American Musical Theatre Workshop

Unlock your full potential as a Musical Theatre performer in this workshop taught by International director, Steve Josephson. This three day workshop will focus on the principles of American Musical Theatre (Broadway) techniques. These techniques will help the students fulfill their full potential by expanding both their vocal and physical capabilities in expression and flexibility.

Classes will focus on individual acting and singing, physical involvement in the text and the vocal impact and expressiveness that this brings to their performance.

Students should come prepared with at least one song ready to perform and work on during the first class. Additional songs will be assigned during the class. Classes will be taught in English. All levels of experience are welcome.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Steve Josephson has directed and taught in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Paris, Edinburgh and Prague, as well as at the University of Southern California (USC), New York University (NYU) and the Orange County School of the Arts. His students have appeared on Broadway, Carnegie Hall, USA Television and Motion Pictures as well as International touring productions. Biography can be found at www.gallimaufry.org/aboutus.html

Class: Musical Theatre Performance Technique
Location: Prague Playhouse Acting Studio – Františka Křížka 362/1, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice

Dates: 16, 23 and 30 November 2013
Time: 13:00 – 17:00

Cost: 2.000 Kč

To register email steve@gallimaufry.org or call +420 775 991 554

Post Category: Music,Workshops

October 22nd, 2013 at 01:28pmbrian

Tickets for RENT – The Musical are now on sale!

Steve Josephson, the director who brought “Sweeney Todd” and “The Glass Menagerie” to Prague, has joined with a cream-of-the-crop group of Czech musical theater stars to present the no holds barred, hard hitting musical. The production features a live band and is presented in English with Czech subtitles. The talent and energy from the cast is simply electric. Don’t miss what is sure to be one of the most powerful theater experiences of the year! 

For more information about the show, check out the preview article on expats.cz. You can also join the facebook page to get regular updates from the cast and crew.

The show plays every weekend in August (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 19:30) at Divadlo Na Pradle (Besedni 3, Prague 1 at Ujezd tram stop). Tickets are 690 Kc, but you can get a 200 Kc discount (!) by using this link: http://www.ticketstream.cz/pls/czech/partner_access.partner_init?code_id=3821&event_id=103406. Be sure to click “English” on the left hand side of the header bar if you need the ticketing process to be in English.

The tickets may seem expensive by Prague English-language theater standards, but this show is far above those standards. You simply don’t get show with this much talent, heart, direction and power. You will not be disappointed!

Post Category: Events,Theatre

August 4th, 2013 at 12:44ambrian

Things to Look Out For at the Fringe!

The 2013 Prague Fringe is almost here and, while you should definitely go and check out their program at http://www.praguefringe.com/en/, there are two shows at the fringe this year that I wanted to point out:

False Friends (plays 24.5 – 28.5 from 21:00 – 22:00 at Divadlo Kampa) is a new comedy from the writer of last year’s sell-out show Déjà Vu.  A young Australian moves to Prague to be with his girlfriend and is soon harassed by an alcoholic grouch, a hypochondriac divorcee, and a delirious young woman. All three are dead, and the Australian is the man to help them find the light. If only he could understand a word of Czech. Sinister, surreal and side-splitting…

The writer, Stuart Mentha, is someone who has been a part of the Prague Playhouse for a long time. The other people involved, Veronika Bellova, Peter Hosking, Maria Majkusová to name a few, have all worked on Playhouse shows and are good friends of the company. We highly recommend this show!

The Duchess of Malfi (29.5 – 1.6 at 19:30 at A Studio Rubin) from the Prague Shakespeare Company. All the Duchess of Malfi really wants is to make tons of babies with her secret boyfriend. But when her jealous and manipulative family members discover her affair, they set out to ruin her with the help of the vile hunchback Bifidus. It’s a shocking series of murders, double crosses, double murders, triple crosses, madness, spontaneous lycanthropy, and indescribable tortures, culminating in the greatest bloodbath ever performed on stage.

This Prague Shakespeare Company production is filled to the brim with friends of the Prague Playhouse. They are a great group of local actors and the show looks like a sure-fire hit!

Post Category: General

May 23rd, 2013 at 10:03ambrian

Tickets Are Now On Sale For The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie PosterThe Prague Playhouse production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie opens May 2, 2013 at 19:30! Tickets are now on sale  by visiting our online boxoffice.

From the director of last year’s Sweeney Todd, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most well known plays of the iconic paragons of American Theater, Tennessee Williams. It is his most auto-biographical play, dealing with the time when he was breaking out of the roles that were “expected” of him and going out on his own. This decision, however, was fraught with trauma and guit about leaving his family, who depended on him. The entire play brings into relief the decisions which we all make between staying in a role in the family which we are brought up, and who we really are.

We have taken a unique look at the play, actually forming two casts: an American cast, all of whom are American or speak with an American accent with perfect fluency and a Czech cast who, while speaking in English, bring their own unique perspective and cultural knowledge to the process. The American cast is lead by Julie Josephson in the role of Amanda, the protective and demanding mother who only wants the best for her children. Mrs. Josephson comes to our stage directly from America where she has played both on stage and screen. Brian Caspe plays the role of Tom, the rebellious son who must choose between living a lie and striking out on his own. Mr. Caspe is familiar to Prague Playhouse audience members as playing the title roles in both Sweeney Todd and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also the founder of the company. India Choquette plays Laura, the sickly and shy sister who is really the focal point of the play. Ms. Choquette is currently an acting student at the Prague Film School and will return to New York to work as an actor there. And the Gentleman Caller is played by Ronald Prokeš, who was a student at the English College of Prague and has acted in many English-language productions including Marat/Sade.

