Young Actors Fall Workshop:
Acting for Comedy
The eight-week acting workshop begins Thursday October 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Seligman Center for the Arts in Sugar Loaf.
“Comedy is a very special kind of performance. I’m not talking about Stand-Up, those are the bravest performers, this workshop is about acting in a comedy”, said Paul Ellis, Workshop Director. Essentially the workshop includes scene study and monologs from comedies. Improvisations, exercises and experiments in comedy are used to develop character and understand text.
The theater process begins with the script. The playwright defines the structure of the play by answering the questions Who, What and Where. The characters in the play, the plot or story (including themes, style, etc.) and the time and place of the play are the concerns of the writer.
Once the actor understands Who the people in the play are and what they have to do, the question then becomes How and Why. Things like how a character lives and functions during the play and how the character walks and talks become the role of the actor. Motivation, emotion, rhythm, and psychology come to play in why a character does what he does. These principles are true whether the play is a drama or a comedy. Understanding the text and characters enables the students to further explore timing and delivery, key elements to a comedic play.