Virtual or In-Person Classes Accessible to All
For years, I have developed lessons for various programs across the United States based on subjects I find impactful to leaders, performers, and audiences alike. These have recently been adapted to be able to be produced virtually as well, and are often excellent initial steps for ensembles to begin the performance journey.
ORGANIC ACTING - DON'T ACT: REACT.
"Acting" is a misnomer for so many people. Pretending to be someone else, divorced from your own feelings and emotions, is the death of any convincing connection to an audience. We will explore techniques used to transition from "acting" and begin "real living in imaginary circumstances." By emphasizing our own experiences we can take our planned performance and make it organic, real, and relatable. Such a connection can truly captivate an audience.
PERFORMING WITH NERVES
If you aren't nervous, then you aren't doing it right! But how can we harness our nerves, control them, and channel them into delivering a performance of a lifetime? We will discuss strategies to transform nervousness into a valuable resource, providing us the edge we need to break free from its grip.
EMOTION THROUGH MUSIC
For musical performances, many people believe they must choose between being an 'actor' or a 'singer.' The balance between the two is often elusive and challenging to pursue. However, through specific examples, we can understand how simultaneously engaging both these aspects offers benefits we might otherwise overlook.
A STANDING OVATION, BEFORE WE START
Often, the success of an event is determined before the first performer steps onto the stage. With years of stage production management experience, I have witnessed shows that were doomed from the start. In this lesson, we will examine specific examples to improve your audience's reception before they even take their seats. From advertising to facilities to comfort, impressing our audience must begin in the planning stage. Only then can we truly aspire to a standing ovation every time.
HOW TO IMPRESS THE PERFORMANCE JUDGE
We devise strategies to consistently impress your performance judges! Established in 1938, the Barbershop Harmony Society boasts a long history of creating memorable musical performances. Together, we will delve into the history of Barbershop judging, focusing on performance, acting, presentation, and choreography. We will observe how, over the past 70 years, it has evolved into what we recognize today and learn how to leverage this knowledge to our advantage.