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Imagine! Explore! Create!
with Kate Carson-Groner
An introduction to theatre for children in K-2nd grade
September 28-November 16
Learn about the fundamentals of theatre and storytelling through creative play, fun games, & classic children’s tales. Students will explore essential acting techniques like physicality and vocalization while doing what they already do best—playing creatively!
Health regulations will be followed as set forth by the state of North Carolina at the time the class is run.
About the Camp Director:Kate Carson-Groner is a performing artist, teacher, and director originally from Elkin, NC. Kate has coached and mentored numerous improv teams, and has directed performers of all ages in classes, workshops, and full scale theater productions. She is thrilled to be teaching at LT of WS, where she was a theater and improv student many MANY years ago. She earned her BFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design and completed a summer intensive in street theater and cirque in Paris, France before moving to Chicago to perform and direct professionally. Kate has improvised professionally at The Second City, iO, and with Baby Wants Candy and Storytown Improv, where she and her teammates created entirely improvised new musicals for every performance. As an actor, she has performed regionally at Steppenwolf, Redmoon, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Olney Theatre Center. Most recently, after moving back to North Carolina with her family, Kate performed, directed, and music directed with Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleidium. As a voiceover artist, she has voiced national commercials for McDonald’s, McCafe, Kohler Engines, AllState, and more.
Taking the Stage
with Lauren Rahill
For Grades 3-5
September 30-November 18, 2021
Students will learn how to develop and improve performing skills through a variety of theatre activities such as improv, characterization, games, monologues, and group scenes. Performers of all abilities will have fun while strengthening their creativity to get them performance ready!
About the instructor:
Lauren Rahill is a graduate of the the State University of New York at New Paltz with a degree in Theatre Performance & Production. Lauren recently relocated from Orlando, where she spent the past 15 years as a drama director for local schools and organizations. During that time, she directed numerous productions and worked with students of all ages. She served for several years as an adjudicator and troupe coach for the Florida State Thespians. She developed several theatre arts curriculums and has served as the Arts Integration Director for a group of charter schools. Lauren most recently performed with the Little Theatre in an “Old Salem Christmas Carol”. When not teaching, she loves performing with local theatre companies and spending time with her family. She is excited to bring the fun of theatre and performing to her students!
Costume Design: Halloween Ready
with Tara Raczenski
For ages 12-18
October 9, 2021
1pm - 4pm
In this three hour costume design clinic, students will get a brief overview of the costume designer's role in a theatrical production and have their choice of designing a Halloween mask or a hat to take with them at the end of the day.
About the Instructor:
Tara Raczenski is the LTWS Costume Shop Manager, who got hooked on costumes with LTWS five years ago by volunteering to work on Sense & Sensibility. Since that time, she has designed ten shows for LTWS as well as other organizations around the Triad, including an all-female version of 1776 for which she won best Costume Design, and for RhinoLeap's Equity production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Tara also enjoys utilizing her degree in performance onstage, when she gets the chance, and adapting classic literature for the stage. Her version of Treasure Island was selected winner for the 2018 Forsyth County New Play Initiative. Tara is also a five-year member of The Jane Austen Society of North America.
with Yvonne Truhon
For High School Students through Adults
Saturday October 16, 2021
In this three hour workshop, students will learn the process of selecting and building props for a production. Topics will include working with the director, going through what a company has on hand, and - the especially fun part! - making props. Attendees will enjoy hands on experience as they create a food prop they can take home.
About the Instructor: I have been props master for various Little Theatre shows since 2001, and helped out with specialty props (mostly newspapers or other paper/stationery items) for several more. To mention just a few: A Chorus Line, The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Equus, Look Homeward, Angel, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, A Funny Thing ... Forum, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, The Great Gatsby, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
I hold a degree in Greek and Latin from Valparaiso University with a minor in drama. I've worked in a variety of places: a doughnut shop, a bakery/restaurant, a costume shop, a printshop and a community newspaper, thus proving a college professor’s saying: “If you can learn Greek, you can learn anything.”
Saying GO and a Whole Lot More!
with Elizabeth Rief
A Stage Managing Workshop
For adults and high school students
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm
Have you ever wondered what the stage manager's role is in design meetings, auditions, rehearsals, performances, and more? This workshop will provide a window into the life of a stage manager throughout the production process. Join us for an exchange of ideas and please bring your questions.
About the Instructor:
Elizabeth Rief, who is lucky enough to pursue two of her passions -- theatre and the Latin language, has enjoyed working, frequently as a stage manager, with local theatres for nearly 30 years and teaching Latin at Summit School for the past 21 years. She has stage managed more than 50 shows at several local theatres, including The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Spirit Gum Theatre Company, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, WSFCS Summer Enrichment, Wake Forest University Theatre, and more. Complicated shows with lots of moving pieces, like Baskerville, Noises Off, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, are some of her favorites because of the communication and team work it takes to make them happen.
Sketch Comedy: The Carol Burnett Show
with Britt Stone
For high school students, Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:30 pm
January 25 - March 15, 2022
Carol Burnett is one of the most memorable and innovative female comedians of the 20th century and has a long standing tradition of making people laugh with her acting and comedy. During this course, you will learn comedic styles and acting techniques by rehearsing and performing the classic comedy sketches of the "Carol Burnett Show". You will be guided through all the elements of comedy; improvised character work, comedic timing, delivery and beyond while working through the scripts with your classmates. Not only will you be learning comedic acting, but you will also be able to experience the wonderful world of producing a live show, from mock auditions to your in-class rehearsals and then a final class showcase performance. Sign up early -- seats for this class go fast!
About the Instructor:
Britt Stone has taught adult acting classes at The Little Theatre since 2018. She was last seen onstage at The Little Theatre in The Plays of Ray Bradbury (Kaleidoscope). She graduated with a degree in Acting and Directing from UNC Greensboro, where she created the first on-campus improv comedy troupe, and performed with touring troupes such as The Second City and The Upright Citizens’ Brigade. She continues to perform improv in Winston-Salem and Greensboro while running the local troupe, Bunker Dogs, with her husband Alex Stone. Britt has been studying, teaching and coaching improv for many years, and hopes to involve others, no matter their skill level, in the magical world of on-the-spot thinking and performance.
Viewpoints: Actor Awareness and Discovery Through Movement
with Jess Barbour
For high school students and adults
Sunday March 6
3hr workshop, 3pm-6pm
Looking for a fun workshop that will increase your body awareness and help you make strong choices on stage? Viewpoints, first developed by Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart, is a great way to build ensemble and individual performance by exploring space, shape, movement, and gesture. This three hour workshop for adults and high school students will consist of activities moving around the space as a large group with some small group work. The goal of the workshop is to examine how actors can tell stories through movement, adding one more tool to their actor's toolbox. Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to play. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance and all levels of experience are welcome.
About the Instructor:
Jess Barbour is a full time actor and teacher. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio in NYC. She has taught and choreographed all over the area for local high schools, NCT Conservatory, Raleigh Little Theatre and North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. She also works at the Anesthesiology Board of America and Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students and professionals in empathy and bedside manner through acting scenarios. She has performed professionally all over the Southeast and filmed on industrials, local and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films. Her short film, Oh Crappy Day, was accepted into 38 film festivals, winning the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival and recently wrapped post production for the feature length film.