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Spring Acting Classes with Sandra Rockman

SandraRockman-300x199A series of Spring Acting Classes with Sandra Rockman will be presented March – May of 2015, in various locations. Classes offered in this series include:

“Truth in Acting” ~ Featuring Improv, Monologue, and scene work for the beginner or experienced actor in a safe, respectful environment.

“Instant Improv (Just Add Actor!)” ~ A Progressive series of improvisational exercises and games.

“Writing for the Theatre” ~ Create and craft a short play or a performance art piece in an intimate setting.

Class sizes will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.  For more information, call (530) 265-6514 or email sandrarockman@outlook.com.

Sandra Rockman has been active in local theatre since 1978.  She co-wrote and directed the recent production “Home for the Holidays”.  Sandra will also be directing an upcoming Sierra Stages Fall 2015 production of “Falsettos”.

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy


The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.  

The Foundry is a non profit organization. 

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Fall Acting Classes ~ October 6 – December 2, 2014

Sandra3Sandra Rockman and the Miners Foundry will present Truth in Acting, from October 6 through December 2, 2014.  The fall acting classes will feature improv, monologue and scene work, and will be tailored for all levels of acting experience in a safe, respectful environment.

Two class options are available, Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Cost for the series is $180.00.

Class sizes will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.

For information about these and other workshops, as well as private consults for all writing and/or theatrical projects, call (530) 265-6514 or email sandrarockman@outlook.com.

 

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theatre scene since 1978.  She recently directed a Sierra Stages / Miners Foundry co-sponsored “Theatre By the Book” reading of Souvenir.  She is a co-writer with Kenny Miele and Trish Adair of the upcoming Home for the Holidays, which will feature a cast of humans and puppets, and will be performed at Synthetic Unlimited beginning late November.

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization. 

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Youth Theatre Classes ~ September 3 – November 12, 2014

MF Fall 2014Dinah Smith will present an  Acting & Musical Theatre Combo class for students ages 10-14 (with experience or audition only) on Wednesdays from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  The series of ten classes will begin on September 3 and run through November 12, 2014.   The last class will include a fun and entertaining Show Case performance for family and friends.  Cost for the series is $200.00.  For more information or to register, please contact Dinah Smith at (858) 354-3241 or at dinahsmith@mac.com .

In class, students will:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn & Perform Songs & Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies

 

 

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

 

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)
With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and Theatre Arts Education as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer since the 1970’s.

Locally, she was worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, and Sandra Rockman.  Dinah teaches at Bitney Prep, Colfax Elementary, and Yuba River Charter School.

Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Youth Summer Theatre Camp ~ June 17 – 21, 2013 ~ 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ~ $195.00

Dinah Smith and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center will present a Youth Summer Theatre Camp for students ages 8-13.  The camp will run June 17 through June 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Cost is $195.00 (includes all materials such as scripts and handouts).  Class size is limited to maximize opportunities for individual attention.  The class will focus on Acting & Musical Theatre for Young Actors including Acting, Singing, Dancing, Improv, Theatre Games, plus a Show Case Performance on the last day of an original Musical.  For more information and to register, please contact Dinah at (858) 354-3241 or dinahsmith@mac.com .

Students will:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting and Character Development
~ Play Theatre Games & Practice Improv Techniques
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Learn & Perform Songs & Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies
~ Help Create & Develop an original script that ties together several musical theatre songs/dances learned in class.  Then perform the Musical Play  in a Show Case performance at the end of the week!

 

Dinah Smith

 

With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Elementary Education, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry since early 1970 as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer.  Locally, she was choreographer and stage manager for the highly acclaimed production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and for Paul Emery’s production of Our Town.  She has choreographed and appeared in Legacy’s production of A Christmas Story in 2011 and as Miss Adams in Miracle on 34th Street.  She teaches at Center Stage Dance, and directed Tom Sawyer and 12th Night at Yuba River Charter School.  Most recently, Dinah performed 10 different roles in the CATS production of Journey to the West at the Nevada Theatre.

 

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

Events

Spring Acting Classes

March – May, 2015 in various locations

A series of Spring Acting Classes with Sandra Rockman. Classes offered in this series include:

  • “Truth in Acting” ~ Featuring Improv, Monologue, and scene work for the beginner or experienced actor in a safe, respectful environment.
  • “Instant Improv (Just Add Actor!)” ~ A Progressive series of improvisational exercises and games.
  • “Writing for the Theatre” ~ Create and craft a short play or a performance art piece in an intimate setting.

Class sizes will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.

For more information, call (530) 265-6514 or email sandrarockman@outlook.com.

Sandra Rockman has been active in local theatre since 1978.  She co-wrote and directed the recent production “Home for the Holidays”.  Sandra will also be directing an upcoming Sierra Stages Fall 2015 production of “Falsettos”.

Acting & Musical Theatre Combo Class

Learn About Acting Through Musical Theatre (ages 8-13*)

Overview

This Beginning / Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills in a small group setting with individualized attention (maximum 12 students).

Class Dates

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 12

Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Demonstrate how body language and facial expression affect communication
– Demonstrate basic vocal techniques, including projection, diction, and expression
– Define basic terms used in theatre including the actors’ basic tools
– Develop a character(s) and perform in a final class showcase combining all the skills learned in class
– Use their learned skills to audition for a future local play or musical if desired

Class Description

This weekly class is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre.  Experienced actors gain confidence and expertise as they become leaders in the class.  Beginning actors learn from their peers and have an opportunity to develop the craft in a group with support from their peers.  The class involves singing, musical theatre dancing, and acting.

Acting is taught through weekly instruction in musical theatre where all students are engaged in learning choreography and lyrics from Broadway songs appropriate for youth ages 8-13.  Students naturally learn about the actor’s tools of face, body, and voice as they learn material that involves the whole group in ensemble production numbers, and solo songs that students perform together that can later be used as solo audition pieces.  Students will also participate in “mini plays” developed from familiar stories and poems that encourage correct use of the voice and body to express character.  AT the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends.

Teacher Requests

Please adhere to the following rules:
– Attendance to all classes (especially the last class) is very important as choreography and blocking build each week towards the final showcase performance.  A missing actor is challenging to the group.  In the case of minor illness (no fever), I encourage the student to come and watch as opposed to staying home.  This supports the integrity of the ensemble and continuity of performing arts.
– Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move and dance in.  Girls wear shorts or tights  under skirts.
– Wear tennis shoes or dance shoes (jazz or ballet only).  Please no sandals, platforms, slip-ons, or boots.  Shoes should tie onto the feet or have an elastic band to hold them securely.
– Bring water.
– Arrive 5 minutes early.

*If space allows, younger children will be admitted to the class with previous experience.

Instructor

Dinah Smith (Teacher / Coach, Choreographer / Director, Actor)

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certified Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Ats Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV.  She has worked professionally with children’s and community theatres throughout the Western United States.  Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, Sandra Rockman, Lake Wildwood, Center Stage Dance, Quest Theatre Works, Nugget Fringe Festival, CATS, and Placer Community Theatre.  Dinah as taught Youth Theatre Classes and camps at the Miners Foundry, the Center for the Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, and Grass Valley Charter School.  She directed the highly acclaimed holiday family drama, Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth ages 10-16 with a supporting adult cast.