On January 2nd, Hoboken High School’s Drama Club in partnership with Hudson County Alliance of Teen Artists hosted its fifth annual “Hudson County Theatre Day”. Schools that participated around the county included Hoboken High School, Bayonne High School, County Prep High School, Weehawken High School, Kearny High School and Jersey City Arts High School. Over 150 combined students were able to take workshops taught by professionals in the field. Such opportunities this year included:
“Improvisation” lead by Ryan Huban from the award winning improv troupe Howdy Stranger. Utilizing interactive games and exercises, this workshop emphasized teamwork, communication, creativity, and confidence through classic improvisational games.
“Shakespeare for All” lead by Flori Doyle an acting coach, allowed students to connect truthfully with characters using tools and acting techniques that provide greater understanding and clarity of Shakespeare's text.
“Theatrical Clowning” lead by professional actor Joseph Lyle Dunn taught students foundational tools using games and techniques passed down for years, to work on essential skills such as simple presence, doing one thing at a time, and accepting one’s own ridiculousness.
“Song Performance” taught by Broadway actress Carla Stickler allowed students to explore what lies beneath the notes on the page of a musical theatre song and how to act and sing at the same time.
“Audition Techniques” lead by professional actor Douglas Taurel allowed participants to learn how to enter, exit a room, introducing themselves and the audition piece. This helped students understand how to stand in the center of the room and begin their audition. All workshops provided invaluable experiences for our students that they would not be able to obtain on their own. Also these types of workshop can be put on the resumes students are building for a professional acting career beyond the walls of high school. It is a great networking day for both students and staff of Hudson County’s Theatre Departments.