The Czech cast is made up of Dagmar Spain, a Czech-German actor and dancer who choreographed of A Broad’s Way’s production of Dokola. Lukaš Vydržál plays Tom. Laura is played by Alena Doláková, who also performs at Divadlo V Celetné. Adam Vacula plays the Gentleman Caller.

The Glass Menagerie will play at Divadlo Na pradle, Besedni 3 in Prague 1 (near Ujezd) May 2, 3 * , 4, 15 *, 16 & 17 at 19:30 as well as a matinee on May 4 at 14:00. * The Czech cast will play on the 3rd and 15th.

Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission and 220 Kc for students (up to 26) and seniors (65 and over).

 

Post Category: General

1 comment April 17th, 2013 at 11:26ambrian

Glass Menagerie In Depth: Rachael Collins, Props

rachael collinsBy Damien Smethurst

Between now and May, when their new production of ‘The Glass Menagerie’ by Tennessee Williams opens, Prague Playhouse will be bringing you a series of short articles which will hopefully give you an insight into how things work behind the scenes in the world of theatre. In light of Prop 8 fight in the United States, todays article is going to focus on props, and more importantly on how they come to be on the stage when they need to be and one of the people responsible for getting them there.

Rachael Collins has been in Prague since late 2007, and she is one of the prop mistresses for this latest play. We managed to talk her into giving up a few minutes of her time to answer a few questions for us. (more…)

Post Category: Events,Theatre

March 29th, 2013 at 02:02ambrian

The Glass Menagerie: Tennessee Williams’ Story

Young Tennessee WilliamsBy Damien Smethurst

“Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician.
He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.”

So begins ‘The Glass Menagerie’, the breakthrough play by Tennessee Williams, and the first production
of the year by the Prague Playhouse after their superb productions in 2012.

This is a play about a family, and as seems to be common in theater, somewhat of a dysfunctional one at
that. The play is based on Williams’ own life, and since making its theatrical debut in Chicago in 1944 it
has been considered a modern classic due to the fact it deals with things that we as individuals can relate
to and understand.

The play is based on the fact that to some extent we all feel some level of responsibility to our own
family, and yet at the same time we often feel the undeniable urge to break away from them and get out in
the world to do our own thing, unburdened by other people, no matter how much we might love them. It
also looks at the archetypical Southern lady, trying to keep her family together in the midst of events that
are anything but conducive to togetherness.

As we know, there are people from all over the world in Prague, and we are here for countless different
reasons, but deep down we all have some level of residual guilt about things like leaving our family
behind, and that guilt is the very essence of this play, so it is a production that appeals to everyone,
regardless of background.

The play was first translated into Czech and shown in Prague in 2001 at Divadlo Petra Bezruče, and
that initial run lasted for 5 years before the play finally closed in 2006. Since then, it has been played
at Slovácke Divadlo, Švandovo divadlo na Smíchově, Divadlo Metro and also in small towns such as
Kulturní centrum Rakovník, Moravske divadlo Olomouc, Buran Teatr Brno, and it has generally been
well received by Czechs.

This production however is the first showing of the play in Prague since at least 2009, and the first ever to
be performed in English and with native English speakers.

Post Category: Events

March 10th, 2013 at 11:00ambrian

Auditions for “The Glass Menagerie”

We will be having auditions for “The Glass Mengaerie” by Tennessee Williams, directed by Steve Josephson on Sunday, February 3 and Monday February 4, 2013. Auditions will be held at Besign Studio: Panska 8, Prague 1. The production will open in May.

Please prepare a 2 minute dramatic monologue in English and be available to read from the script if asked. Please also bring a headshot or recent photo and an acting resume (preferably in English). If you have questions or to schedule an audition time, please write to brian@pragueplayhouse.com with your preferred time.

We will consider non-native English speakers for all of the roles, but all auditioning should be proficient in English.

Play Description:
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother’s nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother’s anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. When Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family, Jim, the “Gentleman Caller”, he is pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Amanda Wingfield – (40’s-60’s) Laura and Tom’s mother. This faded Southern belle is a proud, vivacious woman. She clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. Abandoned by her husband, she can appear to be overbearing, admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.

Laura Wingfield – (20’s-30’s) Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has had to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.

Tom Wingfield – (20’s-40’s) Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.

Jim O’Connor – (20’s-30’s) An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.

Post Category: Acting,Auditions,Theatre

January 15th, 2013 at 09:47pmbrian

Auditions for Zastrozzi

We will be having auditions for Zastrozzi, a play by the Canadian playwright George F. Walker in early January 2013.

 

The play, set in the late 1800s, has all kinds of swordplay, revenge, sex, witty dialogue and banter. It is really fun and should be a blast to be a part of! Peter Hosking is directing.

We will have more details about the production shortly, but if you’re interested, please prepare a 1 minute monologue (can be contemporary or classical) and contact brian@pragueplayhouse.com to be placed on the mailing list for specific times and audition location.

Post Category: Auditions,Comedy,Theatre

December 26th, 2012 at 04:38pmbrian

Acting Classes Start January 7th!

The Winter Term of the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio will start January 7th. Classes run for 12 weeks (until March 27th). Please visit acting.cz for more details!

 

Post Category: Acting,Classes

December 26th, 2012 at 04:32pmbrian

A Christmas Carol Closes on December 16th!

We are very excited to bring you the final weekend of A Christmas Carol at Divadlo Inspirace. There are only a few seats left so make your reservation now by going to our online box office.

If we are no longer taking reservations for the show you want to go to, or you find you are able to come to the show last minute, then you should still come! It is quite common for several (5-10) reserved seats to become available at the last moment. So don’t be afraid! Come and ring in the Christmas spirit with us!

Photos by Gunther Doe || Perfect Pixel www.perfectpixel.cz

Post Category: Events,Theatre

December 12th, 2012 at 12:26ambrian

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