Look out, Philadelphia. The PAC family just got a whole lot bigger.
We're thrilled to share the news that we've selected six delightful, enthusiastic, and downright game-for-anything young actors to bravely become the inaugural class of PAC Acting Apprentices. Please join us in welcoming Victoria Chau, Brendan Dalton, Adam Darrow, Merci Lyons-Cox, Angie Fennell, and Ashley Thornton.
Auditioning so many talented young people was an eye-opening experience for us. We were thrilled to not only find talented young actors eager to join us, but also new faces with similar passions for classical theatre and for breathing life into texts that sometimes can seem perplexing and distant. Our apprentices are all cast in our upcoming production of Timon of Athens, and in addition, will participate in classical text workshops led by Dan, Krista, Charlotte, and Damon.
Our first workshop, held in the Theatre Exile Studio X Space (and, in case you were curious, held on the set of their production of The English Bride, in which you still have a few days to catch Damon starring in "a fast-paced explosion of love, lies, and terrorist plots") brought us all in the room together for the first time. Led by Dan, we picked apart some text, got on our feet, laughed a lot, and talked through some of the other apprentice-type stuff. (We think it's really important to make work in all the areas of the company a critical component of this program. The brave six will be tackling production jobs, load-ins, marketing campaigns, opening night planning, house management, and the ever-critical "spreadsheet maneuvering." Additionally, they'll all be blogging for us throughout the season, so check back for more words as they share their own experiences).
We're so excited and can't wait for you to see them onstage. In the meantime, if you happen to see any of them toting backpacks filled with PAC brochures or quietly learning monologues on the subway, be sure to say hi. And welcome them to the family.
(From left to right, front row: Merci Lyons-Cox, Ashley Thornton, Victoria Chau, Angie Fennell. Back row: Brendan Dalton, Adam Darrow).
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