2020 White Heron Student Company Shakespeare Showings
From our WHSC Summer 2020 Course ~ Advanced Acting Shakespeare: Script Analysis & Keys to Unlocking Shakespeare
White Heron Summer Statement ~ June 04, 2020
We are thrilled to announce our summer Student Company season here at The White Heron Theatre. We have some exciting offerings this summer which reflect our mission statement’s focus on social theatre, advanced training and courses which stress self-discovery as a way to transform into an understanding and ownership of self-confidence which is then taken into the world and manifests in college interviews, college prep, positions of leadership, personal relationships and community commitment.
We are moving forward with exciting ways to engage our students online. Our goal continues to be the safety of our students and families. Here’s what we do know: We can have a rewarding, advanced and collaborative educational experience online. Our training and exciting line-up can exist no matter what the future brings. Our goal is to be together to celebrate and showcase our student’s achievements in the not so distant future, if it is safe, sound and carefully planned. If in person is not possible, we will be supplementing with an array of masterclasses including options to interact and converse with professional Broadway actors. As information presents itself, we will re-evaluate our programming and adapt.
As society moves forward, our art and process become more and more reliant on advances in technology and media. In a post Covid world, theatre and the entertainment industry will aggressively lean into technology and video for college auditions, professional auditions, callbacks and readings. We are ready to prepare our student company for this inescapable event whether online or on-island. In conclusion, our educational team has been studying all information as it is released and we are dedicated to the safety of our students, families and creative team. We have an exciting, collaborative and engaging summer experience that is safely in view. Please find our summer course directory below.
Program One: Digital Mixtape: Resurgence
Our anchor program returns for its fourth incarnation this summer using our recent experiences in a time of isolation and social distance, to explore what connects us as a society, individuals and as creative artists. We use various technology and multimedia platforms to help us with our voice, vision, artistry and social conscience by blending the students work with technology and media. Advanced Musical Theatre Dance and Voice: This newly added element to the Mixtape rehearsals centers around training students in voice, dance and movement with the expressed goal of preparing our actors to self-tape auditions, prepare a video audition submission in both dance and musical theatre and have preparation skills to allow confident auditions whether live or video submission. With the help of our two musical directors and two choreographers we focus on not only training and technique, but the creation of video submissions in musical theatre and dance that are ready to send out at the end of the class.
10:30am-12:30pm: Wednesday, July 1st; Thursday, July 2nd & Friday, July 3rd
10:30am-12:30pm: Tuesdays and Thursdays July 7th through July 23rd
10:30am-12:30pm: Monday through Friday July 27th through August 14th
One on One Session Scheduled by Appointment Weekday Afternoons 1:30pm-3:30pm
Program Two: Advanced Acting Shakespeare: Script Analysis and Keys to Unlocking Shakespeare
This course is a focused dive into Shakespeare’s plays from the point of view of the actor. We will approach the texts as living, urgent, and vital works capable of making profound impacts on an audience. Through a combination of monologue, scene work and sometimes song we will explore character, actions, and the extraordinary use of language. Our work will include close study of Shakespeare’s verse and prose, as well as developing strong vocal and physical techniques necessary to fully embody these powerful texts. This class culminates in the performance of two contrasting Shakespeare monologues which are simultaneously videotaped and ready for any online submission. One on One Private Coaching: This newly added element of our Shakespeare intensive allows our team of teaching artists are to tackle any specific one on one coaching that our student company needs to focus on.
10:30pm-12:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday July 6th through July 24th
Special Saturday Showcase of work on July 25th
One on One Session Scheduled by Appointment Weekday Afternoons 1:30pm-3:30pm
Building an Audition Book
Any student signed up for our summer programming can also participate in this class. Participants will learn how to select and prepare audition materials for high school, college and professional theatre auditions. This process includes current information on headshots, resumes, monologue prep, musical theatre audition cuts and callbacks techniques. Students will learn directly from our professional teaching artists, and will be supplied with information on careers in theatre, marketing yourself as an actor, networking and the business side of our craft. As the class concludes, students will have a full book with specifically crafted pieces audition ready.
6:30pm-8:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays
Session 1: July 6th – July 22nd & Session 2: July 27th through August 12th
One on One Session Scheduled by Appointment
* "Build a Book” classes are $350.00 if you are not signed up for any other
programs and wish to only take this workshop.”
Performer's Workshop Masterclass Series
These masterclasses are comprised of various practical exercises to develop the fundamentals of vocal and physical acting. Covering multiple styles and genres we explore serious investigation into creating a more well-rounded artist with a larger toolbox for acting.
Masterclass times TBD Available to all White Heron Spring and Summer Season Students
All students who participate in our spring and summer courses are automatically registered for our Cyber-Cabaret. The theme for our Cyber-Cabaret is ‘The Art of Self Expression.’ All participants will be coached through musical theatre and a variety of genres expressing the importance, especially today, of expressing ourselves through art and its healing powers. The cabaret will culminate in an in-person performance on our White Heron Stage. This final product can happen as our season ends this summer, or as a season opener in the future. Within this experience there lies coaching on musical theatre genres, how to self-tape, and the audition process itself.
Hours: All rehearsal sessions scheduled according to student’s individual summer schedules.
Available to all White Heron Spring and Summer Season Students.
ONLINE MASTER CLASSES
JEN WALDMAN STUDIO
(Free With Summer Registration)
White Heron Student Company is teaming up with Jen Waldman Studio to connect White Heron students with current Broadway actors. In 2019 alone, students of Jen Waldman Studio (one of NYC’s most highly regarded actor training studios) appeared in 26 Broadway shows. Join us for this unique experience of training, intimate conversations, and friendships with Broadway's best.
JEN WALDMAN is the director and founder of Jen Waldman Studio, one of NYC’s most highly regarded actor training studios. In 2017 alone, students of Jen Waldman Studio have appeared in 21 Broadway shows. Jen’s directing and choreography credits include George Street Playhouse, Hangar Theatre, Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse, B-Side Productions, Depot Theatre, Wanderlust Theatre Company, and more. She has served as the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre and Breaking Bread Productions and recently completed a 5-year term as the Theatre chair for the National YoungArts Foundation. As an actor, Jen made her Broadway debut in Maury Yeston’s Titanic. She went on to appear on Broadway in the smash-hit musical Wicked, also touring the US as Nessa Rose, the Wicked Witch of the East. Other acting credits include the original Off Broadway casts (and cast recordings) of Heat Lightning, Dreams This Way, and John and Paul. She has appeared onstage at the Westport Country Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and more.
Email Jenna Tremblay for any registration questions
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