Summer Master Class 2017

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July 14-16 at Higgins Lake

Leeds Bird and Rhonda Lehan to headline Master Classes this summer

macmullanCTAM is topping its game this year with the planned summer Master Classes at the Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center at Higgins Lake — 14.5 hours almost non-stop over the weekend of July 14-16.

The two simultaneous workshops will feature Actor vs. Director, led by Leeds Bird , the consummate actor/director from Bay City; and Stage Managing with the ultimate stage mistress, Rhonda Lehan, from Grand Rapids. Both instructors are well qualified, experienced practitioners of the craft who will be teaching you the ropes!



leedsbirdThis workshop will explore for actors what directors are really looking for. It will provide actors with simple ways to facilitate a director’s point of view without sacrificing anything as an actor. The flip side will be to provide directors with insight into working with experienced and inexperienced actors. Helping directors better understand the actor’s process and how to join with it to meet the director’s goal in the final production. A good deal of the workshop will involve actual participation as both a director and as an actor. Scenes will be selected in advance for participants to prepare for the workshop.



rhondalehanThe Stage Manager plays a vital role in every production. They are involved right from the start of the process and see the show through to its end. This class will help you to develop the planning, organizing, and leadership skills you will need to be a successful Stage Manager. We will cover creating paperwork, how to put together a prompt book, and coordinating communications. With hands-on activities and group discussions, you will learn how to keep rehearsals and productions running smoothly. From Pre-Production to Post-Show, you will see that the Stage Manager is the force that keeps the collaboration going!


Master Class location and registration details!

The class sessions will begin early Friday evening, July 14, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. You will be done by noon!

The class registration fee is $85 for individual CTAM members and $95 for non-members. The fee for two nights lodging and four meals is $167 for a shared room (two people) and $187 for one person in a room. The registration deadline is June 30 and there will be no refunds for the MacMullen lodging and meals fee after that date. Online registration will be available soon. Or you can contact Nancy Peska, Executive Secretary directly and register with her.

macmullan2The RAM Center is located at 104 Conservation Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653. It is 1.5 miles east of US 27 and five miles west of I-75. If you go to the Department of Natural Resources website and click on the MacMullen Center on the left side, they provide maps and a delightful video, showing you the facilities.

The rooms are often referred to as ‘dormitory style’ with two single beds per room; the bath is shared with the next two-bed room. You can pay extra for a single room, of course. The expensive amenities of a hotel are not present, such as making your bed and a candy kiss on your pillow!

If you wish to stay elsewhere in the area and just attend the Master Class, you must add a facility fee of $35 to the registration fee. If you want to share the family-style meals with everyone else, Nancy Peska can give you those additional prices. We try to be accommodating and make the weekend as affordable as possible.

Things to bring: A small fan for your room if the nights get sticky, your favorite bug spray for the campfires, and a flashlight to keep Sasquatch at bay, should you encounter him/her on your way back from the evening beach fire!


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