Miss Dirt Turtle’s
garden Club

September
3, 4, 5 10, 11, 12

Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods. Five 10-year-old best friends try to survive a summer of bullies, parents with substance abuse issues, broken homes … crime … social workers… thieves … slumlords … and Poverty. When hope is rare, and you are living in a world without solid earth beneath you it is hard to have hope. Especially when there seems to be no path forward. These five friends try to navigate all these pitfalls in a most unexpected way. Working in the sheltered garden of who they always thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – starting with the earth around them. Can there be hope in a world that greatly stacks the odds against them? Can five average 10-year-olds, with the help of an Old Head, a social worker and some newly discovered comic book superheroes, find their way to a bright future? Like a garden, the seasons of these unlikely heroes slowly change them into who they really are. For sure, a seed can’t grow ‘til it’s planted in the ground.

     

Our 2020 Season


Miss Dirt Turtle’s Garden Club

Auditions June 26 & 27
September 3, 4, 5 10, 11, 12

Surviving adolescence is hard anywhere, especially in underprivileged neighborhoods. Five 10-
year-old best friends try to survive a summer of broken homes, bullies, thieves – All the many
pitfalls of their block. They try to navigate it in a most unexpected way: Working in the
sheltered garden of who they thought was just a mean, strange old lady. A woman of very few
words, Miss Dirt Turtle lays a path of “foundation” – Starting with the earth around them. Can
there be hope in a world that greatly stacks the odds against these kids? Can five average 10-
year-olds, with the help of an Old Head, a social worker and some newly discovered comic book
super-heroes, find their way to a bright future? For sure, a seed can’t grow ‘til its planted in the
ground.

The Wyrd Sisters

October 15, 16, 17 22, 23, 24
Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare’s Macbeth and then turns it up ’till the knob comes off. It’s all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players, a land in peril. And who stands between the Kingdom and destruction? Three witches. Granny Weatherwax (intolerant, self-opinionated, powerful), Nanny Ogg (down-to-earth, vulgar) and Magrat Garlick (naïve, fond of occult jewellery and bunnies).

A Christmas Carol

December 10, 11, 12 17, 18, 19

A Christmas Carol is a play about a mean-spirited and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas.  One cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge is unkind to the people who work for him, then refuses to give to charity, and then is rude to his nephew when he invites him to spend Christmas with him.  When Scrooge gets home, he is visited by the ghost of his old business partner Jacob Marley – and then by three ghosts! They are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.  The ghosts’ journey through time teaches Scrooge the error of his ways. When he wakes up on Christmas Day he is full of excitement, and buys the biggest turkey in the shop for the Cratchit family before spending the day with his nephew, full of the joys of Christmas.

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Technical theatre Intensives

For teens and adults

Intro to Technical and Creative Lighting Design
with Ayumu “Poe” Saegusa

Session 1:
Tuesday/Thursday July 20 & 22
at the Alban 6-8pm
Session 2:
Tuesday/Thursday July 27 & 29
at the Alban 6-8pm
$100 for each session
or $180 for both sessions.

Description:
Your introduction to the world of artistic lighting design!
Learn the tricks and tools of the trade from a professional designer and discover how creative lighting can augment theatrical performance.

Session 1 will cover the basics of safety, equipment use, outline the load in/out process and creating a lighting plot. This class will teach you how to run lights for a show at the Alban!

Class materials:
8 inch Wrench – $8.99 on Amazon https://amzn.to/3h9dJC4

Session 2 Students will dive deeper into the artistic applications of the technical skills covered in session 1 and develop an understanding of the base tenets of theatrical lighting design that will help them take their future productions to the next level.

Class materials:
8 inch Wrench – $8.99 on Amazon https://amzn.to/3h9dJC4

Scenic and Technical Design for Community Theatre with
Loren Allen

Fridays, July 16, 23, and 30; 6-8pm at the Sanctuary
2121 Kanawha Terrace
– 3 sessions for $75

Description:
Learn the basics of scenic & technical design for community theatre including:
script analysisbudgeting
pre-production scaling
drawing & modeling
scenic painting, texture & color design
Students will be introduced to and use a variety of tools and building materials and construct a series of multipurpose set pieces that will be seen on stage this fall!

Props Design
with Jennifer Anderson

Monday/Wednesdays 6-8pm August 2, 4, 9, &11; 6-8pm
at the Sanctuary
2121 Kanawha Terrace

– 4 sessions for $100

Description:
Become a props MASTER. Study script analysis, props design and construction, and set dressing. See your work go from page to stage and even develop your own recipe for fake blood!

Alban Arts Academy
Fall 2020

Registration for Classes now open!


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