February 9, 2006


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An actors’ studio
Duo opens theater school on Elm
By Robert Greene rgreene@hippopress.com

There are plenty of theater opportunities in the area, said Jude Bascom, but few places to learn the basics of the craft.

“You see a lot of actors, especially young actors, who are learning as they go,” said Bascom, who runs the children’s theater program at the Palace Theatre, “but there is only so much you can learn in the midst of a show.”

That’s why, she said, many young would-bes end up constantly cast as members of the chorus while others, cast in the big roles, seem to be playing the same character (regardless of their part) in each play.

“Building a character is a skill that an actor has to learn,” Bascom said.

Teaching such skills is one reason that Bascom and her partner Sheila Shaefer are opening the Studio for the Dramatic Arts at Ted Herbert’s Music School, 22 Elm St., Manchester. The other reasons is, they both really want to work full time in theater.

“Auditioning is a skill in itself,” Bascom said, elaborating. “We felt like we could answer some of these questions in a studio setting and help these kids, and adults, get better at something they love.”

The studio will offer group classes, as well as private lessons. Cost for a 12-week class would run $120 and private lessons would cost $20 for a half hour, which is standard at Ted Herbert’s.

Bascom and Shaefer said they were pleased to get space at the music school, and surprised at how easy it was.

“We just called,” Bascom said, “and they said they were looking to expand in a direction that we would fit right in.”

For more information about the Studio for Dramatic Arts, call 225-6809 or send an e-mail to commandthestage@hotmail.com. The studio should be up and running by March.

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