Theater comes to the Hamilton Annex
Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a new ‘Thespian’ workshop at the Hamilton Senior Center Annex. The workshop is led by former Brooklyn College professors, Herminio Vargas and Carlota Suarez.
I was extremely impressed by the level of professionalism and the positive and supportive environment provided by Mr. Vargas and Ms. Suarez who, I learned, had many years of theatre experience and a wealth of knowledge to share with their workshop attendees.
The attendees consisted of ‘first timers’ as well as many who have ‘dabbled in’, and others who had much experience in theatre arts. All shared similar enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, try, experiment and stretch ‘boundaries’. For many, these ‘boundaries’ involved simply trying something new, while for others, it meant facing the fear of public speaking or, in this case, performing. And still for others, it meant expanding and enriching their current skills.
When asked to improvise a courtroom situation, 3 people took on the roles of ‘judge’, ‘plaintiff’ and ‘defendant’. They enacted a scene so naturally and believably that I was blown away that there was no script involved!
For a little Senior Center workshop, it packed a powerful punch. This is a ‘gem’ that is well worth attending. I will be there again next Wednesday without hesitation!
-- Debbie, Project FIND member since 2012
Sessions held at the Hamilton Senior Center Annex (111 W. 71st street) every Wednesdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm