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The Art of Story – telling through Song: 2 day intensive Master Class

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The Art of Story- telling through song is a 2 day music theatre master class aimed at demystifying songs and offering a method of approaching song as text with a sense of respect, wonderment and joy.

Developed over many years of teaching & performing and from the background of actor and musician these unique master classes stand alone for their insight & electrifying ability to elucidate the truth, inner meaning and joy of performing a song, enhancing both the experience for audience and performer alike.

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The Art of Story- telling through song is a 2 day music theatre master class aimed at demystifying songs and offering a method of approaching song as text with a sense of respect, wonderment and joy.

Participants and observers (the master class can be undertaken as either) will gain an understanding that a song is the marriage of lyric and music and both are text and as such they hold a treasure trove of information to be discovered and interpreted.

The 2 day master class will cover such issues as:

  • Interpretation of the music and lyrics as an actor: discovering music as text & lyric as text
  • the use of the body, voice, stage craft and imagination to embody & express the story telling
  • finding the truth of the song , living in each moment & delivering with clarity, passion & commitment
  • gaining insight by working on the floor & taking direction
  • Listening, empathy & collaboration, working with an accompanist
  • Dealing with nerves & focus

Developed over many years of teaching & performing and from the background of actor and musician these unique master classes stand alone for their insight & electrifying ability to elucidate the truth, inner meaning and joy of performing a song, enhancing both the experience for audience and performer alike.

2 day cabaret intensive: “putting it together”

For many seasoned performers let alone newcomers working in an intimate environment with no 4th wall is an intimidating prospect, however once understood it can be one of the most satisfying & liberating artistic genres, inspiring & exhilarating for both the artist & audience! This 2 day cabaret intensive will guide participants on how to put together a cabaret & understand the genre so they can venture forward & explore with ease, skill & confidence.

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For many seasoned performers let alone newcomers working in an intimate environment with no 4th wall is an intimidating prospect, however once understood it can be one of the most satisfying & liberating artistic genres,  inspiring & exhilarating for both the artist & audience! This 2 day cabaret intensive will guide participants on how to put together a cabaret & understand the genre so they can venture forward & explore with ease, skill & confidence.

Using a template of a 10 minute show, the 2 day cabaret intensive will help participants:

  • Learn how to engage & take the audience on a journey.
  • Explore a theme /concept
  • Pick appropriate songs for this concept
  • Learn to write the all- important “glue”, the patter which makes it into a whole.
  • Listening, empathy & collaboration, working with an accompanist
  • Discover story- telling through song
  • Break the 4th wall

Working in an intimate environment where there is nothing to hide behind makes for one of the most generous ways a performer can give to an audience, that is what cabaret is about . This 2 day intensive is about discovering that generosity!

2 day voice over intensive: the business of being a voice artist
The world of voice overs is one where the imagination & the voice as instrument unite to breathe life into a script. With only the voice to express, ignite, impassion and excite, this is a unique way of story- telling and an increasingly desirable industry niche. Whether you’re a novice who just wants to explore in a safe environment or the professional actor who wants to attain further skills, this 2 day intensive gives insight into the art and business of voice over work both technically and creatively.

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The world of voice overs is one where the imagination & the voice as instrument unite to breathe life into a script. With only the voice to express, ignite, impassion and excite, this is a unique way of story- telling and an increasingly desirable industry niche.

Whether you’re a novice who just wants to explore in a safe environment or the professional actor who wants to attain further skills, this 2 day intensive gives insight into the art and business of voice over work both technically and creatively.

The 2 day intensive will cover such issues as:

  • How to pick up a script, sight read & comprehend in a short period of time.
  • Understand syntax & the very important use of punctuation.
  • How to deal with over written or underwritten copy & time frame.
  • The business of voice overs: attitude & professionalism in the studio, how to take direction & deal with the environment of creatives & clients.
  • Experience the variety of styles of reads (i.e. retail, soft reads, corporate etc.), jargon & expectations in the studio.
  • How to deal with nerves & focus & create spontaneously with confidence.
  • Guidance on how to create one’s own voice demo.

Come and see why so many aspire to do this work and have fun discovering the art, craft & business of the voice artist.