Join us for our next Youth Wing Workshop on Saturday, November 14 outside at ACT's 'Old Playhouse' building which is located at the corner of Price Avenue and Two Notch Road behind Odell Weeks Rec Center in Aiken. Grades 6 – 8 will meet from 11:00 – 12:30, and grades 9 – 12 will meet from 1:00 – 3:00. If it looks like there will be inclement weather, we will make a decision by Wednesday, November 11 to relocate to a safe and roomy indoor location.
Our free workshops are designed to teach basic theatre skills, such as Stage Movement, Finding Your Character, Improvisation, Script Analysis and more, in an engaging and age-appropriate manner. We want to teach the theatre arts, but we also want our students to have fun and form friendships with other like-minded students from throughout our community and learn life skills that they can use in any aspect of their lives, not just theatre.
Each student must bring a COVID-19 questionnaire signed by a parent or guardian or complete them at the workshop before they will be allowed to participate. New students will also need to fill out a Registration Form and Photo Release/Offsite Workshop Permission form, but if you've already filled out one of these forms you do not need to fill out another one! All forms are available at this link: https://aikencommunitytheatre.org/youthwing We will also have forms available at the workshop. Directions to the Old Playhouse from ACT are available here: https://goo.gl/maps/XrJctg5dMxqAFnHB9
This month our 6 - 8 graders will enjoy some warmups and theatre games and then move on to work on monologues and group scenes provided by Youth Wing.
For our 9 - 12 graders, Dewey Scott-Wiley will be working on monologues, so please bring a monologue that you are working on or would like to develop. Dewey Scott-Wiley is a Professor of Theatre and is the Director of the Theatre Program at the University of South Carolina Aiken. As a professional actor and director, Dewey has worked extensively up and down the east coast, from Off-Broadway, to The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., to the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC and beyond. She is a long time company member at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC, where she recently served as Artistic Director for 3 seasons. Trustus acting credits include: Tracey in Sweat, Barbara in August: Osage County, Margie in Good People, Sonia in Anatomy of a Hug, and Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her latest Trustus directing credits include Company, Heathers the Musical, Memphis the Musical, Rock of Ages, The Flick, Godspell, Title of Show, Rent, Hair, and Bill W. and Dr. Bob. In 2013, Dewey received SCTA’s Founders Award, the highest award given to recognize contributions to theatre in South Carolina. She was the recipient of Jasper Magazine’s Theatre Artist of the Year in 2015. Dewey was the recipient of the 2017-2018 Performance Incubator at Harbison Theatre, which made it possible to fully develop a play based on verbatim interviews. Dewey partnered with Trustus Company Member, Christine Hellman on the project, and MISERY IS OPTIONAL: Recollections of Recovery was born on February 17, 2018, and continues to tour. http://www.miseryisoptionalplay.com
Due to COVID-19, the following guidance will be in place:
Youth Wing Workshops must exclude children, volunteers, parents and guardians if they:
- Are showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. Please refer to the Center for Disease Control for specific exclusion guidance.
- Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in 14 days.
- Face covering will be required of all adult volunteers, students, parents and guardians.
All participants will maintain social distancing of 8 feet during the workshops. ACT Youth Wing will provide face coverings (if needed) as well as hand sanitation to all volunteers and students. If anyone is found to not be following these guidelines, they will not be allowed to participate in Youth Wing Workshops.
This is a challenging time for everyone but we are looking forward to restarting our workshops in a safe, fun, and socially-distanced manner. Hope to see you there!