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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

October 22nd, 2013

Orchestra Auditions for Sweeney Todd!

We had our first round of orchestra auditions for Sweeney Todd today. We are very excited about how the music is shaping up and about bringing a real, live orchestra to the production. We saw violin, cello, flute and bassoon today. Really great to hear the music and meet new people.

We are still looking for musicians, so if you or someone you know plays clarinet, trumpet, french horn or double bass, please get in touch with us!

January 28th, 2012

Auditions for the new Prague-Playhouse-Production “A Christmas Carol” on the 18th of September

If you are interested in the combination of singing and acting, please come to the auditions for the Prague Playhouse’s upcoming production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. The show will go up mid-November and play until the end of that month. Rehearsals will start at the beginning of October.

Auditions will be on Sunday 18.9. between 14:00 and 16:30 hrs. (2 to 4:30 pm) at the Prague Playhouse Acting Studio, Frantiska Krizka 1, 3rd floor in Prague 7. Please prepare a one-minute-monologue and a christmas carol to show your ability to tell a story through the song! To schedule an audition, please text/call Laura on 776 605 227!

We are doing something a little different with this one: We are going to have a small cast of players which will function as something like a Greek chorus: They will sing 19th century christmas carols as mood/commentary on what is going on in the play. When the scenes require it, they will step out of the chorus and act all of the characters in the play (besides Scrooge). It should be fun and challenging ensemble work for actor/singers.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the auditions!

September 12th, 2011

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Opens Next Week!!

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown plays May 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 19:00 and there are matinees (perfect for kids) on the 14th and 21st at 14:00.

If you haven’t already booked your tickets to “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, you shouldn’t wait! Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission, 200 Kc for students and seniors and 150 Kc for children 10 and under.

We are so excited to bring this production to Prague for the first time! The musical is full of fun and energy and more fun! It is sure to sell out, so please don’t wait to book your tickets!

Visit the Charlie Brown website for full information!

May 4th, 2011

Akanda Presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch

“Don’t you know me? I’m the new Berlin Wall, baby. Try and tear me down!”

15, 16, 22, 23 April
all shows 19:30 at
IRON CURTAIN (formerly Propaganda)
Michalská 12, Praha 1
all tickets 200 kč
Email tickets@akanda.cz for reservations

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, theatre AKANDA proudly presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. This groundbreaking Off-Broadway cult musical tells the story of punk rock song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a sex-change operation gone wrong. This outrageous story is presented in the form of a rock concert and stand-up comedy routine of the blackest style. The action is moved along by Hedwig and her husband Yitzhak, a former Yugoslavian drag queen, and backed up by hard-rocking band The Angry Inch. Hedwig’s tale begins in East Berlin just before the downfall of Communism and then moves through the bleak landscapes of Midwestern America as she searches for wholeness and self-completion. Her saga finally culminates right here right now in a glam-spattered cellar in the center of Prague… easily one of the most perverse and unexpectedly beautiful stories ever told.

Under the guidance of Czech-Canadian director Mélanie Rada, an international cast of actors and musicians bring to life AKANDA’s interpretation of John Cameron Mitchell’s award-winning rock musical. Long-time Prague resident Jeff Fritz plays the title role of Hedwig opposite Uliana Elina, former frontwoman of Russian band SLOT and winner of the 2005 RAMP award for best female vocal, in the role of Yitzhak. Appearing as the Angry Inch are members of local Prague bands Broken Glass Extet and Tristram Trio lead by Ian Mikyska on guitar and Anar Yusufov on keys, with Tomáš Mika on bass and Pharoah Smeaton-Russell on drums. Production design and video projections created by Estonian artist Johanna-Mai Vihalem for the stage of Iron Curtain, a club, bar and restaurant containing numerous artifacts of the Cold War era and the memory of the dissidents who tore it all down.

For ticket reservations and info please visit our website www.akanda.cz

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Michael York at the Rudolfinum, Nov. 4!

On November 4th, 2009 at the Rudolfinum, Struny Podzimu, one of Prague’s premier music festivals, is hosting Michael York and pianist Libor Nováček as part of their 2009 season. The music will be Enoch Arden, a melodrama for reciter and piano by Richard Strauss and a piano sonata by Leoš Janáček (On an Overgrown Path, Piano Sonata 1.X. 1905 in E flat minor ‘From the Street’).

The charismatic York, famous from award-winning films like Cabaret, The Three Musketeers, and Murder on the Orient Express, has performed roles in more than a hundred other films and theatrical productions, recited in numerous musical projects, and lent his sonorous voice to more than ninety audio books. In 2002 York recorded the melodrama Enoch Arden with pianist John Bell Young, with whom he also performed it successfully in several important festivals in the USA and Europe. His current collaboration with the gifted Czech pianist Libor Nováček, living for many years now in Great Britain, has been arranged specially at the request of the Strings of Autumn Festival. More information on www.strunypodzimu.cz.

