AWE 2017 Season

Hi all! MaryLee here. I’m a Community Arts Coordinator and theatre artist with the Actor’s Workshop Ensemble (AWE).  My job: to keep you posted on any upcoming AWE projects, share profiles on this season’s featured artists, and let you know how to get involved as an audience member, patron, and/or contributor.

Let’s take a look at the main attractions for 2017!

AWE THEATRE BENEFITS: This year, AWE teams up with Hit the Road Productions to produce a series of pop-up music concerts in the Village of Warwick.  Separate posting with dates, bands, and location to follow! Check out our Facebook Page to view the first event. Link is below.

CONFABULATION- The Notion of a Small Town: The biggest undertaking of AWE’s 2017 season! Confabulation is an original community performance piece built on the stories from the people who live and work in the Warwick Valley. Confabulation was inspired by the 150th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Village of Warwick. The creative process for this production is as fascinating as the mythic themes explored in its original script. Check our website and Facebook page for behind the scenes glimpses as the play develops.  Keep an eye out for our Story Gathering events and Actor’s Workshops as we draw stories and talents from the community. Performances begin during the Warwick Sesquicentennial Celebration in August.

Always feel free to reach out with questions and comments on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/confabulationstories/

Or reach out directly for more info: Paul Ellis pelliscult@yahoo.com

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Confabulation

In 2017 the Village of Warwick is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village, which coincided with the railroad connection to NYC. This is the moment that Warwick changed. The Warwick Valley transformed from a self-sustaining agricultural community into a commercial agricultural community. With better access to the city, the Village began attracting newcomers. During these 150 years, the entire make-up of Warwick’s citizenry has changed and is changing all the time.
Confabulation is a community performance piece built on the stories from the people who live and work in the Warwick Valley. We are building this piece together, and want to hear from you. Story sessions are planned, so tell us your personal family stories from the past 150 years. These are not oral histories about Warwick; they are the stories that have been passed from generation to generation and belong to the people. These stories could be about anything, and may or may not be factual.
Come join us to share your own story.

RSVP 845-978-1776
7PM
Feb 17 Mar 1 & 13

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Actors Workshop Ensemble Seeking New Members

May 19, 2015 Contact: Paul Ellis
Phone: 845-469-7563
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Actors Workshop Ensemble Casting for Summer
The Actors Workshop Ensemble, a theater company of young actors ages 14-21, is casting for its summer production. Rehearsals and Performances are held at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Sugar Loaf. Auditions and interviews are scheduled for June 13 from 12:00-4:00 pm.
The Actors Workshop is an ensemble company of young actors and is seeking to add new members this summer. Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm beginning July 6 with performances on August 14, 15, and 16.

The Actors Ensemble Workshop specializes in an approach to acting that aims for a unified effect achieved by all members of a cast working together on behalf of the play, rather than emphasizing individual performances. Participants develop and sharpen self-awareness, observation, creative imagination, and the articulate use of the body and voice. The Actors Workshop Ensemble prides itself in offering a creative, open, and nurturing experience so participants may develop technique and truth in acting.

This group will begin with physical and vocal exercises, script analysis, rhythm, character development and the relationship between themselves and the role. The group’s process is designed to expand concentration, observation skills, ability, and a deeper understanding of the relationships within the play and the ensemble as a whole. In the ensemble setting actors are able to engage themselves in the creative process as the group. This summer will culminate with a production presently in development.
Director Paul Ellis has forty-five years of experience in the theater business. He studied theater with Lee Strasberg, Peter Brook, Julian Beck and play writing with Jean Claude Van Ittallie. Ellis has directed over eighty plays and produced numerous concerts and festivals. He has worked with new and young actors for over twenty-five years. His past students have been accepted to the finest acting conservatories including NYU, SUNY Purchase, Pace and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Many have appeared in major films and stage productions including American Idiot, Law and Order, Argo and Off Broadway and independent films.
The Actors Workshop Ensemble is seeking 3 actresses and four actors for a full production this summer. Auditions are June 13 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Sugar Loaf.
To schedule and audition and interview call 845-469-7563
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Air Pirates Go to Hear Now Festival

The Air Pirates Radio Theater’s production of Herb Marks Freelance: Time Wounds All Heels has been selected as a featured program in this year’s HEAR Now Festival, as part of its on-line PODCAST PALOOZA, June 11 – August 1, 2015. The HEAR Now Festival, presented by National Audio Theatre Festivals, is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio story-telling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performances, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative, and much more. The four-day Festival, in Kansas City June 11-14, offers a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and sound art story-telling in theaters and other listening venues. There will also be moderated panels exchanging new ideas and an immersive experience in all aspects of the art and craft of audio fiction and sound art story-telling.

