Perseverance Theatre's ASTI and STAR programs begin soon

Students perform in last year's STAR program.

Two Perseverance Theatre summer programs, the Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive and the Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous, are still accepting registrations.


The Alaska Summer Theatre Intensive runs from June 30-July 7. Throughout this nine-day intensive training, students will attend workshops in playwriting, directing, acting, design, Viewpoints, Suzuki Method, and Fitzmaurice Voicework. ASTI will take place at Perseverance Theatre.

Class work will vary depending on the discipline and will include lecture, written work, scene work, physical training and exercises. Classes will be taught simultaneously. Each day will start with a physical and vocal warm-up with the whole group, and will include some yoga and pilates led by local practitioners.

Viewpoints and the Suzuki Method are two distinct methods of actor training that increase the actor’s awareness of their body, voice, and presence. Fitzmaurice Voicework is a comprehensive approach to voice training that can include, as needed, work on breathing, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu speaking, text, singing, and voice with movement.

The Summer Theatre Arts Rendezvous is Perseverance Theatre’s five-week youth acting program. It provides theatrical training and performance opportunities to students who are excited about theater. Acceptance into STAR is based on an interview with the program director, but no experience is required. This year’s sessions will be offered at Perseverance Theatre July 9 through August 12. In addition to rehearsals, students will participate in daily workshops on voice, movement and acting technique. Students aged 10-18 will perform one of three plays: the Shakespeare tragedy King Lear; the musical Guys and Dolls Jr., and Cinderella.

Tuition is $450.

For more information contact Shona Strauser or call (907) 364-2421, ext 232.

Perseverance has also announced four of the five plays they will be producing in the upcoming season. They are: Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage;” Arlitia Jones’ “Rush at Everlasting,” a world premiere by an Alaskan playwright; Tennesee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof;” Ken Ludwig’s “Treasure Island” and another play yet to be announced.

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