Granite Falls has become known as a location for outdoor theater with the productions during Meander and the paddling theater event which took place along the banks of the Minnesota River. My dream is to have a theater downtown. Until that happens we can still use our beautiful riverside location for outdoor theater. This summer, the area near the Legion will host "An Enemy of the People" by the Sod House Theater. Tickets will include a meal and performance of the play.
Earlier in June, free workshops will be conducted by Luverne Seifert, a professional actor and Teaching Specialist in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance at The University of Minnesota and Darcy Engen, Professor at Augsburg College. Ashley Hanson and Brian Laidlaw will be conducting the musical workshops. These are funded partially by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council as part of the grant for Riverside Market and Muse. Mark your calendars, these are open to any level of experience and any ages. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from professional actors and musicians!
Thursday, June 8th from 6:30-8pm
Hometown Ballad Songwriting Workshop - In this workshop, you will share stories about your community, discuss the craft songwriting, and start to turn stories shared into original songs.
Friday, June 9th from 6:30-8pm
The Power of Your Voice: Developing Your Voice for the Stage - This workshop will introduce and encourage performers to develop the components of vocal production such as projection, dynamics, pitch, rate, resonance, variety, articulation as well as relaxation and breathing.
Saturday, June 10 during Riverside Market and Muse
10:00-11:30am - Kick in the Pants: Physical Comedy Routines - This workshop will introduce stage techniques of physical comedy; slaps, kicks, trips, falls, fixed points and awkward timing decisions. Participants will develop a 1-2 minute comedy routine that they will develop and perform
12:00-1:00pm - Bag Lunch Information Session / Call for Performers & Volunteers - Join the directors of Sod House Theater to learn more about the opportunity to be involved in a professional site-specific, musical theater adaptation of Ibsen's Enemy of the People that will be performed in Granite Falls this August. Open to all ages, abilities, and levels of experience!
2:00-3:00pm - Music, Movement, and Muse This playful workshop will incorporate elements of movement and improvisation mixed with live and pre-recorded music. Using physical theater and creative movement, participants will improvise scenarios based on the tempo, rhythm, and feel of the music.
4:00-5:30pm - Original Music Jam Session
Local musicians are welcome to bring their original finished, half-finished, or barely started songs to experiment with arrangements in this open jam session. Recording equipment will be on hand to capture the magic. Open to all ages and levels of experience; singers and musicians encouraged to attend; instruments are invited, but not required.