Holistic Shakespeare classes with Dr. Debra Charlton: June 29, July 20, July 27
for serious actors of all ages. Dr. Debra Charlton is the author of “Holistic Shakespeare: An Experiential Learning Approach” (Intellect Books 2012). She is a theatre director, educator and writer whose reviews and articles on Shakespeare training and performance have appeared in numerous publications. Many of her former students have gone on to have successful careers on Broadway and in regional theatre.
Teachers are encouraged to participate in these classes too. They will learn strategies for bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life in the classroom.
June 29: Acting Shakespeare’s Text: This text-centered workshop focuses on the acting clues embedded within Shakespeare’s language. Exercises will demystify meter, structure and phrasing, and provide practical tools for creating lucid, dynamic performances that make full use of Shakespeare’s living language.
July 20: Physicalizing Shakespeare: Performing Shakespeare requires a responsive but relaxed physical instrument. This workshop explores the relationship between body and text through exercises that unlock creativity and emotional accessibility. In addition, connections between the actor’s 360-degree body and the physical space are discovered through Shakespearean speeches and scenes.
July 27: Shakespeare in Context: Status, alliance, and hierarchy are central concerns for many of Shakespeare’s characters. Using hands-on exercises, we will unlock the social constructs that influenced Shakespeare’s depiction of character and understand how awareness of context enriches and deepens performance.
All the workshops are highly active and experiential. Workshop participants should wear comfortable clothing that allows for full range of unrestricted movement. Sneakers or bare feet are encouraged. Please bring a bottle of water and a light snack.
Dr. Charlton began her career as a professional actor at Houston’s Alley Theatre. She has since worked on scores of productions, including many of the major plays from the Shakespeare canon. Charlton earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in Shakespearean theatre.
$75 per workshop, or a discount for all three of $200. Noon to 3:30, with a 30 minute break in the middle.
Register with ARTworks: 843-379-2787. ARTworks is located in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street.
Summer Scribes 2013: Attention, sixth to eighth graders who like to write, Beaufort writer Katherine Tandy Brown is offering two, weeklong summer writing camps based on Natalie Goldberg’s classic “Writing Down the Bones” writing practice, designed to further writing skills while having fun creating stories. First-session classes take place on Monday, July 8, Wednesday, July 10, and Friday, July 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A second session is offered the following week — Monday, July 15, Wednesday, July 17, and Friday, July 19 — from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Both sessions take place at the Charles Street Gallery in downtown Beaufort on the corner of Charles and Greene streets. Class size is limited to 5 students to allow for individual attention. Cost is $65 for a one-week session of three classes. A Beaufort resident, Katherine has been a successful freelance writer for 24 years. She teaches travel and memoir writing in the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s OLLI Program and in Continuing Ed at Tech College of the Lowcountry; leads writing workshops in travel, memoir and nature writing; and is a writing coach. For more information, call 859-312-6706.
Auditions for “Same Time Next Year”: USCB Center for the Arts and the Beaufort Theatre Company will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Same Time Next Year” by John Vogel at 7 p.m. July 8 and 9 at USCB Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street in downtown Beaufort . The romantic comedy follows Doris and George as they agree to meet every year for the next 24 years. The 1978 film version starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, who won a Tony for her Broadway performance in the same role.
“The Same Time Next Year” calls for one male and one female, age 30 to mid 40. All are encouraged to audition regardless of previous experience. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the play. No preparation is necessary. The rehearsal schedule will be determined by the cast and director. A costume designer and stage manager are also being sought. The play will be presented February 21-23,2014. Ger more information about the play or auditions by calling Bonnie Hargrove at 843-521-4145.
Information is also at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com.