THIS FALL'S ACTING OUT OPTIONS!

After successfully running 5 weeks of summer programming, we are excited to announce our Fall 2020 class line up. As society is changing around us, Acting Out! has been creatively adjusting to the “new norm” and discovering ways to safely engage with our students. 

 

Please read below what we are doing as an organization to follow CDC guidelines and Gov. Bakers’s safety precautions.

 

In compliance with Gov Baker’s rules, our class sizes will be limited to 20 students per class, which are then divided into small groups of 10 or less to allow for social distancing.  Our 6500ft facility provides adequate space for each group, allowing for safe social interactions while maintaining distanced. Theater is an expressive art rooted in community, so our goal is to be innovative in how we social distance. Many improvements have been made to the theater over the few months specifically around health and safety protocol. All staff will be trained in cleaning procedures for the theater that includes sanitizing before, after, and during each day. Staff is well informed on hand-washing policies and other social distancing guidelines. There will be temperature checks prior to each class, and PPE will be on hand for all, though we recommend bringing your own mask for we will be wearing them throughout each class! Parents and guardians are strongly advised to keep students’ home if there are any indications of illness. In addition, first-day registration and pick up & drop off will be coordinated outside to eliminate large groups inside our space. The safety of our community is of the utmost importance to us and as new guidelines and protocols emerge, we will continue to add those to our program. 

 

Our final performance at the end of each course will be filmed for everyone to enjoy in the safety of their home. For the final performance, students will be allowed to take off their masks! We have worked this way throughout the summer, and to ensure minimal germs are spread, we plan for only a few students on stage at once, with no students in the audience. We are all looking forward to a fun fall filled with new learning experiences, challenging performances, creative opportunities, and of course laughs. Our goal is to encourage your children to try new things, gain confidence, and feel proud of their accomplishments. Although our Fall sessions are different than years prior, we feel quite sure that this “new norm” will be as rewarding as years past!" 

CHILDRENS MUSIC THEATER WORKSHOP—6 Weeks

September 22- October 27

Grades K-2 3:30- 4:30 TUESDAYS
LIMITED to 10 students per class

 $195 for participation

Our young stars will be immersed in the basics of musical theater as they learn music, dance, vocals.  Some costumes, and set design a plus! Students will enjoy theater games and creative arts/crafts projects all while learning the basics of a musical theater production! Their final performance will be customized to suit their unique performance level, and it will be filmed for your enjoyment!

The Daly Theater @ THE SPACE, 56 island Street, Lawrence

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

ACTING BASICS AND PERFORMANCE- 6 WEEKS --September 16th-October 21nd 

 

Grades 3-6 WEDNESDAYS 4:30-5:30pm 

Grades 6-10 WEDNESDAYS 5:45-7:00 pm

LIMITED to 20 students per class (10 per group) 

 $200 class fee

 

This class focuses on theatrical education, in which students will be immersed in all aspects of the craft including but not limited to voice and speech, movement, improvisation, scene study of classic and modern shows, Shakespeare, and other acting techniques. Students will be challenged to work both as individuals and as an ensemble. This class is perfect for those who want to learn or expand their skills in acting and/or public speaking (debate team, class speeches) while working towards a performance. Students who participate in our program will build confidence, learn to think more creatively, and create a foundation that will have a dramatic impact on their academic, personal, and professional success!  Curriculum changes for each age level. The final performance will be filmed. 

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MUSICAL THEATER – 9 Weeks 

 

Sept. 15-Nov 10

 (FIRST CLASS ALL STUDENTS WILL AUDITION-please prepare 16 measures of a song and be prepared to cold read)

 

Grade 3-7 4:30-6:00 TUESDAYS  

Grade 8-12 6:15-7:45 TUESDAYS 

LIMITED to 20 per class (10 per group)

$250 class fee

 

BROADWAY ACTORS Matt DeAngelis and Christine Dwyer will join our class on September 29th  and share some tips on acting, vocals and dance!

 This class is performance-driven, focusing on script analysis, scene study, lyric analysis, as well as listening to and giving constructive feedback to classmates. Each student will have the opportunity to work on two songs. For the first, the director will select one scene along with a duet/trio/quartet (depending on material). For the second song, students will perform one solo piece. There will be a balanced emphasis on music, acting, and dance.  All students will also work with a vocal instructor and choreographer. The program nurtures rehearsal and performance principles requiring commitment, teamwork, and collaboration within diverse creative processes. POPULAR BROADWAY SHOWS WILL BE FEATURED. This class will culminate in a final filmed performance. 

