Wednesday, March 16, 2011

AUDITIONS: Open Call for the World Premiere of The Ugly Duckling

Serenbe Playhouse in collaboration with Brooks & Company Dance presents The World Premiere of: The Ugly Duckling

An Original Adaptation Created by Joanna Brooks, Brian Clowdus, Chip Epsten and Rachel Teagle
Directed by Brian Clowdus, Choreographed by Joanna Brooks, Text by Rachel Teagle, Music by Chip Epsten
July 2nd-August 28th 2pm (every Saturday & Sunday) with 3 special performances for Camp Serenbe in July

The Ugly Duckling follows an awkward misfit duckling on his journey to acceptance and self discovery. This new adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story will be told through theatre and dance in a beautiful outdoor setting. This show is being created as a direct response to the bullying epidemic that we are experiencing on both a local and national level. We are going back to one of the oldest childhood tales of diversity with The Ugly Duckling but giving it a modern twist with a production that will move children and adults of all ages. We will be celebrating the differences in each of us and have audience members questioning those differences that seem to still be creating barriers, even in 2011. This will not be your typical Children’s Theatre Experience and will have a level of sophistication that will have parents on the edge of their seat as well with half human/half animal bird dancers and a set built out into a lake in Serenbe allowing dancers and actors to be in and out of water, just as these characters would be in their natural environment. This show will be a fusion of live music, fantastical costuming, witty writing, and modern choreography with performance on land and in water.

Casting The Following Roles:

Narrator -male/female- someone engaging and sympathetic who brings the audience into the story

Ted -male- our ugly duckling, must be a strong dancer and actor

Female Actor who plays:
Mama Duck - our well-meaning, misguided matriach
Alberta - a loose Canadian Goose
Chicken - the meanest and most popular hen in the barnyard

Male Actor who plays:
Captain Honks - the intrepid goose flock leader
Cat - Chicken's snooty sidekick

Two Male Dancers to play our graceful and mysterious swans (named Neil Swantrick Harris, and Tony Kushwan)

Two sets of two young boys (ages 7-14-ish) to play Ted's duckling brothers. The roles involve speaking and some dance.

Open Call will be held March 30th at The Alliance Movement Studio on the the 3rd Floor of The Woodfruff Arts Center. Times are as follows:
3:30-Youth Roles
5:00-Actors who Move

*Please bring headshot and resume and be prepared to Dance first. Cut will happen after dance call and sides will be handed out at Audition, no need to prepare a monologue. Dancers should wear form fitting clothing.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Dance for Parkinson's Spring Session

Brooks & Company Dance is pleased to announce an
11 week session of Dance for Parkinson's classes at the
  • Each Monday from March 14, 2011 through May 30, 2011
  • Mondays from 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • Atlanta Ballet at 1695 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Due to spring break, there will be no class on April 4, 2011
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Members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group at the Mark Morris
Dance Center. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka

Classes are open to anyone with Parkinson's, families, friends and
caregivers. No dance experience is necessary. Students are welcome
to use walkers or wheelchairs.

Thanks to a special grant from the Mitchell Foundation, the class is
free to participants, although donations are always welcome to keep
the class alive.

Dance for Parkinson's, originally pioneered in 2001 through a partnership

between the Brooklyn Parkinson Group and the Mark Morris Dance

Group, is a dance class for people with Parkinson's Disease, their

families and caregivers (

Each class is designed to engage participants in an enjoyable

and supportive environment with trained dance professionals.

In addition to the benefits of physical activity, Dance for Parkinson's

focuses on the increased quality of life dance can bring to the mind,

body and soul.

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Martin Thall, a member of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group,

and David Leventhal at the Mark Morris Dance Center.

Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka

Dance for Parkinson's incorporates many dance styles:

modern, ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater and modified

excerpts from Brooks & Company Dance's unique repertory.

Class begins with seated warm-ups that target correct posture,

full range-of-motion movements and the use of good breathing

to inform the movement. The class then progresses to the barre

followed by exercises in the center of the studio and then

moves across the floor. Rhythm creates an additional cue to

each exercise while the melodies encourage individual artistry

throughout the movements.

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Members of the Brooklyn Parkinson Group at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Photo by Rosalie O''Connor.

No pre-registration is necessary. For information call Brooks & Company Dance at (404) 590-0738, or email or go to