Thespians Take Summer Master Classes

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Members of the high school Thespian Society had the opportunity to learn new skills over the summer through a series of master class workshops.

Taught by professionals and a few Hampton Bays graduates, the four workshops included movement, scene studies, modern dance and theater jazz, and audition techniques. The classes, which ran from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the middle school, were designed to keep students interested in theater all year long.

“We wanted to keep the kids engaged and involved year-round, rather than just in the spring for the musical,” said musical director and alumnus, Kim Clemensen, who came up with the idea for the summer workshop series. Clemensen said that because of their success, she not only plans to conduct the workshops again next summer, but would also like to arrange a trip to a Broadway show in the fall.

During the workshops, professional actors Christopher DeRosa (a 2006 alumnus) and Carisa Massaro taught students how to express their lines using movement, as well as how to perfect a theatrical scene and nail an audition. The students learned dance techniques from dance professional and 2007 alumna Kathryn Learner.

The classes were funded with proceeds from the spring 2014 musical, “Shrek.”

“These workshops were very helpful,” said junior Saul Rojas. “As a new actor, I learned how to prepare an audition, as well as some dance and acting techniques.”

Fellow junior Taylor Dunn also found the workshops informative and enjoyed most the class on audition techniques. “I learned a lot about auditions and how to deal with different situations,” she said.