While campers have been rehearsing for their upcoming productions, taking master classes, rehearsing promotional pre-shows, writing sonnets, showing off their talents, composing songs, and more, they have also been studying various occupations in theatre with their seminar groups. At the start of camp, the students divided into six seminar groups, each covering one of the many occupations available in professional theater: Stage Management, Arts Administration, Theatre History/ Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Design, and Directing. After three weeks of research and interviewing with the professionals at the ASC who work in each respective field, campers had an opportunity to prepare a presentation for the whole camp and show off their newly discovered realm of theatre. We all learned there are many more opportunities for involvement in a professional theatrical setting than what you solely see on stage!
Playwriting Seminar lead by Matt Minnicino performed a staged reading exploring historical playwrights from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams
Mattie was the time traveler transporting Rachel the playwright to various times in history.
The Directing Seminar lead by Rachel Belleman chose to take portions of A Midsummers Night Dream and self-direct their scenes much like the Actors’ Renaissance Season does at the ASC
Liv played the Man in the Moon!
The Design Seminar lead by Claire Hilton focused on The Taming of the Shrew. They pretended to be designers presenting their design concepts to a cast.
They gave textual evidence for their choices on costuming, such as Katherine sharing the same color palates as a bee due to her line in II.i “if I be waspish, beware my sting”.
They explored traditional design concepts, as well as avant garde
The design seminar had textual evidence from the script to back each design choice they made.
Arts Administration Seminar lead by Emily MacLeod pitched an idea for a new theatre company! They covered marketing, development, for profit theatres versus non-profit theatres, modern admin versus Elizabethan admin, and more!
Jenny Z. played the “stage manager” holding a faux rehearsal to illustrate the vital importance of a stage manager in a production.
The Stage Management Seminar lead by Justin Shannin performed a faux rehearsal revealing the many magical happenings of stage management supporting all the action on stage.
Ben gives an overview of a stage manager’s binder which track every actor’s blocking on stage for every page of the script.
Lexy gives an overview of costume and prop tracking to be sure every actor has the exact prop and costume piece they need for each scene they are on stage
Theatre History Seminar lead by Noel Grisanti explored dramaturgy to provide supplementary material to a production. The students chose Romeo and Juliet to research various historical and socio-economic aspects which occurred during the time of the play. They covered the origin story Shakespeare used as inspiration for the play, created a glossary for antiquated terms and phrases, esearched the meanings and connotations behind each character name, and gathered media and sensory media to present in blog form. Each student presented her research in their own creative way from power points to live scenes.
Theatre History Seminar Group
Their brains have been working at capacity this week, and we still have a weekend full of dress rehearsals and performances!
See you Sunday!