This summer, PlayWorkers Youth Theatre will be running 6 workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of theatre. Each workshop is available to a variety of ages. You can sign up for one class, multiple or all 6. Workshops will run on Fridays, excluding long weekends.
When: Fridays, 12-4pm. (No long weekend Fridays.)
Where: RCTC Studio, 10660 City Parkway, Surrey, BC
What: Theatre Workshops
Cost: $20 for one session. $120 for all 6. $60 for any 3.
Must pay in advance to secure placement in workshop. Spots limited to 12 per class.**Must have at least 4 students to run a workshop.
Mask Workshop: August 23, 12-4pm, Ages 13-19
With Steve Weller We all wear masks, we just don’t know it. In this workshop, students will learn about neutral and character masks. What is the difference and how do they make us act differently. Steve Weller will teach students about respect for masks, discovery of characters through mask and how to bring those characters to life. Monologue Workshop: August 9, 12-4pm, Ages 13-19With Crystal Weltzin Monologues are a whole play and performance within themselves. No other actors on stage to help or hinder you, monologues are all about the only performer onstage. How do you take the space and hold an audience’s attention. Going back to the basics, students will learn about presence, objectives basic acting skills and how to apply it into a monologue. Dancing for Beginners: August 16, 12-4pm, Ages 10-19With Ellie King and Crystal Weltzin Dancing for Beginners is a great workshop for anyone who have never danced before or who are nervous about dancing onstage. Learn basic musical theatre moves that are essential to dance, and maybe a little bit more. Ellie King, trained in dance and drama, will be teaching you how to confidently move your feet and body so dancing becomes a little easier with every step. Her trusty dance captain, Crystal Weltzin, will be there to assist and help anyone who needs just a little more one-on-one. Performance Design: July 12, 12-4pm, Ages 13-19With Crystal Weltzin What does it take to create a good show? It’s more than just acting. It’s a beautiful, well rounded design. This workshop will focus on concept and set design, specifically looking into realism, melodrama (Commedia dell’arte), and immersive theatre. At the end of this workshop, all students will try to create their own concept around a fairy tale, thinking about new ways to tell well known stories. Voice and Movement: July 19, 12-4pm, Ages 10+With Crystal Weltzin How do actors move differently for different characters? How do you change or use different parts of your voice for varying emotions on stage? In this workshop, we will explore how to warm up our voice and body professionally, as well as how to use our voice and body in new characters. By the end of this workshop, students should feel more confident in using their voice and have more ideas on how to move for different characters. Improv Workshop 2019With Crystal WeltzinJuly 26, 12-4pm, Ages 13-19
New date to be announced.
Do you ever feel like you freeze up in stressful situations, either at work or on stage? Have ideas but are nervous to share them? Improvisation is a great skill to have both onstage and off. Start learning to how to open your mind to new ideas, roll with the punches and bring your creative thoughts to the table. After this workshop, led by the incredible Michael Charrois, you should feel more open to give and take ideas and step into new situations.
Our Next PlayWorkers Term starts in April! Book now. A great club for kids to learn about theatre, make new friends and create original work! PlayWorkers operates once-a-week for a THREE month term for only $150! The Dates: Every Saturday from 4pm – 6pm Remaining three month term:
April 6 – June 29
Ages for Registration: 13-18 Teacher: Crystal Weltzin, BPA Children will learn these skills:
Basic acting skills
Dancing and singing skills
Simple set construction (we will build one flat together)
Set painting (learn how to make bricks & rocks)
Theatre Writing skills (monologues and scenes)
Simple Marketing skills (building posters)
Fee: $150 per three month term / per person _______________________________________________ Up coming Summer Camps
Dates: July TBA
Ages: 8-12 (One Week), 13-18 (One Week)
Address: RCTC Studio 10660 City Parkway
Want your child to learn interesting, different and life-applicable skills? Come over to PlayWorkers Youth Theatre Summer Camps in Surrey. For a very low price, your kids can learn invaluable life skills, build new friendships and create a show in a team setting.
With all of the activities available to kids these days, deciding on what you should get them involved with can be a challenge, especially since you are not just trying to fill up their schedules, but enrich their minds and lives. Acting classes are fun and they instill practical benefits that will help them throughout the course of their lives long after the lessons end. Self Confidence and Public Speaking – According to The Book of Lists, the fear of public speaking ranks number one in the minds of the majority of people. Far above the fear of heights, confined spaces, disease, and even death comes the fear of standing in front of a crowd. We have been told to picture the crowd in their underwear, but truthfully there are no real tricks to public speaking. It is simply a matter of self confidence.
Acting class is a wonderful way to build self confidence. The class is a “safe haven” for public speaking. Through acting exercises, students become quite used to speaking in front of each other. As they become more comfortable, their confidence increases correspondingly. Character development allows students to feel more confident about public speaking, as it is not they but their characters who are speaking. Additionally acting focuses on vocal projection, articulation, and timing—things that trip up the anxious public speaker. Armed with the confidence gained in class, students take to the stage with ease.
That confidence in themselves and in their ability to speak in public will help them throughout the course of their lives—oral reports, job interviews, first dates, phone skills—the list is endless. The parent of one of our acting students shared with us that the young girl’s teacher told her that all of a sudden the girl was “coming out of her shell” and raising her hand to answer questions in class. The child was a straight-A student and probably always knew the answers; what had changed was that she now carried herself with assuredness. Her mother attributed her newfound confidence to the acting class. Empathy and Effective Communication – Actors are always embodying new characters. Through character development, the actors have to get in touch with their characters’ thoughts and feelings. They have to figure out what is motivating their characters to do the things they do. Getting in touch with their characters’ thoughts and feelings often helps actors to be more aware of their own thoughts and feelings. A flow is created between using real-life situations to help with their acting and acting experiences to help them deal with real-life situations. Understanding what motivates different characters helps people better understand those around them. This awareness allows actors to empathize with others and communicate effectively. President Ronald Regan was nicknamed “The Great Communicator”. All politics aside, it is clear that the skills he developed as a Hollywood actor helped him to understand the mindset of the American public, so that he could effectively communicate his own beliefs and policies. The ability to empathize and communicate effectively will help students in their personal and professional relationships long after the curtain closes.
Group Dynamics and Cooperation – Another important benefit gained through acting is the ability to work well within a group. Through acting, students learn to take direction, lead, support, and trust others. Teamwork and cooperation are critical to acting. Then again, can’t almost all activities claim teamwork as a benefit of participation? Team sports require participants to get along and work together as a unit, so what makes acting so unique? The difference is that in sports and other activities, usually the group is homogeneous—all girls, all boys, one age group, one skill level. In putting on a theatrical performance, participants work with a diverse group—different ages, genders, and skill levels.
Participants learn how to interact with a wider scope of people. Younger students learn from older students. Experienced performers encourage the novices. Through the experience they learn about group dynamics, finding their leadership and supporting roles to each other both on and off stage. Each one understanding that the show does not exist without them all.
Source: Kennett Square, PA, Carousel Performing Arts Center