THE JAVA JIVE: So, how do you even “DO” acting in a pandemic?

Acting Means Staying Active! 

You know that there’s MORE to you than scrolling through Instagram! So don’t cheat yourself by taking your foot off the gas! The secret is to “Push Yourself, but Not Push Yourself Over”! There is always room to grow, on stage – and off. The secret is that ACTING is that it is a VERB! Something that you AUTHENTICALLY and ACTIVELY “DO”!

Rule One – Progress, not Perfection!

To TRULY ACT, we MUST TRULY “BE” present on stage, and present in life… And that takes STAMINA!  And you need to exercise your stamina like you would exercise your muscles… or your brain. First! Give yourself permission to not “be perfect”. Acknowledge that this is a process.

Why don’t you start by setting a timer for five minutes? Try not “zoning out” when you are listening to a conversation in the room, or on a show – and REACT authentically. In short, BE PRESENT!  If you are feeling super brave, read and “perform” for yourself in the mirror. Make friends with your facial expressions, your breathing, and your emotions. Because what an audience WANTS to see is how an ACTOR/ACTRESS responds and reacts with realness. Give them, and you, that gift! Let them see that light bulb moment! Remember, on stage to “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy”. Genius comes through trial and error!

Challenge to “Percolate”:   Show your virtual “audience”/family/friends five different reactions and responses that are unique and let them guess your thoughts and reactions. Go for a BIG reaction. To quote the Frizz, “Take chances. Make mistakes. Get messy”… and prepare to be AWESOME!

© The Pfluger Empathy Movement Method

Car Talk Chronicles – Want to write?

Be the Playwright and maybe Act as well?!?

This a deep dive into our Movement Method, creating something awesome from nothing, and is an incredible experience no one can ever take away from you, with collaborative learning, on and off the stage lessons, and most of all, FUN!

LATTE’s accepting YOUR writing submissions for their Original Play, Car Talk Chronicles.

The play will be a series of bite-size vignettes of 5 to 10 minutes. Submissions can be funny, raw, and real  – just like the “slice of life” real conversations that we share in cars! 

Auditions and Practices start in February. Sessions will include: scene development and  dramaturging, a literary, socio-emotional, and cultural analysis, Movement Method synthesis and collaborative critique. Breakout rooms will be used as part of rehearsals. 

Memorization of your part is required. Set to be performed on Zoom, prerecorded, or live.

  • Submissions Due  – FEB 1st   
  • Selections Chosen – FEB 7th   
  • Auditions – FEB 7th  on Zoom by Audition slot.
  • Performance in May – TBD 

Scene Writing Guidelines:

  • Comedy, Suspense, Dramatic. Your Choice!
  • 5 – 10-minute vignettes with 1 – 4 characters
  • Rated for all audiences.
  • Written by teens 11 – 19
  • Include a small scene description, character list and description enough to help us “meet” your “people”!

Send submissions in PDF to: lattetheater@gmail.com

Questions: 708-655-0989

“UNCOMMON GROUND” MASTER CLASS SERIES

2nd Saturday of the Month from January – May 2021

In open dialogue, LATTE Theater presenters share their expertise in the areas of stage and screen acting, directing, improv and stand-up comedy, stage combat and weaponry, vocals, music, professional make up, yoga, all types of dance, script writing, radio plays, reader’s theater, and much more. Be part of these hands-on sessions where you are mentored and encouraged by the best! #virtual#actingtrainingStay tuned for our Master Class Lecturers!