green light arts offers the opportunity to learn various theatre skills taught by industry professionals who are leaders in their field
This workshop teaches Students the basics of how to be present on stage and how to activate text and intentions. A compelling scene is knowing: why you are speaking; what your character wants from the scene; and how you are going to accomplish it! And here's some food for thought - did you know that good acting is actually 99% active listening on stage?
Here is an exciting workshop that teaches physical techniques for creating the illusion of fighting. Stage combat is “play fighting” in a way that is safe, believable and tells a good story. It’s a lot of fun and a challenging workout. Students will learn terminology as well as how to maintain a safe staged fight before eventually moving on to learning basic punches, falls, kicks and slaps. Once this foundation is built they will then focus on storytelling by identifying the action that makes sense for their character and the style of the fight.
How do you communicate with other actors and an audience if none of your words make any sense? Welcome to the wild, zany and hysterical world of Gibberish and the art of nonsense. Students will explore using Gibberish as an alternative way of communicating emotions, thoughts and ideas. Through a variety of theatre games and by acting out scenes, students can use Gibberish to create complex characters that have a rich inner life.
Clown is a challenging theatre discipline with many different styles. Clown is all about finding an authentic performance through play. Games and exercises are used to heighten awareness of one’s immediate environment and to develop an honest response to internal impulses and external events. Funny or tragic, high-status or low-status; the world of Clown is about extremes but always kept very simple. Clown is not about hiding behind a character with a red nose, but about revealing the self, interacting with the audience and discovering how the ordinary can become extraordinary.
They say the secret to all great comedy is that must be rooted in truth. Borrowing from various theatre forms, including Commedia dell'Arte ("comedy of art") and improvisation, this workshop explores how status, relationship and character types are used to get to the truth of a great comedic scene. These tried and true comedy techniques take away the pressure to "be" funny by allowing what is naturally funny in a scene to find the performer.
Movement theatre is not just moving in space and making shapes but includes characters, story-telling and creating symbols with the body. Through physical performance styles, it can heighten or replace text. Movement theatre often includes various aspects of dance and mime but can also be more interpretive and abstract. Students will learn several movement theatre techniques that establish a physical space, how to be expressive in it, and how to work as a group to tell a story.
When participants are not taking specialty workshops, they will be creating a play! PLAY CREATION can involve all kinds of group activities. These activities, like WARM-UPS, YOGA, WRITING, SONGS, IMPROV, TABLEAUX and lots of THEATRE GAMES are all tools that help kids be creative and work together to create a unique piece of theatre. Once that piece takes shape, then it is about rehearsing the piece as a group and bringing it to life for an audience of family and friends on the last day of camp.