Friday, October 13, 2006

Friday. Hurrah!

Mutterings continued.

Oooohhh!! Tempting! The 20th anniversary tinbox set of Withnail and I. Oooh....but I've got the DVD already...but I want the tin box and extras...aaaghhhh!!!

"Something new and important is coming to Perth!
UPstageWA is a new company that wants to improve the standard of theatre in WA.  They're not doing this by producing plays, rather they're organising Panel Discussions and Masterclasses.

The aim is to provide opportunities for community theatre participants of all levels to learn from industry professionals and respected community theatre practitioners including fantastic networking opportunities for people in community theatre.

The first of these Panel Discussions will be on _Acting_. It will be held next Tuesday, Oct 17th, at 7.30pm. The venue will be City West Lotteries House. Cost is $10 per person ($5 for students).

*Panel members for the discussion:

Ms Marcelle Schmitz* ( Professional actor /director/teacher/lecturer.
Winner of Equity awards for Direction and Acting)

*Mr Benj D'Addario* ( Professional Actor, WAAPA graduate and founder of Red Ryder Productions)

*Mr. Stephen Lee* ( Professional Actor/Director. Winner of Best Actor ITA Finley Awards)

*Mr Stuart Halusz* ( Professional Actor/ Teacher /Trained with the RSC and recent Adjudicator for DramaFest)

*Mr Craig Williams* ( Professional Actor/Lecturer)

This outstanding panel will be telling us their thoughts and impressions on community theatre acting and acting in general. We learn by watching others perform, by performing ourselves and by hearing what people outside the square think of our work.

This is an amazing opportunity for all of us to listen to these people and find out what we can all do to work towards "_raising the bar_". When professional actors are constantly taking classes and learning more and more from others, it would seem to be logical that community theatre practitioners would be doing the same thing.

There will be ample time for questions and discussion after the panel and there will also be time set aside for networking, another excellent opportunity to arise from this idea.

One week after the panel, one of the members of the panel will be taking a master class based on the panel discussion. Further details about this will be announced on the night of the discussion.

I urge everyone in community theatre to come along and hear what these people have to say. We may not like all of it but we will learn and we will be challenged and we will hopefully be inspired to continue what it is we do.

For more info, you can email"

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