Few people realize that the Theatre of Western Springs (TWS) is a non-audition theatre. Graduating from a free acting class called Studio and a seven-play season subscription (pro-rated) are the only requirements to becoming a member of the acting company. This year, Studio sessions take place Oct. 20 through Nov. 11, at the theatre, 4384 Hampton Ave., Western Springs.
Taught by Artistic Director Rick Snyder, a 30-year member of Steppenwolf Ensemble, Studio is a fun and educational workshop. It is open to anyone age 18 and up, and all experience levels are welcome. Once through Studio, an actor or actress can be cast as soon as the next play.
Studio culminates in a presentation of short scenes on the final night followed by a welcome reception in the lobby.Studio dates and times are:
• 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 (guided tour of all backstage departments)
• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
• 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6
• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8
• 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
• 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 (graduation)
For more information or to register for Studio, call Joan at the TWS office at 708-246-4043.