this class will give you that opportunity. This class will require work outside of the workshop hours. Limit: 12 students.

Cost: $160

Dates: Sundays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7
Times: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Instructor: Patrick Torres

To enroll, please send in a Registration Form.


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