Monthly Archives: March 2017

Mar 30

Easter Intensive (Comedy)

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Easter Intensive (Comedy)

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Friday March 30 – Monday 2 April
(Tuesday 3 April optional)

(4 days with an optional 5th)

10.00am to 5.00pm

Richard Sarell

$580 (+$100 for 5th day)
$500 (+$80 for 5th day)

10%


Enjoy four or five days of intensive exploration of this very practical approach to acting.  This time there's a special focus on COMEDY.  Discover the specific acting techniques that made "The Memory of Water" such a hit and so funny.  Experience a clear explanation of acting process that will be put you totally in charge of your performance. A fifth day is optional for those who wish to explore further (and make Tuesday a holiday).

David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon

I have observed leading teacher directors in the US and UK and Richard shares with them that facility to guide actors through the guff to the heart of the scene.

What will be covered in this course?

1) Stretch your emotional range

This workshop will find new levels of emotional complexity for a character and discover what makes your character funny.   Explore techniques that raise the bar on achieving more heightened outcomes.

2) Engage an audience with the power of the story

Delivering the story is the actor’s primary focus. You will be empowered to engage your audience with the real drama in a very real way.  You will also learn how to bring the humour to any scene.

3) Understand what comic timing really is

Nowhere else is there such a clear understanding of the simple tools that create comedy

4) Define the issues that you find confronting and develop exercises to defeat them

Actors will work out how to define and remedy the acting issues that confront them.

5) Learn to work at the fast pace required for television

Being able to work fast demonstrates that you have a clear understanding of the actor's job and that you have the professional skills to do it

6) Challenge yourself, expand yourself and trust yourself

Be part of a course that takes your work to a new professional HIGH while bringing the fun back into acting

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You want to have fun playing with scenes that will make an audience laugh
  • There are still areas of acting process you wish specifically work on
  • You feel acting should be simpler and more fun
  • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
  • You want to bring exciting new skills to your acting process

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
  • You will find it tricky to be real while exploiting the humour of a scene
  • You wont be able to process director’s notes effectively
  • You will often be confused about direction and uncertain how to implement it
  • You wont be able to monitor the bad habits that have crept into your work since the last class
  • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable classes in town

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard loves conducting the  Summer Intensive.  It is exciting to focus so intensely on the needs of a small group (maximum group size of 8).  He loves the huge leaps forward in understanding and skill that actors achieve in this environment.



After the huge success of "The Memory of Water" that Richard directed at Chapel Off Chapel (Nov 2017) he is keen to share the tools that were used to make this production so funny.  Audiences loved it.  Max Davine wrote in his blog on goodvibemelbourne.com "The realism he achieves is as funny and heart-wrenching, sometimes both at the same time, as in life."



Richard believes comedy and drama have many elements in common.  The Rehearsal Room's acting principles delivered an outstanding result at Chapel Off Chapel with "THE MEMORY OF WATER" becoming a hit.



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THIS COURSE STARTS - Friday 30 March 2018

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Mar 29

Rehearsal Room launches new website

By Richard Sarell | News

Well we are finally here.  We have a new website.

Please bear with us over the next couple of weeks as we tweak the final bits and pieces to get everything perfect.

Most importantly, make sure that you check out our latest workshops that are ready for enrollment.

Thanks  for visiting!

 

Richard…

Mar 17

Comedy Boot Camp with guest LUKE McGREGOR

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Luke McGregor Comedy Masterclass

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Saturday 17 March

(4 hours)

12noon to 4pm

Richard Sarell, Kyahl Anderson, & Luke McGregor

$130.00


Come and learn from one of Australia's funniest story-tellers! The Rehearsal Room will host comedian and actor Luke McGregor as he helps us explore what makes us laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Jesse Chaffey 

"Being able to identify and speak about everyday things we all experience in a comedic way makes for a highly entertaining show, because the audience knows exactly what the comedian is talking about. That's what makes Luke McGregor so side-splitting and hysterical."

Jesse Chaffey, Comedy News


What will be covered in this course?

1) Work with Luke McGregor on a comedy scene

You will be paired up with another actor and be given a scene to play with during the workshop.

2) QnA with Luke McGregor

Richard Sarell and Luke will have a chat about what makes Luke's comedy tick. There will be a chance for a few questions from the audience too.

3) Spend time with the Rehearsal Room team working on your scene

Richard and Kyahl will both work with actors throughout the afternoon in conjunction with Luke.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You don't have the trust in yourself to be funny
  • You feel you don't know how to be funny
  • You are experienced with comedy looking for a fresh perspective on comedy
  • You have little experience in comedy and want to learn more

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You have much less chance of standing out from the crowd
  • TOTALLY realistic performances could well elude you
  • Auditions will be scary rather than fun
  • You won’t be in charge of your performance.
Glenn, Richard & Kyah at the first $10 Sunday

ABOUT LUKE

Luke McGregor started his stand up comedy career in Tasmania in 2007 when he entered the raw comedy competition after one of the contestants didn’t show up. Since then he has gone from strength to strength, performing sold out seasons at international comedy festivals and developing critically acclaimed content for the ABC. 

