View Full Version : New Acting Seminar at MHC! BRING THE HAUNTED HOUSE TO THE CLASSROOM!

05-09-2011, 10:12 PM
Shutter Productions is offering an 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.

05-10-2011, 06:20 PM
I can highly recommend Geoff as an acting teacher. I have had him teach classes at DarkWood several times with great results. This class would be well worth your time and money if you want to up your game in the acting department.

05-19-2011, 12:13 AM
Thanks Lurker. I truly have enjoyed my trips to your haunt for a few years, as I truly appreciate your attention to detail with your sets that I 'm sure have helped your actors "get into character" and give them more confidence in their approach. I too felt right at home acting in your haunt because the environment you have created is so authentic! I have also enjoyed my experience the last couple of months building my own set for this acting class that I believe will be a lot of fun 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, they will be better equipped to interact, entertain, and make their characters resonate with an audience. I am really looking forward to assisting those who attend this class because I love acing, and I guarantee it will be a very intense, collaborative, and rewarding experience for all involved!

05-23-2011, 12:03 AM
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!