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Musical Theatre Scene Study: Carrie

Grades 9–12 · Once you see, you can’t unsee. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Carrie the Musical—with a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore—is the story of a lonely teenage girl raised by her strict, pious mother. Carrie tries to fit in at her high school, but her social awkwardness makes her the target of bullying. Plus, she is beginning to move things with her mind—particularly when she is angry. Each student will have their own solo and scene with a scene partner(s), as well as participate in several ensemble numbers. Some of the songs that will be in the final performance include “The World According to Chris,” “Carrie,” “Do Me a Favor,” and “Dreamer in Disguise.”

THU 4–6:30pm · 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5 (performance) · $320

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.

Teen Audition/College Prep Monologue Workshop

Grades 9–12 · Unravel the mysteries of the stage audition. Learn what directors are looking for at auditions, and how to best represent yourself in person and with your résumé and headshot. Dive deep into two monologues—one classical and one contemporary—and receive coaching, rehearsal time, and performance experience with these two pieces. This course is suitable for teens of all experience levels who want to understand the audition process, learn how to analyze and rehearse monologues, and gain valuable practice performing in the audition format.

TUE 4:30–6:30pm · 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 · $185

Rebecca Longworth is a theatre director, producer, and arts educator dedicated to connecting people to one another through creative storytelling. She creates and directs ensemble plays with her company, Idiot String, and the Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players, a travelling troupe that performs in Bay Area parks. Other Bay Area directing credits include New Conservatory Theatre Center, Hatch Collective, SF Theater Pub, the One-Minute Play Festival, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Boxcar Theatre, Dragon Productions, and others. Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Acting Intensive

Grades 9–12 · Explore the tools of the actor through monologue and scene work. Students will spend time analyzing scripts and lots of time rehearsing with and performing for one another. Learn to access your own inner landscape and bring your character to life through expressive performance. Gain valuable rehearsal and stage experience, and feedback on your work. Brush up your skills, improve your stage presence and confidence as a performer, and hone your text analysis skills!

TUE 4:30–6pm · 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3 · $160

Rebecca Longworth is a theatre director, producer, and arts educator dedicated to connecting people to one another through creative storytelling. She creates and directs ensemble plays with her company, Idiot String, and the Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players, a travelling troupe that performs in Bay Area parks. Other Bay Area directing credits include New Conservatory Theatre Center, Hatch Collective, SF Theater Pub, the One-Minute Play Festival, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Boxcar Theatre, Dragon Productions, and others. Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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 · 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6 · $210

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.

Movement Creation

Grades 9–12 · Learn how to create unique and powerful movement! Harness your imaginative power by learning how bold physical choices create feeling! Students learn concepts of mime, physical expression, scene shaping, and creating from the world around you. Students learn how to perform exceptionally technical movement skills, tell wonderful stories, and illuminate the truth. This approach emphasizes imagination and physical transformation in order to tell stories of all scales through movement invention, instincts, and by exploring elements of shape, time, and space. This class is designed for students interested in acting, directing, choreographing, and devising original work.

SAT 1–3pm · 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26 · $185

Nicole Apostol Bruno is an AEA actor, educator, and movement artist. As an actor, she has performed with Marin Theatre Company (The Wolves), Z Space (A Good Neighbor), and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Great Expectations, The Winter’s Tale, Richard II). She holds a BFA from Southern Oregon University, where she studied under neoclassic mime and movement pioneer James Donlon. As an educator, she has worked with TheatreWorks and Marin Shakespeare Company as well as Berkeley Rep.

Directing

Grades 9–12 · Do you like to tell your friends what to do, and think you would make a good director? There is a lot more to directing than that! In this four-week class, you will learn how to lead a design process, break down a scene to discuss it with actors, and work with actors to build dynamic staging that tells your story.

SAT 1–3pm · 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 12/7 · $135

Michaela (Mickey) Goldhaber is the artistic director of Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Theater Group in Berkeley; was the founder and artistic director of Flying Fig Theatre in New York; has worked as an assistant director at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, California Shakespeare Theater, and Aurora Theatre; and has an MFA in directing from UCLA.

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 · 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 · $160

Miriam Ani is an actor, director, and educator deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit through the theatrical medium. Since relocating to the Bay Area, Miriam has appeared in the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre’s West Coast premiere of The Urban Retreat, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s The Comedy of Errors: Shakespeare on Tour, understudied for California Shakespeare Theater (Queen Margaret, War of the Roses), and appeared as the title role in The Heiress at Lucie Stern Theatre, Irina in Three Sisters at Douglas Morrisson Theatre, Sébastienne in Livermore Shakes’ Tempest, Lady Macbeth for Half Moon Bay Shakes, and as Karen in August: Osage County (Novato Theater Company), among others. Miriam directed The Crucible for Pacifica Spindrift Players (2018) and The Hallelujah Girls for North Bay Stage Company (2016). Miriam also teaches acting for Cal State East Bay, Sacramento State, Marin Shakespeare Company, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and is a proud KCACTF respondent, TBA adjudicator, and member of AEA. MFA, Acting, CUNY Brooklyn College.

Stage Combat Certification: Broadsword–Level 1

Ages 16 and up · Broadsword: weapon of choice in the Middle Ages. This certification course will prepare you for great steel slinging roles like Richard III, Macbeth, Beowulf, Robin Hood, and Joan of Arc. This class will stress safety, partnership, and telling the story of the fight while covering basic sword fighting history and terminology. Additionally, students will learn the skills necessary to perform realistic broadsword fights. 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. Full fingered gloves are required. Class size is limited to 10. Open to all levels.

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

MON 7–10pm · 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18 · $300

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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