The Akron Civic Theatre will be offering a FREE three-day workshop. Stagecraft: Discover the Magic of Acting three – day workshop. This immersive experience for adults 50+ is free and supported by Ohio Arts Council’s Creative Aging Initiative.
The Akron Civic Theatre invites adults 50 and older to participate in a free three-day workshop called Stagecraft: Discover the Magic of Acting, July 21-23, 2022, at Wild Oscar’s at the Civic. Participants will learn a variety of acting techniques, tips, and tricks, appropriate for both novices and experienced actors looking to brush up on their skills.
Stagecraft: Discover the Magic of Acting is funded by Ohio Arts Council’s Intensive Creative Aging Training Initiative and presented by the Civic’s BOOM! Theater community-based theater project.
Stagecraft will be taught by Alan Bomer Jones, an Actors Equity stage actor, SAG/AFTRA member and artistic director of Town Hall Theatre in Dayton. He will guide the class through explorations of gesture and facial expression work; vocal quality and delivery rhythms; and memorization methods. Students will be given improvisation challenges as well as monologues and scene work to exercise their new skills, all carried out in a safe, fun and immersive environment. The training will culminate with a performance presented by workshop participants for family and friends.
Release your inner thespian and get ready for your close-up!
Participation is free, but you must be age 50 or older.
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DAY 1: ACTING IS IN YOU
Wild Oscar’s: Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Students will be introduced to the basic elements of acting: gestures, facial expressions, vocal qualities, delivery rhythms and memorization methods and the understanding of how the performance relates to the drama or comedy. The workshop will then focus on acting games and exercises using the elements that have just been introduced. The final hour will be filled with improvisation challenges.
DAY 2: SHOW AND TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW
Wild Oscar’s: Friday, July 22, 2022 - 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
This session will furnish students with scenes, monologues and other character studying tools. Students will practice putting all of the basic elements together. Armed with solo monologues and paired in small groups for scene work, they will be directed and encouraged to act. After a 60-minute performance rehearsal to study lines and work with their scene-mates, participants will use the last 30 minutes to reflect with the instructor and ask questions.
DAY 3: HEY LOOK, I’M A PERFORMING ARTIST
Wild Oscar’s: Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The last session begins with a discussion about everything the students have learned about acting. Students’ invited guests will join them to celebrate the success of the three-day training, and the students will entertain for the next few hours, presenting their scenes and monologues. The final hour is for everyone to mingle and discuss their experiences and accomplishments.
About Alan Bomer Jones:
Alan Bomar Jones a professional international Actors Equity stage actor and SAG/AFTRA film actor. As the Producing Artistic Director for Town Hall Theatre in Dayton, Ohio, Alan brings over 50 years of experience to the young actors and actresses. His artistic guidance is overlaid with education from his 29 years as a secondary educator and college instructor. He was a resident artist with the Human Race Theatre Company and is presently an accomplished Musical Theatre Director. As an actor, Alan has appeared in over 85 professional theatrical productions. His film credits include Criminal Activities (2014), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019), Native Son (2019) and Amazon Primes streaming episodic show A League of Their Own (2021). He also has appeared in a variety of regional commercials. As a voice actor he has voiced over 11 Audiobooks available on Audible and was nominated for Best Non-Fiction Narrator in 2017. As an Ohio Arts Council, TeachArts Ohio, Teaching Artist he has spent many years conducting Artist-in-Residence assignments at Middle schools, High Schools, Charter Schools, Senior Community Living Facilities, Recreation Centers and local colleges. His instruction and leadership skills are enriched with appreciation, and his dedication to the arts is unrelenting.
About the Wild Oscar’s:
WILD OSCAR'S. Wild Oscar’s is a new 60-person general admission room below the Akron Civic Theatre on the Lock 4 level. The door to Wild Oscar’s opens directly to Lock 4. Patrons do not enter the Civic to access it. Patrons will enter Lock 4 either off Bowery Street using the stairs or the Cascades Parking deck or they can enter through Lock 3.