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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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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.

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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!

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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.

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Hello all!

Just a reminder of the upcoming free Improv workshop being taught by the lovely & talented Karen Lucas on October 19 at 7pm.

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!

This workshop is Improv for actors (and wannabe actors). Learn some basics of improv and how to use those skills to navigate the challenges of live theatre. We’ll cover the basics of improv and then get into some fun applications for the actor. How to get through a scene when someone has forgotten their lines, prop or set malfunctions, or other unexpected happening on stage. This workshop will be fun and functional!

Karen is also one of the founders and driving forces behind the Royal Medieval Faire, this Saturday at Waterloo Park. The faire draws on the improv skills of its performers as they create a magical medieval day in 21st century Waterloo.

This year, the Royal Medieval Faire will take place on Saturday, September 18th, 2010 from 11am – 6pm in Waterloo Park West. Admission is $5.00 per person, $2.50 for children 10 & under. This event is suitable for all ages and has something to offer everyone. The admission covers everything in the park except vendor merchandise, food and beverages. It is a great day for the entire family and those interested in history and the arts.

The Improv workshop will be held at Karen’s studio space at the Globe Studios, at 141 Whitney Place in Kitchener. Her studio is unit 13/14 (the bright yellow doors), towards the loading dock end of the building.

There are still a few spaces available for this workshop, so make sure you book yours today!

Don’t forget our Props & Gripping workshop on November 16th and a quick heads-up on the January workshop – Set Design with Chris Rovers on January 18 – details to come!

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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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