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Ebony Road Players Presents: “Action” a 3 Part Workshop

“ACTION!” – A Three Part Theater Workshop
Learn how to be prepared for an audition…

Saturday October 11, 2014 – “The Basics” taught by Jason Marlett
Saturday November 15, 2014 – “Read Between The Lines” taught by Darius Colquitt
Saturday December 13, 2014 – “Action!” taught by Jason Marlett & Darius Colquitt

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. More info about each class is available below…

Class cost is $20 each… or

Classes are from 10:30am till 12:30pm at Wealthy Street Theater Annex at 1110 Wealthy SE. You may pay at the door on the day of class, but space is limited, so you should sign-up and pay now to reserve your spot!

Must be 18 years or older to attend. Please wear comfortable clothes as we will be moving around a lot.

About The Classes

The Basics – This workshop, led by Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Jason Marlett as well as Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Darius Colquitt, will take you into the World of Theatrical Acting. Learn the basics of theater and stage work, icebreakers, warm ups and cold reading/auditioning skills.

Read Between The Lines – This workshop led by, Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Darius Colquitt will lead participants through the basics of script analysis, monologues and scene work.

Action! – This workshop, led by Grand Award winning Actor/Director, Jason Marlett, will help you learn how to use your physicality & spontaneity in both the audition room and in your performance, as well as some basic characterization techniques.

For more information or to sign up, see the Ebony Road Player’s website.

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Children’s Theatre at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Combat Workshops by Heritage Theatre

Children’s Theatre at GRCT:

Fun times are coming to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre this month:Junie B Jones


April 18-27, 2014
Children’s Musical

Adapted by Allison Gregory
Based on the book series by Barbara Park

Celebrate the holidays all year long! First grader Junie B. Jones is having a tough Christmas – when she draws a name for Secret Santa it ends up being her enemy! Junie B. will steal your heart, and brighten your spirits in this laugh-out-loud production.

For more information or to order your tickets, go to the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre website.

For older kids – or the kid in you!  Combat Workshops by Heritage Theatre:


Saturday April 12 (ages college thru adult)
Saturday April 26 (ages high school thru college)

Aquinas College Theatre Annex

8:45-9:00 Check in
9:00-9:15 Introductions. Break up into groups.
9:15-12:15 Sessions A and/or B, including a 15 minute break
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-4:00 Sessions A and/or B, including a 15 minute break
4:00-4:30 Final thoughts and full group discussion 

Session A – Use the Force… of words! 
Guest Instructor: Katherine MayberryPigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
This session introduces participants to the verbal and vocal elements of storytelling, including such topics as the language and style of Shakespearean verse, particularly in its use of iambic pentameter. We will apply these principals to the text of Ian Doescher’s Star Wars: Verily A New Hope, exploring both the use of traditionally Shakespearean themes and how to create the sounds and rhythm needed to bring characters like R2D2 and Chewbacca to life. This session will conclude with useful and practical advice for audition techniques for classical plays, including cold readings, improvised scene movement, and taking risks.

Session B – Fighting with the Force and Character Movement
Lead Instructor: Matt McKay 
This session focuses on the physical elements of storytelling, teaching some very basic concepts of stage combat (partnering and eye contact, casting energy, targeting) and using it to create fantastical light saber battles. We will also explore character movement and its impact on a character’s ability to sit, stand, and walk as well as experience how character movement impacts other elements of the character’s life, like gestures, speaking, and powers of perception.

Cost for this 1-day workshop: $20 per participant, includes a pizza lunch.

More information can be found on the Heritage Theatre website.

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Hey Holland Folks – Want to Learn Performing Arts From the Pros?

From the Holland Sentinel:

Learn Performing Arts From Professionals

Holland —
Aspiring performers have the opportunity to learn from NBC’s Smash star Jeremy Jordan and Fox’s Glee star Jonathan Groff, as part of the Broadway Break Thru Summer Intensive on June 24-29, and Aug. 12-17.
Led by Broadway, film and television casting director David Petro, the weeklong professional performing arts intensive will feature classes on dancing, acting, voice, film-making and more, complete with a professional headshot and resume for each student.

The week will also feature Fubble Entertainment’s Emmy Award Winning Teresa Thome and Patrick Zielger, Western Michigan University director of Music Theatre Performance, Jay Berkow, MP Talent Management’s Malinda Petersen, Hope College and Actors’ Theatre’s, Jean Reed-Bahle, Fishladder’s, Mary Jane Pories, Lakeshore Community Chorus co-founder Tim Heck and more to be announced.

More information on this class, including meeting times and costs, can be found on the Holland Sentinel website.

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Workshop: Faster/Funnier with Jason Geis, Saturday Sept. 17th

Never again feel that you are running out of steam or afraid to edit a scene do to lack of material. Here we will teach you to keep the funny of long form rolling at the pace of short form. Your confidence is sure to reach new heights! (Class size is limited to 16.)

About the Instructor:

Jason Geis has been performing and teaching improv in Chicago for almost ten years now. In addition to being the artistic director for pH Productions, Jason performs at iO Theater on the house team Mrs. Dad. Jason has coached several Harold teams at iO, as well as coached two Playground teams and was nominated for Coach of the Year twice. Jason has taught at numerous festivals and has studied with Second City Conservatory, iO Theater and Annoyance.

Jason performs Friday with pH Productions.  (Jason’s Website)

Saturday, September 17 – 1:00pm

Dog Story Theater
7 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

See the full lineup of Big-Little workshops here:

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Comedic Song Writing: It’s Not That Hard – Workshop Sept. 17th

The Big Little Comedy Fest is bringing performing workshops to Dog Story Theatre.  Check out a complete list of the Big Little events on the Dog Story Theatre website.

About the workshop:

If you’ve ever had an idea for a song but figured it was too hard to execute, try it out here. Or, come in and find some ideas to get started with this workshop that covers basic music theory, clever lyrics, and song execution.(Class size is limited to 20.)Big Little Comedy Worshops

About the Instructors:

Shock T’s has performed all around Chicago and at festivals including the Annapolis Comedy Festival, and the Charleston Comedy Festival. They were called ‘musical comedic genius’ for their performances at the Piccolo Spoleto Fest, and have taught the Chicago Ladies in Comedy how to make up funny songs on the spot.

Sarah, Tim, & Tyler perform Saturday as Shock T’s. Shock T’s Website

Saturday, September 17 – 3:00pm

Dog Story Theater
7 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI

See the full lineup of Big-Little workshops here:

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