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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 Theatre Camp ~ June 23 – June 26, 2014

Summer camps 2014The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Dinah Smith will present an Acting / Musical Theatre Combo Summer Camp for kids ages 8-14 from June 12 through June 26, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  Each day’s session will run from 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., with a special Showcase performance on Thursday at 12:30.  Tuition is $200.00 and includes all materials.  For information and registration, please contact Dinah at (858) 354-3241 or dinahsmith@mac.com.

Small class size and individual attention allows the students to:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn and Perform Songs, Choreography, and Scenes from Broadway musicals and movies

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and a Masters degree in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and theatre arts education since the early 1970′s.  Dinah has worked as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV as well as with a number of local theatre organizations.  Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the 2013 Summer Youth Theatre Camp at the Miners Foundry

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Akim Aginksy

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 and Education communities.

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

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Youth Theatre Camp ~ June 9 – June 13, 2014

Summer camps 2014The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Dinah Smith will present an Acting / Musical Theatre Combo Summer Camp for kids ages 8-12 from June 9 through June 13, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  Each day’s session will run from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with a special Showcase performance on Friday at 12:15.  Tuition is $200.00 and includes all materials.  For information and registration, please contact Dinah at (858) 354-3241 or dinahsmith@mac.com.

Small class size and individual attention allows the students to:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn and Perform Songs, Choreography, and Scenes from Broadway musicals and movies

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and a Masters degree in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and theatre arts education since the early 1970’s.  Dinah has worked as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV as well as with a number of local theatre organizations.  Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

Scenes from the 2013 Summer Youth Theatre Camp at the Miners Foundry

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Akim Aginksy

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 and Education communities.

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

Miners Foundry

Spring Youth Theatre Class ~ April 23 – May 28, 2014

MF spring 2014The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Dinah Smith will present a spring series of Acting & Musical Theatre classes for students aged 8-13 from April 23 – May 28, 2014 at the Miners Foundry.  Each class will run from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m., with a special Showcase performance on May 28th at 4:45 p.m. Tuition is $120.00 and includes all materials.  For information and registration, please contact Dinah at (858) 354-3241 or dinahsmith@mac.com.

Small class size and individual attention allows the students to:
~ Explore the Principles of Good Acting
~ Develop Believable Characters
~ Learn Audition Tips & Techniques
~ Create & Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn and Perform Songs, Choreography, and Scenes from Broadway musicals and movies

 

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and a Masters degree in Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the entertainment industry and theatre arts education since the early 1970′s.  Dinah has worked as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer on stage, in film, and on TV as well as with a number of local theatre organizations.  Most recently, Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, featuring 9 local youth performers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akim Aginksy

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 and Education communities.

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

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Theater By The Book Returns With The Thriller SLEUTH – Wednesday, May 22

Theater by the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community co-presented by Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, returns Wednesday, May 22 with a reading of the Tony Award-winning play Sleuth, directed by Susan Mason and featuring local actors Jeffrey Mason and Danny McCammon.

“We kicked off the “Theater by the Book” series in April with a reading/singing of a children’s musical Stone Soup which has a musical score by Ken Hardin, Artistic Director of InConcert Sierra,” explains Peter Mason, board member of Sierra Stages. “We expected about fifty audience members, but had over one hundred and fifty in the attendance.  The feedback on the show was overwhelmingly positive.”

Sleuth has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller – a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious and fiendishly cunning; suspense and excitement galore; and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country-house thriller.  Written in 1970 by Anthony Shaffer the play is set in the English manor house of Andrew Wyke, an immensely successful mystery writer, played by Mason.  Wyke’s home reflects his obsession with the inventions and deceptions of fiction and his fascination with games and game-playing. He lures his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle played by McCammon, to the house and convinces him to stage a robbery of her jewelry, a proposal that sets off a chain of events that leaves the audience trying to decipher where Wyke’s imagination ends and reality begins.

“I love Sleuth.  It is fun, interesting, and rarely ever done because of the production challenges,” explains Susan on why she suggested the play for the series. “The play reads very well and I’m interested in the creative process of reworking a familiar play in a way that is new to me and the audience.  Plus it was a great opportunity to work with my husband again.”

Susan grew up in Grass Valley and met Jeffrey while performing in a production of Oliver! at the Nevada Theatre in 1976.  Since then the two have worked together in over thirty shows and lived throughout California and Oregon.  The Mason’s threw themselves back in to local theatre two years ago after Jeffrey retired from teaching theatre arts at the university level.  Most recently, Susan directed Assassins for Sierra Stages and Alice in Wonderland for Quest Theatreworks and acted in Sierra Stages’ production Death of a Salesman, while Jeffrey has directed The Music Man and Death of a Salesman for Sierra Stages. Both also participated in the popular 24 Hour Plays produced by Sands Hall at the Miners Foundry.

“My love of theatre comes from my love of dramatic literature,” explains Susan.  “There is so much good literature out there, you can’t run out of good material.  I also love watching the audience see something come alive in person.”

