05-09-2011, 10:01 PM
Exciting new Acting Seminar at MHC! “How to Develop Unique, Creative & Memorable Characters That Separate You from The Pack!”

Class time Friday June 3rd: 12:00PM to 4:30PM FREE LUNCH! Those interested in signing up for the acting class should ho to the MHC website www.midwesthaunters.com to register under the pre-show seminars under title Acting/Make-up Seminar (by Geoff Beck).

This hands-on acting workshop brings the haunted house to the classroom! You will get the chance to watch 4 actors (who have volunteered to be have their makeup done by instructor Geoff Beck previously to the class starting at noon) be put through a series of exercises that will help build their acting skills. They will be acting in an actual set that is 22 feet wide by 10 feet deep with 3 different themed areas. “Customers” will walk into an elevated walkway and down into a dungeon hallway into a large musty room, then into the library, and throughout there are many pop-outs for the actors to utilize and practice their skills (dialogue, body movement, approach, and interaction). There will be a half hour video on make-up and extensive discussion on this topic and how important it is in creating the complete presentation of a character. The class will critique each actor in this simulated haunted house atmosphere to see how their acting affects customers, and dissect all elements and details of each character. There will also be some slip-masks available for volunteers from the class to put on and join in on the acting in the set too, and all suggestions, interaction and input from the class on acting in this workshop is welcome! All who sign up for this class will get a free training DVD from Shutter Productions and a discount on merchandise from Screamline Studios (5% up to $150.00 order, and 10% on any order over $150.00 to be used at the Screamline Studios both at the 201 MHC convention only). Free pizza and soda will be supplied (at 12 noon start time). A special opportunity also exists for the 5 individuals who do the best in the class (everyone in the class qualifies (not just the 4 actors participating and having their make-up done). They will get the chance to act in this haunted house set on Saturday night as it will be at the entrance of the Masquerade Ball, and they will act for all who go through the set throughout the evening. This will give these actors a chance to implement all they have learned in the class in front of their peers and show them their talent! These volunteers will also get in free to the Masquerade Ball! (a $40.00 value).The goal of this workshop is to help all involved in focusing on every little detail of delivery and presentation of a character and it’s affect on the audience, so it will help them become a superior actor.

Note: If anyone is interested in being one of the 4 actors to be made up by Geoff Beck for the class and also be an actor for the class, please contact Geoff Beck at 440-796-3177. A volunteer’s involvement to be one of the 4 actors does require them to be able to have their make-up done as early as 4 hours prior to class starting, and they must also register on the MHC website as well. (Note: Kent Reger, previously interested volunteer in participating in class. Can you please call Geoff Beck at the above cel # to sign up as one of the actors (in error, your phone # was deleted).

screamline studios
05-11-2011, 08:33 PM
Kick some ass geoff !!!!!! This will be one of the best classes at the show.

screamline studios
05-11-2011, 08:45 PM
Shane !!!!!!! You should tell your boys about this class!!!!! I have worked with shutter productions for 10 years now and always good stuff..

05-11-2011, 08:53 PM
I second that! Geoff is a talented actor and great teacher. This is a class you should take if you are looking to raise the bar on your skills.

screamline studios
05-11-2011, 08:58 PM
Damn right Lurker!!! You know your shit!!!!!

05-18-2011, 11:36 PM
Thanks Jason, you're too kind. But, what the hell, I stole some of your set detailing ideas to build my set for my acting class that is 22 feet long and almost 10 feet deep! Seriously, I am proud to have paid my dues under the "wings" of Jason, as I have learned a lot about painting techniques (i.e., dry brushing, washes, etc,) that I have utilized in the aesthetics of my design for my set. The class will be intended for those who want to utilize the actual "real world" environment of a haunted house setting to build their acting skills by being "tested" with exercises that make them more confident in their approach, dialogue, and presentation of their characters and how they interact, entertain, and resonate with an audience. This will be the ONLY class at MHC this year that BRINGS THE HAUNTED HOUSE TO THE CLASSROOM! I hope to see you there, because we are going to have a lot of fun!

05-19-2011, 08:29 AM
Yeah go and take this class...If Becker and Waffle Crotch are behind it...its gotta be good....I have all 3 of Geoff Becks DVD and they teach alot I can only imagine what hes going to teach you in this class

05-22-2011, 11:16 PM
I am about 5 days away from completing this set that will be used for my acting class on Friday June 3rd (12:00-4:30PM, for more info, and to register for the acting class log on to www.midwesthaunters.com) and also for the entrance for the Masquerade Ball on Saturday the 4th. I am taking 5 people from my acting class (who did the best) and having them "work" the WICKED WALK THROUGH that you can choose to go through and experience as many times as you wish during the ball. This is an opportunity for the participants from my class to use what they have learned from the class on "you", the haunted attraction industry!