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A Theatre Workshop Challenge: Acting the Lyric

Theatre workshops-master classes are not sessions for sitters. They are active and insist that attendees be interactively participatory either imagining, speaking, acting, playwriting, doing face-paced physical work-ups or a combination of these.

When Donald Garverick comes on Wednesday, March 14 to present a theatre workshop-master class, be ready for action.  The session, Acting the Lyric, will be stimulating because he intends to get students and community people immediately involved. The concept is based on a lyric-based Open Scene Challenge. Attendees will work with a topic provided by Garverick.  This comes in the form of a lyric and each participant acting on his/her own will interpret in monologue form.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on the stage of the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall, the focus will be on a surprise lyric because at that time the Improvisation for the Theater class normally meets. Accordingly, states Garverick, “Participants will explore improv games using lyrics as a springboard. Since it is an improv class, the attendees will receive the lyrics during this session, and they must come up with on-the-spot material.”     

Then, after a quick ten minute break, the workshop-master class will continue at 2:30 p.m. This second session centers on the Acting Fundamentals class. During this session, Garverick continues, “Attendees work with the sample lyric which has been given a few days ahead of the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own interpretations of the material as a monologue so the session can explore the many and various choices available within any lyrics/text.”    

For this session the Lyric is “I could chalk the whole thing off to a paid vacation and head for the railroad track but I don’t want to be just another Hollywood casualty…I’m not going back. I just can’t go back. So…” 

Garverick is a SUNY Orange alum who went on to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, a hands-on, in-depth performing arts conservatory academy in New York City. Now, he is a director/choreographer and writer/lyricist who works Off-Broadway, and in various New York and Regional theatres and festivals as well as in film, cabaret, and stage readings. His recent director/choreographer credits include: 90210: The Musical - Off-Broadway at Theatre 80 and Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, The Red Shoes from An Evening with Kathryn Morgan at The Kennedy Center, To Dance - The Musical at the FringeNYC, and Changing Minds Children’s Musical Theatre Festival at The Broadway Workshop. He also co-authored  Show Choir! - The Musical and Casual Bob as well as wrote new lyrics and book converting Pirates of Penzance to science fiction/fantasy Space Pirates of Planet Penzance. Garverick is a member of BMI.

Come for an invigorating afternoon and learn from a man who is very much a part of the New York performing arts scene of directing, choreographing, and writing. This workshop-master class is free and open to the public.

Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 or Check out the website at

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs