Bath theater launches acting workshop for novices

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BATH — Longing to be the next Laurence Olivier, or perhaps Groucho Marx?

You’ll have the opportunity this month to learn the art of acting.

Studio Theatre of Bath is offering “Everything You Need to Know About Acting for the Theater From Soup to Nuts (Mostly Nuts) in Three Easy Lessons,” a three-session workshop on Tuesdays, July 14, 21 and 28.

The on-stage way to perform entrances and exits, laughing and crying, walking and talking, dying and even eating will be covered.

“Eating onstage may seem simple, but in fact it’s incredibly challenging,” workshop leader Howard Waxman of Bath said in a June 26 Studio Theatre press release.

Three principles guide the workshop.

First, actors should follow what they’re doing to its “natural and ultimate conclusion,” according to STB.

Second, dialing down is easier than up since, as Waxman said, “I want to tell actors to tone down they’re doing rather than pushing them to get bigger.”

And third, have fun.

“This principle is one we all try to follow in life,” Waxman said. “Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to do. That’s why we have acting workshops, so we do get a chance to live that way.”

The workshops will be held at the Bath Area Senior Citizens Activity Center, 45 Floral St., from 7-10 p.m. People 16 and older are welcome to sign up. The workshop is free, but donations are appreciated.

STB recommends participants attend all three sessions, so they can build on what they’ve learned, although walk-ins will still be welcome. Participants will be encouraged to try out for STB’s production this fall of “Ubu Roi,” a French absurdist comedy by Alfred Jarry.

Auditions for that show will be held early next month, with the show scheduled to run at the Winter Street Center in late October.

Contact Waxman at 504-7020 or for more information.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.