By Lou Christine
Two separate lectures pertaining to aspects of theater will take place next week — Monday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 19, at the Shelter Theater, Vicente Guererro 4, colonia San Raphael at 7pm.Lecture “Stage Management” By Bob Webb Mon, Mar 17, 7pm Shelter Theater Vicente Guerrero 4 Col. San Rafael 50 pesos Lecture “How to Block Fast and Easy” By Allan Gross Wed, Mar 19, 7pm Shelter Theater Vicente Guerrero 4 Col. San Rafael 50 pesos Lecture “Intro to Butoh” Sun, Mar 23, 5pm Shelter Theater Vicente Guerrero 4 Col. San Rafael Free entrance
Bob Webb will talk about his long membership in the Actors Equity Union, focusing on stage management on Monday the 17th. On Wednesday, Allan Gross will lecture on “How to Block Fast and Easy,” a blueprint for both aspiring actors and active directors.
During Monday’s lecture, Bob will talk about his 30-plus years in the Actors Equity Union as an actor and stage manager. Webb, in San Miguel for the fifth time and now based out of San Francisco, will be the featured performer later in the week, when Shelter Theater and “Bajio Rep” present a short evening of Butoh. Butoh is a modern Japanese dance form showcasing dramatic performances that has piqued the interest of dance aficionados worldwide.
Webb, besides being a performer, has involved himself in all facets of theater. He long ago earned his BFA in theater and has toured with many dance companies nationally and internationally. He has also stage managed for the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. One of Webb’s specialties is stage management where, once the curtain goes up, the stage manager takes the reins along with the command of the production.
Webb wowed audiences here in 2011 with his Butoh presentation. He will give an intro to Butoh on Sunday afternoon at 5pm for no charge at the Shelter Theater.
During Gross’s Wednesday lecture on blocking he will shed light on simple principles and essentials to be employed by the director. Blocking awareness by actors and directors enables the audience to watch the production with less distraction and not to get lost in unnecessary movement. According to Gross “‘blocking’ is movement between areas of the stage…” almost in the same breath, Gross further states “and ‘business’ is movement within an area,”
Allan Gross, a longtime resident of San Miguel, is a lifelong theater practitioner. He received his vocational training at the prestigious School of Performing Arts on Broadway and attained his BFA in theater at Utah State University. After his military service he attended the University of Oregon and qualified for an MFA and received his Masters of Science with a specialty in directing. After graduate school Gross was hired by the Oregon Repertory Theater acting in small roles while directing five productions. Gross has been involved in over 300 productions during his long career. He has directed some of San Miguel’s most successful theatrical productions, including the original San Miguel Follies in 1991, followed up with a campy Dracula and the fun romp, a crossed- dressed The Importance of Being Ernest. He also directed The Dresser and imported the outrageous yet enormously talented Ernesto Tomasini. All shows sold out; the Italian tenor blew audiences away with his True and Falsetto; The Secret Life of the Castrati over-the-top high octave delivery. Gross produced Bob Webb in San Miguel back in 2011 for a sold-out run with Webb mesmerizing audiences with his Butoh. Attendance at each lecture will cost 50 pesos.