Tickets:

Festival Information and Sales Centre (in the National Theatre box office), Ostrovní 1,
Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM – 6 PM

Ticketpro – www.ticketpro.cz

At the concert site an hour before the beginning of the event.

Reservations: www.strunypodzimu.cz,
tel.: 224 901 247 (Mon.-Thurs. 11 AM – 6 PM),
e-mail: vstupenky@strunypodzimu.cz

October 28th, 2009

Andrea Small’s Singing Workshop Returns: Oct 10-11

On Saturday 10th October there will be a workshop (adults only) from 10.30 to 4.30 called “Singing for the Truly Terrified” which is mainly intended for those who feel they would like some extra help when singing, and for those who truly believe they cannot sing. But it is also suitable for anyone who would like to come along and sing (including those who came to it last year) – we will just be taking it a little more slowly than on Sunday.

Continue Reading September 4th, 2009

Andrea Small’s Singing Workshop 5/17/09 in Ceske Budejovice

Jim from acting class forwarded me this announcement, which I am glad to pass on:

*****

Hello Everyone,

It is my pleasure to once again inform you about Andrea Small’s next
visit to the Czech Republic.

She will lead a workshop under the title “Singing for Joy” on Sunday
17th May in Ceske Budejovice.   As usual it will be held at the Materske
Centrum Maj and will run from 10.30-4.30.   The workshop is open to all adults and
teenagers, even if they believe they cannot sing.   The cost is on a sliding scale from 375kč – 700kč

We are planning a shared lunch so please bring something – not too
much – to put on the table for us all to enjoy.   Tea, coffee, water and
biscuits will be provided throughout the day.

I would be grateful if you could distribute the information about the
workshop as far and wide as possible.  Word of mouth is still the best
recommendation.   Flyers are attached but  if you need printed ones please
let me know.  You can have the flyers either in Czech or English.
You will also be able to find full information on www.expats.cz on the events
calendar.

Booking in advance is necessary so please contact me either on
gilbomber@cbox.cz or send a text to 608233310.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon and perhaps singing with
you in May

With best wishes

Gil

May 6th, 2009

The Human Jukebox Returns! March 22nd

Gail let us know about her show “The Human Jukebox” which is returning to Divadlo na Zabradli on March 22 at 19:00. Tickets are only 200 Kc! This is a really good way to spend the evening! She says about the show:

If you’re not familiar with the show it’s like this: I know a lot of songs. A lot. So I made a book of about 1,000 of them in many genres – rock, rap, opera, gospel, musicals, TV commercials, etc.

During this interactive show the audience members get to holler at me whichever song they’d like me to perform and I will do it unaccompanied and from memory.

See what SPIN magazine had to say about the show:

http://cz.youtube.com/watch?v=9-H2iEFyIlc

Or read the history of the show along with what was performed at the latest ones:

http://gail-humanjukebox.blogspot.com/

Want even more info or want to see the song list? Go to www.The-Human-Jukebox.com or www.LidskyJukebox.cz If you want something that’s not on the list then send Gail a request and I’ll try to learn it. Or scream it out anyway – you never know.

So again, that’s:

Sunday, March 22 at 19:00

The fun will take place at:

Divadlo Na Zabradli
Anenske 5

Tickets are 200kc at the box office. Space is limited so it’s recommended to make a reservation by emailing: pokladna@nazabradli.cz

The bar opens one hour before perf so come and get…relaxed. There will also be ample opportunity to become even more…relaxed…during intermission and even moreso after the show.

March 14th, 2009

Gail Whitmore’s “Human Jukebox”

Longtime Pragueite and singer Gail Whitmore will resume her famous show “The Human Jukebox” October 26 and November 2 at Divadlo Na Zabradli. Gail describes “The Human Jukebox” thusly:

If you’re not familiar with the show it’s like this: I know a lot of songs. A lot. So I made a book of about 1,000 of them in many genres – rock, rap, opera, gospel, musicals, TV commercials, etc.

During this interactive show the audience members get to holler at me whichever song they’d like me to perform and I will do it unaccompanied and from memory.

Want more info or want to see the song list? Go to www.The-Human-Jukebox.com or www.LidskyJukebox.cz If you want something that’s not on the list then send a request and she’ll try to learn it. Or scream it out anyway – you never know.

Sunday, October 26th at 19:00 and
Sunday, November 2nd at 19:00

They will take place at:

Divadlo Na Zabradli
Anenske 5 (take tram 17 or 18 to Karlovy lazne)
Tickets are 150kc at the box office. Space is limited so it’s recommended to make a reservation by emailing: pokladna@nazabradli.cz

The bar opens one hour before perf so come and get…relaxed. There will also be ample opportunity to become even more…relaxed…during intermission and even moreso after the show.

October 20th, 2008