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    Forest Lore: Dark Tales Told Through Puppetry

    6-12
    • Rehearsals

      August, 7- August, 17
      Monday-Thursday
      6:00pm-9:00pm
    • Tech

      August, 21- August, 24
      Monday-Thursday
      6:00pm-9:00pm

       

    • Performances

      Friday, August 25, 7:00pm
      Saturday, August 26, 2:00pm & 7:00pm
      Sunday, August 27, 2:00pm & 7:00pm

    Directed by Amy Escobar
    Written by Amy Escobar

    “Long before haunted houses existed, haunted woods circled the globe. Homer knew it. The Brothers Grimm knew it. In legend, all the great mythic quests of self-discovery begin with the hero entering a dark wood. Some journeys also end there.” ― Robert Dunbar, Dark Forest
    “It came from the woods. Most strange things do.” ― Emily Carroll, Through the Woods
    The Forest is the setting for the dark tales we will share. It is full of enchantments and wonders and we will journey through its twisting thorns and shadows, entering the home of blood-seekers, bone-crunchers and teeth that snap under full moons. We might find a path or lose our way… anything can happen in the woods…

    In Forest Lore, we will use multiple styles of puppetry (including shadow play, modified Bunraku and object manipulation) to tell fantastical stories and meet the many weird, wonderful and frightening creatures lurking in the woods. Puppetry incorporates physicality, voice work, and lots of teamwork. We will be improving our dexterity, specificity and character work, as well as using our imaginations to bring the impossible to life.

    • Cost

      $480

    • Enrollment

      Min. 10 Max: 15

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    Acting Technique

    Grades: 5-8
    • Class Times

      August 14-18

      Monday-Friday

      9:00am-12:00pm

       

    Directed by Malika Oyetimein

     

    Don’t have time to do a show but have been bitten by the acting bug? Develop your skills through improv, theater games, and scene study along with a professional theater director.

    • Cost

      $180

    • Enrollment

      Min: 10 Max: 15

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    Outdoor Shakespeare and Stage Combat

    Grades: 7-10
    • Class times

      August 14- August 18

      Monday-Friday

      9:00am-3:00pm

    Directed by Ryan Higgins

    Get ready for an acting experience unlike any other. Come flex your Shakespeare muscles, textually and literally, in one of the most difficult acting arenas for performers: the outdoors. Ever wanted to watch Hermia and Helena throw punches? What if Lady Macbeth’s raven monologue was done while she was practicing broadsword drills? We’ll work on Shakespearean monologues, scenes, generative work, and combat, taking them to the trees and truly making the world your stage. Dress appropriately – rain or shine, the show must go on!

    • Cost

      $360

    • Enrollment

      Min: 10 Max: 15

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    The Secret History of Nikola Tesla

    Grades 5-8
    • Rehearsals and Tech

      August 28- September 1

      Monday-Friday

      12:30pm-5:30pm

    • Performance

      Friday, September 1, 4:00pm

    Directed by Steven Sterne
    Written by Jennifer Dice

    Nikola Tesla was, perhaps, the most brilliant inventor of the 19th and 20th centuries; the discovery of electricity, radio, and several technologies that – if ever brought to fruition – could prove even more revolutionary. His life was tragic, but in Dice’s play the tables are turned. The first two thirds closely follow history, but the last part of the play shows the future Tesla should have had – a better future, in which Susan B Anthony is President of the United States, and Thomas Edison admits that Tesla is the better scientist.

    Roles include Tesla, Edison, George Westinghouse, financier Andrew Carnegie, Marie Curie, manners maven Emily Post, and a host of newsies, ditch diggers and talking pigeons, and more.

    *There is now a waitlist for this class. Please email anamaria@seattlepublictheater.org to be added to the waitlist. 

    • Cost

      $300

    • Enrollment

      Min: 10 Max: 12

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