SUNRIVER STARS Features an Introduction to Acting

Auditions for the Sunriver Stars Fall mystery production will be held Tuesday, September 8 from 6-9pm in Room 208 in the Business Park above the Village Properties offices.  This will be a staged reading performance without the need to memorize dialogue.

Many thanks go to Mark Halvorsen for his generosity in providing the Stars with free audition and rehearsal space.  This fall’s performance will be co-directed by Michael Beeson and Susan Inman Evans, both experienced in drama and both currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Stars.

All interested in trying out for parts in a murder mystery play are encouraged to attend and participate in the auditions. The show directors will select the cast based on the auditions.  No roles have been pre-cast. Performances are scheduled for the weekend of October 23.

September 19 and 20 are the dates for the first ever Sunriver Stars Acting Workshop, An Introduction to Acting, funded with a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.  Actor, Director and Drama Teacher Michael French will be teaching the free weekend workshop, venue TBA.

Working from a foundation that is designed to free the newcomer from self-consciousness, this staged reading acting class offers a wonderful starting point for anyone with a love of theater.  Topics include the rudiments of stagecraft, how to create a fully developed character, how to lift a story from the page to the stage and what it means to follow an objective from page one to the applause at the end.

This is a class for all who want to experience the fun and satisfaction of performing onstage for our Sunriver  audiences.

French has been an actor, director and writer for over 20 years.  He studied acting at The Drama School in England and the Acting Studio in New York City.  He studied directing with renowned teacher and director Marjorie Ballentine.  Among his own works is The Buddha Prince, a play about the life of the Dalai Lama, which has toured the US extensively and was performed in Central Park in New York in 2005 and 2008.

French is currently the founder and artistic director of Aluminous, a multi-media theatre company based in Oakland, California and a resident director for PlayGround.  His next production for Aluminous will be a re-imagining of Edward Albee’s Zoo Story in November 2015.

Space for the acting workshop may be limited.  Those interested in participating in this  free class should sign up by emailing Janice Dost at .

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