Category Archives: Workshops

NEW DATE – TCS Autumn Offering – Join Us Online – Thu, Oct 29th

Black Theatre Matters; or, For White People Who Don’t Know Why They Don’t Know
Led by Jacqueline DiGenio

This session is being postponed to a new date, to be announced.
New date has been scheduled – Thursday, October 29.

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 (Prior Date – 10/8/2020)
Time: 7:00-8:30PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom
Cost: $10

There is a rich history of African-American Theatre, yet most of us can only name A Raisin in the Sun as a Black play we know.  Why is that?  Join us as we explore the legacies of Black playwrights, actors, and theaters, along with the elements that have left them largely ignored by white audiences, critics, and academics.

This seminar will speak candidly about race and bias within the arts as we explore Black theatre history in America from the Colonial period to present day.

Proceeds will be split between TCS and The Movement for Black Lives, which is made up of over 150 organizations that coordinate actions, messages and campaigns: https://m4bl.org/

Jacqueline DiGenio, a former TCS member, has studied Technical Theatre at Salem State and African-American Theatre at the University of Louisville.
Before she officially “begins” her seminar, Jacqueline will address the fact that she is a white woman presenting this topic (and all the complications that go along with that), the discomfort with talking about race, and our ever-evolving sensitivities to the language that surrounds race.

Jacqueline DiGenio

REGISTRATION – After completing the form below for the program, you will be invoiced for the $10 registration fee to be paid via Paypal. You will receive the Zoom details on October 29 before the session.

TCS Summer Sessions – Join Us Online – 2nd & 3rd Sessions Aug 13th & 20th – It’s all about the Music!

“C The Notes” – A Crash Course in Reading Music for Singers
Led by Ben Tan

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

“C The Notes” – A Crash Course in Reading Music for Singers:
Experienced theatre music director Ben Tan will teach an introduction to reading music for singers. Students will go over the basics of visualizing rhythm and melody on the staff and apply music theory fundamentals to musical theatre repertoire.

Ben Tan, music director, hails from Wakefield. Previous music director credits include Frozen JrJames And The Giant Peach (both at Middlesex School Summer Arts), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Company Saugus), Shrek, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatYoung Frankenstein (all at Alexander Children’s Theatre School), Grease (Babson Players), Spelling Bee (Emerson College Musical Theatre Society), Dear Edwina, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (both Kidding Around at Emerson College). Ben earned his M.M.Ed. from Boston Conservatory and teaches music at Carver Elementary School.

Ben Tan

Healthy Vocal Technique for Musical Theatre
Led by Lori L’Italian

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

Have you been missing your theatre community? Longing to belt out showtunes with your besties? Join us for a group voice class with TCS Alum and Professor of Voice in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory, Lori L’Italien. Lori has appeared in TCS shows over the last 10 years including: CabaretThe Producers, and Children of Eden. A graduate of The University of Maine, Longy School of Music and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Lori has been teaching voice for more than 15 years and has been a regular on the Boston professional scene for as many.

 
Session includes:

  • Instructor-led group physical and vocal warm-up with explanation of how to bring each exercise into your practice and what its purpose is (grounding the voice in speech, finding clarity in the head voice/legit sound, bringing ease into the belt, extending the range, and releasing unnecessary tensions and strain from your body and voice).
  • Group experimentation with sounds and sensations, leading into healthful vocalise and work towards flexibility, and balance of register.
  • Individual Song Performances and Feedback – Students will have the option to present a selection or cut they have been working on. Lori will spend a short amount of time coaching one or two aspects of the song and giving next steps for what the singer can work on to bring the song to the next level.
Lori D’Italian

REGISTRATION FORM:
Please complete the form below. You can use it to register for either session or both.
Each session is $10 and you will be invoiced via PayPal after registration is completed.
Questions? Email us at tcsaugus@gmail.com.

TCS Summer Sessions – Join Us Online – 1st Session Aug 6th

The Power of Makeup (onstage and off)
Led by Brittany Daley

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Where: Virtually on Zoom

This workshop is perfect for beginners as well as makeup gurus looking for new techniques. The workshop will start with an overview of Makeup basics from the different types of products, how they are used, and the tools needed to apply them. Brittany will also share some of her own tips and tricks as well as her holy grail products. The remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to demonstrating the application and transformation process – Live.  Brittany will create a theatrical, drag inspired look using suggestions from participants. Participants are welcome to bring their own makeup and experiment along with Brittany. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Brittany Daley is a director, performer and theatre educator from Saugus, MA. She is also a self proclaimed makeup addict. When she’s not directing middle schoolers, she finds opportunities to be creative herself. Some of her favorite roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Wierd Sister in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She can also be seen at the local con cosplaying and using makeup to bring some of her favorite characters to life. 

Brittany Daley
Makeup Designs by Brittany Daley

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by August 3 for Early Bird Discount

TCS has been weighing options regarding holding our Youth Theatre Workshop this summer. We know there are youth actors who look forward to participating each summer and our staff looks forward to working with the talented students who are part of TCS.

In order to best serve all involved – we are revamping for this summer and only having one week instead of two and having a combination of in-person and virtual sessions. Additionally, instead of a full production, we will be ending with a talent show – which will allow each participant to take part without having to rely on interacting with others in person.

For more information about protocols, what will be included in the sessions, and to access the registration form – CLICK HERE.

TCS Summer Youth Theatre Workshop Registration – Sign-Up by June 24 for Early Bird Discount

Click here for the flyer about Elf The Musical, Jr.


The Theatre Company of Saugus presents its
9th Annual Youth Theatre Workshop
A place where imagination can learn and grow!

July 15-19 & 22-26, 2019
9AM to 4PM – Monday thru Friday

Ending with three performances of Elf The Musical, Jr.

