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Playing for FunBaronne Sabine de KerbriantFellowship Hall11:00-12:00General sightreading/jam session including minnesanger and troubadour melodies, cantigas de Santa Maria, dance tunes, etc. Instrumentalists comfortable either reading sheet music or picking up pieces by ear are welcome; likewise vocalists interested in singing in foreign languages. Feel free to bring songs to share (in several copies, please). Depending on attendance and interest, we may also sightread polyphonic pieces.
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Getting Started: Intro to Bardic and Performing Arts in the SCATHL Alienor HathawayHayes Room11:00-12:00What does it mean does it mean to be a performer in the SCA? What are some of the skills that fall under the umbrella? This class will give some pointers on performing in a bardic circle, trying out competition and selecting pieces to perform. Bring along your questions!
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Songwriting to Tell a StoryLord Drake OranwoodRoom 711:00-12:00Principles and guidelines for constructing tight, compelling, original SCA-appropriate songs that capture (and hold) an audience.
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For the ByrdsMagistra Isabeau d’OrleansFellowship Hall12:00-1:00William Byrd was one of the greatest composers of the late Elizabethan period. He was something of an anomaly, composing for both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Explore some of his beautiful repertoire of sacred and secular choral music (instrumentalists welcome)
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Warming up to performLady Solveig BjarnardottirHayes Room12:00-1:00We will discuss and do stretches for your face a body, breathing techniques, discovering your soft palate, working on how to project your voice safely and protect your body. This is primarily focused for vocalists and heralds, but everything is relevant for performers of all kind.
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Techniques For Writing New Words To Fit Existing Music/PoetryThe (Wrong and) Honorable Master Dahrien CordellRoom 712:00-1:00“Learn techniques for checking the scansion of the original lyrics against
your new lyrics in progress to see if they match, and for figuring out where
and how you might be able “cheat” a little bit while still sounding good.”
$1 for handouts (optional)
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RoundsLady Solveig BjarnardottirFellowship Hall2:00-3:00We will learn and sing through rounds. No skill level required. Come and enjoy!
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Story Structure and The Hero's JourneyDrustan of NordenfjordHayes Room2:00-3:00So, you have an angel’s voice and the Devil’s tongue, but you have trouble writing your own stories? This is the class for you. Led by a multi-published novelist and short story writer, this class will teach you basic story structure through “The Hero’s Journey.” We will discuss The Hero’s Journey, analyze some well-known folk tales with it, and then use it to build a story as a group. You’ll learn to create a story from the bones up, turning your timid sloth of a tale into a raging, fire-breathing beast
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Introduction to jugglingLord Ian DouglasRoom 72:00-3:00 Do you like irony? Then come learn to juggle with the autocrat. This is a class to help you defeat the most powerful words in the English language, “I can’t” because YOU CAN! Class will cover the basic three-ball Cascade, by breaking it down into basic parts. What to bring, willingness to play, and maybe some easy to move in clothing so you can pick things up. Props will be provided.
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Opera dell'Est Interest Meeting & Vocal WorkshopSayyida Laila al-Sanna' al-AndalusiyyaFellowship Hall3:30-4:30Please join us if you are interested in participating in Opera dell’Est. We welcome singers, instrumentalists, technicians, designers, directors, and anyone else who can contribute to the company’s operations. In preparation for our next performance opportunity (already in the works), we will have a brief vocal workshop during which we will put together working groups for duets, trios, and small scenes.
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Performing in Persona 101Lady Lilie Dubh inghean ui MordhaHayes Room3:30-4:30How can a SCAdian performer bring persona into a performance? We will explore ideas small and large, and try out bits right in class!
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Coaching and the Art of Constructive CriticismLady Faye deTreesRoom 73:30-4:30We all hear the cries of the populace – or at least the artists-to-be and the volunteers-to-be – that they tried and were rendered low by sharp criticism. Here you can discover proven coaching techniques from a National Park Service Registered Coach. Learn to shape artistic presentation or volunteer service into something that serves the Dream rather than drives people away!
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Sing for the EastArden of IcombeFellowship Hall4:30-5:30Come and learn songs about and in praise of the East Kingdom! We will review songs from the first collection of Sing for the East, as well as the songs from the recent Sing for the East CD collection, and maybe a new anthem or two! Sheet music and lyrics will be provided, and all are encouraged to participate in any way they can (sing, play instruments, strike chords, hum along, clap and stomp, cheer others on). The songs will be taught, so you do not have to read sheet music (or be able to sight-read/sight-sing). Help us build a “standard” repertoire of anthems for the East by learning and spreading these songs!
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Norse Poetry OverviewMaster Grim the SkaldHayes Room4:30-5:30An overview of the various forms of poetry used by the Norsemen in the Viking era and beyond. We will go over rhythm and alliteration, talk about the ways Norse poetry was used, and go over poetic devices such as Kennings. Whether you want to try your hand at writing it, or just want a better appreciation of the form, stop by!
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Shakespeare's Advice to the Players: Authentic Renaissance Acting TechniqueSayyida Laila al-Sanna' al-AndalusiyyaRoom 74:30-5:30The works of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Johnson and their contemporaries are ill-suited to modern acting technique, which tends to place feeling over form. Renaissance theatre, on the other hand, demands that we obey the dictates of form first, and let that guide our feeling. Using the techniques espoused by the great Shakespearian actor and director, Peter Hall, this class will walk students through a process designed to honor the form of Renaissance theatre, in order to produce thrilling and authentic acting performances. All levels welcome. No prerequisites. Sayyida Laila al-Sanna’ al-Andalusiyya is the former Bard of Caid. She has a Master’s degree in theatre, and has taught acting and dramatic analysis at a university level and in the SCA.
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