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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

The Inauguration Protestation: An Evening of Theater, Comedy and Rock & Roll

Three Arts Groups Join Forces to Lampoon Trump’s Inauguration at California Stage

On January 20th, the day Donald Trump is inaugurated as America’s 45th president, California Stage — together with Resurrection Theatre and Generation 7 Productions — will present The Inauguration Protestation: An Evening of Theater, Comedy and Rock & Roll. (Please get your TICKETS here, not with our usual button on the upper right of this page.)

DT and The Deplorables
DT and The Deplorables

The festivities will start at 7:30pm with Resurrection Theatre’s reading of The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power-play,” inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Miss America contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. The performance features Beth Edwards, Kate McDermott, Katie Kemp, and Robin Southworth. Rob Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Taming “… a laugh riot with some timely food for thought.”

At 8:45, Generation 7 Productions presents DT and The Deplorables. Parody, satire, and a healthy dose of rock and roll will rule the evening. The infamous DT, fresh off his bloody election victory and inaugural crowning, is more pumped-up and pompous than ever. DT and his band of “Deplorables,” rip through a driving set of original songs, including “The Presidential Blues,” “I Am an Ist,” and “Badass Business Man,” as he crows about his victory, secretly frets over the awesome task he feels unqualified for, and bullies everyone in sight. Several times throughout the set, DT is visited by former presidents and luminaries of the past, who either hilariously take him to task, or try to wheedle their way into his good graces for their own benefit. DT and the Deplorables features Gary Michael Weinberg, Robert Greene, Douglas Wolfe, Fred Nelson, and Michael Pollack. Continue reading

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