GETTING THE PART: THEATRE WORKSHOP SERIES

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

This 8-week series features a variety of 2-day workshops designed to help strengthen your audition skills and build confidence for your audition - each culminating in a mock audition with feedback from the instructor. We will be updating this page with Instructor bios and more info.

For the City of Torrance Registration website, click here.

Once on the registration search page, locate the TYPE column and select "Special Interest Classes," and  from the SUBTYPE column select "Acting Classes" to access the workshops.

Or call the registration office at (310) 618-2720 to enroll via phone. 

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Acting Audition

Instructors: Mark Torreso, Glenn Kelman

Find the right monologue, refine your audition etiquette, discuss what you should wear, and learn how to deliver a memorable performance. Everything one needs to know to land the part.

AGE               DAY                      DATE                        TIME                       FEE                  CLASS
18+                W                      9/19 & 26                7:00-9:00 pm         $50/$55          466603-01

 

 

 

 

 

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MARK TORRESO
Originally from the East Coast, Mark attended the High school for Performing Arts and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. After which, he became the House Director for The Connecticut Acting Ensemble. Mark now works as a consultant for Disney Entertainment Productions as a show director and acting coach in Anaheim. Past productions as a show director for Torrance Theatre Company include: The Lion in Winter, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Curious Savage, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and The 39 Steps.

 

 

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 GLENN KELMAN
Glenn attended the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was a resident performer/director at the award winning Shadow Bow Theatre in NYC. Since moving to Los Angeles, Glenn has directed dozens of world premier plays and musicals throughout Southern California.  He started working with the Disney Entertainment Productions in 1995, conceiving and directing live stage shows around the globe and at Disneyland. Glenn was the co-owner of The Gallery Theatre in Anaheim, where he wrote, directed and produced for eight years. Previous projects with the Torrance Theatre Company include One Slight Hitch,  A Man of No Importance, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

 
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VOCAL AUDITION

Choose the perfect song for your audition, prepare sheet music, build an audition book, and get the most from your 16 bars.

Instructors: Jim Hormel, Stephen Amundson

 

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18+                W                     10/3 & 10/10           7:00-9:00 pm        $50/$55          466606-01

 

 

 

 

 

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JIM HORMEL
Jim's TTC directing credits include, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Sister Act, Grease, West Side Story, Pirates of Penzance, Hairspray, Fiddler on the Roof, The Dixie Swim Club, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Dearly Beloved, Into the Woods, ‘Till Beth Do Us Part, 1316 Cabarets, Ruthless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Last Five Years, and A Catered Affair. He received the Excellence in Arts Award from the Torrance Cultural Arts Commission in 2008. This Fall Jim is beginning his 17th year as professor of Theatre at Cypress College. He was awarded the outstanding adjunct faculty award in the spring of 2001, and was hired as a full-time instructor the following fall. As a part of the Cypress College Theater Department production team, Jim has served as the director and/or musical director for more than forty main stage productions. Prior to Cypress College, he taught musical theater and served as the musical director for The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California of which he is an alumnus.

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STEPHEN AMUNDSON
Stephen is an Orange County-based music director, pianist and voice teacher, currently working as the accompanist and vocal consultant for Musical Theatre at Cypress College, resident Musical Director at Musical Youth Artist Repertory Theatre, and accompanist for Relativity School in Los Angeles. He served as musical director for the Torrance Theatre Company productions of The Last Five Years and A Catered Affair. A classically-trained pianist, Stephen was attracted to Musical Theatre in middle school, as a singer and as a pianist. Since then, he's been praised for his knowledge and application of vocal techniques and coaching for singers, amateur to professional. He is often called to accompany for 3D Theatricals and various theater companies across OC and LA. As a performer, Stephen recently portrayed Prince Eric for the Grove Theater's musical The Little Mermaid in Upland. Previously, Stephen sang in the choir for the new Peter Seibert & Patrick Lundquist musical Swan Lake starring Andrew Lippa, Carrie Manolakos, and Carrie St. Louis, which had its world premiere at Montalban Theater in Hollywood. He also sang in the choir for Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Mirada Theater. Among his latest projects, he has originated the role of Drew in the Laura Watkins and Nicholas Brandt musical Comic-Con, and understudied and performed the roles of Valjean and Javert in two productions of Les Misérables. He has also served as vocal coach for University School of Performing Arts in LA during their Musical Theatre summer camp workshop series in the of 2016. Stephen studied voice & piano privately before completing a degree in Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. Stephen then began coaching young singers at MYART in OC, and shortly after opened a private studio to continue educating more singers in the art of vocal production, covering technique and styles such as Musical Theatre, Opera, Jazz, Pop, Rock, R&B, and more.

 
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DANCE AUDITION

Work on steps and combinations, discuss techniques for picking up choreography quickly, and build confidence for your next dance audition.

Any level of dancer is welcome to come.  The class will be geared toward an intermediate dancer, but attainable for all. Jazz shoes, character shoes or tennis shoes, whatever will make you feel most comfortable. Workout clothes or dance clothes are encouraged, or something that gives your body a full range of motion. 

Bring water, be prepared to sweat, and bring as many questions as you can! 

Instructor: Christopher M. Albrecht

 

AGE               DAY                      DATE                        TIME                       FEE                  CLASS
18+                W                     10/17 & 10/24           7:00-9:00 pm        $50/$55          466605-01

 

 

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CHRISTOPHER M. ALBRECHT
Christopher M. Albrecht graduated from UCLA’s Dance Department with honors in Dance Composition, and is currently a Choreographer and Teaching Artist all over Los Angeles and Orange County.  He is happy to have choreographed four summer musicals for TTC including Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sister Act, and most recently How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.  Last fall, he received the 2017 Excellence In Arts Award presented through the City of Torrance.  Other credits include: Urinetown with the Courage Theater Company (Better Lemon’s Ticket Holder Award: Best Choreography); Rock of Ages with Summer Repertory Theater; Violet, She Loves Me, and Hairspray with the Chance Theater as well as assisting Kelly Todd on In the Heights and the West Coast Premier and Ovation winning production of  Lysistrata Jones; Drowsy Chaperone and In The Heights at the Valley Performing Arts Center; and Is There Life After High School? at the LATC.

 

 
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CONQUER CALL-BACKS

Develop cold reading techniques, breakdown sides, and hone your ability to incorporate adjustments from the director.

Instructor: Ryan Miller

 

 

AGE               DAY                      DATE                        TIME                       FEE                  CLASS
18+                W                     11/7& 11/14               7:00-9:00 pm         $50/$55          466604-01

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RYAN MILLER

Ryan has worked up and down the west coast as an actor and director. He is thrilled to have directed TTC’s production of Charley’s Aunt. Other directing credits include Pride & Prejudice, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Right You Are, If You Think You Are, and Up the Down Staircase. Ryan is a proud graduate of the MFA Acting program at UCLA.