ACT CONSERVATORY: ACTING - SCENE STUDY
Spring 2020: For Middle School and High School Students
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:45pm at ACT of Connecticut
2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6
Space is limited.
Taught by Christopher Hudson Myers
This acting class will focus on scene work. Students will be assigned a scene with a partner or group in the first session, which they will rehearse, refine and perfect over the course of the class. The instructor will work with students on script analysis, methods to approach material, and on incorporating feedback and adjustments into performance. Students will build on individual acting skills and experience and delve into the more complex setting of reacting to, and playing off of other actors’ choices.
Students should be prepared to work on material, including memorization and integration of instructor feedback, outside of class.
Parents are invited to attend the last session of the class on 4/29 for an informal showcase to demonstrate what students have accomplished.
Previous acting training or experience beneficial, but not strictly required.
Christopher Hudson Myers has been teaching, directing and choreographing in CT for 4 years after closing the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! as Swing/Dance Captain in 2015. In addition to teaching at ACT, he is currently the Company Manager for The Summer Theatre of New Canaan, choreographer for Staples High School in Westport and also teaches at the Performing Arts Conservatory of New Canaan. As a performer, Christopher has had the privilege of being directed by Josh Rhodes, Stephen Nachamie and Janet Rothermel and has shared the stage with Broadway legends Judy McLane, Felicia Finley, Fred Applegate and Alan Campbell. He also considers himself very fortunate to have had the chance to perform and work with his beautiful and talented wife, Rachel MacIsaac on many occasions throughout their careers.
ACT CONSERVATORY: MAINSTAGE LAB PROGRAM
Fall Semester: For Middle School and High School Students
Stay tuned for the Fall 2020 ACT Conservatory: Mainstage Lab Program listing. Please join our Education mailing list to be alerted when new programs are added. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
ACT offers a multi-week, interdisciplinary, ACT Conservatory: Mainstage Lab Program for middle school and high school students each fall. This program capitalizes on the large staff of professional performers, directors and designers present in Ridgefield for our fall mainstage productions, who offer their instruction in acting, movement, vocal performance and technical/design skills. The program also offers special access to behind-the-scenes aspects of a professional theatre company’s rehearsal and performance process. The end goal is to provide our theatre students with an opportunity to observe and learn from a wide variety of working professionals.
Students in ACT’s Mainstage Lab Program in Fall 2019 got an inside view of ACT’s production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, taking workshops in auditioning, monologues, vocal performance and even puppetry, with the production’s Music Director, Puppet Master, and one of it’s lead performers. In addition to the workshops, students also observed a portion of the ACT production’s tech rehearsal, followed by at Q&A with the creative team, attended the preview of ACT’s production, and also took a field trip to New York CIty to see the off-Broadway production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.