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As promised, the handouts from the recent workshops!

From the Props & gripping workshop:

From the Set design workshop:

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November 16th at 7pm, Adrienne Steer, Props Mistress & Key Grip extraordinaire is going to be presenting a workshop on props & gripping.

Adrienne has been doing props for theatre companies including Guelph Little Theatre, Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, and TenBareToes Entertainment for shows such as Titus Andronicus, Of Mice and Men, You Can’t Take it With You and Dangerous Liaisons. Never one to shy away from a challenge, she has most recently figured out what to do with a couch that doesn’t fit through any doors and how to make a lute that can actually play. Some of her favourite moments have included finding the perfect bean-free recipe for beans, filling rats with blood, and creating a pair of severed hands.

If you’ve ever wanted to play real life tetris, know what to feed an actor who is allergic to anything, or to figure out just how much you can do with paper mache, then join us for this introduction to props and gripping!

We have had confirmation of location – we’ll be in Hagey Hall, Room 373, at the University of Waterloo (there’s parking near the building – coin operated machines.  “H-Lot” – the parking lot right across Ring Road from Hagey – runs $3 for entry).  If you need directions, just let me know

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact  info@tenbaretoes.com.  Spots are limited and will be on a first come-first served basis – we’ve already started to get takers for this, so get your spot quickly!

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While I work out the details of our next production with the theatre, I’d like to announce TenBareToes’ upcoming monthly series of workshops.   I have asked a number of the local theatre gurus to design a workshop series for us and they have delivered.

Starting in October, we have Karen Lucas leading an Improv workshop on the 19th at 7pm at the Globe Studios at 141 Whitney Place in Kitchener.

To borrow from Wikipedia, Improvisational theatre (also known as improv) is a form of theatre in which the improvisational actors/ improvisers use improvisational acting techniques to perform spontaneously. Improvisers typically use audience suggestions to guide the performance as they create dialogue, setting, and plot extemporaneously. Improvisational theatre performances tend to be comedic, although some forms are not necessarily intended to be comedic.

Many improvisational actors/ improvisers also work as scripted actors, and “improv” techniques are often taught in standard acting classes. The basic skills of listening, clarity, confidence, and performing instinctively and spontaneously are considered important skills for actors to develop.

Karen has been saying yes to improv for over sixteen years.  She performs regularly and teaches workshops with Waterloo’s long running improv troupe Theatre On The Edge.  Karen has also run an improv camp for children and designed workshops using improv to promote self discovery.  The tools learned in improv are great for the stage and for life!

Following that is Props & Gripping from Adrienne Steer, Property Mistress and Head Grip for our recent production of The Taming of the Shrew on November 16, also at 7pm.  I’m waiting on confirmation of the location for this workshop – keep an eye here for details.

Further down the pipe is Set Design with Chris Rovers in January, Character Development for the Actor with Jonathan C. Dietrich and more.  Details to follow regarding these and other workshops!

If you are interested in participating in either of these workshops, please contact info@tenbaretoes.com.  Spots are limited and will be on a first come-first served basis.

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