Ages 6 to 14 Years of Age
July 23 thru 27 ; 9am-3pm

Each camper gets a "Larger-Than-Life" theatrical opportunity to explore their own creativity and allow their vast imaginations to explode, while learning the fundamentals of stagecraft-101. Through a combination of theater games, workshops, daily classes in singing, acting and dancing, each young actor will begin to develop their own acting style and form, while learning to work in an ensemble environment and having fun all at the same time. At the end of the week campers will be encouraged to perform for parents and friends in a small entertainment revue of the material that was worked on in the week.

$165
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
Christopher Sperat
& Jericho Joy

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NEW 2018 Young Adult Theatre Workshops
14 to 22 Years of Age

"HOW TO AUDITION" (1 Day)
July 13 10am-4pm

Actors are taken through the audition process to learn the in's and out's of auditioning for local theatre, college, or professional theatre. During this one-day intensive workshop each actor will go through a singing, movement and acting audition and will be critiqued by the facilitators, and by participating students. Students will also gain a vast amount of knowledge by watching their peers work, as well. In addition, the actors will be taught how to put together a complete music book for auditions and will also be given advice on what types of songs to put in the book.
Requirements: Students should have a one-minute contemporary monologue prepared that is age appropriate - from a play or musical of the twentieth or twenty-first century (no monologues from the internet please), and two full songs prepared (an up-tune comedic song and a ballad) to sing. Please keep the songs within three minutes in length. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes. Prepared monologues and bring sheet music. We require a minimum of 10 students to sign up and take the class.

$100
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
Christopher Sperat
Kevin Cooper
& Jericho Joy

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"DIRECTING WORKSHOP 101" (2 Day)
July 19 & 20 9am-4pm

Budding directors will learn about the process of directing from "vision" to "opening night" and everything in between. This 2-day intensive, multi-disciplinary workshop allows students to study and practice essential tools of directing with Genesius' top directors. It is open to anyone interested in working on technique as a director.
Directing Practice: The work of the director ranging from approaching the text, to articulating an active point of view for a production, and to working with actors in rehearsal.
Design: Explores means for developing the physical environment of a production based on a director's response to a text and its requirements.
Text Analysis: Identifies the elements that make up the world of the text and examines their potential influences on a production.
Voice: Draws on performers' training in vocal production - as well some simple techniques - to help vocally command a rehearsal room.
Movement: Experiments with and strategies for approaching stage composition, physical life, and emotional gusture.
Stage Management: Introduces the principals of organizing all aspects of a production, communicating them clearly, and realizing them in performance.
Each director will also get to direct a scene that will be performed for the class.
Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.
We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class.
Previous training in directing is not required, but some acting training and or stage experience is required.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"SCENE STUDY WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 16 & 17 9am-4pm

This "Scene Study Workshop" has actors take a scene from a play or musical, work on it with the facilitators and class, with constructive critiques that can help them improve their skills. Scene Study is a way for actors to continually work on their craft and discover their strengths and weaknesses. It's a great way to take all the exercises and techniques they have learned to create characters, connect to the emotions of the part, and fight for what they need and put them into a performance. Actors will be guided through various scenes and learn how to navigate through each scene. Also, character analysis, and making the most of what's on the printed page, but especially finding out what's behind those printed words.
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"MUSIC DIRECTING WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 9 & 10 ; 10am-4pm

Aspiring Music Directors will learn the process of music directing from stem to stem. They will also teach a song to the class who will then perform all the songs they were taught at the end of the workshop.
-Making efficient use of time.
-Learning how to break down parts and determine issues with in each part.
-Collaborating with other members of the production team.
-Prioritizing musical needs of the show.
-Motivating participants to act collaboratively and confidently while developing a team spirit.
-Eliminating the superfluous.
-Effectively communicating your vision for the artistic impact of the music while allowing performers to explore and express their own instincts creativity and expressive inclination.
-Creating a cut sheet for orchestra.
-Creating rehearsal tracks for individuals to practice on their own.
-Imparting effective vocal technique.
-How to begin a designated phrase together especially if the phrase begins mid measure.
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Previous training or experience in music directing is not required, but some music training or musical show experience required. You must be able to read music. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho
& Christopher Sperat

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"CHOREOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP" (2 Day)
July 11 & 12 ; 10am-4pm

Aspiring Choreographers will begin with a multi-disciplined class in preparation for 2 days of in depth work on the process of choreographing for the stage. Students will be guided through the process of creating and teaching their own choreography to a segment of a group dance which they will perform together for their audience at the end of the workshop.
Students will explore:
-Dance composition, musical staging and formations.
-Artistic expression of ideas and emotions.
-Working with directors.
-Basic dance notation, translating choreography into teachable movements for actors
-Running a dance audition
Requirements: We require a minimum of 6 students to sign up and take the class. Previous training or experience in choreography is not required, but some dance training and or musical theatre experience is required. Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear dance appropriate clothing and shoes.

$140
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

Jericho Joy

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"STAGE MANAGERS WORKSHOP" (1 Day)
July 18 ; 10am-4pm

What does a Stage Manager really do? A comprehensive class in what the job of a stage manager is at Genesius and what it is in the professional theatre. Learn what you need to know in order to be a Professional Stage Manager.
Students will learn:
-Learn about what it takes to put on a show from Pre-Production through Strike.
-Learn about networking and pursuing a career as a Stage Manager.
-Walk away with an energized understanding about the production side of theatre.
-Gain insight as to whether Stage Management is right for you.
Classroom challenges that emphasize:
-Multitasking
-Problem solving and scenario work
-Use of tools and paperwork
Learn the Basics of Professional Stage Management including:
-Commercial vs. Not-for-Profit Theatre
-Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, Touring
-Technical Theatre
-Contracts and Unions
-Networking
-Resumes
Bring snacks, drinks and pack a lunch. Wear comfortable clothes.

