Last updated: September 04. 2014 1:30PM - 176 Views
By Kitsey E. Burns kburns@civitasmedia.com

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YADKINVILLE — A new series of acting workshops will begin on Saturday, lead by the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s Artistic Director Ron Stacker Thompson. This the second series to be held and Thompson said that there were great reviews from those who participated in the previous workshop.

“From what I could tell, the participants last year not only learned a few things about theater and their abilities, but they had a great time. I certainly did,” Thompson said.

Thompson has been involved with both film production and theater and is a professor at North Carolina School of the Arts where he is chair of the Screenwriting Discipline.

The workshops will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and will run from now through mid-November when the arts council will put on a production of “Our Town” starring local talent.

Thompson said that the sessions are designed to appeal to those who have previous acting experience, but also for those who are new to theater.

“We’ll be doing various activities to strengthen voice, movement and overall acting,” he said.

Following last year’s workshop, actors performed scenes from several plays and films including “Juno, “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”

Madison Haynes, a participant in last year’s workshop, has performed in middle school and high school productions but said the more mature and professional nature of the workshop was quite a different experience and one that really appealed to her.

“My friend and I participated together and we performed a number from West Side Story (“A Boy Like That/I Have a Love”) as the grand finale for our workshop performance and that was a blast. It was a powerful and emotionally charged scene like I had never done before, which is what I loved most about the experience,” Haynes said. “We also worked on monologues, both scripted and improvised, which may seem scary to the beginning actor, but are really great for improving one’s confidence and stage presence. It was a wonderful experience and Ron is an excellent director. I would recommend it for beginning and experienced actors alike.”

For more information about the workshop call the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 336-679-2941.

Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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