Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weston Theatre Company Offers Classes in Ludlow this Spring

Weston Theatre Company Offers Classes in Ludlow this Spring

The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is offering two classes this March into April which are sure to chase away the winter blues. On a series of Mondays, beginning March 17, students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in “Make A Scene”; and adults are encouraged to sign up for “Strike Three Cabaret.” The classes will be held in the spacious and gracious auditorium in Ludlow’s Town Hall on Depot Street. The classes will be taught by Broadway performer and Weston favorite Susan Haefner. Classes are sponsored by Friends of Ludlow Auditorium (FOLA).

Make a Scene will introduce students to acting through ensemble-building exercises, theatre games and improvisation. Participants will be assigned scenes from popular plays, learn how to create characters from the inside-out, speak and step on stage with confidence, and relate believably and imaginatively with fellow actors. 7 Mondays, March 17 - April 28 with an evening presentation on April 28. Kids in grades 6-8: 3:15-4:30. Grades 9-12: 4:45-6:00. Cost: $125. (Scholarships are available thanks to FOLA, Okemo and Ben & Jerry’s.)

Strike Three Cabaret is designed for adults with a dose of post-winter cabin fever and at least a smidge of talent. Susan, who has directed cabarets for the Weston Playhouse, will lead class participants as they choose material, learn songs, develop skits, dig up props… and basically just have a lot of laughs. Assisting Susan is the talented Mr. Kent Baker on keyboards. Open to ages 18-80 on up! 6 MondaysMarch 17 - April 21 (April 21st performance.) Cost: $150. (Assistance may be available upon request.)

About the Instructor: Susan Haefner has been a Weston Playhouse company member for over 20 years (42nd Street, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bad Dates). She is a Broadway actress (Billy Elliot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, 42nd Street, State Fair.) As a teacher, Susan has taught at numerous Performing Arts Schools such as Geva Theatre Summer Academy, Studio New Canaan, and Shuffles Tap School. Susan holds a BFA degree in Musical Theatre (SUNY Fredonia) and an MFA in Acting (FSU). She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Registration is requested by February 24. Class size is limited, so sign up today! A registration form can be downloaded at the Weston website at www.westonplayhouse.org/classes. For more information, contact Education Director Jacki Brown: 802-297-7364 orjbrown@westonplayhouse.org.

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