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California Stage Offers Intensive Scene Study

Janis Stevens is a world-class professional acting coach and trainer

Janis Stevens
Janis Stevens

Janis Stevens will conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex, 25th and R Streets, on Sunday and Monday nights for 5 weeks from 6:30-9:30 pm each night.  Dates are consecutive Sunday and Monday nights from July 23rd through August 21st.  Cost is $250.00 for all 5 weeks ($25.00 per session), and class size is maximum of 10 students (two slots have already been taken).

Scenes will be assigned by Ms. Stevens.  Coaching and direction will be based  on the tools of Stanislavski and Focus will also be given to “external skills” (vocal and physical expressiveness).

Janis is well-known in Sacramento for the many roles she has played with various theatres throughout the area as well as receiving much acclaim for the productions she has directed at Capital Stage, California Stage and the Sacramento Theatre Company.  She received the Elly’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at American River College since 2003. Continue reading

Wiley and the Hairy Man

California Stage Theater Creations and Kit Carson, an International Baccalaureate World School present
Suzan L. Zeder’s “Wiley and the Hairy Man”

Set deep within the mysterious Tombigbee Swamp, the story is a spine-tingling tale of a boy, his worst fears and the Hairy Man who haunts Wiley’s days and dreams.

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Through rhythm and rhyme, the magic of this play is not fairy dust, it is soil — the magic of survival, the magic of the earth and the mud of the swamp. In a duel of wits, Wiley learns to rely upon his own resources to conquer the Hairy Man…and his own fear.

Plays: Feb. 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at the California Stage Theater. 7pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. Just $5.00 for all tickets.

Tickets only $5: Call 916-451-5822.

(Tickets are not available on the web for this play.)

Directed by California Stage Associate Director Michele Koehler. This production is the first in a collaborative association between California Stage and Kit Carson High School.

Acting Technique for Play Readings Workshop

California Stage’s Megan Cooper holding acting technique workshop January 14th

California Stage is offering a unique opportunity for actors to focus on how to prepare for play readings.  This workshop is being taught by New York actor/director and Sacramento native Megan Cooper from 12-4pm on Saturday, January 14.

Megan Cooper, California Stage
Megan Cooper.

Readings often serve as an audition.  They offer an opportunity for actors to work with casting directors, stage directors, writers, agents and producers.  Acting training frequently ignores the importance of readings.  Because readings have little to no rehearsal, an actor works on their own with virtually no direction.  This workshop focuses on how to make strong choices, how to prepare and how serve the text to create the most beneficial performance. Continue reading