$100
OR 2018 Members Get 10% Discount

Workshop Facilitators

L J Fecho

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Genesius Theatre is a Performance Venue that specializes in Musical Theatre with professional live orchestras. Genesius performs 10 productions annually, 3 of which feature kids / teens exclusively. The theatre also doubles as a learning center offering summer theatre classes annually. Genesius offers state of the art lighting and modern effects. You will feel immersed in their up-close atmosphere of the performances; the true “Genesius Difference”.

As a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization, Genesius relies on generous donations within the community from people like you. We trust in the power of this inspiring & dynamic medium to transform the artists who create it, the audiences who enjoy it, and the patrons who support it.

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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Apollo Loose as Mr. Collins and Mr. Simmons

    What interests you about playing your character?
    As a protagonist in varying degrees, it is hard to be the bad guy all the time. In the first scene, as Mr. Collins (store owner) – I drop the n-word twice, which is something that’s no longer acceptable to say. But in my grandparents’ generation, that was just the world they lived in. Racial dialogue has come so far, yet this show also proves there is still a long way to go. The majority of my time on stage is as Mr. Simmons (radio station owner), and he sees the dollar signs. I think he knows rock-n-roll is more than a fad, and there is money to be made. Lastly, the nameless and violent racists ... these are not traits representative of all white people, but there were enough of them around to play a role in the show.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    Mr. Simmons is not a bad guy, but I don’t think he taught me much about myself. His role in the show probably has more to do with opening the doors for Huey and Felecia.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    Mr. Simmons gets the new ratings, and his response is priceless. No spoilers, you have to come see it for yourself.

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    Genesius Theatre brings legitimate Broadway productions to Berks County. This show puts so much song, dance, and scenery into such a tiny space. No other venue in the area has that special ability to WOW the audience, time and time again. I love being a part of this wonderful experience whenever I take the stage.

    Come learn more about Messrs. Collins and Simmons (and Apollo) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Emily Rhinehart as Gladys Calhoun

    What interests you about playing your character?
    This is a very tough question for me to answer. In today’s political climate and society, the role I play represents views and opinions that are completely at odds with who I am as a person. She operates from a place of fear and ignorance, which I guess in her case is more understandable, as this story takes places years ago. But that fear and ignorance is still very strong in a lot of people today. So what interests me the most is her journey which opens her mind and changes her abhorrent views about racism.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    I haven’t learned any specific lessons from Gladys, but it’s made me incredibly grateful that I grew up with an open mind and heart.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    When Gladys tells Simmons to “shut up."

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    Hopefully, people will see that unfortunately, the racism that existed in the 1950’s is still very relevant today.

    Come learn more about Gladys Calhoun (and Emily) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    Racism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” We’ve all seen it in action, especially in our current political climate, but this has been an issue in America as long as we’ve been a nation.

    But love doesn’t understand boundaries. Love wants to grow, and be recognized, and make itself known. And when that love exists between a white man and a black woman, especially in the south in the 1950’s, it’s not necessarily welcome. It can’t announce itself and walk the streets hand in hand.

    Felicia Farrell and Huey Calhoun find themselves caught in the tide of love ... and racism. See where they end up when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: DeShaun Williams as Delray Farrell

    What interests you about playing your character?
    What interests me the most about playing Delray is the commanding presence he brings to the show. He's traditionally a big guy with a strong bass voice, and that kind of person makes people nervous. I like that I get to be challenged with bringing that sort of presence on stage. It may just be my most challenging role yet.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    My role has taught me to be a better lookout for my sisters. Delray has one sister, but I have four, so I can really relate to how Delray acts when it comes to his sister's protection.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    My favorite line may just be, "Ain't no white folks here - cuz they too damn scared!"

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    I'll have to say very surprised in general. This musical isn't like Dreamgirls, where most of the populace have heard of it. Memphis is not as well known, but it packs a mean punch on its own. I feel like once people sit down and watch it for themselves, they'll understand the show's beauty, and want to tell others about it.

    Come learn more about Delray (and DeShaun) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Joey Moray as Huey Calhoun

    What interests you about playing your character?
    Huey isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he still comes up with this “fantastical” idea to bring colored R&B to the big time radio stations in Memphis, especially at a time where the civil rights movement was moving toward its climax. Huey is so much deeper than just not being book-smart, or being socially awkward. He is creative, charming, and innovative. It is going to be fun exploring all the different paths Huey can take to get to what he wants most, which is to share with everyone his love of this music.

    What has playing your character taught you about yourself?
    Huey has taught me that if you have a goal, attack it with full force and passion. It doesn’t matter what other people think and it certainly doesn’t matter if it’s not popular. Just be yourself and block out all the outside noise.

    What's your favorite line from the show?
    “Why would I assume my rhythm and blues show won’t have none of the folks who make rhythm and blues?”

    What do you think will surprise people about this show?
    I saw this show back in 2012 with the Original Broadway Cast, and it is one of the top 3 best musicals I have ever seen. It is quintessential musical theater. The dancing, book and music all come together to tell this important story of acceptance, love, and to “never let anyone steal your rock n’ roll.”

    Come learn more about Huey (and Joey) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS"
    Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018.
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW
    Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
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    5 days ago

    Just bought my tickets to see Memphis. Excited to check it out. ...