Magnolia Arts Center

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MAC's Youth Ensemble Studio presents:   Klueless

Detective Himbo and Jean Tracey have been tasked with solving a murder. The only problem is our two villlianess Amaya and Patty are one step ahead. Will Jean Tracey be able to solve the murder of Pearl St. Regis or will Detective Himbo ruin everything as usual?

Tune in to Klueless to find out.

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NUNSENSE is the hilarious musical farce about a convent of Nuns staging a fundraiser to enable them to bury the last four nuns of their order who died of botulism in an unfortunate convent cooking accident (and who are temporarily being stored in the freezer!). The Little Sisters of Hoboken (well, what's left of them) put on this riotous revue packed with hilarious, show-stopping song and dance numbers, and always proves to be a crowd favorite. You'll meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Nunsense has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

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8 - 10 years old Maximum

12 students

Monday thru Thursday July 26 - 29
10 - 1:00 p.m. One 10 - 15 minute break

Come join the positive rumpus and hullabaloo! Learn about acting physically through pantomime! Included will be improvisational pantomime moving forward into beginning improvisation scenes using interpretive music, pictures, books such as The Cow Of No Color: Riddle Stories and Justice Tales from Around the World. We will also be shaking it out with William Shakespeare. The actor’s instrument involves the voice, body, and the mind. This workshop focuses on the body as the vehicle to learn about character.

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11- 13 years old Maximum

12 students

Monday thru Thursday July 26 - 29 / 3 - 6:00 p.m. One 10 - 15 minute break

Look at this workshop as middle school magic and you become the magician! Our main focus will be Improvisation, No Content Scenes, and some very basic Scene Study using “Six Foot Scenes” written by Lindsey Price of Theatrefolk. We will also use the poems of Nikki Giovanni, works of Alice Walker, and The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger as references or a springboard for improvisation and open scenes. Finally, we hope to create a “parallel universe” filled with very funky creative artists!

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Act Up! The Dilemma Project

14 - 18 years old
Monday August 2 thru Wednesday August 4
Monday August 2/ 2 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday August 3/ 10 - 5 p.m. (Two ten minute breaks and half hour lunch. Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch.))
Wednesday August 4/ 2 - 5 p.m.

High school students will challenge their creativity after living through this puzzling pandemic. We will be working on something called The Dilemma Project. The Dilemma Project is based on the 1986 Twilight Zone episode called “Button,Button.” In the episode, a couple gets a box and inside the box is a button. The couple can choose to press the button and get 200,000, but someone they know will die. The show was based on a short story. Within the class, the students will learn about Stanislavski’s Magic If, Uta Hagen’s super objective, tactics, and beats. They will also be exposed to improvisation and how to use it for development of location, , developing characters and character relationships, and even get into developing a plot outline. Essentially, the Who, What, When, Where, Why of actor training. Students may create their own dilemma or use those suggested by the instructor. Any student who signs up for this workshop must come to the class with five positive words made from the letters used in “pandemic.” We will create scenes using those words.

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2021 - Ten Minute Play Contest

This is back for its 16th Year! Plays were picked in 2020 and the audience will vote for the winner. 

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Arsenic & Old Lace

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a New York newspaper, he’s just asked Elaine to marry him, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene -- his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt - but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé -- all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.

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Between Riverside & Crazy

This a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death. Walter “Pops” Washington has had enough. His landlord won’t leave him alone, his wife recently passed away, and the liquor store can’t keep up with his thirst. Pops’ last living relative, his son Junior, has recently moved back to Pops’ house with his girlfriend, Lulu, and his newly-sober buddy, Oswaldo. With his heels dug into the floor of his rent-controlled Riverside Drive apartment, Pops holds onto old wounds -- physical and emotional -- picking continually at scabs he refuses to allow to heal. Pressure reaches a boiling point when an ultimatum comes from an unlikely source, pinning Pops squarely “between Riverside and crazy."

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