The Air Pirates Radio Theater a unique mixture of live contemporary interactive theater and old time radio drama, has been called “A Prairie Home Companion with a bong”. The Hudson Valley’s finest homegrown ensemble enlists the audience to create sound effects while the troupe’s four actors portray all the characters in each episode. Prior to the performance the audience is given all the necessary props are made available and a review of what they are to do. The Cue Card Girl lets the audience know when it’s time to slam a door, make the footsteps and even shoot the guns (props, thank you) during the shows. The audience also supplies sound effects for the commercials in the broadcast.

Herb Marks Freelance: Time Wounds All Heals, takes the diminutive detective into the bizarre world of cults and secret societies. The comedy mystery begins as Herb is hired to locate the missing heir to a lingerie fortune and finding out he’s probably better off unemployed. The missing son of a wealthy dilettante, the shady characters, and Herb’s lack of cooperation with the law once again set the stage for a hilarious mystery.

Herb Marks Freelance: Time Wounds All Heels will be featured in this year’s HEAR Now Festival’s on-line PODCAST PALOOZA, June 11 – August 1, 2015. For more information visit the Air Pirates at www.airpirateradio.com. For festival information got to www.hearnowfestival.org.

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New Actors Workshops Forming Now

The Young Actors Program is continuing its training program this fall with two Ensemble Workshops at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation in Sugar Loaf.

Two ten-week workshops are being offered both begin October 9th and are held on Thursdays. The Entry Level Ensemble Workshop for new actors between the ages of 12 and 17 takes place from 4pm to 5:30pm; the Advanced Ensemble Workshop runs from 6pm until 8pm.

Both the Entry Level and Advanced Ensemble Workshops specialize in an approach to acting that aims for a unified effect achieved by all members of a cast working together on behalf of the play, rather than emphasizing individual performances. Participants develop and sharpen self-awareness, observation, creative imagination, and the articulate use of the body and voice. The Young Actors Program prides itself in offering a creative, open, and nurturing training experience so participants may develop technique and truth in acting.

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. This is done through dialog and relationships.

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. In the ensemble setting actors are able to engage themselves in the creative process as the group moves towards a sense of collectivity and community.

The Entry Level Workshop is for young actors who are seriously interested in developing skills and training at a professional level. Actors between the ages of 12 and 17 who have never studied with the Young Actors Program are encouraged to enroll in the entry-level workshop. This group will begin with physical and vocal exercises, script analysis, rhythm, character development and the relationship between themselves and the role. Young actors workshops nurture creativity and enhances the young actors’ ability to perform and work together as part of an ensemble.

The Advanced Ensemble Workshop is for actors who have worked with the program in the past and have a basic understanding of the techniques used in ensemble performance. This workshop uses theatre games, improvisations, monologues, and scene study from both contemporary and classical literature. The advanced workshop is designed to expand concentration, observation skills, ability, and a deeper understanding of the relationships within the play and the ensemble as a whole. (Experienced actors can schedule an interview and/or an audition)

Instructor Paul Ellis has forty-five years of experience in the theater business. He studied theater with Lee Strasberg, Peter Brook, Julian Beck and play writing with Jean Claude Van Ittallie. Ellis has directed over eighty plays and produced numerous concerts and festivals. He presently directs and produces the Air Pirates Radio Theater. His past students have been accepted to the finest acting conservatories including NYU, Purchase, Pace and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Many have appeared in major films and stage productions including American Idiot, Law and Order, Argo and Off Broadway and independent films.

For information call 845-469-7563

To register visit www.airpirateradio.com/workshop.

The Young Actors Program begins October 9. The fee for each ten-week workshop is $250.

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Fall Workshop Starts October 9

New Actors

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Summer Workshop

 

 

Young Actors workshop Lysistrata for today

 The Young Actors Program is continuing its training program this summer with its performance workshop.at the Seligman Center for the Arts at the Orange County Citizens Foundation.

 The six-week performance workshop program begins July 9 and takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Sugar Loaf.

 Throughout the summer students will be learning and refining the craft of acting while rehearsing a new production.  This year the workshop will focus on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and how the Greek comedy relates to issues facing us today..  

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. This is done through dialog and relationships.

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. 

