EDUCATION

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Join award winning Improv instructor Steve Cobb and learn the basics of thinking on your feet with a key focus on character development and characterization, leading with emotion, the 'awww' vs. the 'laugh', relationships and environments, setting partners up to look good, scene movement, beginning-middle-end, conflict and resolution, pitfalls and what destroys a scene, yes...and..., and extreme agree character status. Also covered VAPAPO (Voice Pattern, Animal, Prop, Attitude, Posture, Obsession - and MORE!

This course is on Monday nights, from 6 - 8 pm for 8 weeks and costs $160. For additional details call 239.823.4613

Summer Camp 1 - The Children's Hour

July 6 - July 10

A script study of Lillian Hellman's powerful play "The Children's Hour." Students would meet via Zoom from 8 am - 10 am each day from July 6th - July 10th to work on the scenes from this play. This camp will focus on strengthening cold reading, dramaturgy, and scene work. Campers will work with experienced actors to record a performance for online viewing.

In addition to the M-F 8 am - 10 am camp, there is a required evening rehearsal Wednesday, July 8th, and an evening recording session of the performance that Friday evening.

This camp is ideally suited for actors age 10 - 15 and there are openings for 7 girls, 1 boy, and 1 alternate. ALL ETHNICITIES ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP.

There are full and partial scholarships available for this course. Full scholarship recipients will be required to pay a $10 registration fee and sign a photo/video recording release in order to secure their spot in the camp. Spots are not secured until payment has been received.

The camp is $110 non-members and $100 for members. Please contact the theater or check the website for the member registration link.

Virtual Summer Camp 2 - A Midsummer Night's Dream!

July 20 - July 24

An introduction to Shakespeare using "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Students will meet via Zoom for 2 hours each day and work on scenes from Shakespeare's comedy as well as getting a crash course in performing Shakespeare. Young actors will be joining with seasoned Shakespearean actors at the end of the week for a virtual performance of the play.

In addition to the Monday - Friday 1 pm - 3 pm classes, there is a required evening virtual rehearsal with the Shakespearean actors and the recording of the performance will take place Friday evening.

This camp is ideally suited for ages 13-20 and is limited to 7 female and 4 male campers, with the option of one alternate.

There are full and partial scholarships available for this course. Full scholarship recipients will be required to pay a $10 registration fee and sign a photo/video recording release in order to secure their spot in the camp. Spots are not secured until payment has been received.

The camp is $110 non-members and $100 for members. Please contact the theater or check the website for the member registration link.

Masterworks of the American Theatre with Louise Wigglesworth

July 7 - August 25 6:30 pm

Award-winning master playwright Louise Wigglesworth will host an 8-week in-depth look at four uniquely different plays.

Certain plays, because of a beautiful pairing of subject matter and excellence of craft, have risen to the top and changed the nature of American theatre going forward from their debuts.

The eight sessions will cover structure, the character and story arcs, the elements, materials, and techniques the playwrights chose to bring their stories to life in the following four plays which are hallmarks of the American stage.

"Our Town" by Thornton Wilder "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry "Angels in America, Millennium Approaches" by Tony Kushner

Students are required to obtain their own copies of these plays prior to the start of class.

There are full and partial scholarships available for this class. Details may be found at www.laboratorytheaterflorida.com/education/

Louise Wigglesworth has a Masters in Theatre from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and 18 years of experience teaching theatre and playwriting in secondary and higher education in New Jersey. She is not only an actor, director, educator, but a published and produced playwright.

This 8-week course is $100 for non-members and $75 for members. The member registration link is available on request.

GOOD BAD PEOPLE By Rachael Lynett

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 7 PM – 10 PM

June returns home in an attempt to make amends with her family, after her brother, Amiri, is shot by a police officer. But when her family refuses to make a statement and her personal beliefs are questioned, suddenly June is forced into the spotlight and must decide which is more important: making amends with her family or standing up for her brother's life.

Join us for a virtual reading of this powerful play. The production is free, but donations are deeply appreciated. You may donate directly here: http://paypal.me/LabTheaterFL or by calling our box office at 239.218.0481

This production features Cantrella Canady, Imani Lee Williams, Melanie Payne, Caitlynn Crawford, Carmen Crussard, and Daydra Smith. It is directed by Annette Trossbach.

The event will be streamed both on Facebook and on YouTube.

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June 8-19

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July 6-17

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July 20-31

The Laboratory Theater of Florida is not only a professional theater but a teaching theater. Our camps take a whole-actor approach to the theatrical process. This means that campers will learn set design and build, the basics of costuming, stage make-up, lighting elements and design, stage management, physical movement and voice modulation in addition to scene study and blocking.

There are a select number of full and partial scholarships available.

Spots are not confirmed until payment has been received.

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Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play By Karen Zacarias

Get ready to watch the girl who uses her powers of a squirrel to fight crime and be amazing! Don't miss your chance to see the hard work of these remarkable teens! Don't miss your chance to see the hard work of these remarkable teens in this one-act “Marvel Spotlight” play!

Performance Dates: June 19th & 20th at 8 pm and June 20th & 21st at 2 pm.

Squirrel Girl Goes to College
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Be More Chill - Summer Musical Intensive Camp REGIONAL PREMIERE

The Tony-nominated sensation is coming to SWFL and our summer camp!

Jeremy is just your normal teenager trying to navigate high school until he uses new technology to download social responses right into his brain. But what voices do you listen to when it might mean the destruction of others?

“If you fed Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls to the Little Shop of Horrors plant, you'd get Be More Chill.” - The New Yorker

This 2-week camp runs July 6th - 17th and is for ages 11-17.

This musical summer camp is $150 per week for the first camper and $135 per week for each sibling enrolled in the same camp.

Due to the popularity of this performance, spots are not guaranteed until payment is received.

Be More Chill - Musical
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Law & Order Fairy Tale Unit

In the criminal justice system, fairy tale crimes are investigated by fairy tale police and prosecuted by fairy tale attorneys. These are their stories. This show is sure to put a new spin on your favorite classics! DUN DUN!!

There are 2 camps offered for this production. One for ages 6-10 and one for ages 11-17, so younger actors may now have the opportunity to perform at a professional theater.

This 2-week camp runs from July 20th - 31st and is $150 per week for the first camper and $135 per week for each enrolled sibling in the same camp.

Law & Order Fairy Tale Unit ages 6-10
Law & Order Fairy Tale Unit ages 11-17