Williams Lake Studio Theatre actor Sandy Alaric, seen here in the production of The Importance of Being Earnest, is inviting people to sign up for workshops being offered this summer.

Studio Theatre offering introductory workshops

From set design to how to project your voice

If you are interested in learning more about theatre, a series of summer workshops being offered by Williams Lake Studio Theatre could be just the ticket.

All six workshops are being led by theatre members in areas they excel in and have won awards for, said Sandy Alaric who has been with Studio Theatre going on 47 years.

“Two of those people started out just wanting to hand out programs for our shows and have gone on to act and direct,” Alaric said.

Alaric got her first experience on a real stage with Studio Theatre, she added.

“Studio Theatre is fun, inclusive, supportive, and nurturing and no one would ever be turned away and there is always a spot for anyone who wants to give their time.”

The following workshops are being offered.

Get Set: Wednesday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.

This workshop will address going through the set design process with Sheryl-Lynn Lewis.

Using a very short script, the workshop will cover the basic steps and then expand.

“Building with foam core and duct tape, we will create a 3-D model,” Alaric explained, adding people can also bring Lego if they want.

How To Manage a Stage: Wednesday, July 25, 7 to 9 p.m.

Cathie Hamm will lead the workshop, giving budding stage managers everything they need to know about organizing the backstage and keeping directors and actors focused.

Light Up My World: Saturday, July 2 beginning at 2 p.m.

Facilitator Jeff Rankin will give an introduction to lighting design covering the basics of technology.

“Jeff is offering hands-on training where participants will have an opportunity to create their own lighting look,” Alaric said.

Producing in the Puddle: Wednesday, Aug. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.

Mary Jo Hilyer will discuss why producing a show is an integral part of any production’s team and invites everyone to join the workshop and face their fears.

Find your Voice: Wednesday, Aug. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Alaric, who will be leading this workshop, said participants will go on stage to tell a story to the audience.

“Come out and learn how to make sure that your story will be heard and learn the basic projection techniques and voice saving tips,” she added.

Dress for Success: Saturday, Aug. 25 starting at 2 p.m.

Led by Christa Obergfell, the workshop will give a short summary of the responsibilities of the costume designer and provide some guidelines for creating a costume plan for a play.

“The focus of the day will be hands-on creating a plan for a single character and putting together the costume using dress forms and clothing at the theatre.”

To register a spot in a workshop, please call Alaric at 250-398-7215.

The cost is $5 for members and $15 for non-members which includes a membership.

All of the workshops will take place at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre which is located in the former Glendale Elementary School at 4100 Mackenzie Avenue North.

“If there’s a great interest, then we could expand into a weekend workshop in the future,” Alaric said.

“And hopefully in the fall we can host workshops in acting and directing.”

Alaric said they had hoped to run the workshops last summer, but the wildfires interrupted their plans.

“We are calling this series, Start the Spark,” she added.

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