Also in the cast is seasoned actor Danny McCammon. McCammon has performed in numerous local productions, including Sierra Stages’ Assassins and CATS’ Journey to the West. He also performs in the Best Friends Club Sketch Comedy Group, and will be seen in Sierra Stages’ summer production of the musical Avenue Q at the Nevada Theatre.

The Theater By the Book readings are FREE (with a $10 suggested donation). Each reading is on a Wednesday evening – doors open at 7 and the reading begins at 7:30.

“We thought it was important that the play readings be free, but we are also asking for a suggested contribution of $10 to cover royalties for each play and the promotion and fixed costs for the Foundry,” says Peter Mason.  “Although not designed as a fund raising event (after all, admission is free), any proceeds from the series will go to the Miners Foundry and Sierra Stages, which are both 501(c)(3) organizations with a goal to provide cultural activities for our community.”

The rest of the play reading series will be entertaining as well, with a wide variety of plays: Sleuth will be followed with a comedy (Lettice and Lovage), a drama (The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds), a sprawling historical epic with music (Zoot Suit) and one reading to be announced. Jeffrey Mason will direct the Peter Shaffer comedy Lettice and Lovage the third installment of Theater By the Book on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Miners Foundry.

 

Acting for Non Actors with Dinah Smith ~ January 9 – 30, 2013 ~ 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ~ $80.00

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith will present Acting for Non Actors, a series of four classes on January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2013.  The classes will run Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $80.00 for the session.  A second series will run in February.

Whether you are simply curious about acting, being on stage, or simply want more ease, confidence, and control in your life, come join Dinah for a fun and entertaining exploration of the skills and exercises that actors engage in every day to be in charge of their life on stage.  This class is geared for people who want to explore acting for fun, self discovery, and self confidence.  Learn techniques to help you overcome self-consciousness and stage fright.  Participate in theatre games that will loosen you up and hep you become more confident.  Begin connecting with people in an authentic and meaningful way.  Acting skills are people skills.  There will be a small amount of self selected memorization required.

Dinah Smith is a local Director, Choreographer, Stage Manager, and Acting Teacher/Coach, and has been theatre-active for over 35 years.  SAG, AFTRA, MAT-Education, BFA-Fine Arts Drama.  For more information or to register, please call Dinah at (858) 354-3241, or email her at dinahsmith@mac.com .

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

 

“Instant Improv” (Just Add Actor) Workshop with Sandra Rockman ~ Saturday, November 10, 2012 ~ 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ~ $40.00

Sandra Rockman

Improvisation is a wonderful tool that can be as useful for the classroom or the business meeting as it is for the stage. Come and experience the power of joy-in-the-moment. The exercises and games are great for all levels and ages.

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene since 1978. She is an actress, playwright and has directed more than 25 productions, including last summer’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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

For information about this and other workshops, as well as private consultations for all writing and/or theatrical projects, email sandrarockman@sbcglobal.net or call 530-265-6514.

This workshop has been co-sponsored by the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

Truth in Acting Fall Series ~ Evening Workshops ~ Mondays and/or Tuesdays ~ October 15 – December 11, 2012 ~ 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sandra Rockman

Whether you harbor a secret desire to perform or are already active with area companies, Sandra will guide you to a richer level of awareness and ability to inhabit your character on stage.

Students will:
~ Learn the Basics of Improvisation
~ Find & Refine the Perfect Audition Monologue
~ Become Skilled at Scene Work
~ Set Meaningful, Actable Objectives
~ Enhance Creative Spontaneity

Class size will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $180.00.  For information about this and other workshops, as well as private consults for all writing and/or theatrical projects, call (530) 265-6514 or email Sandra at sandrarockman@sbcglobal.net  .

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene since 1978.  She is an actress, playwright, and has directed more than 25 productions, including the upcoming classic “Our Town” at the Nevada Theatre (October 11 – November 3, 2012).

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to Co-sponsor this acting workshop.

Truth in Acting Fall Series ~ Daytime Workshop ~ Mondays, October 15 – December 10, 2012 ~ 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sandra Rockman

Whether you harbor a secret desire to perform or are already active with area companies, Sandra will guide you to a richer level of awareness and ability to inhabit your character on stage.

Students will:
~ Learn the Basics of Improvisation
~ Find & Refine the Perfect Audition Monologue
~ Become Skilled at Scene Work
~ Set Meaningful, Actable Objectives
~ Enhance Creative Spontaneity

Class size will be limited.  Pre-registration is required.  The cost is $180.00.  For information about this and other workshops, as well as private consults for all writing and/or theatrical projects, call (530) 265-6514 or email Sandra at sandrarockman@sbcglobal.net  .

Sandra Rockman has been involved with the local theater scene since 1978.  She is an actress, playwright, and has directed more than 25 productions, including the upcoming classic “Our Town” at the Nevada Theatre (October 11 – November 3, 2012).

The Miners Foundry Cultural Center is pleased to Co-sponsor this acting workshop. 

 

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