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WORKSHOP: Acting Your Song with Lauren Berkman, March 5



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Acting Your Song with Lauren Berkman

March 5, 2022
Cost: $40

Open to all levels, ages 14+
Beckerman dance studio at the Daniel Arts Center
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230

Workshop description: Musicals are stories, songs are stories. A musical theater performer’s job is to tell the story. This class will give you some ideas, tools, and techniques to enhance your musical theatre performance skills.
We’ll start with some theatre games, improvisations, and warm up our bodies and voices as a group. Next, we’ll be introduced to some terms, techniques, and acting tools that will help strengthen your confidence and comfort on stage!
Bring in a song to work on, it doesn’t have to be from the musical theatre repertoire, just a song you love and a song that tells a story!* We’ll work as a group in a masterclass setting to apply these new ideas and tools to our individual performances.

*Please note you are not obligated to sing, you can use your text as a monologue! 

  • Please bring a water bottle, mask, and clothes comfortable to move in.
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the start of class for check in.
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, with 10 spots available through Berkshire Pulse.
  • Simon’s Rock students should reach out to Kati Garcia-Renart at, for information on registration.

In accordance with Simon’s Rock policies, all participants are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19. If you have not yet provided Pulse with proof of vaccination, please email us with a photo of your vaccination record.
All participants are also required to sign Simon Rock’s online Authorized Visitor Pledge before arriving for class. (Pulse students may enter “Berkshire Pulse” in the fields labeled “Name of Simon’s Rock Employee” and “Email address of Simon’s Rock Employee”.)
Questions? Contact us.

10 – 10:30am, Introductions
*What do you hope to get from this class?
*Run down of workshop schedule
*Expectations and Community Agreement

10:30 – 11:00am, Basic Body and Voice Warm up

BREAK (5 minutes)

11:05 – 12pm, Theater Games
*Team Building
*Establish ‘permission to play’

BREAK (5 minutes)

12:05 – 1pm, Introduction of fundamental acting techniques
*The Acting Questions
*What does my character want? (goal, objective, or need)
*How are they going to get it? (Actions/tactics)
*What obstacle is keeping me from getting what I want? (Conflict)
*Group Song/monologue
*Break up into 2-3 groups
*Apply what we’ve learned so far, and present! 

1:00pm-2:00pm, Lunch BREAK

2:00pm – 2:15pm, Game

2:15 – 3pm, Introduction to method for basic song/text preparation
*How to read markings
*Who are you talking to?
*Review Acting Questions

BREAK (5 minutes)

3:05pm – 4:55pm, Solo Work
*Roughly 5 min each

4:55pm – 5pm, Wrap up Circle

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