January 15, 2013

Commedia dell'What? - A workshop - really!

Commedia dell'What?

This workshop is designed for people who want to get an introductory glimpse into the world of the style of theatre that gave us the professional actor and introduced the woman to the stage; the Commedia dell'Arte. Participants will get to know the five most well known characters (the Zanni, The Inammorati, Il Capitano, Pantalone and Il Dottore) that we see in Commedia dell'Arte. We will work with their masks, learn how they move and how they think, and we will see how these characters can live by doing small improvisations.
Please come to the workshop with clothing that will allow for free movement. Some experience in improvisation is encouraged by not necessary. Come ready to play and to learn!

Cost - $50
Call Byrd Productions at 816-305-8188 to reserve your spot.or go to www.byrdproductions.org and send us an email

The location is at The New Centuries Follies Studio in The Arts Asylum is at
1000 e 9th St., KCMO, 64106

The New Century Follies National Conservatory of Vaudeville is on the third floor of the west wing. Enter through the stage door in the parking lot.

Patrick Rippeto is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City's undergraduate theatre program. And, has been seen around the Kansas City area in various productions. He has also traveled and lived in Italy and studied with the commedia master, Antonio Fava at his school the International School for the Comic Actor. There he learned the ways of Commedia dell'Arte and its various styles, and spent some time working on the Variety/Vaudeville comic style. He has now returned from the land of pasta and pizza to deliver the traditions of Commedia dell'Arte to performers throughout Kansas City.

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