Cliffhanger

Friday, October 10, 2014 7 PM
Saturday October 11, 2014 2 PM and 7 PM

Tickets $8 at Luther Elementary School 205 Park Street, Fort Atkinson, WI

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Theater Workshops

with Halle Morris

The Fort Atkinson Community Theatre (FACT) is excited to sponsor a series of three workshops led by Halle Morse, a Broadway actress who is here in Fort Atkinson to play the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at The Fireside. The sessions are scheduled for October 6, 13 & 20 and will be held at the First Congregational Church in Fort Atkinson. The series will feature two age specific tracks. The topics covered in each track will overlap, but the activities will be tailored to the age of the participants.  Actors in grades 2-8 will meet from 6:30-7:30, while actors high school age and older will meet from 7:45-8:45. Each week, the workshops will have a different focus:

 

Week 1 – October 6

Gr. 2-8: Q & A/Improvisation

This class will start with a question and answer session where the participants can ask Ms. Morse anything.  Then they will discuss the fundamentals of improvisation, play games and work on basic mime exercises. Then they will discover and create "never before scenes"!

HS and Older: Business of Acting/Improvisation

This class will start with a crash course in what it takes to be a professional actor. This will be followed by a Q & A opportunity for Ms. Morse, so bring your questions! Then they will play games to help sharpen improvisation skills and become more comfortable in this specific performance genre.

 

Week 2 – October 13

Gr. 2-8: Monologue Workshop 

The participants will use their bodies and voices to create characters and explore storytelling. After receiving monologues the first week of class, each participant will have a chance to perform their own work for class. 

HS and Older: Audition Workshop

This workshop is designed to help the participants understand the vocabulary of a musical theatre audition as well as practice the process. By having the right tools and learning what to expect, they will gain confidence in their audition abilities. Participants should bring in a short audition cut (32 bars) to perform for class. An accompanist will be available, so please bring sheet music. Participants may bring a monologue instead if they prefer. 

 

Week 3 – October 20

Both sessions – Musical Theater Dance

This class will be a dance workshop where participants will learn original Mamma Mia! choreography. The older group may learn a slightly longer combination or work the dance in formations, depending on how quickly they learn the steps. Parents/family are welcome to come to the last 10 minutes of class to watch the group perform what they learned.  

 

These workshops present a wonderful opportunity for actors in our area to talk to, work with, and learn from a proven Broadway actress. Each track will be limited to 20 participants and the cost per participant is $30 for the three week series.  If you are interested, please contact Jason Teeter at president@fortfact.org to reserve your place.  

 

About Ms. Morse:

 

Halle Morse is a professional actress based in New York City. Originally from Shaker Heights, Ohio, she is thrilled to be returning to her Midwest roots this fall to play the role of Eponine in LES MISÉRABLES at Fort Atkinson's own Fireside Theatre.  She performed for 3 years on Broadway as Lisa in MAMMA MIA! Earlier this year, she played Minnie Fay in the National Tour of HELLO, DOLLY! starring Sally Struthers.  She was last seen in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre playing The Girl in BLUES IN THE NIGHT. Other theatre credits: Little Inez in HAIRSPRAY (Sacramentio Music Circus), Mimi in RENT (Pioneer Theatre Company), Hermia in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Classical Theatre of Harlem), HELLO, DOLLY! at The St. Louis MUNY Theatre and North Carolina Theatre. Halle has also been featured on Nickelodeon, MTV, and BET, as well as national commercials, radio voiceovers, and print ads.  She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Halle has taught, directed, and choreographed for students in high school, community theatre, and theatre camps. She is excited to become involved with the Fort Atkinson community and to offer master classes to aspiring performers.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Once Upon a Leprechaun Youth FACT Play in March of 2015

Fiddler on the Roof in Summer of 2015

 

 

2014 Comstock Scholarship Recipients

FACT is pleased to announce two recipients of Comstock Scholarships in 2014. Hannah Engstrom received a scholarship for $1000 and Thomas McDonald received a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to both students.

 

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