Upcoming Workshops

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Working Classics: Romeo & Juliet

We are thrilled to be kicking off our new & improved for the virtual world - Working Classics workshop series - running Monday night's March 1 - March 29 from 7pm-9pm EST on Zoom!

This year we’ll tackle the ever-classic story of infamous star-crossed lovers and teenage angst gone wrong with William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

 

Together, we'll read Shakespeare's classical text as a musician reads a score. We'll explore the complex rhythms, words, imagery, tone, structure, and context of the verse to gain a deeper level of comprehension. This deep dive into Shakespeare's text will help you to breathe new life into these well known characters and create a richer, more engaging interpretation.

In our 5-week workshop series you will:       

  • Maximize your book work: refine your process for exploring classical text.

  • Decipher first folio: discover how it can be the key to a stronger performance.

  • Become text detectives: know which clues to use and which to discard.

  • Find your pacing: use the verse to find the right rhythmic tempo of a scene.
     

Each week we will take an in-depth look at one act of Romeo & Juliet. Through table reading, text analysis, and exploration of historical and linguistic context you’ll learn how to make dynamic choices quickly for more productive rehearsals and deeper insights while developing confidence in your process for working classical texts.

Class participants will alternate roles throughout the class – allowing each actor to study, explore, and speak the words of a wide range of characters. We encourage folks of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to attend.

Don't miss your chance to dive into the minds of Shakespeare's most misunderstood lovers! And remember, no memorization is required – simply an interest in classical theatre, a passion for learning, and a desire to play.

Working Classics will be donation-based / pay-what you-can. To register, use this link to let us know which days you plan to join. Class size is limited to ensure all participants are able to fully participate. Once your registration is confirmed we will send you a copy of the script, zoom link, bonus resources, and how to donate as you see fit.  

Class Details

Working Classics: Romeo & Juliet
Monday's from 7pm – 9pm EST
March 1 - March 29
on Zoom!

 

Cost: Pay What You Can (Suggested $10 per class)

Join us for a single class or all five!

 

Questions? Email us at info@classicsontherocks.org.

Past Workshops

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Join us February 22 for an Audition Prep Workshop!

Audition season is here! We're officially one month into the new year (how did that happen already?!?) and the time for summer stock and grad school auditions is upon us! Whether you're looking to brush up an existing monologue, searching for new material to enhance your book, or simply want to play with some text - we're here to help.

Join us for our classical audition prep workshop!

  • When: Saturday, February 22 from 12pm - 2pm

  • Where: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave, 12th floor

  • Cost: $10 suggested donation or pay what you can (cash or venmo)
     

Please RSVP to reserve your spot. We will cap the class when we reach capacity to ensure all participants have time to work and play with their piece. 

What to Expect
Please prepare a 1-2 min classical Shakespeare monologue. Each student will have time to get up and work in front of the class and gain feedback. 

We've been on both sides of the table and know how stressful and time-consuming picking the right piece can be. We'll bring a fresh set of eyes and ears to give you a new take on your existing piece.

If you're looking for something new - let us know at least 1 week before the class and we'll work with you to find just the right piece to bring in.

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Sign up for all 5 classes - $60

Sign up for a single class - $15

We'll reach out by email to confirm which date you're planning to attend. 

Registration for this class is closed.