Time to clown around

Submitted by Sharon Stearns

Wishbone Theatre is hosting a mask making, clown and acting workshop at the Dunster Schoolhouse, August 21, 22 and 23rd.

Award–winning mask maker, theatre designer and playwright Melody Anderson and award-winning actor and playwright Peter Anderson will lead the three-day workshop where participants will create their own masks and explore character and movement through improvisation, clown and acting techniques.

Melody and Peter are renowned Canadian theatre artists and have co-created on hits such as The Number 14, The Emperor’s New Threads and Don Quixote. Peter’s lead role in the wordless physical theatre piece – The Overcoat, toured internationally and won him a Jesse Richardson award, one of 6 he has received over his career. They are long-time and beloved creators with The Caravan Farm Theatre, where their writing, designing and mask making work has graced over a dozen productions. Melody’s theatre work has garnered her many awards as well, including 6 Jesse Awards for her mask and design work, notably on The Number 14, The Emperor’s New Threads and The Beauty Machine. Her new play Me And You is currently in development at The Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.

This workshop is part of a series of workshops hosted by Wishbone Theatre’s Motional I.D. Project, a theatre creation project supported by B.C. Arts Council’s Youth Engagement Program. Other workshops are scheduled throughout the coming year in dance/body movement, music, creative writing, mask-in-performance, acting and improvisation.

The workshop is open to both youth and adults – aged 12 to 90 (or older!) and no experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to make masks, how to work with their own creations and to interact with other participants through improv, clown and theatre games.

Workshop times are:
Friday eve – August 21 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday August 22, Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday August 23, Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Cost – Free for youth aged 12 – 19
$25.00 for Adults

Sharon Stearns can be reached at 250 968-4544.

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