As promised, the handouts from the recent workshops!
From the Props & gripping workshop:
- Sample Props prep list – how to prepare for a show as props – notes are your friend
- Sample Grips set change list – document everything about who’s moving what to where from where.
From the Set design workshop:
- Set Design Workshop notes – a lovely powerpoint to walk you through the highlights of the workshop
- Parts of a set - nomenclature for the stage
- Sketchup files (zipped) – theatre spaces Chris has designed for:
We’ve been doing a series of workshops. There’s lots of really good information that is getting presented. The presenters have even done a spectacular job of having material to share with the workshop. They’ve even given it to me, so I can share it with the folks who were not able to make it out to the workshops.
Now as soon as I can figure out how to get it uploaded to the site, it’ll be available.
Tackling technology after 11pm at night is apparently hard for me. What happens when you let the director have to think. I’ll get there…that’s me – the little engine that could.
We have a LOCATION – the Math & Computers building at the University of Waterloo campus, room MC2054. If you go to the map at UW’s website (here – http://www.uwaterloo.ca/map/index.php), you can find MC towards the center top right of the map.
Parking on campus is regulated, so make sure that you’re in a proper spot as the campus police will likely be towing if they think things are in the wrong spot (especially with the snow).
Look forward to seeing you there!
So, we had our first workshop and it was a blast!
Karen, our gracious host & instructor, took the merry band that arrived for the workshop and walked us through some basic introductions to Improv. It was really interesting hearing the different viewpoints for why people had come to the workshop and what they were hoping to get out of it.
My personal favourite exercise of the night was when Jessica Clayman KWLT‘s Penelopiad fame) and I did an alphabet scene (where each time you get to talk, it must start with the next letter in the alphabet) and it went incredibly smoothly.
I’m hoping we can convince Karen to run another Improv workshop in the spring – that class was a lot of fun. In the meantime, if you need your Improv fix, go check out ToTE and their regular Sunday workshops.
Next workshop is Adrienne Steer’s Props & Gripping workshop on November 16th, 7pm, Hagey Hall, Room 373, at the University of Waterloo.
If you are interested in attending the workshop, please let me know so I can make sure we have space. And this time, the email should get through.
I also have details on our January workshop (we’re taking December off for the holidays!) – Set Design with Chris Rovers, January 18, 2011, 7pm.
Set Design is a collaborative process between a Designer, the Director and the Script – with a lot of tempering influence from Reality and Physics thrown in for good measure. Come discuss Set Design with Chris Rovers, Technical Director and Set Designer for TenBareToes’ staging of “Taming of the Shrew” and “The Odd Couple”. We’ll talk about the artistic considerations, moving scenery, construction techniques, safety considerations, script reading as a Set Designer, 3D modeling software and more in this free workshop.
Chris has been doing Set Design for Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, K-W Silver Stars and TenBareToes for the past five years. He’s created everything from castles to dingy student apartments on stage, helping bring productions to life.
We’re still confirming the location for this workshop – keep your eyes peeled for more information.
Before I post about the Improv workshop and about the upcoming workshop, let me grovel for a minute.
Remember me crowing about 2 months ago that we’d changed servers and that people should be able to see the site properly (we’d been having ISP issues before).
Yah, apparently, I did not confirm properly that the email was working. I swear, the test results came back fine, but evidently, they were the last things to do so.
Yup – today I had to log into the webmail access point for TenBareToes and found 197 messages that I hadn’t dealt with – because they never came through to my mail client.
To everyone that I didn’t reply to in a timely fashion, please accept my sincere apologies. I’m good at a lot of things, but apparently, smoothly changing email isn’t one of them.
I believe I have now replied to everyone who was left hanging. The next time I get no response to a posting about an upcoming event, I’ll assume the mail isn’t working as opposed to “no one wants to come, boo!”
100 lashes with a wet noodle for me.
It’s that time again.
Today’s lesson for me was setting up a FaceBook fan page. Even writing that feels kind of silly.
You’d think, in the world of theatre & having set up my own company, I’d be absolutely cool with having a fan page, but in all honesty, I feel a little funny about it – isn’t fans something that movie & rock stars have? I’m just a little actor/director/stage manager/producer/woman-who-clearly-
I think I’ve managed to do it right (or at least in the couple hours that it’s been up, it now has more than just me there). It’ll also make it easier for those who use FaceBook as their primary information source to get all the latest on TenBareToes.
