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Youth Two Day Intensive! with John D’Aquino and Guest-Instructor Casting Associate Sarah Grace Johnson

December 5 at 11:00 am 2:00 pm PST

DATE: December 4th and 5th
TIME:11:00am-2:00pm, daily.
AGES: 9-18
PRICE: $225
(includes a 30 minute private coaching session with John prior to the weekend)
REGISTER: To register, create account or sign in at secure.johndaquino.net and purchase under the “workshops” section. All classes and coaching via Zoom.
ABOUT: Join us for a casting intensive w/ casting associate, Sarah Grace Johnson! (Bizaardvark, Dog With a Blog, Jessie)

On Day 1, John will teach his objectives workshop and apply the concepts to all of the scenes. Actors will dig deep into their characters past experiences, objectives and expectations. They will work to create their own acting choices as they answer, “Why their character is doing, what their character is doing, when their character is doing it?” On Day 2, actors will perform their scene for Sarah, and she will offer notes. Actors will then perform again after the re-directs to see how they are able to implement them.  In addition, there will be time at the end for a Q&A. Please note: At the conclusion of the workshop, the instructor will NOT be taking home nor given access to your headshot, resume, or any other of your promotional materials. This is not an audition or employment opportunity.
Scene Expectation, Objective, and the Unfolding Moment:

Every character, just like every person, has an “expectation” of how their day will go based on patterns established over time. What they want to achieve in any given moment is called their “objective.” This objective might be to speak with their teacher about extra credit or ask a girl/guy you met out on a date or convince your parents to let you got to a sleepover or concert. A good scene must have an objective, but it must also have conflict – something that stands between the character and their objective. This unfolding dilemma or  “unfolding moment” — is the conflict. This is what the audience pays to see, the moment where these elements play out culminating in the characters being thrown into some kind of comedic chaos or dramatic combustion that occurs when the disparate objectives of two characters meet in a highly charged environment filled with all three elements. When an unforeseen conflict occurs, the character must navigate either around, over or through whatever is keeping them from achieving their objective.

When a detour appears, how would your character adjust? Do they give up, fight or work to find a possible solution? What are the conflicts your character is facing? What choices will they make and how will it affect your performance choices?