Youth Theatre Mask Workshops.
Conducted at The Theatre Orangeville Younger Company.
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Twenty seven students aged 10 - 16 years, gained their places in
Theatre Orangeville's Younger Company, through auditions.
The month long program included workshops given by guest leaders
as well as working on a production - this year it was Into the Woods.
I had the pleasure of being a guest leader for mask and performance
workshops. Each session began by opening the circle and relaxation and
focussing exercises. From a provided base, each student created a personal
mask, and then sculpted their own character mask.
We had time to work with their masks, where the students performed short
scenes in small groups, as well as individual performances in their characters.
I was thrilled with the way the students took to this work. Their masks did indeed
conceal and reveal. Many of them were able to harmonize both their bodies and
their minds for convincing and powerful performances.