10:00-11:30am – Kick in the Pants: Physical Comedy Routines – This workshop will introduce stage techniques of physical comedy; slaps, kicks, trips, falls, fixed points and awkward timing decisions. Participants will develop a 1-2 minute comedy routine that they will develop and perform. No preparation necessary. Dress to move comfortably.
12:00-1:00pm – Bag Lunch Information Session / Call for Performers & Volunteers – Bring your lunch and join the directors of Sod House Theater to learn more about the opportunity to be involved in a professional site-specific, musical theater adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People that will be performed in Granite Falls this August. Open to all ages, abilities, and levels of experience!
2:00-3:00pm – Music, Movement, and Muse
This playful workshop will incorporate elements of movement and improvisation mixed with live and pre-recorded music. Using physical theater and creative movement, participants will improvise scenarios based on the tempo, rhythm, and feel of the music. No preparation necessary. Dress to move comfortably.
4:00-5:30pm – Original Music Jam Session
Local musicians are welcome to bring their original finished, half-finished, or barely started songs to experiment with arrangements in this open jam session. Recording equipment will be on hand to capture the magic. Open to all ages and levels of experience; singers and musicians encouraged to attend; instruments are invited, but not required.
All workshops are free and open to the public. The theater workshops will be facilitated by Luverne Seifert, a professional actor and Teaching Specialist in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at The University of Minnesota, and Darcey Engen, a professional actor and Associate Professor and Chair of the Theater Arts Department at Augsburg College. The music workshops will be facilitated by professional musicians and songwriters Brian Laidlaw & Ashley Hanson.