Theatre is one of the oldest forms of entertainment known to man. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in particular, theatre was flourishing. More than 5,000 plays were staged in that period in the Netherlands alone! From tragedies and comedies to improvisation theatre and farces; theatre has something for everyone especially in 2023 where we can make use of video projection and other technologies. In a theater production, all aspects of the stage play are discussed; from coming up with a theme to studying the script and practicing the movements on stage, but also designing a lighting plan, the decor and the costumes.

Over the past quarter, the Theatre Production course (Tuesdays) has developed a play around the well-known Greek myths, where they look down from the Greek gods to the human world. This involves intense emotions, bombastic scenes and grotesque gestures. All this can only be conveyed with the support of a great ensemble who support the players with voice and movement to give the scenes more depth and meaning.

In the Theatre Ensemble course, you play that important part. Together with voice teacher Marvin Dee and dance teacher Neil Dolan, you will design movements and soundscapes that will add body to the scenes of the play. At the end of the quarter, all students from both courses will complete the play and perform it for an audience.

Please note that there will be a dress rehearsal on Tuesday 23 January, and the performance will take place on 27 January. The teacher is working based on the assumption that all participants will be available on both these dates.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Femke Lucia

Femke has been dancing, singing, jumping and playing since she can remember. At the moment, in addition to giving theatre lessons at X, she is taking a course in writing for theatre and film. For her, everything comes together when contact can be made with the other and a meeting takes place. Apart from everything Femke does, she is above all a storyteller. Femke: 'The power of art lies, for me, in the unexpected encounter'.

Neil Dolan

Born in the UK, Neil trained at Laine Theatre Arts. After graduation, he lived in London and performed in British theatre before moving to work for a year in America. During his career Neil has performed throughout Europe in various musicals such as: Show Boat, We Will Rock You, Cabaret and West Side Story. In 2011 he moved to the Netherlands to join the original Dutch cast of Wicked in Scheveningen. For the past 6 years, Neil has been directing and choreographing theatre performances throughout the Netherlands. Neil is very excited to be joining the X team as Modern and Jazz teacher. 

Marvin Dee

Marvin (1987) studied singing at the Havo for Music and Dance and subsequently studied Musical Theater at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. Marvin has been teaching for more than 10 years. He is specialized in training people who are afraid to sing loudly or who are afraid of hitting (or well, missing, really) high notes. He has taught all sorts of vocalists over the years, including the ‘smooth chicks from Dr. Justice and the Smooth Operators, Friends of the Family, Tom Vrolijk and Luuk Geers. Marvin pays attention to your voice and your wishes. A session with Marvin is always about the techniques YOU want to master.

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Participation in this course may not always be possible if you are already taking part in the Theatre Production (script acting) course; for example, if you already have a lead acting role in the play. Please consult with your teacher Femke Lucia if you are considering joining the ensemble as well.

In the theatre production, we will work with the well-known Greek myths, where we will work from the perspective of the Greek gods. You can think of intense emotions, bombastic scenes and grotesque gestures. Besides diving completely into the roles and behaviours of these characters, we will also look at the connection of ourselves. It matters that you are playing this role. A role is never something stand-alone there are always the actor's additions to it. An interesting theatrical investigation into yourself and the role you play, but perhaps also into where there might be an overlap. 

In the course, you learn that playing and making theatre is more than just performing a written text, but that a story can be communicated to an audience through design, light and sound. It's about discovering things, then learning to use them technically so that you learn to strengthen an effect.

If you feel like throwing yourself fully into a group process, a role and a (theatrical) personal quest, then the Theatre Production course is just the thing for you! Good to add, it does not necessarily mean that you will actually perform on a floor. Anyone who wants to engage in the same creative process through design, technology or theatre-making is welcome!

Please note that there will be a dress rehearsal on 23 January and the performance will take place on 27 January. The teacher assumes that all participants are available on these dates.

Schedule & enrolment

Teacher

Femke Lucia

Femke has been dancing, singing, jumping and playing since she can remember. At the moment, in addition to giving theatre lessons at X, she is taking a course in writing for theatre and film. For her, everything comes together when contact can be made with the other and a meeting takes place. Apart from everything Femke does, she is above all a storyteller. Femke: 'The power of art lies, for me, in the unexpected encounter'.