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The Buzz 1 July 2012

Shakespeare workshop set for this week

ALBANY — Actress Emily Kitchens will conduct a two-day Shakespeare Intensive Workshop Thursday and Friday at Theater Albany, 514 Pine Avenue.

The workshop, which is for all ages, will be conducted 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. The final hour will be an invited night of Shakespeare scenes/monologues. Areas of focus will include scantion, meter, sounds, meaning and getting to the individual’s own truths in the text.

Kitchens’ regional theatre credits include Natasha in “Three Sisters” (Yale Repertory Theatre/Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Betsy/Lindsey in “Clybourne Park”; Belle in “A Christmas Carol” (American Conservatory Theater); Miranda in “The Tempest”: John Steinbeck’s “The Pastures of Heaven”; Hero in “Much Ado about Nothing” (California Shakespeare Theater); Calpurnia in “Julius Caesar” and Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream “(Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Kitchens received her BFA from the University of Evansville and her MFA from A.C.T., where she appeared in plays including “The Gnädiges Fraulein”; “Hamlet”; “L’hiver sous la table”; “Macbeth, The Mutilated”; and “O Lovely Glowworm, or Scenes of Great Beauty.” Emily has participated several years as an actor at The New Harmony Project working on new plays by writers including Theresa Rebeck, David Caudle, Constance Congdon among others.

Those interested should contact Ms. Kitchens at emily.kitchens@gmail.com for more information and workshop fees.

Auditions set for Theatre Albany opener

ALBANY — Theatre Albany will conduct auditions at 7 p.m. July 7 and 8 for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “State Fair,” the production that will launch the theater’s 80th season. The auditions will be conducted at the theater, 514 pine Ave.

Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, “State Fair” is warm-hearted family entertainment. The score includes such songs as “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “A Grand Night for Singing,” “That’s the Way It Happens,” “All I Owe Ioway” and “State Fair.”

“State Fair” requires a large cast and Director Mark Costello, Musical Director Steve Scott and Choreographer Judy Dabbs are looking to cast people of all ages. Principals include the Frakes: Able and Melissa and their children, Wayne and Margy. Others are Emily Arden (singer/dancer) and Pat Gilbert.

Those interested in auditioning should prepare a song to sing; something that shows off the voice, and bring either the sheet music or a CD. An accompanist will be provided. Rehearsals are set to begin July 29 with performances scheduled for Sept. 14-29. For further information, call the theatre at (229) 439-7193.