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GRADES 9-12

TWO PLAYS- AUDITION ONLY
September 21 to December 7; AUDITIONS SEPTEMBER 14 (Prepare a 1-minute Monologue)
Final Show filming date: Friday, December 11
rehearsals will take place MONDAY EVENINGS (Final time tbd upon casting)
If cast, participation fee is $75

 ACTORS NIGHTMARE         AND         PLAZA SUITE

(Character descriptions below)

 

Prepare a monologue and audition for ONE of the plays listed.  Please note, this is audition only, and there will not be any double casting.  However, if you have an interest in joining our team as an assistant director and/or stage manager please note that on your audition form.  Once cast, you will work toward a final performance while learning the essentials of acting, including but not limited to; the use of inflection and beats, character analysis and breakdown, staging under unique circumstances, dissecting a play, and scene work basics. This opportunity is for high school students looking to be challenged and hone their acting skills.  The final performance will be filmed. 

To sign up for an audition slot, please visit: SIGNUP GENIUS

CHARACTERS IN PLAZA SUITE: 

Karen Nash: Forty-eight years old and fine with it. A pleasant and affable woman, Karen has allowed herself to look middle aged because she knows she is middle aged. She is witty, and down to earth. She is also secretly hoping the visit at the suite will bring her and her husband closer together. (It is their anniversary… she thinks) 

Sam Nash: Sam is Fifty years old but cannot come to terms with it. He is trim, incredibly neat and well-tailored. Sam needs to know he looks good… and that others know he looks good. He goes to great strides to keep the years at bay, with exercise and a meticulous diet. Sam is a workaholic, but not just because he likes to work. 

Jean Mc Cormack: Jean is Sam’s secretary and highly efficient. She is well groomed, attractive, and bright and cheerful at 28 years of age. She is also Sam’s mistress. 

Bellhop: Younger man, eager to please and will visit as long as he needs to get his tip. 

Jesse Kiplinger: A confident forty-year-old Hollywood producer who has made his success but still feels his life is missing the kind of relationship he had in his teens with Muriel. He has one purpose in seeing Muriel

Muriel Tate: In her late thirties, very attractive and still seems somewhat naïve. She is warm, and generous, and very impressed with Jesse. She is unsure of meeting with him, and yet can’t seem to make a decision to stay or go. She claims to be happily married... 

Norma Hubley: Dressed as mother of the bride and trying to appear calm in a crisis with everyone EXCEPT her husband. Married to a Type A personality, she sways from trying to keep him in calm and in control while passively and aggressively taking a stand for herself. 

Roy Hubley: The father of the bride with the bills to prove it. A competitive business man, out of his league when dealing with emotions and marrying off his daughter.

Borden Eisler: The young confident groom, a man of few words. (Literally) 

Mimsey Hubley: A nervous bride, afraid of having her marriage turn out like her parents’ marriage.

 

CHARACTERS IN ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE 

George: A man who finds himself backstage under mysterious circumstances. He appears to be an accountant and seems to be the understudy of a man named Edwin, although he can't actually remember attending any rehearsals or being a part of the production. In Private Lives he plays Elyot. In Hamlet he plays Prince Hamlet. In Checkmate he plays Willie (who seems to be based on Nagg in Endgame). In A Man for All Seasons he plays Sir Thomas More.

Meg: The stage manager. A capable worker. When it becomes apparent that George does not know many of his lines, she pretends to be a maid in the production and whispers some to him. In the scene from A Man for all Seasons, she plays the part of Sir Thomas More's daughter and during the execution she bids him goodbye as "George".

Sarah:  A grand actress. In Private Lives, she plays Amanda. In Hamlet, she plays Queen Gertrude. In A Man for all Seasons, she plays Sir Thomas More's wife (she also quotes Hamlet in that scene, when trying to convince George to accept the execution and bids him goodbye as "Hamlet"). 

Ellen: Another actress, but not as grand as Sarah. For some reason, she calls George "Stanley" before the production. In Private Lives she plays Sybil. In Checkmate, her character is unnamed, but she appears to be a cross between Winnie (from Happy Days) and Nell (from Endgame). She remains in this character throughout the A Man for all Seasons scene and bids George goodbye as 

"Willie". Henry:  A grand actor. In Hamlet, he plays the part of Horatio. According to the script, Henry is also able to play the part of the executioner. If this is the case, he bids George goodbye as "Sir Thomas". 

The Executioner: He makes an appearance only in A Man for All Seasons. If it is desired, the part can be played by the same actor as Henry. He bids George goodbye as "Sir Thomas".

The Announcer:  A voice over the loudspeaker who announces the cast for the performances and instructs the audience not to use flash photography (a warning which is ignored). When Ellen's character hears the announcer in the Checkmate scene, she comments "Oh listen, Willie, a voice! Maybe there is a God!"

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