Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SCAPIN rehearsal info for 2/23 thru 3/2

Thanks to those who were able to make today's work-crew meeting.  We managed to get a head-start on some of the backstage duties and chores. We will not be meeting this Wednesday.

This Thursday 2/24 we are having a pre-rehearsal -- anyone from the cast is welcome to join us, but in particular I'd like to see
Nathan, Forest, Bodhi, Ashley, Grace and Paige. We'll be reading thru a couple of scenes, working on comic timing and discussing the structure of the play.

Next week we will be reading the play on Monday and Wednesday.  Our regular rehearsals begin on Thursday next week.  You can pick up a schedule at the nurse's office or in the envelope on the stage door of the auditorium.  I will be creating another schedule for crew and tech meetings. 

Stage-managers - please come to as many rehearsals and tech-dates as possible.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The SCAPIN Cast is Announced!

Octave: Paige Gruszkowski
Sylvestre: Forest Smith
Scapin: Nathan Watrous
Hyacinth: Grace Chattin
Argante: Tori Gordon
Géronte: Kyla Rose Wingrove
Léandre: Justin Carroll
Zerbinette: Hannah Posey
Nérine: Laura Forte
George: Bodhi Poth (also male understudy)
Georgette: Ashley Giordano
Messengers, Gendarmes (police), Porters: Melissa Billing (also female understudy); Isabel Archibald

Stage Manager: Cole Poth
Assistant Stage Manager: Isabel Archibald
Lights: Abby Bora

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bill Irwin- some short videos worth viewing

Check out this video with Bill Irwin and Michael Cerveris running a workshop called Storytelling and the Body at the New School Summer Theater Immersion for young actors.

Bill Irwin works with props at a workshop in Florida.

Anybody who can manage some of these "hat-moves" as seen in the segment from The Regard of Flight will get extra points at the auditions.

And a trailer for last fall's production of Scapin at ART.

Young Plawights Festival at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center

Have you ever written a play or had an idea for one?

Would you like to see a play of yours workshopped by professionals and presented at the world renowned O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT?

If you answered yes to both these questions, the Young Playrights Festival (YPF) is for you. All you have to do is write a play that is between 10-15 pages, fill out an appalication form and mail your completed application with 2 copies of your play to the O'Neill by Feb. 24, 2011. Plays will the be selected on a competitive basis. The Festival begins the evening of May 6th with rehearsals and culminates with a public reading of selected works on Sunday, May 8th. Vist the "young plawrights" link at www.theONeill.org for more information or for an application...or see Mrs. Gwin in the Nurse's office for the application.



Bill Irwin and Mark O'Donnell, adapted from Molière

This adaptation of Molière's 325-year-old farce Les Fourberies de Scapin follows—with some alterations—the play's original structure. It keeps the play in period setting while adding a late twentieth century spin to the language and action, and borrowing some final lines from Molière's La Contesse D'escarbagnas. "This SCAPIN, directed by Irwin…from his felicitous adaptation with Mark O'Donnell, would probably have gone over big with the same audience who first saw Molière's Fourberies de Scapin…in Paris in 1671." —NY Times. "Commedia dell'arte and vaudeville have at least two things in common: baggy pants and Bill Irwin. All make for a natural fit in the celebrated clown's entirely unconventional adaptation of Molière's SCAPIN." —Variety.

