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Second City Improv for Actors Workshop ~ Friday, February 6, 2015

Second City Hits HomeThe Miners Foundry and Second City will present an Improv for Actors Workshop on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This class is perfect for college level improvisers or actors who want to use improvisational techniques to support their text work.

The Second City’s Improv for Actors focuses on teaching students scenic improvisation with an emphasis on connection and relationship.

Tickets are $20 for Students and $35 for Adults.

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Second City Hits Home City LimitsThe Second City opened its doors on a snowy Chicago night in December of 1959.  No one could have guessed this small cabaret theatre would become the most influential and prolific comedy theatre in the world.

The Second City developed an entirely unique way of creating and performing comedy.  From Mike Myers to Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert to Tina Fey, The Second City imprint is felt across every entertainment medium.

 

 

 

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.

CONGO Drum and Dance Classes ~ April 28 & 29, 2014

Congolese_flyer_MAKAYAK.S.K. Dance Collective will present Congo Drum and Dance Classes with Herve Makaya and a special guest drummer at the Miners Foundry.

On Monday, April 28th, the drum class will be at 4:00 p.m. and the dance class will run from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  On Tuesday, April 29th, the dance class will be from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Lisa at (530) 470-3053.

K.S.K. Dance Collective is a Community Organization that supports World Class Master Artists, through hosting and sponsoring Dance, Drum, and Singing workshops of Traditional World Music.

 

 

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 cultural music and dance communities.

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

 

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.

Miners Foundry

Youth Theatre Classes ~ January 22 – April 9, 2014

Dinah Winter ClassMiners Foundry Cultural Center and Dinah Smith will present an Acting & Musical Theatre Combo Class for students ages 10-14.  Students will experience small classes and individual attention.  The series will run Wednesdays, January 22 through April 9, 2014 from 3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  For more information and to register, please contact Dinah Smith at (858)  354-3241 or dinahsmith@mac.com  .

Students will:
~ Explore The Principles of Good Acting and Character Development
~ Create and Perform Scenes and Mini Plays
~ Learn Audition Tips and Techniques
~ Learn Songs and Choreography from Broadway Musicals and Movies
~ Perform in a Showcase on the last day of class (family and friends welcome!)

 

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

 

With a BA in Theatre and a Masters in Elementary Education, Dinah Smith has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970′s as a teacher, director, choreographer, and performer.  Locally, she has choreographed for Sierra Stages, LeGacy, and Paul Emery; directed for Yuba River Charter School; performed with LeGacy, and recently had 10 different roles in the CATS production of Journey to the West.  Dinah directed the highly acclaimed premiere holiday production of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play in December of 2013.

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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.

 

Events

Congolese Dance Workshops

May 22 – 25, 2018

Featuring Master Dancers & Drummers at the Miners Foundry

Following Ha Mbongui in Santa Cruz, Master Dancers and Drummers from the Bay area, New York, and Paris, will come to Nevada City to share the rich culture of Congo, Brazzaville.
All levels of students welcome.
Classes are 20$-25$ drop in rate

May 22

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Kevin Mfinka
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Dance Class | Ylessa Antoinette

May 23

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Andoche Loubaki
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Drum Class | Contact (530) 470-3053 for info

May 24

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Yelessa Antoinette
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Dance Class | Kevin Mfinka

May 25

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Dance Class | Arnaud Loubayi (held at Sierra Dance Institute)

Youth Theatre Class

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)
(10 classes: Mondays 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM, $200.00)

Class Dates

February: 27; March: 6, 20, 27, April: 3,17, 24, May: 1,8,15

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 the 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 thru weekly instruction in musical theater 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

• 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 tight 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 pervious experience.

Dinah Smith

Instructor

Dinah Smith (Teacher/Coach, Choreographer/Director, Actor) With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, and a California Certificated Teacher, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts 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 theaters 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 has taught Youth Theatre Classes and camps at The Center For The Arts, Colfax Elementary, Yuba River Charter School, The Miners Foundry, 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, December 2014 and 2013, both at The Off Center Stage.

