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Musical Theatre Scene Study: Waitress

Grades 9–12 · It’s amazing what baking can do!¬†Students will explore songs and scenes from the Tony Award-nominated musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles with a book by Jessie Nelson. The story is centered around a pregnant waitress with an abusive husband who dreams of escaping with her handsome doctor, or by winning a pie-baking contest. 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: “She Used To Be Mine,” “You’re Never Ever Getting Rid of Me,” “When He Sees Me,” and “Bad Idea.”

THU 4–6:30pm · 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4 (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.

Play Analysis: What Makes a New Play “Good”?

Grades 9–12 · This class will take a deep dive into analyzing new works. Together, we’ll read some of the best new plays in the American Theatre and pick apart what makes them successful (or not—that’s up to you!). Berkeley Rep Literary Manager Sarah Rose Leonard will lead students through the nuts and bolts of reviewing plays: examining tone, conflict, character, dialogue, and much more. We’ll look at what elements actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and producers evaluate as they read. This class is ideal for both theatre-makers and theatre fans—by the end you’ll know exactly what you like and why. Come nerd out about plays!

WED 4:30–6pm · 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 · $160

Sarah Rose Leonard is the literary manager at Berkeley Rep. Before returning to the Bay Area, where she grew up, she was the literary associate at Signature Theatre in NYC. She has dramaturged productions of twenty50 (Denver Center); The Great Wave, The Good Book, Angels in America, Ain’t Too Proud (Berkeley Rep); In Braunau (SF Playhouse); Iron Shoes (Shotgun Players); A Tale of Autumn, You For Me For You (Crowded Fire); A Particle of Dread, Kung Fu, Big Love, The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); and The Hotel Colors (The Bushwick Starr). Every summer she workshops new plays at The Ground Floor.

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!

MON 4:30–6pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/11, 5/18 · $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: Small Sword

Ages 16 and up · Small sword is the most elegant and deadly of the personal combat weapons. Students will explore this juxtaposition of grace and violence by studying period movement in conjunction with swordplay. This course will cover the basic skills of theatrical small sword, stressing safety and partnership. Participants will also learn footwork, parries, thrusts, deceptions, wounds, kills, and many other skills allowing them to create the illusion of violence. It will be fast-paced, fun, and a good workout, too! All students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform scenes that include stage combat and take a skills proficiency test for recognition as an Actor Combatant with Dueling Arts International. Class size is limited to 12. Full-fingered gloves are required. Open to all levels.

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

MON 7–10pm · 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/11, 5/18 · $245

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.

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

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

Summer Theatre Intensive: Session 2

Entering grades 9–12 · Explore all facets of theatre through a fun-filled, four-week experience for all levels. Students study with professional artists, creating an original play to be performed onstage at Berkeley Rep! Click here for more information.

MON–FRI 9am–4pm · 7/14–8/7 · $1,415

Filmmaking and Acting Intensive

Entering grades 9–12 · Dive into the world of film production with an exciting hands-on experience this summer. From theory to pre-/post-production, learn what it takes to create for film as actor, writer, director, and editor. Click here to learn more.

MON–FRI 5–8pm · 6/29–7/17 · $855

Theatre Design and Production Lab

Entering grades 9–12 · The Theatre Design and Production Lab is for the student who wants to dig deeper into the primary disciplines: lighting, sound, costumes, props, and set design. This lab is ideal for the tech teen as a stand alone class or in combination with our Summer Theatre Intensive. Click here to learn more.

MON–FRI 4:30–7pm · 7/27–7/31 · $225



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