Today the campers have their lecture with Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen. Dr. Cohen is the cofounder of the ASC, founder of the Mary Baldwin Shakespeare & Performance MLitt/MFA program, the first American winner of the Globe Wanamaker award, and the person who taught me everything I know. (He likes to remind me about that last point. Frequently.)
He talked about each of the plays and entreated the students never to be boring – for boredom is sin in the theatre. To make his point, he selected some campers at random to stand up and work a line or two. I snapped this photo of the first unsuspecting victim: Christopher!
Ralph worked with Christopher on phrasing – and then told him that the rest of his life (his college applications, his job prospects, the esteem of his future friends and family and coworker, every single facet of his life) rests on his ability to deliver his lines without moving his feet.
The wonders never cease. This morning/afternoon, our campers went to three (count em: three!) workshops taught by our ASC education artists; we also had actors from the ASC’s 2016-17 Hungry Hearts Touring Troupe observing/learning along with them.
After workshop-ing and lunch, Molly Seremet teaches the Much Ado cast about Viewpoints in cast-specific sessions; the rest of the campers get some time off before rehearsals.
…but not this jewel. This costume piece is from one of our productions! Can you guess which one? If not, come see our Performance Festival on Sunday, August 7th and spy it for yourself. That, and watch the shows, I guess.
Overheard at ASCTC:
Director: We’re going to do costumes now.
Camper: [Character’s] costume is straight up baller.