According to The Iliad, live theater was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. As today's Groupon proves, the military tactic blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve: for $45, you get a three-week introductory acting workshop at Elm Theatre (a $93.75 value). The workshops meet on either Mondays from 6–9 p.m. or Saturdays from 1–4 p.m. The following sessions are available:
- First-session Mondays: August 30, September 6, September 13. Register by August 23.
- First-session Saturdays: September 4, September 11, September 18. Register by August 23.
- Second-session Mondays: November 1, November 8, November 15. Register by October 25.
- Second-session Saturdays: November 6, November 13, November 20. Register by October 25.
Recently featured in the Times-Picayune for its riveting staging of Blackbird, Elm Theatre brings socially conscious theater to New Orleans's drama devotees. North Baton Rouge native and recent Windy City dweller Garrett Prejean returns to his home state to teach introductory acting to aspiring stage stars and uncanny De Niro impressionists sick of doing scenes with their reflection in a mirror. Prejean is a graduate of The Second City’s acting program, and he later taught at the famed comedy-star breeding ground. At Elm Theatre, he leads a series of workshops that includes the Acting 1 course. Groupon holders will be treated to an exclusive, three-week abridgement ($31.25-per-week value) of this course, with no required long-term commitment or blood-signed contract. The three-week session will touch on monologues, auditions, acting exercises, and the fundamental techniques actors use to create and finely tune their characters.
First-time thespians are sure to learn valuable techniques in voice, stage presence, and self-confidence that will save the day the next time an office PowerPoint presentation becomes self-aware and refuses to cooperate. Explore potential personalities with this Groupon, or gift it to your caped friend who spends most of his days underneath the stage, playing organ and cackling obnoxiously while wearing a mask made of unrequited love. Call ahead to register for your session at the Elm Theatre.
Valid for new students only.
- Elm Theatre’s production of “Blackbird” makes a poignant statement about family, no matter how you define it. – Bradley Troll, Times-Picayune