SUMMER ADVANCED ACTORS SHOWCASE
Who can rehearse and perform a full-length play in one week? We can! This very unique and highly intensive program gives actors the experience of performing a full-length production while receiving top-level training.
Summer 2019 Production: AFTER WILL
World Premiere Play by Lisa Nanni-Messegee & Todd Messegee
Directed by Lisa Nanni-Messegee
It’s 1616 London, England. William Shakespeare has just shuffled off his mortal coil, leaving his royal theatre company without a leading playwright. A rogue publisher is selling fake versions of his plays and his true works are in danger of being lost forever. Will’s grieving family and friends see only one solution – but can they find a way to publish Will Shakespeare’s first folio?
Actors will have the opportunity to develop complex characters while working on this world premiere play!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
On the first Monday we meet, a group of actors audition for roles in a play that they’ve never read. By the end of the day, they have begun learning songs and choreography, or blocking the play. This continues through mid-week, along with focus on specialty skills that may be needed in the production (stage combat, for example). By Thursday and Friday the actors are running the show off-book and memorizing their material, all the while developing their characters. By the weekend the ensemble is performing for an audience, on stage, with simple technical elements (lights, basic set, props, costumes and sound.) This is a very advanced and exciting challenge for any actor! The plays are always ensemble in nature, meaning each actor is given time to shine onstage.
Tuition includes Show T-shirt and two performance tickets. Early Bird Special: Register by May 15th for $10 off!
SEE SUMMER 2019 BLOGPOST (coming soon!)
Ages: 12-18 years
Dates: July 29-August 2, 2019 + performances Aug 3 & 4
Times: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Saturday performances, 2pm & 7pm
Sunday performance, 2pm
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, Performing Arts Building
An “After Care/Extended Day” option is available for this program from 3-6 pm for $90/week, located in Mason’s Performing Arts Building and staffed by the Academy’s Summer Staff. After registering for this program (but before final checkout/ payment!), search for and add “After Care/Extended Day” to your cart (be sure to choose the correct week).
Director: Lisa Nanni-Messegee
Read about Ms. Nanni-Messegee
AFYP Director: Mary Lechter, Faculty at Mason’s School of Theater
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Read about Ms. Lechter
Mary founded AFYP in 1997, and has seen the company grow from being its only teacher with a sporadic program schedule in rented spaces to where it is today: a year-round program with a full staff, working in conjunction with Potomac Arts Academy, for which she is Associate Director.
She is a longtime member of Mason’s School of Theater faculty in the areas of Performance and Theater Education. She was named a 2013 “Teacher of Distinction” and was a 2014 TEDxGeorgeMasonU speaker (“Magic Moments: the Transformative Power of Theater“). She previously taught at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her professional memberships include The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Educational Theatre Association.
Mary’s directing credits include An Experiment with an Air Pump and Shakespeare in Hollywood (George Mason University); Still Beating Hearts and A Godless Man (Theater of the First Amendment First Light Festival); Happy Holidays, Charlie Brown, 101 Dalmatians, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play; Willy Wonka, Jr.; Peter Pan, Jr.; A Seussified Christmas Carol; Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (AFYP).
- Be sure to check our policies and procedures regarding withdrawals, refunds and more for summer programs.
- All students will receive a Welcome Letter via email at least 1 week before the program starts with all necessary details including drop off, pick up, what to bring, etc. Feel free to call the Academy office with questions at 703-993-9889.
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To register by phone or request a paper registration form, please call the Academy office at 703-993-9889.