Starting Sept. 15, The Pumphouse Players Inc. will offer acting workshops at The Legion Theatre, with the assistance of Georgia Highlands College. Both conducted on Saturdays, the youth classes will convene at 9 a.m., followed by the adult workshops at 1 p.m.
“We had wanted to hold acting workshops like [these] drama classes,” said Mike Harris, president of The Pumphouse Players. “It’s been in discussion but we’ve never really moved forward with it until actually we were approached by Georgia Highlands College to see if we might be interested in doing a murder mystery theater at their new student center. The discussion led from us simply performing for them to actually instigating a non-credit drama class under their administration.
“So it kind of fell together after initially being approached about just doing sort of a fundraiser or student activity. ... [Georgia Highlands College is] putting it in their catalog and they are doing the enrollment for us and will be administrating the student portion of this. So anyone interested in a class will actually go online or call Georgia Highlands College to be enrolled in it. [The Pumphouse Players] are doing the instruction at The Legion Theatre [and] the class portion of it, we are renaming the Legion Studio.”
Geared toward youth 6 to 12, the youth program will cost $200 for six weeks of instruction. For a fee of $250, individuals 13 and older can partake in the adult offering that — like the youth program — will be conducted on Saturdays, culminating with a final production. While the adults’ performance will be unveiled Nov. 10, the youth offering’s show will be presented Oct. 20, 10 a.m., at The Legion Theatre.
According to a PHP news release, “These workshops will introduce participants to basic theatrical concepts, such as the terminology and technology of the theater, and will progress to stage concepts, such as stage movement and voice projection. The final weeks will concentrate on character development and improvisation skills. Upon completion of each six- or eight-week program, all graduates will appear in an original production at The Legion Theatre or Georgia Highlands College.”
For more information about the Legion Studio, contact Harris at 770-387-2610. To enroll in the workshops, visit www.highlands.edu/site/continuing-education or call Georgia Highlands College at 678-872-8240.