Performances will be on Friday, July 26 at 7PM and on Saturday, July 27 at 2PM and at 7PM.

There will be a session to meet and greet the staff and kids and parents.  We will “audition” everyone to help us plan who will get which parts in the show.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  If you have a song prepared, please bring the sheet music with you, but it’s not required.  THE MEET & GREET / AUDITIONS DATE IS SUNDAY, JULY 14 AT 5PM.

Our workshop will be held at the American Legion for the second year (it has AC!). However, it is not handicap accessible to the second floor where the performance will be. If this is a concern please don’t hesitate to reach out. We may be able to make some accommodations if needed. The American Legion is located at 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA 01906.

Email tcsaugus@gmail.com for more information.

Can’t make it to the Meet & Greet? No worries we will see you on the first day of the workshop!

Please join us in welcoming back our staff!! Amanda Allen (Dance Coach), Jen Gelzleichter (Technical Director), Shawn Gelzleichter (Music/Vocal Coach), and Sean Perry (Acting Coach/Director) will all be returning this year!! We are looking forward to the workshop this summer and can’t wait to start!

What do we do during the Workshop?  We play theater games, sing, dance, and act.  We make our own props.  We design, build and paint the set.  We build and try on costumes.  In the end, we put on a fantastic show!  When it all comes down to it, we make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!

The fee is $400 per child.  There are discounts for multiple children and for early registration.  The fee is only $350 if paid by June 24th.

To express your interest or to request a Registration Form, please fill out the Online Request Form for Youth Workshop 2019 below.

Or click here to download the PDF Request Form, print it and fill it out, and send it to us at:  Theatre Company of Saugus  /  PO Box 1058  /  Saugus, MA  01906 OR scan and email it to us.

Or, if you are interested and want to find out more, email us at  TCSaugus@gmail.com, or phone us at 781-816-7019.

If you are ready to sign up, click here to download the Registration Packet (Registration, Talent Release, and Health Forms).   Fill it out, and send it in with your check to us at:  Theatre Company of Saugus  /  PO Box 1058  /  Saugus, MA  01906.

Check back for details about the roles that will be available for the show and more information about the performance itself. This posting will be updated with links when the information is available.

Online Request Form for Youth Workshop 2019

Foley Workshop – Sun, Oct 28

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In this workshop attendees will be learning about the art of foley work. It has emerged as a topic given the radio theme of our December production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Sound-effects played a huge part in live radio broadcasts and were not generally pre-recorded.

TCS will be hosting a Foley Workshop on Sunday, October 28 at 10:30AM at the American Legion in Saugus.

For all the details and to sign-up CLICK HERE.

TCS Lighting Workshops – Aug 13 & 14

Have you ever wanted to know more about the art of lighting? How are lighting equipment locations and angles chosen? How many lights are two many lights to wire together? How simple or complicated is a light board? How did they do all of it before computers?

TCS will be hosting two Lighting Workshops on Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14 at 7:00PM at the American Legion in Saugus. Monday’s session will be hands on and you will actually hang lights. Tuesday’s session will be more the designer side of the experience.

For all the details CLICK HERE.

Youth Theatre Workshop 2018

Click here for the flyer about Getting to Know … Once Upon a Mattress

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The Theatre Company of Saugus presents its
8th Annual Youth Theatre Workshop
A place where imagination can learn and grow!

August 6-10 and 13-17, 2018
9AM to 4PM – Monday thru Friday

Ending with a production of Getting to Know … Once Upon a Mattress.

Performances will be on Friday, August 17 at 7PM and on Saturday, August 18 at 2PM and at 7PM.

SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE
REGISTER BY SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

There will be a session to meet and greet the staff and kids and parents.  We will “audition” everyone to help us plan who will get which parts in the show.  Be prepared to sing and dance.  If you have a song prepared, please bring the sheet music with you, but it’s not required.  THE MEET & GREET / AUDITIONS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, starting at 6:00PM.  If you cannot attend but are going to be in the workshop, let us know.

Our workshop will be held at the American Legion this year (it has AC!). However, it is not handicap accessible to the second floor where the performance will be. If this is a concern please don’t hesitate to reach out. We may be able to make some accommodations if needed. The American Legion is located at 44 Taylor Street / Saugus, MA 01906.

Email tcsaugus@gmail.com for more information.

Can’t make it? No worries we will see you on the first day of the workshop!

Please join us in welcoming our new Acting Coach/Director Sean Perry!! Our staff Amanda Allen (Dance Coach), Jen Gelzleichter (Technical Director), and Shawn Gelzleichter (Music/Vocal Coach) will all be returning this year as well!! We are looking forward to the workshop this summer and can’t wait to start!

What do we do during the Workshop?  We play theater games, sing, dance, and act.  We make our own props.  We design, build and paint the set.  We build and try on costumes.  In the end, we put on a fantastic show!  When it all comes down to it, we make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime!

The fee is $400 per child.  There are discounts for multiple children and for early registration.  The fee is only $350 if paid by July 9th.

Click here to download the flyer.

To express your interest or to request a Registration Form, please fill out the Request Form for Youth Workshop 2018 below.

Or click here to download a pdf Request Form, print it and fill it out, and send it to us at:  Theatre Company of Saugus  /  PO Box 1058  /  Saugus, MA  01906.

Or, if you are interested and want to find out more, email us at  TCSaugus@gmail.com, or phone us at 781-816-7019.

If you are ready to sign up, click here to download the Registration Form.  Fill it out, and send it in with your check to us at:  Theatre Company of Saugus  /  PO Box 1058  /  Saugus, MA  01906.

Check back for details about the roles that will be available for the show and more information about the performance itself. This posting will be updated with links when the information is available.

Request Form for Youth Workshop 2018