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Calling all aspiring actors

July 17, 2014 · Updated 4:09 PM

Are you an adult beginning actor?  Are you experienced on the stage but want to improve your performance skills?  Then get ready to rumble.

The Maria Massey Memorial Fund, in concert with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is pleased to announce its first acting training program.  The fund was established to support the developing talents of Orcas Island actors as a way to honor the memory of Maria Massey, who was an actor on Orcas Island.

Renowned acting coach and director Paula Russell, who has lived and taught acting classes on Orcas for many years and now lives in Austin, Texas, is coming to Orcas and will conduct a two day acting workshop at Camp Orkila on August 30 and 31.

The course, which is targeted to adults with at least some acting experience, will consist of exercises, scene work and character building.

The workshop can accommodate a maximum of 16 students, on a first come first served basis, so sign up now. While the basic cost of the workshop is $50, the Maria Massey Memorial Fund will provide scholarship assistance to any student who needs financial help.

The training program will take place at the Alumni building at YMCA Camp Orkila.

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer prize-winning author said about the class that “Paula Russell’s acting workshop is a treasure. It was fun. It was active. We were immediately engaged and challenged,”

To sign up or for further information, contact Doug Bechtel at doug@orcasactors.com.


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