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Ryga Festival features many helpful workshops.
Date: Wednesday, August 29 & Friday, August 31

Telling Stories

“A story is a world; a storyteller is a world maker,” according to cutting-edge playwright and self-described agitator, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. She has won several top theatre awards and is artistic director of New Harlem Productions in Toronto.  Currently she is writing an ambitious series of plays set in each of the 54 countries of Africa.

SESSION ONE:  Define / Choice
Suitable for all levels of experience and inexperience, this session will explore “What is this style and why are you choosing it?” and will focus on creating material.

SESSION TWO: Refine / Voice
Participants should bring existing material (including work created in session one). How does embodiment amplify the text? We will play, develop and explore how to perform spoken word and storytelling.

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm & Friday, August 31 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: IOOF Hall
Fee: $75.00
Includes both sessions.

Date: Thursday, August 30

From Stage to Screen

There are some intriguing shifts that actors must know when they move from the stage to the small or big screen. You will work on a specific text exploring the different acting style needed for each medium. Whether you’ve tried acting or not, this workshop will reveal valuable tricks of the trade and enhance your skills.

Roark Critchlow grew up in Summerland and has over twenty years of television acting experience in such shows as Days of Our Lives, Passion, the science fiction series, V,  and ABC’s Pretty Little Liars.

Heather Davies is the Artistic Director of the Ryga Festival, who has worked as performer, director and writer with theatre companies across Canada and in Europe, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Stratford Festival.

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: IOOF Hall
Fee: $60.00

Date: Saturday, September 1

Traditional BC Music Workshop

Traditional music played a large role in the lives of early pioneers and still exercises a powerful influence. You will hear the fascinating history behind some BC songs, and their impact on working lives. Come and learn how you can create your own songs with traditional tunes. No experience required, but bring an instrument if you have one!

Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat are the founders of the annual Traditional Music Festival  that takes over downtown Princeton for three days each August. They have spent forty years gathering, recording and writing about ballads, sea shanties, logging and mining songs, particularly those from the BC Interior.

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Summerland Arts Centre
Fee: $40.00

Date: Saturday, September 1

Feast: Cookbook Writing from Dreaming to Doing

Lindsay Anderson and Dana Van Veller, a pair of writers based in Vancouver, visited every province and territory to create last year’s bestselling book FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip. This workshop will take you behind the scenes how these two adventurous women went hunting for recipes and captured the diversity of Canadian food culture. Come and share your own recipes and food stories and you will receive practical guidance how to write about food and cooking in new and exciting ways.

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Venue: Summerland Library
Fee: $50.00