Keeping Theater Art Alive Online – The New Indian Express

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CHENNAI: There are two ways to look at this pandemic. One is to be careful and survive by staying indoors and staying clean. Second, seize this opportunity and expand your skills. And B Krishnakumar, Artistic Director at The Little Theater, is helping us with an Acting Bootcamp by offering an online course to sharpen improvisation techniques, subtext, character development and monologue skills. The camp is for amateur actors looking for techniques to improve their skills.

“We have just finished a 10-day workshop for children and have already conducted two master classes for adults. We received an encouraging response from all of our participants, ”says Krishnakumar. This is how the idea of ​​the five-day Acting Bootcamp came about. “All of our work at Little Theater involves breaking the fourth screen. We interact with our audience. Improvisation techniques play an important role in this. We’ll teach participants how to improvise through scenes, ”he says. In relation to the main skills that the course will focus on, it emphasizes the importance of learning subtexts.

“Text are the lines that are written in the script, the subtext are the same lines that go through your head as you read the script. The subtext is an extremely important tool for an actor. Whether you are doing an audition or a monologue, the subtext plays an important role in the development of the character, ”he says. Although acting is an art learned primarily through physical presence, the lockdown has brought its own set of obstacles that the online acting bootcamp seeks to overcome.

“Theater is a very intimate art form in which you work together and share energies. So it has helped me in all of my years of experience. But it is important to understand that during this pandemic we cannot let our art forms suffer. I realized that at this point it was absolutely necessary to develop, ”says Krishnakumar as he explains the challenges he faced while teaching online. “Keeping kids busy from this side of the screen is a chore. That’s why we have 70 percent practical application and only 30 percent listening in our sessions for children, ”he says. The Acting Bootcamp takes place between June 25th and June 30th (except Sundays) on Zoom.

Register before June 20th at https: // forms. gle / ajf9soXQ73DVbrvM9. For more information, please call: 9840556200

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