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Spoon River Anthology Opens Next Week: Actors Company Tackle Life’s Big Questions…

This year I have had the privilege to work with a dynamic group of young actors aged from 16-21- The Actors Company at Hunter Drama. As a professional Writer/Director and Acting Teacher, I am used to working with adults- so to work with this ensemble of bright young sparks has been an eye opening experience. This year the group has been challenged immensely as they have delved into the realms of life’s big questions that have arisen from bringing Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology” to the stage in my new adaptation.

If it weren’t for the age range of the ensemble, this production would have taken on an entirely new formation. To connect with the material and subject matter, an emphasis of life before death, rather than life after death had to take the lead in the unfolding of story and character.

Show starts next week at The Civic Playhouse- get your tickets today! Performances- 27th, 28th,29th (matinee and evening shows)- October, 2016.

Come and see this amazing young cast before they’re famous- (front row from left to right: Evie Laurence, Ali Jensen, Jessica Morgan- back row- Will Parker, Isabelle Clements, Laura Macleod, Jacob Gamble and Sebastian Szeszeran)

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Spoon River Anthology- a Performance which may change the way you think about your life…

I was first introduced to Spoon River Anthology in 2003, when I was a student at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I saw a production- produced by RCS-a comical musical version of Edgar Lee Masters’ collection of first person epitaphs which paint the portrait of a rural community in the midwest of America in the late 1800s/early 1900s. I thought- how interesting- the dead are given voices, they say the things in  death, which they could not in life…

Fast forward to the present day and in two and a half weeks, my own adaptation of Spoon River Anthology will open at The Civic Playhouse on October 27. I am reflecting on what has been an amazing journey. For more than a decade, I have wanted to interpret this text in a unique way and bring it to life- and that is about to happen. 

Since February, I have had the privilge of working weekly with a wonderful group of young and dynamic performers, The Actors Company at Hunter Drama. During this time I have been working on upping the performers skill set both vocally and physically and developing a performance that is both moving and original, yet stays true to the essence of Masters’ beautiful and lyrical portrait of a town built on secrets and lies.

In this new adaptation, unlike the original- for the most part- we see the characters in life. We meet the Pantier family- a husband and wife who can’t stand each other, and their son Reuben, who is in love with his dynamic young school teacher- Emily Sparks. We meet Minerva Jones, the Village Poetess who longs to escape the prison of the small minded town and Butch Weldy, a demonic trouble maker with hidden depths. In this version, characters have become hybrids, some have been created and some are close to their original essence. However, we see the moments in life, where they chose not to follow their truths and live with the regret of not following their hearts.

My hope is that this piece will challenge audiences to examine their own lives and ask themselves the question- “Where am I not telling the truth? Where in my life can I do better?” As Eminem says “You only get one shot” at life, and it is my hope that audiences will be inspired to soar after watching this moving piece of theatre. 

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Sign Up This Week!

Hi Peeps,

If you haven’t jumped on board yet for this unique opportunity for Actor Training- now’s the time. I only offer these courses several times a year and if you want to take your skills to the next level- sign up today!

“Acting Fundamentals” $295 for 5 Week Course Monday Evenings, 6-8pm (starts August 22nd) and “Pasvolsky Studio” $320 for 5 Week Course, Thursday Evenings, 6-8.30pm (starts August 25th).

You snooze, you lose. Call me to chat about the courses- 0412155950

 

 

 

Adult Performance Courses for Actors and Non-Actors in Newcastle

Hi Peeps,

I’m thrilled to be offering my latest round of Acting courses for Adults here in Newcastle. The classes will run for 5 Weeks on a Monday (Acting Fundamentals) and Thursday (The Pasvolsky Studio) evening at St. Johns Church Hall, Cooks Hill from 22nd August (6-8pm) and 25th August (6-830pm).

ACTING FUNDAMENTALS- This course is for everyone from the absolute beginner to the student who has perhaps performed previously but wants a refresher course. This is a fun and dynamic course where participants let their inner child come out to play. We study the fundamentals of Acting in this course- Voice, Movement, Improvisation, Characterisation, Text Interpretation and Performance. After completing this course students feel inspired, more confident and that they have a solid grounding in Actor Training. Minimum age entry is 18, there is no upper age limit.

THE PASVOLSKY STUDIO- This course is for students who are at an Intermediate to Advanced level. The focus of this course is based on the style of American Actors Studio such as Strasberg, Stella Adler and Atlantic, where actors work each week to develop their craft and work as collaborators. There is a strong emphasis on Text Interpretation, Improvisation and Characterisation. The emphasis of this environment is to challenge and further develop the actor’s skill at whatever level he or she is currently working with. This course is ideal for current students of Drama, Drama Teachers, Professional and Non Professional Actors. Minimum age for this course is 18- there is no upper age limit.

So, what are you waiting for? Enrol today- early bird specials end August 5th.

Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Claire Pasvolsky

0412155950, clairepasvolsky@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembering Your Kick Ass Self

There is never a perfect picture. There is never a perfect age or stage- when we look back with nostalgia at a time in our life- we are simply shining the flashlight on the best parts, the highlights, if you will.

So- without thinking too much- what age were you when you knew what you  loved? Things may not have been harmonious, or perfect, but you had a strong sense of what you enjoyed, what you wanted to be, do or have… were you three years old and loved to spin around to music till you got dizzy and fell over? Were you seventeen and you were a passionate vegan, who loved indie cinema and bohemian op shop clothing? Were you twenty-one and had gained your independence? What age were you when you knew what you loved? That age holds all the answers.

If your seventeen year old self (or what ever age you have chosen) had a message for you right now, what would it be? “Wear Doc. Martens, listen to Tori Amos, do a drawing and smoke a cigarette.” Cool- except for that last one. A cup of tea will be a good replacement: only listen to the advice that’s good for you. Listen to the guidance and act on it.

Exercise- Advice from Your Chosen Age

Insert the chosen age “When I was ___ years old I loved to…” and then list the numbers one to twenty. Next to each thing that you’ve listed, write the feeling of the experience- for example, when you were seventeen maybe you loved going to art galleries, and the feeling you experienced was inspiration. Identify the feeling for each thing that you loved.

Now- next to each item, write an action step that you can take immediately, or over the next week that can address the items on the list. For the above example, the action step would be to go to an exhibition. If you loved The Beastie Boys when you were fourteen, listen to an album. If The Labyrinth was your favourite movie when you were nine- watch it.

When you reconnect to the things that brought you so much joy, you remember why they did in actual fact inspire you. You remember a vital part of yourself you may have forgotten. You reawaken within yourself an aspect of your creativity and true essence that holds the key to your current happiness.

I‘d love to hear from you after you do the exercise- what did you remember? What action steps did you take in reconnecting to your past passions/interests?