Residents are being recruited to take to the stage with professional actors from the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida.
“On Friday, August 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., residents will participate in a training workshop and be invited to give their voice and talent to some well-known speeches and scenes from Shakespeare’s greatest comedies,” explained veteran Shakespeare actor and the Troupes’ founder Peter W. Galman. “One week later, on August 31, they’ll perform with the Shakespeare Troupe in front of a live audience of their neighbors.”
Residents from the Cutler Bay area are invited to participate as well.
“I hope to develop little Shakespeare societies among residents,” Galman said. “This first reading will be a joint effort with Troupers and residents sharing the stage, but if all goes well, I can return and direct an all-resident company that gives regular readings.”
The Troupe has appeared at several active retirement communities but this will be the first time that residents will be sharing the spotlight with professionals on stage.
Galman (www.petergalman.com) is thrilled to bring his workshop to East Ridge.
“My mission is to train a group of actors that are committed to reading and playing Shakespeare: to get them on their feet and be confident with complex text,” he added.
In his workshops, the rules of poetry and elocution are taught and the language found in Shakespeare’s work is examined so that the reader gets an idea of which words are to be stressed, which are to be colored with imagery, and which are clues to the action onstage.
Residents may discover their inner thespian talents. Practicing speaking skills such as pronunciation, inflection, expression and varied volume are only a few of the many positive outcomes people find from reading aloud, he explained.
The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida has been bringing the Bard’s words to venues all over South Florida since the Troupe’s launch in April, 2016. Currently, the Troupe is operating under non-profit status and has received a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grant.
Readings are being held at the theatrical venues of GableStage and Area Stage in Coral Gables, and at adult behavioral health centers in Miami-Dade: Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission, Better Way of Miami, and New Hope CORPS.
“The grant helps us to serve the under-served while providing some remuneration for actors doing what they love,” he said.
Funding for The East Ridge event is made possible by sponsorship from the East Ridge Activities Department. Donations are also welcome at the event or online by contacting the Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida. Interested persons should contact Mr. Galman at anon@ShakesTroup.org or for more information, go to www.ShakesTroupe.org.