Acting Conservatory: Banned Books and Censored Art

Acting Conservatory: Students immerse themselves in all aspects of the craft and artistry of theatre. Mirroring the philosophy of the WEST Academy, program activities strive to stretch students’ imaginations, discover their creative potential and encourage them as artists to understand the commitment necessary for artistic excellence. Students work with master teachers studying acting, improvisation, voice and speech, various forms of physical theatre, Shakespeare, stage combat, disciplines of design and production (e.g., costumes, sound and lights). Skills and concepts learned from this diverse curriculum are applied in creating a final showcase piece. This class is for students with a demonstrated interest or previous experience in theater.

2017 Theme: Banned Books and Censored Art

Most people know Mark Twain’s classic, Huck Finn, topped the banned books list for decades. Many of the WEST PlayLabs from Harry Potter to most Roald Dahl works are also listed. However, why would William Steig’s, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble be banned? We were amazed to find current lists of which children’s books are banned and intrigued to find out what the process is to challenge a work of art or strike it from school reading lists. If art is meant to hold a mirror to humanity, what is it about our society we cannot bear to see or understand? Our conservatory explores and selects works of literature and drama that speak to us–from those works we will showcase our favorite pieces that were near being silenced perhaps forever.

Conservatory curriculum includes:

  • History of Banned Books: What classics have been banned, challenged or censored and why? Who can challenge a book?
  • Movement and voice for the stage actor
  • Stage Combat (as called for in scene study)
  • Character Analysis
  • Theatre of politics and social justice
  • Classical and contemporary scene study (from Molière to modern day literature) – scenes will be featured in the showcase
  • A sceneography of American History and the McCarthy Era

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  1. Ages: 14-21*
  2. Time: 10am – 5pm M-F & 1-8pm Saturday
  3. Class Dates: July 10 – 15, Monday – Saturday
  4. Performance Date: Saturday, July 15 @ 7pm
  5. Location: Garfield Park Church (Circle Church)
  6. Cost: $550

You must be available for all days and times including the showcase to register for this class.

*Current Page To Stage & West Ensemble Players members are welcome to register regardless of age requirement

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