Sugar Skull Making Classes

Back by popular demand at the Osborn/Woods Gallery!  Includes all materials to create and decorate your very own 6″ sugar skull to honor a loved one who has passed, decorate an altar or adorn a spot in your home or office.  Intro to class will include a short history on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and discussion on honoring and celebrating those who have passed.  Classes fill up fast and we may add more dates if needed.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
4:00 p.m. | All Ages (5 and older, younger with an adult’s help) | $15/person
6:00 p.m.  | 21+ (includes glass of sangria) | $20/person

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:00 p.m. | All Ages (5 and older, younger with an adult’s help) | $15/person

Please call Cynthia at (530) 575-8846 or email nevacoboutique@gmail.com to reserve your spot.  Must be paid in advance to reserve a seat.

Live Sound Camp for Girls

 

The Miners Foundry and SoundGirls.org are pleased to present Live Sound Camp for Girls, June 27-July 1, 2016.  The SoundGirls.org Live Sound Camp for Girls is a one-week camp for young women (ages 12-18) who want to learn about live music production.  The camp curriculum was designed by industry veterans and teaches the skills and technology to run live sound.  Working in small, collaborative and hands-on groups, the attendees learn:

Girls Guide to Sound

  • Live Event Safety
  • Stage and Audio Terminology
  • Signal Flow, Setup and Wire PA Systems
  • Input Lists, Stage Plots
  • Microphone Techniques, Wiring Stages
  • Line Check, Sound Check, Mixing
  • Running and Working a Real Show

 

The week ends with the girls producing and running a live show at the Miners Foundry.  Each afternoon the girls will set up and mix local bands.  The girls will also receive a SoundGirls.Org t-shirt, a tool kit, and a copy of the Girls Guide to Doing Sound.  Lunch will be provided each day.  Financial assistance is available.   All genders and non-conforming genders welcome.

 

 

“If you have ever been interested in live sound production for concerts and other events, now is your chance to get real hands on experience.  Karrie Keyes, cofounder fo Soundgirls.org has been touring all over the world as monitor engineer with Pearl Jam (20+years) and did the same for Red Hot Chili Peppers before that.  She and her organization know their stuff and will take students through all ins and outs.  It will be a very fun, educational, and hands on experience.”
~ Greg Cameron, Miners Foundry Sound Engineer

Youth Theatre Education Class

 

This Beginning/Intermediate class is designed to develop creativity, inspire appreciation and understanding for the dramatic arts, and establish life long communication skills. It is for students already passionate about theatre to further refine their skills, and for new students curious about the performing arts in theatre. Acting is taught through weekly instruction in musical theater choreography, scene work based in Asian Tales and Folklore and working as a group on a short original play based on the story scenes we create in class through improvisation. This work facilitates correct use of the voice, body, and face to express character.  At the end of the last class, students will perform a short showcase for family and friends. Students will also perform a sample of their “Play in progress” at the Chinese New Year Festival in Nevada City on Sunday Feb. 21st.  Presented by the Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra and the Miners Foundry.

 

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

Dinah Smith

Dinah Smith

With a BA in Theatre, a Masters in Education, Dinah has been involved in the Entertainment Industry and Theatre Arts Education since the early 1970’s as a teacher, director, choreographer and performer.  Locally, she has worked with Sierra Stages, LeGacy, Paul Emery, CATS, Lake Wildwood, Placer Community Theatre and has taught classes for Yuba River Charter School, Bitney Prep, Colfax Elementary, Grass Valley Charter, The Center For The Arts and Miners Foundry.  She directed the highly acclaimed premier holiday drama of Sonja Weissman and The Miracle Play, in 2013 and 2014, featuring 9 local youth actors, ages 10-16.  She is currently directing 2 plays for the Nugget Fringe Festival 2016 and choreographing the Broadway Musical Revival of Godspell for Placer Community Theatre.