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MAGNETIC U

SPEAK THE SPEECH

Taught by Melon Wedick

Speak the Speech is an 8-week deep dive into the technical fundamentals that will allow you to speak Shakespeare with accuracy and clarity. Skills covered include:

  • Paraphrasing for accurate understanding
  • De-constructing and understanding Shakespeare’s grammar and syntax
  • Identifying operative phrases and key words to unlock the audience’s understanding
  • Physical and vocal techniques for clarity
  • Developing and deepening imagery
  • Using scansion to discover hints to pacing, character, and unwritten stage directions
  • Memorizing meaning rather than speech patterns, for flexible, spontaneous, and responsive performance

The first four weeks of this course focus on tools for comprehension and speech, with an emphasis on prose. The second four weeks move on to verse, combining skills from the first half of class with scansion and deeper image work.

Students who took an abbreviated version of the class in the fall of 2021 said:

“I gained a significant amount of information from it. The format was incredible and I have come away from it with a better understanding of Shakespeare.“

“Instructor’s knowledge, command of material, keen observational skills, and specific, articulate feedback made the class engaging and useful.”

“It was interesting to see the other people’s work evolve as they used the tools learned in class.”

“The two hours flew by and I often wished we could keep working past stop time.”

January 29 - March 19, 2022
Saturdays, 11am-2pm

Ages 16 and Up

Bio for the Instructor:

Melon Wedick studied theatre (and philosophy!) at Oberlin College. She studied Shakespeare performance with Paul Moser and Hal Ryder, and was a founding member of the Certain Players (Randolph, VT) and founding co-director of the Greenville Shakespeare Festival (Greenville, NH). She has performed with the Certain Players, Greenville Shakespeare Festival (NH), Black River Theatre Company, Shakespeare NYC, and the Montford Park Players, among others, and has directed productions of Hamlet, Measure for Measure, and Coriolanus. Now the artistic director of Nemesis Theatre Company, Melon is passionate about clarity and comprehension in Shakespeare performance. 

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The Shorthand Job

By George Awad & Jamie Knox
Directed by Katie Jones

Callie and Omar are a successful, middle-aged couple that have been married for years. Only, they haven’t been merry in years. For the record, they used to be quite happy but somewhere along the line they stopped listening to their better voices. Therapy and counseling proved ineffective.

Desperate, they decide they have no choice but to open up their marriage to someone who may be just their type. But of course, they aren’t married to the idea. 

February 18-20, 2022
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 4pm

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Workshop

Improv Performance

Presented by The Bearded Company

Whether you’re a seasoned actor who’s new to improv or an improviser who wants more tools - The Bearded Company is known for our particular performance style and we want to share what we know. Learn our passionate approach to characters, emotions, physicality, language, and connection to scene partners. Improv isn’t just a tool for comedy - join us in bringing love, rage and lunacy to the stage!

March 17, 2022
Thursday at 6:30pm

About The Bearded Company: 

Since 2006, The Bearded Company have been taking audiences on fully improvised adventures. In 2014, the Beards expanded their reach into Los Angeles. The group has created many sold-out shows including Swords and Sorcery: The Improvised Campaign, Bearded Manor, and their mainstay Epic Adventures. They now also have a new hit podcast, Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign, created out of their D&D-based stage show. The Bearded Company also performs and teaches on tours and in festivals throughout the country and Canada. Whether they’re at their home theaters in LA or Minneapolis, on the road, or online, expect the unexpected.

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Epic Adventure

Presented by The Bearded Company

Join The Bearded Company for a completely improvised adventure like you’ve never seen. Always a brand new story from beginning to end, with endless possibilities. Come along as the Beards weave characters that are both funny and heartfelt, in worlds that are both expansive and fully realized. Each show is a new story in a new style, told just for you. Sharpen your swords, grab your rocket pack, and get ready for one hell of an adventure.

March 18, 2022
Friday at 7:30pm

About The Bearded Company

Since 2006, The Bearded Company have been taking audiences on fully improvised adventures. In 2014, the Beards expanded their reach into Los Angeles. The group has created many sold-out shows including Swords and Sorcery: The Improvised Campaign, Bearded Manor, and their mainstay Epic Adventures. They now also have a new hit podcast, Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign, created out of their D&D-based stage show. The Bearded Company also performs and teaches on tours and in festivals throughout the country and Canada. Whether they’re at their home theaters in LA or Minneapolis, on the road, or online, expect the unexpected.

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Spontaneous Ensemble + Performance

Presented by The Bearded Company

Improv is all about saying “Yes.” No other workshop better exemplifies that than this one: 8 people will sign up for this class, learn a whole new improv format and then perform it for an audience. Sound exciting? Let’s do it!

We will teach you and 7 others Epic Adventures, our classic improv format that provides the foundation to do any genre with passion and joy - all the while learning how to connect as an ensemble and sharing the spotlight. Then, you dive into the wonderful unknown on The Magnetic Theatre stage!

