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Be Someone Different for a While

Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there. ~ Meryl Streep. Members of the Ambrose Actors’ Studio get together each week to explore that exact sentiment. How can we as performers add truth and reality to our performances to ultimately emotionally engage, move and inspire an audience?

From humble beginnings, with only 12 participants, the club has grown to over 20 students from Years 7 to 12. Each week our actors explore characters, relationships and stories that are shaped by society. The young men have been exploring how our physicality, delivery of lines and characters develop the dramatic meaning and context of productions and how to craft our performances to elicit responses in the audience.

With the aim of a production of “12 Angry Jurors” in Term 4, the studio is currently workshopping scenes from the play and will begin preparing for auditions. Experimenting with the very different characters has delivered some delightful scenes of diversity with the young playing the old!!

The skills these young men will learn through this process, will hold them in good stead for not just the dramatic world but they will also have an understanding of interview techniques for their future careers.

In Actors’ Studio there really is something for every boy.

Paul Towner
Actors’ Studio Coordinator