This summer’s workshop is designed to answer the question of How and Why.  Using Lysistrata for this workshop offers the students the perfect opportunity to answer these questions.   Lysistrata is a classic for a reason and though the language, at first, may seem challenging it offers the perfect opportunity to study a script with no preconceptions.  Aristophanes wrote this play hundreds of years ago and the issues of war, peace and a woman’s role in society are as relevant today as they were when it was written, “ said Paul Ellis director of the workshop.  

 The play is being staged with the unique nature of the property in mind. This summer’s workshop will include a study of location and how it impacts the performance as well as the social and political issues presented in the classic comedy.

Instructor Paul Ellis has forty-five years of experience in the theater business. He studied theater with Lee Strasberg, Peter Brook, Julian Beck and play writing with Jean Claude Van Ittallie.  Ellis has directed over eighty plays and produced numerous concerts and festivals. He presently directs and produces the Air Pirates Radio Theater.  His past students have been accepted to the finest acting conservatories including NYU, Purchase, Pace and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts many have appeared in major films and stage productions including American Idiot, Law and Order, Argo and Off Broadway and independent films.

 For information call 845-469-7563

 To register visit www.airpirateradio.com/workshop

 Performances are scheduled for August 16 &17

 The Young Actors Program begins July 9 with performances on August 15 & 16  The fee for the six-week workshop is $400.  To register, call 845-469-7563 or visit www.airpirateradio.com/pep/workshops/upcoming-workshops/ to register online.




 

 

 

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Summer New Actors Workshop

                             SUMMER 2014

              PRODUCTION WORKSHOP

 A Six-Week Workshop for Serious Theater Students

 Refine the Craft of Acting while work-shopping a new production of

 Lysistrata

 by

 Aristophanes

 

At the Seligmann Center for the Arts

 Sugar Loaf, NY

 July 9-August 16

 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

$ 400

 Performances

 Saturday & Sunday, August 15 & 16

6:30 pm

 For more information regarding the workshop contact

Paul Ellis at 845-469-7563 and to register on line visit

 www.airpirateradio.com/workshop

 

 

 

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Air Pirates Season Schedule

The Air Pirates are Coming!  The Air Pirates are Coming!

The Air Pirates are Coming! The Air Pirates are Coming!

The 2014 Season includes:

April 26 War of the Worlds Pirate Style-Ft Lox Bagels, Pine Bush, NY- 7:30pm

The Air Pirates arrive at the Pine Bush UFO Festival performing this radio classic in their own style.  Aliens welcome.

May 3 Los Tres Balceneros: The Legend Begins-The Meadows, Middletown, NY

The story begins with the Kid’s search for heroes to help save his village from the oppression of an evil bandito and his ruthless band of hombres. What he finds is destined to become one of the west’s greatest legends.

May 10 It Aint Over til The Fat Lady Swings-Brothers BBQ, New Windsor, NY

Herb and his sidekick Smokestack El Ropo must find the mysterious killer of Regina Dupree a portly swing dancer before Detective Sawyer collars the duo for a crime they did not commit.

 June 14 Not All Fortunes are Found in Cookies-Brothers BBQ, New Windsor, NY

After entering the mysterious world of China Town, Herb Marks must decipher the clues and unravel an age-old mystery.  A long the way he falls for the exotic Suki Wong.

June 21-Los Tres Balceneros: I’d Rather be Grateful Than Dead-The Meadows, Middletown NY

Pappy Lynch’s Recuperatin Tonic causes nothing but grief for our heroes. Trapped in a mine they resort to Grateful Dead music to save the day.

July 12 Make Me An Offer I Can Refuse-Brothers BBQ, New Windsor, NY

Herb is neck deep in the family matters of the “Family”.  Hired to follow the Don’s philandering wife our hero winds up in an organized mess that proves to be more crime than he banked on.

August 9 That Tramp May be a Lady-Brothers BBQ, New Windsor, NY

Hired to save the reputation of a once famous movie star Herb gets caught up in the adult film industry.  The situation deteriorates into murder and politics as Herb and Smokestack zero in on the real culprit.

September 13   Time Wounds All Heels-Brothers BBQ, New Windsor, NY

 Takes the diminutive detective Herb Marks into the bizarre world of cults and secret societies.  The comedy-mystery begins as Herb is hired to locate the missing heir to a lingerie fortune and ends with Herb and Smokestack more confused than ever.

All Shows @ 8:00 pm unless marked otherwise   Tickets are $20

 

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War of the Worlds Pirate Style

Air Pirates perform their version of this classic at the Pine Bush UFO Fest April 26th

Air Pirates perform their version of this classic at the Pine Bush UFO Fest April 26th

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