Are you interested in working on stage or behind the scenes of a theatrical production? Have you always wanted to direct or design sets or lights? Perhaps, you just want to hone up on your acting skills?
On January 27, 2021, Silhouette Stages will begin several virtual sessions of “Master Classes.” The series will be presented every Wednesday starting with a Masterclass, “Behind the Curtain: Directors” on January 27. The classes will then be offered monthly through May 2021 on a variety of topics including “Actors,” “Lighting, Effects, and Sound,” “Stage Management and Choreography,” and finally, “Set Design, Dressing and Props.” Classes begin at 7:00 PM via Zoom. The cost is $5.00 per household plus a $1.60 processing fee per session, or you can sign up for all five at a cost of $20.00 plus $1.60 processing fee.
Silhouette Stages has not been hit as badly by the pandemic as other groups. They have had generous patrons, including the Howard County Arts Council. It is also an all-volunteer organization so it does not have the burden of salaries and facility rentals. That is why they are offering this program at such a nominal price even after canceling eight events due to COVID-19. In November, they were able to present a showcase called “At Home with Silhouette Stages.” According to Jeremy Goldman, “… we wanted to do something not only to bring opportunities to artistic/technical artists, but also to provide opportunities for our production team members to give back to the community. Our board member and the producer of the Behind the Curtain series, Ande Kolp, created the concept and led the launch from the beginning, with critical support from our Artistic Director, TJ Lukacsina. With additional support from our Board and the local theater community, we were able to get this idea off the ground in a matter of weeks. We are excited about the concept and, assuming all goes well, we would like to continue to offer theatrical classes going forward.”
The classes are open to anyone. Amateurs may benefit the most from the series and even some seasoned veterans may find some helpful information.
All the sessions will be moderated by Jeremy Goldman, the president of the Board of Directors of Silhouette Stages. There will be a excellent line-up of panelists for each session and subscribers will not need to prepare in advance.
The “Directors” session includes some very talented individuals with long resumes of theatrical directing experience. They include Conni Ross who last directed “Anything Goes” for Silhouette Stages, for which she won the Ruby Griffith Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Musical. Among the panelists will be Tommy Malek who is a current board member and former artistic director of Silhouette Stages and the director of “Young Frankenstein,” “The Addams Family,” and “Cry-Baby.” Another of the directors will be Stephen Foreman, a welcome addition to the SS family and who recently directed SS productions of “She Loves Me” and “Cabaret.” Rounding out the group is Debbie Mobley, a founding member of SS and former acting president. Debbie directed their 2015 production of “Spamalot” and has directed for other theatres in the area. The session will include insights, directing tips, pointers on auditions, creating a vision for the production, how to build a production team, and some personal, special memories from past productions and more.
Please note there is one more session being offered in June which will be a review with the production team of the virtual musical, “Bklyn: The Musical.”