All events take place at Hillside Performing Arts Studio (Las Trampas), unless otherwise noted.
Read A Play Plays, and books about plays, are available in Dollar Clubhouse, along short wall to the right as you enter the library room. Take advantage of this wonderful resource.
DAOR Academy offers three classes for the Winter 2019 term. To register, place check payable to DAOR, in DAOR mailbox at Gateway. Include your name, phone number, email address and name of class. For further registration information, contact Sandra Hawkins: email@example.com
THEATER BETWEEN THE WARS: 1919-1939 Instructor: Don Kaplan Wednesdays, January 23 – March 13, 1 PM –3 PM Multipurpose Room 1 $40 plus $5 materials fee
In this era Queen Victoria had died, subways opened in New York and London, telephones and airmail services are spreading and organizations for the rights of women are on both sides of the Atlantic .The first play to be read is The Swan, a 1920 romantic fable, by Ferenc Molnar. Molnar's plot well reflects what is happening in the 1919 - 1939 era on both sides of the Atlantic. There is subtle humor and broad humor and several scenes that reach into the heart. This will be followed by Somerset Maugham's The Circle, deemed "one of the very few creditable high comedies written in English in the 20th century." The class will sample one of Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize winning dramas. Then turn to something lighter with a Noel Coward entertainment reflecting the suave sophistication that very few experienced but influenced many. Background materials and scripts are provided to place the dramas in the developments of the era. Don Kaplan has led this journey through Western theater history beginning with the Greeks.
THE VINTAGE PLAYERS – BUILDING A CHARACTER Instructors: Linda Kelp and Gail Wetherbee Wednesdays, January 23 – March 13, 10 AM – 12 PM Showcase: March 13 $40 plus $5 material fee
Students will work on scenes provided by instructors. No previous experience required. Students will enhance character building skills at all levels. Exercises that show how to analyze a script, develop a back story, find the character's voice range and movement will be put to use to build a believable character. Students may memorize or work on readers theater techniques. The scenes will be presented in a showcase on March 13. Instructors Kelp and Wetherbee have experience in community theater acting and directing and in teaching these skills.
ACTING OUR LIVES: PERFORMANCE MEMOIR Instructor: Bobbi Ausubel Mondays, February 18 – April 8, 10 am – 12 PM Showcase: tba $60 + $7 material fee
Participants join a group process and write a story from their life experience with help from opening exercises. The first classes are devoted to finding one’s stories through lively group storytelling and/or improvisations. Following that, the stories are edited to become dramatic monologues or scenes. One gets support to learn to re-write for drama rather than literature. Finally, participants get coaching to act their scenes. Participants are provided the opportunity, if they wish, they may present their story as part of a well-attended showcase, performed with visuals.
Instructor Bobbi Ausubel, an experienced acting coach, has had many years in theater as a director and playwright. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org