2017 saw Luke return to stand up with sell-out seasons of his brand new solo show "Almost Fixed It" in Adelaide, Brisbane, and Melbourne, as well as seeing Luke back writing/co-starring in Rosehaven. 

ABOUT RICHARD

Richard first discovered the core values of this acting technique when he was directing drama at the ABC in Melbourne in 1984.  Since then he has continued to explore and expand the understandings that evolved from these simple beginnings.  He has found these techniques produce high quality performances for drama as well as comedy.


One half day
(12noon - 4pm) 
Saturday 17 March 2018

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. 

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Mar 09

Intensive for Professional Actors

By Richard Sarell | Intensives

Refining the Actor's Vocabulary

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Fridays 9 March – 20 April

6 weeks   (Not on Good Friday)

12pm to 4pm

Richard Sarell

$615.00

$61.50


This class is aimed at working professionals who are looking for a quick way to add more skills to their repertoire.

Refine the effectiveness of your skills with the Rehearsal Room's highly practical techniques and actor vocabulary. Refine your ability to take and implement direction. Directors will love your ability to interpret their notes.

David Paterson Chopper, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Saving Mr. Banks, Frost Nixon

I have observed leading teacher directors in the US and UK and Richard shares with them that facility to guide actors through the guff to the heart of the scene.


What will be covered in this course?

1) Stretch your emotional range

The character’s emotions are directly connected to the success or failure they experience at achieving their goals. These techniques teach actors to get the emotional balance right.

2) Engage an audience with the power of the story

Delivering the story is the actor’s primary focus. You will be empowered to engage your audience with the real drama in a very real way.

3) Create richly complex characters

Creating real character’s that function beautifully in different relationships is the pinnacle of the actor’s craft. These simple and logical techniques create richly textured characters in a profoundly simple way.

4) Be in charge of your professional conversations

The Rehearsal Room process will enable you to dissect Directors and Casting Directors intentions. Often you will be able to interpret their goals into actor friendly concepts better than they can. You will be empowered to share in the responsibility of finding both story and character choices.

5) Prepare efficiently and effectively

Being given a task at short notice will no longer frighten you. You will practice being empowered to prepare in either seconds or weeks with techniques that are appropriate and effective. They are proven to work.

6) No longer will you be ruled by acting myths

You will practice techniques that are so logical and so practical that the mumbo-jumbo of many of the acting myths will no longer befuddle your mind and confuse your choices.

THIS IS FOR YOU IF...

  • You have a strong foundation to your acting process and have worked professionally
  • You are interested in new ideas and keen to grow your understanding of acting and how it works
  • You know that maintaining a craft means constantly practicing
  • You want to catch up with new techniques that have evolved at The Rehearsal Room
  • You are ready to take on new ideas and keen to expand your practical acting skills

IF YOU DON’T HAVE THESE SKILLS …

  • You will compromise the consistency of your performances
  • Under pressure of an audition you will rush to make ineffective choices
  • You wont be able to process director’s notes effectively
  • You will often be confused about direction and uncertain how to implement it
  • You wont be able to monitor the bad habits that have crept into your work 
  • You will miss out on the fun of the most enjoyable classes in town

ABOUT RICHARD...

Richard loves discovering the nuances that can add to the practicality of this already sophisticated approach to acting.  Sharing this invigorated view of acting process with actors who have wide experience and skills is very rewarding for him. 

The Rehearsal Room techniques were recently explored in a production of Shelagh Stephenson's "The Memory of Water" with a fantastic response from critics and audiences.  They loved the vibrantly fresh performances.   There was an excitement that was generated by the foundation values of this process that make listening and responding the key resources.  The result is a rich lifelike spontaneity.  Comments like ... the "performers are subtle, connected, and more truthful with a whisper than many an actor is with a holler" and "truthful to the point we forgot we were seeing a play" ... reveal the success of this approach to connect with an audience.



Richard often says, “When I hear actors analyzing the potential problems in a scene and sharing a range of simple solutions my spirits instantly rise. One of the main values of this process is to empower actors to see the possible outcomes of their choices while they are still in the preparation stage." 



Richard always remembers the actor who said, “Not only can I make clear choices now; but I can also guess the outcome those choices will generate AND I’m also instantly ready to change them if they don’t work.”



Richard believes those are the professional skills that all actors should be able to deliver with ease


THIS COURSE STARTS - Friday 9 March 2018

Learn skills you will use throughout your career. Learn to be real, to be versatile, to be a great listener and to be skilled in auditions. The Advanced Workshop will make you the director’s best friend.

These comments reflect both actor's and Richard's views about the MASTER CLASS.  It is a regular evening class each term.