This weekend in Moose Jaw….Acting for the stage with KJ and Leon

Course for budding actors and actresses

Published on September 14, 2011
Rebecca Lawrence  

Budding actors and actress can hone their talents during an intensive program with two professionals who will teach the basics of acting.

Acting for the Stage with KJ and Leon, of Live Out Loud Theatre, is for children aged nine to 14 who want to shine in their performances and all skill levels are welcome.

The six-day acting basics course will focus on the fundamentals of acting for the stage and will run all day on September 24 and 25 and October 1 and 2 and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 27 and 29 at Riverview Collegiate.

Leon Willey has just finished a season in Saskatoon with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and will be playing Levi in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat with Western Canada Theatre in the fall.

In December, he will be seen as Dandini in Moose Jaw’s first pantomime Cinderella at the Mae Wilson Theatre.

Krista Konkin is currently working at Applause Dinner Theatre in Regina and was previously the artist in residence for Mortlach.

The couple have partnered with the South Hill Community Association, Great Plains School of Arts, the City of Moose Jaw and the Prairie South School Division to run the acting course.

“The only thing we really say is it’s intensive so they are there all day long and it’s not based in performance,” Willey told the Times-Herald.

“It’s really going to be about breathing, about improvisation skills and the fundamentals of acting, how to create a scene, how to find a character and how to interact in dialogue.

“They need to get ready to work hard and have some fun.”

The course will culminate with a showcase on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in the Riverview Collegiate drama room.

Read more in a future Times-Herald edition.

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