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About Theatre Fest

Southeastern Michigan middle and high school students are invited to attend the Rochester College TheatreFest. It features workshops with theatre professionals, faculty, and Rochester College theatre students on various topics including acting, auditioning, musical theatre, technical theatre, and stage combat. Workshops will be followed by dinner and a complimentary performance of Our Town.

You may also pay at the door by cash, check (made payable to Rochester College), or credit card.

Schedule of Events

  • 12:30 p.m. Arrival and check-in
  • 12:45 p.m. General session
  • 1:00 — 2:15 p.m. Workshop session I
  • 2:30 — 3:45 p.m. Workshop session II
  • 4:00 — 5:15 p.m. Workshop session III
  • 5:30 — 5:50 p.m. Wrap-up session
  • 6:00 — 6:45 p.m. Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m. House opens
  • 7:30 p.m. Our Town

Workshop sessions being offered:

Session I

SCRIPTURE DRAMA (Brandon Langeland)
The Bible may not always translate well to the stage. But that doesn’t always have to be true. This workshop session will teach you many techniques to effectively bring Scripture to life through drama.
STAGE COMBAT (Danielle Diehl)
Fights, slaps, hair-pulls and chokes – all those things your mother told you never to do – we’ll teach you how to do safely in this session on hand-to-hand combat. Please wear clothes in which you can move easily and comfortably.

Session II

PLAYWRITING (Brandon Langeland)
Learn how to bring your stories to life in your own unique way. We’ll discuss how to come up with ideas, how to structure your scripts, and, most importantly, how to find your own voice.

SCRIPT ANALYSIS (Dr. David Keller)
How do we move from words on a page to a powerful performance?  Reading closely and listening intently to thescript are two of the first steps in production, and are required of actors, directors, designers, and technicians. Wherever the focus of your interest in theatre lies, script analysis is an indispensable tool.

Session III

AUDITION TECHNIQUES: PREPARED MONOLOGUES (Dr. Catherine Parker)
Colleges and professional theatres ask actors to audition through prepared monologues. Learn techniques for choosing and perfecting a monologue that will help you land that scholarship or part you’ve always dreamed about. (NOTE: Participants are asked to bring 1-2 minute memorized monologue to workshop.)
CHARACTERIZATION (Dena Stewart)
Learn the tools to help you create a three-dimensional character by discovering clues in the text, connecting with your scene partner, and making good choices.