NOTICE: No workshop this Saturday. Taking a summer vaction to enjoy Ashland. However, we are now auditioning for parts in "Can You See Him Now?" Also auditioning for future productions. For Appointment call Sam (541) 631-8545.
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NOTICE: No workshop this Saturday.
We are now auditioning for parts in "Can You See Him Now?" Also auditioning for future productions. For Appointment call Sam (541) 631-8545. I have decided that we need a different workshop arena. So, I have discontinued the use of the Ashland Elks Lodge.
We will meet at my home at 1650 Sunset St. until I find a better location. When the weather get a little warmer, and if I haven’t found a location, we will meet at the Garden Way Park on the corner of Clark St. and Garden Way. It is one block off of Walker above Siskiyou Blvd., just down the street from my home. I like being out of doors when the weather allows
I have also cancelled the community Center bookings. I have been busy with other projects and still haven’t found a few actors needed for the production. When i lived in Hollywood, I had no problem finding actors. I thought there were a few up here in Ashland. I only look for dedicated actors who are not above learning new things.
So, if you know of any actors that like to polish their talent, tell them about us. Oh, I also discontinued the Meetup group that is online. I have my own sites and will use them to communicate news. Just Google "Act Wizard Workshop" I am close to the top. If you are reading this, you are there.
Call Sam (541) 631-8545
We are now auditioning for parts in "Can You See Him Now?" also auditioning for future productions. For Appointment call Sam (541) 631-8545.
NOTICE: No workshop this Saturday.
We are now auditioning for parts in "Can You See Him Now?" Also auditioning for future productions. For Appointment call Sam (541) 631-8545.
No workshop this
Call Sam (541) 631-8545.
The comedy CAN YOU SEE HIM NOW? has been well received not only in Ashland but also in a few venues in California. We are looking for some actors to fill some of the roles for a full production. Also, we need some volunteers to help with the sets, promo, and setup. If you know of anyone, please send them our way. We start the setup one hour before the show.
We are planning some new monologues and staged readings for future productions.
Welcome Friends: I started my first Wizaard Workshop in Sonoma, CA in 1976. It was a great success; we started with my acting group of children, called the Mini-Players, doing performances for local organizations, and producing my Christmas play.
We went on to other things, involving the community. "The Saga Of Sonoma" and the "The Great Music Hall, Medicine Show" were two of our shows that brought out the community.
I am now living in Ashland, Oregon, where the climate, land, and people are wonderful. I want to share my WizardWorkshop experiences with Ashland. The Ashland Elks Lodge permitted me to use their stage to run a Wizard Workshop.
There is no charge. It is free! The Elks are a grand organization, helping many in this community. There are many acting classes and theatres in Ashland. We offer a unique learning experience, with the focus of having fun while learnng. We work on areas that are often neglected in drama classes, but important to directors and the theatre.
We have no stars! We are all equal; all have talent that will be brought out at our workshop meetings. Age is not a factor, we treat all as equal.
We invite playwrights, who would like to have their scripts read to visit us. We invite performers, who want to try out a new sketch to join us. We invite all. No one left behind!
This is the monologue we are working on:
HAMLET’S SPEECH TO THE PLAYERS
Hamlet: Speak the speech I pray you as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines. Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness. Oh, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious, periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise. I would have such a fellow whipped for o'erdoing Termagant — it out-Herods Herod. Pray you avoid it.
We work on this weekly, to polish it, and we do it in different characters. We will also encourage you to write one for yourself.
Jane Fonda has a blog on her site. this is part of it, regarding acting. I tried to start my acting workshop where I am now living. The response was very poor. When I was living in Hollywood, I took many classes, and many of professional actors were in these classes. They knew they had to keep themselves polished. Jane affirms my feelings about the need to keep polishing your talent. Here is her reply to a question.
There is an outstanding question that George Reese asked me in my blog comments on Dec 15 that I promised I’d answer and now I have time. He wanted to know why “a 2-time Academy Award winning actress had to take acting lessons.”
I mentioned in a previous blog that after Season One of Grace & Frankie, I started working with an acting coach (and therapist). There are several reasons:
1. Unlike painters or musicians whose instrument is outside themselves —what sounds they make come from a piano, what colors and shapes are put on a canvas—actors’ instrument is ourselves. Our creations and choices come from our tone of voice, our bodies, our faces that are animated by our emotions, energy, attitudes. Unresolved events in our lives can be triggered when we work on a particular kind of character or scene and we become stuck and not know why. This happened to me and I retired from acting for 15 years because all of those most intimate, personal things were not flowing properly. I was stuck. I thought it was forever. I was wrong.
2. When, after all that time, I started acting again, I began to feel I was relying on old habits and I started to question if I was meant to be doing this again. It also occurred to me that maybe my ‘instrument’ needed some tuning up. As Jason Segel says in a recent interview about playing the role in “End of Tour” which was very different for him, “I’d done so much, but now I had to start from scratch.” I sort of feel that way. Like a newbie. It’s an interesting thing to experience when you’re my age and I am grateful for it. I’m glad I am still not willing to settle. I want to flex new muscles. In fact, working with a coach is a little analogous to working out with a new exercise instructor. If they’re good, they encourage you to expand, leave your comfort zone, dig deeper. I may fall flat on my face in the process but I want to stretch. And I’ll continue to work with a coach and return to therapy when I feel it necessary. It sure helped me last year!
I hope this answers your question, George.
Happy New Year to all. What I wish for most is moving closer to a world that is safer—for the environment, for women, for children, for those who are ‘different.’ Let’s learn to embrace what’s different. Love and empathy, not saber rattling and entitlement, are what will defang the ISIS of the world.
Playwrights and actors, bring your work to perform in our WizardWorkshop.