Mrs. Worthington, Don’t put your daughter on the stage?

Fancy becoming a star on the stage or even on film? Now’s your chance. It’s astounding that the cast that acted so professionally in that memorable play performed in Bagni’s Teatro Accademico last June (see my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/lives-at-bagnis-theatre/ ) had never trodden the boards before.

If you have some Italian language then the new theatre Ciak course starts next Monday at 9.00 pm on the second floor of the parish hall to the left of the church in Bagni’s Contessa Casalini garden square. (In fact, it’s the same place where that famous choir groomed by our resident music teacher in Bagni di Lucca Villa rehearsed for the Christmas concert in 2012. Were you part of that choir? I’m sure a couple of my readers must have been and remember what an unforgettable occasion it was.

You may protest that your Italian isn’t that good or that you’re too shy even to address a small dinner party. It doesn’t matter. The tutors are all very good and will hold you by the hand and guide you so that you’ll achieve a performance worthy of the most powerful limelight. The tuition fee is a very small price to pay for the training and enjoyment you’ll get out of the course.

Theatre isn’t just about acting. It’s about increasing self-confidence, about dealing with tricky social situations, about making friends, about discovering your inner self, about making more sense of a life which often seems to have little sense in it.

From left to right in the following photograph your tutors will Guendalina (Gwendolen in English), the internationally praised tenor and Bagni resident Claudio (who will concentrate on breathing exercises and voice projection) and Michela. All three have very extensive professional experience in acting, stage-craft on all levels from schools to academies.

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Theatre, anyway is fun, and is a particularly highly regarded art in Italy (which country could be said to have largely contributed to the foundation of the theatre as we know it today. Shakespeare, certainly, couldn’t have done without Italy for over half his plays. See more about that in my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/heres-to-will/ ).

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All people of all ages may come along for the rehearsals and, although clearly a reasonable knowledge of Italian is needed, don’t worry too much if you think your accent is lousy. Since there’s going to be a film project as well you could certainly participate with the help of dubbing (as all Italian films are done). There are plenty of parts in plays which require foreign accents! I sure that if I joined the classes I might well finish up as an eccentric English traveller to Italy (which, no doubt I am already!)

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Shall we see you next Monday then at Bagni di Lucca’s Parish Hall at 9.00 pm? I hope so.

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2 thoughts on “Mrs. Worthington, Don’t put your daughter on the stage?

  1. Dear Francis,
    I agree so much with your paragraph; ‘Theatre isn’t just about acting. Its about increasing self confidence …’ etc.
    I was a lost soul at school, but in my ballet class I could – echappe sur les pointes, assemble a la quatrieme derriere and tourne en arabesque sur la pointe.
    Mrs Worthington.

    • Thanks for your kind comment Jane. Of course, you’ll realise I wasn’t addressing you personally in my post title but to the famous Noel Coward song! I trust you’ll carry on your dancing.

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