SUMMER ADVANCED ACTORS SHOWCASE
Directed by Lisa Nanni-Messegee & Todd Messegee
WORLD PREMIERE – TITLE TBD
This very unique and highly intensive program gives actors the experience of developing complex characters and performing a full-length production, while receiving top-level training. Each actor will receive a role and will work as an ensemble to rehearse and perform in a full-length show in just one week! This program is always focused on the ensemble, meaning each actor is given time to shine onstage.
WHAT TO EXPECT
On the first Monday we meet, the group of actors audition for roles in a play that they’ve never read. By the end of the day, they have begun developing characters and learning the blocking for the play. This continues through mid-week, along with focus on specialty skills that may be needed in the production (e.g. stage combat, choreography, etc.) By Thursday, the actors are running the show off-book and memorizing their material. By Friday, the ensemble is performing on stage with simple technical elements (lights, basic set, props, costumes, and sound.) This is a very advanced and exciting challenge for any actor!
Due to safety restrictions, space is extremely limited in each age group. Registering early is recommended.
Ages: 12 – 18
Dates: July 25-29, 2022 w/ final performance Sat, July 30th
Times: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm* (M-F)
Early Bird Discount: Register by May 15th for $10 off
Location: Mason Fairfax Campus, deLaski Performing Arts Building/Music Theater Building
*After Care add-on option (4pm-6pm) is available for this program.
- CDC Recommended Face Mask
- Writing supplies: pencils, pens, and a notebook
COVID REQUIREMENTS: Students must follow University Covid protocols. Please see updates here.
Registration opening soon!
AFTER CARE ADD-ON OPTION
Get details and register for AFTER CARE (4pm-6pm).
After Care cost for the week is an additional $140.
AFYP Director: Mary Lechter
Faculty at Mason’s School of Theater
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).
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