Monday Class…Advanced Acting Laboratory

From 5:00-6:15 pm each Monday, I teach an acting class for high school students at the Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake, MN.  We are currently working on scenes, using a technique that enables the students to perform without being what I call “line focused”. That they must learn the lines is a given, but they must also learn that in performance, as well as in rehearsal, the actor’s focus must be on character, situation, and the other characters in the scene….not on trying to remember lines.

THERE WILL BE NO CLASS MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

THE FINAL PERFORMANCE FOR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WILL BE ON MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009

A dangerous situation.

In scene rehearsals, they are encouraged to stay in character, no matter what happens, and if they can't remember a line, they are to improvise something based on what their characters want at the given moment.

What's so funny?

In real life we are focused on our objectives, what we want, all of the time. It makes little sense for actors to try to imitate real life without focusing on the same thing.

Bad advice.

The time for line study is the week between classes, or the time between rehearsals if you are in a play. Rehearsal is the time to "play" with your character, the other characters, and the events in the script....and "playing" is always more fun than "drilling".

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