THE STORY: The crafty Scapin, servant to the household of Geronte, jumps into the story as he first promises to help in the affairs of his neighbor's son, Octave, then to aid in those of his own charge, Leander (Geronte's son). Both young men have fallen in love with unlikely, and penniless beauties, and both need money to help solve their dilemmas. Scapin knows a good ruse will always win the day and he drafts Sylvestre, Octave's servant, into his schemes. Convincing Sylvestre he's a wonderful actor (and allowing him to build characterizations using movie cliches), Scapin has him play characters who will deceive the family patriarchs into parting with large sums of money. The final scene of the first act is a vaudeville/music hall version of Molière's famous scene in which Scapin spins a tale of kidnapping, foreigners and ransom. Once the money is obtained, however, Scapin pushes further in order to exact a little revenge on those he's served. Thinking Geronte has said something nasty about him, Scapin sets out to teach him a lesson. The roguish words, however, are Scapin's own lies and stories finally coming back to him, his revenge backfires and he must flee. In the end however, Scapin's schemes aid in revealing the penniless beauties to be the exact right mates for the young charges—being of high birth after all since they are discovered to be the missing children of both patriarchs—and Scapin returns to his post, with the pleasant punishment of having to marry the maidservant of one of the daughters. There is a final chase and dance among all the participants, which, inevitably, becomes the raucous, delightful curtain call.
Octave: (male) Son of Argante and lover of Hyacinthe
Sylvestre: (male or female) Octave's servant
Scapin: (male or female) Léandre's servant
Hyacinth: (female) Daughter of Géronte and lover of Octave
Argante: (male) Father of Octave and of Zerbinette
Géronte: (male) Father of Léandre and of Hyacinthe
Léandre: (male) Son of Géronte and lover of Zerbinette
Zerbinette: (female) Daughter of Argante and lover of Léandre
Nérine: (male or female) Hyacinthe's servant
George: (male or female) playing the keyboard
Other Musicians
Gendarmes (police)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

your word Teen Creative Writing Residency

July 24 – August 6, 2011
Application Deadline: April 4, 2011

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through rising 12th grade writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir, on the grounds of a breathtakingly beautiful ecological preserve.

your word Teen Creative Writing Residency will beheld from July 24 through Aug 6, 2011, offering 21 participants an extraordinary opportunity to explore and expand the power of their individual voices through writing workshops. The program will take place at Atlantic Center for the Arts, an artists’ community on the east coast of central Florida.

The Residency
Students will join three Master Writers-in-Residence, one in each of the following genres - Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. Teens will have opportunities to explore each of the represented genres. Scheduled recreational activities include evening events with guest writers and readings, a trip to New Smyrna’s beaches, writing workshops, as well as movies and art workshops. Atlantic Center for the Arts’ Community Arts Manager will facilitate the program, and chaperones will be on-site 24-hours a day throughout the program. The residency provides mentorship by Master Writers as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with peers.

The selection process for your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is competitive. Atlantic Center for the Arts receives the applications, and the Master Artists-in-Residence provide the rankings that determine acceptance into the program. For application procedures, or to download an application form, visit us online

$1,295 for the residency includes instruction, accommodations, workshops, meals, and all activities. Scholarships for tuition and travel stipends are available on a limited basis.

Facilities & Housing
Atlantic Center for the Arts is located on 10 acres of pine and palmetto forest, representing the interaction between nature, environment and creativity. Nestled within a 67-acre ecological preserve, the campus is connected by raised boardwalks. Students will reside in two buildings containing 28 single occupancy housing units (4 handicap-accessible) furnished with double bed, private bathroom, work desk, small refrigerator, and linens. Atlantic Center’s award winning studio complex includes a dining hall, digital media lab, library, administration building, and a visitor center & gallery.

For more information, email Community Arts Manager, Sarah Higgins at shiggins@atlanticcenterforthearts.org,
phone 386.423.1753 or visit us online at

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

SCAPIN auditions Feb 14 & 15, callbacks Feb. 17

SPRING SHOW – SCAPIN (pronounced: skah-pin) adapted from Molière
            By Bill Irwin, Mark O'Donnell, Molière
2/14 & 15      Auditions for SCAPIN
2/17      Callback auditions
2/28-5/11      Rehearsals for SCAPIN– Mon-Fri (including Spring Break)
5/12 & 5/13      SCAPIN performances

Tips for auditions: prepare a short monolog to perform – preferably memorized.  We will also read scenes from the play.  Come dressed in comfortable clothing and shoes that will allow unrestricted movement.