Saturday March 19, 2022
Workshop at 2:30pm, Performance at 7:30pm

About The Bearded Company: 

Since 2006, The Bearded Company have been taking audiences on fully improvised adventures. In 2014, the Beards expanded their reach into Los Angeles. The group has created many sold-out shows including Swords and Sorcery: The Improvised Campaign, Bearded Manor, and their mainstay Epic Adventures. They now also have a new hit podcast, Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign, created out of their D&D-based stage show. The Bearded Company also performs and teaches on tours and in festivals throughout the country and Canada. Whether they’re at their home theaters in LA or Minneapolis, on the road, or online, expect the unexpected.

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Swords and Sorcery

Presented by The Bearded Company

Sharpen your sword, brandish your wits and step with us into a realm of fantasy and adventure where fate is decided by the roll of a 20-sided die. In this improvised fantasy campaign, The Bearded Company will tell you a tale you won't soon forget. Each show will be an epic story in the lives of legendary adventurers. Dragons will be slain, dungeons will be explored and, nerd or not, there’s something for everyone.

Featuring an opening set from the Beards' Spontaneous Ensemble + Performance Workshop!

March 19, 2022
Saturday at 7:30pm

About The Bearded Company: 

Since 2006, The Bearded Company have been taking audiences on fully improvised adventures. In 2014, the Beards expanded their reach into Los Angeles. The group has created many sold-out shows including Swords and Sorcery: The Improvised Campaign, Bearded Manor, and their mainstay Epic Adventures. They now also have a new hit podcast, Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign, created out of their D&D-based stage show. The Bearded Company also performs and teaches on tours and in festivals throughout the country and Canada. Whether they’re at their home theaters in LA or Minneapolis, on the road, or online, expect the unexpected.

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Storytelling

Presented by The Bearded Company

Over the years we’ve told hundreds of stories without a script and we want to share what we’ve learned. If you’re a novelist, a screenwriter, or even a TikToker - discover how improv can help your storytelling. We will dive into genre, character work, poetry and more in our exploration of story.

March 20, 2022
Sunday at 4pm

About The Bearded Company: 

Since 2006, The Bearded Company have been taking audiences on fully improvised adventures. In 2014, the Beards expanded their reach into Los Angeles. The group has created many sold-out shows including Swords and Sorcery: The Improvised Campaign, Bearded Manor, and their mainstay Epic Adventures. They now also have a new hit podcast, Break the Dice: The Improvised Campaign, created out of their D&D-based stage show. The Bearded Company also performs and teaches on tours and in festivals throughout the country and Canada. Whether they’re at their home theaters in LA or Minneapolis, on the road, or online, expect the unexpected.

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MAINSTAGE

COURT OF THE GRANDCHILDREN

By Michael Muntisov
Directed by Jason Williams

The year is 2051. Artificial Intelligence has become so ubiquitous that the young people are starting to rebel. The older generation that accelerated climate change is being brought to trial. And climate activist Lily thinks she has it all figured out. Until she meets her great uncle, David, who changes her perspective completely. He’s a man from today. She’s a woman from tomorrow. How will she judge him?


April 8 - 23, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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STARBRIGHT

By Sean David Robinson
Directed by Ashleigh Millett-Goff

Grace, an astronomer with a Ph.D. in astrophysics, is reeling from the death of her daughter, Abigail. When Abigail appears to Grace and begins to make predictions about events in the cosmos, Grace must choose between her memories and her sanity.

May 6 - 21, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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RECYCLED NUTS

By Travis Lowe
Directed by Tippin

Almond farmer Jerry wants to change the negative public perception of his nuts. Alma and Felix are there to report on it. Tressa and Effie want to claim the ranch for themselves, since farm wife Adelaide defaulted on the mortgage. Officers Kemp and Ren are there just to keep the peace. When Alma dies of a nut allergy and returns as a ghost, it sets off a series of comically fatal accidents. As each character expires and the farmhouse slowly fills with spirits, cameraman and reluctant medium Felix must manage the living and the dead, while maintaining both his life and sanity.

July 8 - 23, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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BEAUTIFUL CAGES

By Jamie Knox
Directed by Mandy Bean

Patricia, a mother who has always kept a safe emotional distance from her daughter, Amanda, is suddenly compelled to tell the truth about her past, and the secret she's been hiding for decades. Set simultaneously in the 1960s and today, this is a story about love, paying debts and what it means to set yourself free.

September 9 - 24, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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THE FRANKENSTEIN RUBRICS

By David Hopes
Directed by Doug Savitt

The scientist. The monster. The tale of a creation suffering at the hands of his maker. It’s a story we all know - but what if the creation takes on a life of its own? What if the relationship between them was more complicated than we ever realized, and what if, by the act of making the monster, the scientist was changed as well?

October 7 - 22, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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MAINSTAGE

CAROLING BY GASLIGHT
(working title)

A Collaboration with Sinners and Sexual Deviants
By Skyler Goff

From the deviant minds that brought you Spanko: A Tex-Mex Commedia Musical, in partnership with The Magnetic Theatre, comes a paranoid, bawdy, and morbid retelling of Charles Dickens' classic.

December 2 - 17, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

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