Westport, N.Y. – The Depot Theatre welcomed more than 20 students from Westport and Willsboro Central Schools for its pilot Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop on Monday, Oct. 5 in Westport, N.Y.
The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop is part of the Depot Theatre’s education outreach programming. The workshop was a pilot program that followed the 2015 Young Actor Apprentice Summer Program; a fun, challenging professional theater training experience that began in July and culminated with performances in Elizabethtown and Westport of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by a group of local young actors on August 7-9.
The Apprentice Program Theatre Arts Workshop consisted of a day of hands-on workshops led by professional artists in various aspects of theatre, including technical production, Shakespeare and stage acting and audition/voice. The students were divided into three groups based on age, and rotated between each of the disciplines throughout the day. Workshops were held in spaces at the Depot Theatre, the Heritage House and at the Westport Hotel, where the group also enjoyed lunch.
Each workshop session was led by a Depot staff member or volunteer, including Lindsay Pontius, expert in theatrical training and education director at Town Hall Theater; Margaret Swick, master electrician & lighting designer; and Alisa Endsley, Broadway singer, actor, vocal teacher and Depot Theatre trustee. They were supported by Westport teacher Heather Olson and Willsboro teachers Derrick Hopkins and Jennifer Moore, and Erin Harrington, business manager for the Depot Theatre.
“The Depot is pleased to provide these important educational opportunities that connect our communities’ aspiring artists with professionals in the field,” said David Howson, president of the Board of Trustees. “This pilot workshop was a success in every way and furthers our mission to ‘entertain and educate our community through professional theatrical arts’.”
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