Black Theatre Matters; or, For White People Who Don’t Know Why They Don’t Know Led by Jacqueline DiGenio
Date: Thursday, October 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.
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“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 Jr, James 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 Dreamcoat, Young 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.
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: Cabaret, The 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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