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Musical Theatre Scene Study: Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Grades 9–12 · Populism—yea, yeah! This satirical rock-musical reimagines America’s 7th president, Andrew Jackson, as an emo-rock star. This historically based show takes us from Andrew Jackson’s coming of age in frontier America, to his controversial reign in the White House. At a time when America was deeply divided between the rich and the poor, Andrew Jackson used his military career and personal charisma to rise to power in a country that had previously favored the elite and wealthy for political office. He then used that power to enact The Indian Removal Act, which forcibly removed Native Americans from their land and led to the Trail of Tears. The show explores the effect of populism on the American electorate, and the upheaval that happens when an anti-establishment outsider takes over the most powerful position in America. The dynamic score includes “The Corrupt Bargain,” “The Great Compromise,” and “I’m Not That Guy.” Individually, students will work on the singing and acting of a 16–32 bar selection from the score. In addition, students will be paired with scene partners and taught the acting process for developing a scene. The final performance will include their solos, ensemble musical number, and prepared scenes.

THU 4–6:30pm · 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 (performance) · $310

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

On-Camera Acting

Grades 9–12 · Learn how to give truthful and authentic performances on camera. This class gives beginning and experienced students a professional approach to acting that covers cold reading, scene study, and on-camera acting skills. Scenes will be recorded and will be available for students to keep for their records.

WED 4:30–6:30pm · 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 · $220

Anthony Jackson is a professional actor, filmmaker, theatre administrator, and teaching artist. At Berkeley Rep he serves as the Program Manager, Training and Community Programs. Previously he was at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. There, he taught in all of the Community Engagement department’s programming while also serving as the Training Programs Manager and previously as the Partnership Manager. He has taught for several summers at the State Theatre of Georgia’s Springer Theatre Academy, Camp Arena Stage, and has also taught numerous workshops for students around the country as a member of the National Players. Anthony has traveled to India and Croatia as a guest artist with the U.S. Department of State, devising original plays with Arena Stage’s Voices of Now program. As an actor he has toured the U.S. and has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage, and other regional theatres. Anthony has acted in several short films as well as training videos for branches of the United States Military. He has also directed and produced training videos for hotels and beverage companies.

Acting Intensive

Grades 9–12 · This class is designed for serious young actors who want to take their performance to the next level and are interested in searching for ways to make authentic work. Grapple with and examine the same techniques professionals use: learn to analyze scripts, play an action in a scene, identify your objective, overcome your obstacles, and focus your energy. Work with other serious young actors who want to hone their craft!

Prerequisite for Level 2: Previous acting classes at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre or another reputable theatre studio.

MON 4:30–6pm · 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 · $150 (Level 2—Curry)
MON 4:30–6pm · 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3 · $150 (Level 1—Herbsman)

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Maya Herbsman is a Bay Area-raised director, playwright, teaching artist, and arts administrator. She is currently serving as the associate artistic director and education coordinator at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Maya received her BA in theater from Wesleyan University, where she was awarded the Rachel Henderson Memorial Prize for Excellence in Directing. Locally, she has worked with Shotgun Players, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Z Space, Bay Area Children’s Theatre, We Players, Spotlight: Girls, and Idiot String. Maya teaches acting, theatre creation, movement, musical theatre, improv, creative writing, and self-empowerment through theatre to children and teens across the Bay.

Improvisation

Grades 9–12 · Students will develop skills that are essential for creating improvised stories. Through games, scene work, and interactive play, we will encourage spontaneity and creative impulses, while doing away with the need to be clever or funny. Topics of particular interest include the role of listening, honesty, and accepting offers as the foundation for collaborative work. Our emphasis will be on creating a safe environment for students to take risks, make mistakes, and learn through doing. We will also explore developing a performance troupe that could eventually put on shows for the public.

MON 4:30–6pm · 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/26, 12/3 · $150

Michael Curry is a local actor/writer. He recently played Malachai in Cal Shakes’ production of black odyssey. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Michael graduated from Morehouse College in 2016 with a BA in Drama. He recently completed a year-long education fellowship with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Stage Combat/Acting Violence: Single Rapier

Ages 16 and up · Release your inner Swashbuckler! This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical swordplay, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will learn footwork, cuts, parries, thrusts, wounds, kills, and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast-paced, fun, and a pretty good workout, too. As an added bonus, students will receive additional training in rapier and buckler—a small shield popular in the Renaissance. All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as a Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Class size is limited to 12.

Class is held at Berkeley Rep’s rehearsal studio at 999 Harrison St, Berkeley CA 94710.

MON 7–10pm · 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15 · $230

Dave Maier is the resident fight director at San Francisco Opera, California Shakespeare Theater, and a company member with Shotgun Players. He has won several awards for Fight Direction and has choreographed violence for several Berkeley Rep productions, including Pericles, Prince of Tyre and Troublemaker, or the Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. His work has been seen at ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, and Aurora Theatre Company, among others. He is a Full Instructor of Theatrical Combat with Dueling Arts.

Private Voice

Grades 9–12 · Learn to sing with ease and confidence, eliminating vocal pain and fatigue while improving your range and breath control. Each session includes breathing and relaxation exercises, vocal exercises and technique, and vocal coaching on songs, including how to act a song and how to prepare a musical theatre audition.

MON between 10am–noon · $75/hour
To schedule a voice session email rcastelli@berkeleyrep.org

Rebecca Castelli holds a BA in voice and theatre and an MFA in acting. Previously from Seattle, she won a Seattle Times Footlight Award for her role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and also had the honor of acting with Tony award-winning actress Judy Kaye in Gypsy at 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company. She was a company member of the Marin-based Porchlight Theatre Company for five years and had leads in many of their mainstage productions, including Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. Locally, Rebecca has also acted with Shotgun Players and Cinnabar Theater Company. She dialect coaches for various Bay Area theatres, including Shotgun Players, Theatre Rhinoceros, Town Hall Theatre Company, Mendocino Theatre Company, Virago Theatre Company, and Ross Valley Players. She is a founding member of The Incidentalists, a long-form improvisational group based in Oakland.

One-on-One Audition Coaching

Grades 9–12 · Don’t be caught unprepared for an upcoming high school or college audition. Berkeley Rep faculty members are available to work with actors on contemporary and classical monologues. Make choices that you feel confident about. Be directed by and collaborate with working professionals.

Dates/Times: to be scheduled with the instructor · $75/hour
Please call 510 647–2996 to schedule a coaching session

 

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