Special Workshop: Advanced Acting in Drama
Designed for students with acting experience in middle school and above. This class will nurture creativity, develop vocal and physical skills, and enhance an actor’s ability to work as part of an ensemble. Advanced Acting is designed to prepare students for acting complex roles in drama. Students will explore all elements of acting from text analysis, dramatic character development, blocking, connecting with other actors, and the importance of socially-aware plays. This class will culminate in a performance of And A Child Chall Lead by Michael Slade, a thought-provoking tale of the trials and tribulations that a group of students faced during the Holocaust. This theatrical production includes real written pieces from students in the concentration camps, deeply emotional characters, and a storyline still relevant in today’s society.
We are looking for a diverse group of students in middle and high school willing to tackle challenging roles. Students interested in auditioning should record a video monologue and upload to an unregistered link on a video hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo. If you happen to play an instrument, please also include a clip of yourself playing. Scholarships are available. Please respond to your confirmation email to request more information.
Video submissions are due February 22nd. Callbacks will be held by invitation February 28th. Parent Meeting will be held after casting is complete at the beginning of rehearsal on March 7th.
Class Dates & Times: Thursdays & Saturdays, 6-8 pm – March 7 – April 20
Dress Rehearsals: April 21-25, 5:30-8:30 pm
Performances: April 26-28
The character list provides a look into the character’s personality. Please note the ages do not reflect who will be cast in the role. The person most fit for the role regardless of age will be cast.
Jana – 6 years old and always carries her doll. She doesn’t know this is not a normal childhood. Her innocence remains constant throughout the story.
Alena – 11 years old, she has a very dark side. Her confinement in the camp has left her bitter about the world.
Gabriela – 12 years old, plays the violin and love music. She has a strong connection to Pavel who loves music as much as she does.
Eva – 14 years old, Jana’s sister. She has been forced to become a mother to Jana. She often wishes she could stop being an adult and resume her own childhood. She has a strong connecting with Miroslav.
Erik – 8 years old. Idolizes Miroslav. Faces danger with a brave face.
Martin – 10 years old, the new kid. He comes from a wealthy family. He doesn’t know how to fit in with the other children who have been in the camp for much longer. His character is still sympathetic to the audience.
Pavel – 14 years old, play the recorder, loves music. He is reluctant to stand up in the face of danger. He has a strong connection to Gabriela.
Miroslav – 15 years old, charismatic, a natural leader and budding socialist. He challenges the rules of the camp. He has a strong connection with Eva.
Ensemble – Other children surviving in the camp.
Record one of the monologues found below. Please include your name and age in the slate at the beginning of the monologue. If you play an instrument or dance, please include that in the video as well. Upload your audition video as an unregistered link on a video hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo and include the link in the form submission at the bottom of this page.