Please – come show me the love on FaceBook!
Reminders – check out our upcoming workshop series – the first one (Improv with Karen Lucas) is in a couple weeks! Don’t forget to sign up!
I have had a few people ask if TenBareToes has parts for kids. At the moment, no, I don’t have any shows planned that will need child actors.
That being said, knowing how much fun it is to act as a kid, I’m passing on an audition notice I found today.
Growing In The Arts School of Dramatic & Cinema Arts is putting on a production of Bubba Begonia, You’ll Be Sorry
Auditions are September 9 & 11. See the show link for details and best of luck!
the reviews (at least those i've seen across LJ) of the show have been overwhelmingly positive. even the Record's review of our problem-plagued Opening Night was gently positive.
this has translated to great word-of-mouth sales, and both the friday and saturday shows of this middle weekend sold out completely, with ~90% of the seats sold on reservation or presale. this means it's highly likely all three shows next weekend will also sell out fast. walk-in ticket availability just doesn't seem to be happening, so don't count on getting tickets that way.
ergo, if you'd like to come see the show before it closes on saturday BOOK YOUR TICKETS RIGHT NOW.
KW Little Theatre, 9 Princess Street, Waterloo ON
see http://kwlt.org for more details
$10 members, $15 non-members
call 519-886-0660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets
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MAY ONE ACTS UPDATE:
New Venue - Waterloo Stage
All four performances will be performed at the Waterloo Stage in Uptown Waterloo
We are using a different venue for the May One Acts this weekend. Instead of being performed in the St. Jacobs Church Theatre, they will be performed on the Waterloo Stage in Uptown Waterloo.
The Waterloo Stage can be found at 24 King St. North in Uptown Waterloo, on King St between Erb and Dupont.
Les Liasions Dangereuses, by Christopher Hampton
at the rebuilt Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, located in Uptown Waterloo at 9 Princess St. E.
( In her performance of 'Les Liasions Dangereuses', Director Karen Grierson moves the story from its origins in pre-Revolutionary France, to Jazz-Age Paris of the 1920s. When asked about her experiences directing this provocative play, Grierson had this to comment: )
I don't know about you, but this is getting so close I can TASTE it.
I watched the building at 9 Princess burn in July 2002. I still remember the phone call from Graham at ugly in the morning asking me to come to the theatre - cause it was on fire.
I remember holding various members of the theatre company as we all cried and cursed and plotted how we would keep the theatre going. I don't remember who came up with the line "The show WILL go on", but I remember a sign being hastily put together and put out front so the world knew that we weren't giving up.
And now we have walls, drywall walls - with electrical, plumbing and a bunch of cat5 (I think) wires in them - and we're SO close to being able to open our doors again to the world as a performance space again.
If you have time tomorrow night, please come help me paint. Help me bring this theatre company home to the best home it's had - to it's heart.
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre in Waterloo is having a "Bring a Friend Open House" on Tuesday, December 2nd from 1-3pm.
As you are well aware, it takes courage to walk through our doors for the first time. The open house is an opportunity to introduce yourself, a friend, family member or caregiver to HopeSpring in a warm and welcoming environment. There will be delicious treats, door prizes, relaxation therapy demos and information packages for everyone. We hope to see you there!
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What: The January One Acts are five selected one acts presented in January at The Church Theatre in St. Jacobs. The shows selected for January are:
Echo by Joseph T. Shipley, directed by Sarah Daigen
A Dollar by David Pinski, directed by Tim Jackson
A New Brand of Hell written & directed by David Shute
Words, Words, Words by David Ives, directed by Alana Rozier
Postcards by Carol K. Mach, , directed by Lynn Scott
When and Where: October 27th, 28th, 29th from 7pm-10pm
Where: University of Waterloo-watch www.kwlt.org for confirmation of specific location
Who: We are looking for Actors, Technicians, and Production staff (publicity, front of house, and general production). The shows call for as many as 20 performers 10 male, 8 female and 2 either, so there is plenty of room for performers new to the theatre.
How: No prepared pieces required. Please come in comfortable clothes.
Tech weekend and dress: January 25th,26th,27th
Performance dates and time: January 29,30 at 8pm, January 31st at 2 & 8pm
For more information please contact the producer Lynn Scott at Lynn_KWLT@hotmail.com or 519-886-0660